Like Paganism, Witchcraft is not an independently identifiable metaphysical, religious, spiritual practice. Witchcraft is the act of using/manipulating supernatural powers or energies from the environment, microverse, or the macroverse, to exact change to a situation or circumstance. In short, any intentional supernatural energy manipulation towards a purpose, whether using one's divine self or calling on one's God, Goddess, or Spirits is witchcraft and Magick. Witches have gone by many names; Priests, Priestesses, Healers, Shaman, Wise Men, Wise Women, Cunning Folk, Clergy, to name a few. Each core belief system has a name reserved for these practitioners. Witches can practice based on an existing religion or system of belief, like Wicca, Daoism, Golden Dawn, Druidism, and so on. The Priests of an old religion like the Egyptian religion used magickal practices and ceremonial practices that are based on their religious and spiritual pre-sets. They used these practices to manipulate the universal energies and bend them to their will. These practitioners or any other religious practitioner that intentionally manipulated the universal energy; would be a practitioner of witchcraft within the faith they practice. Witchcraft is the manipulation of the universal energy to exact changes. Contrary to popular belief, one does not have to have an established dogma, system, ritual, or religion to practice witchcraft.
A person needs only to:
- Believe in the supernatural.
- Have a robust spiritual will and believe that will can affect the universe physically and spiritually.
- Have a singularly focused and overpowering intent.
- Be able to construct and visualize one's intention mentally.
- Have unwavering confidence in one's self and one's abilities.
These core principals of magick or supernatural manipulation are imperative to any, and all witchcraft (failure in whole or in part are inevitable, without these principles.) All forms of witchcraft have evolved systems in which the practitioner develops these skills over time through repetition and practice.
Some of the tools used to develop or hone these skills are:
- Vision quests and duel mental, physical control exercises, to name a few.
All of these systems have the same purpose, to guide the conscious through the subconscious to the divine self. Only one's true/divine self can manipulate universal energy because one's true self is the universal energies. The tools used in witchcraft are used to focus the mind, the will, and the intent. They distract the conscious mind from the act of the metaphysical and aide in visualization. The tools used, depend solely on the system in which the magick that is being performed. The tools used will also depend on the intent of the casting. Spells, ceremonies, and rituals are used to crystallize the intention and focus the will. This allows the energies to manifest with maximum intensity; as well, it limits the counter influence from the microverse and the macroverse. These practices distract the conscious mind while reinforcing one’s beliefs. Mainstream modern witchcraft has been heavily influenced by pre-Christian magical traditions of Europe, North Africa, and Near East Asia. Many of the religious practices that developed parallel to Christianity (see Paganism) have greatly influenced the trajectory of modern magick. Wicca is the most popular and practiced form of magick today in some way or another.
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