Witchcraft and Wicca….

February 22, 2015

Herbs

Witchcraft and Wicca (one of the major forms of witchcraft) both derive their names from the Anglo-Saxon words for wisdom: Witch is from the old English word witta, meaning wise, and the Wicca were the Wise Ones.

Witchcraft is said to be the oldest religion in the world. It is the indigenous shamanistic religion of Europe that has, in spite of ferocious persecution from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries, survived in the folk traditions of many lands and through families who kept alive the old beliefs and worship of the Earth and Moon Mother.

Not so many centuries ago our ancestors burned Yule logs at Christmas as a symbolic gesture to bring warmth and light back into the world on the mid-winter solstice at the darkest time. They danced around the May pole on May morning, the beginning of the old Celtic summer, to stir into life the earth energies in a sacred spiral pattern…

Today, however, to many modern societies have lost the sacred connection and scorn such gestures as superstition, treating the skies, the Earth and the seas merely as a larder, fuel store and garbage can…

(In the past) the Earth was respected as the sacred mother, giver of life and crops, to whose womb the dead returned…(the changing seasons) linking all life to the cycles of nature. So if we are to use magic in a positive way, we must remember it brings responsibility along with benefits.

Cassandra Eason
A Practical Guide to Witchcraft and Magick Spells