Allow me to define what a witch is.... Witch: A man or woman of no particular faith who respects nature and all it entails. They are capable of harnessing and manipulating the energy about them for a positive use. Witches can be anyone and do not fit the general sterotype of the word. Many have diverse skills in a multitude of feilds including (but not limited to)Tarot Card reading, Reiki, Animal Magick, or magickal skills that are all used for self-discovery, empowerment and personal enlightenment.
Witchcraft, on that same aspect, is the work donw by the aforementioned Witch. Witchcraft itself could be as simple as a wish made by a Witch, or even as complex and complicated as an intricate ritual to a chosen God or Goddess beneath the stars on a moonlit night. It is all an art of manipulating the energy about oneself to bring about a result or change.
Using these words in the soceity we live in today may bring about some flames, pitchforks and riots comonly associated with the sixteenth century witchunts. I say thus only because of the preconcieved notions that hover over what the world belives "witchcraft" truly is. For the mostly Judeo-Christian world we currently live in, such words conjure images of darkness and pointed hats and broomsticks, gnarled old women feasting on the flesh of children for immortality and dancing naked along fires in the wild, worshipping some dark figure. They constantly preach theit values and embed into the minds of the mass population that Witchcraft is of the Devil. Pause now to view the image they portrait of the Devil: some grotesque beast, a red, horned demon, large and hairy, bow-legged with its monstrous hooves and a spaded tail. It is as if they try to beat it into the world's head, forcing them to conjure an evil image and believe in the t4eachings about it. It is almost sad to watch the reactions of the general public when the word "witchcraft" is uttered. Instantly the thoughts of Satanism seem to run across each mind instead of the true ideas of enlightenment and peace. This all seems to be the reasoning to so many Solitary Practioners now, in our society. The real Witches of our age now stick to the shadows of broom closets and high-fenced back yards instead of the brilliance of a May-Day festival beneath the sun or in an open field beneath the stars. They now stick to silence and fear instead of communal laughter and joy.
It is my wish that you read this and find new faith. I wish to be the beacon in the darkest night, your guide, fellow Witches, in this new generation. Step out of the broom closet, and help, one by one, bring pride back into the Witches' name. We are many, yes, but alone we are just that. Please, join with me to help those who wish to learn more. We are not a group of people who pick and choose who may practice with us, we do not deny any the right to learn (even if they are only curious). If you would like to know more, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Until then, Blessed Be to all,
Until we merry meet again,