If you've smelled a scent of incense wafting in the air, seen burning candles
and robed figures out at night, it's possible there is a coven of witches
performing their own form of sacred beliefs in the neighborhood. However,
you need not worry because they are harmless. A witch's guiding principle is
“bring no harm.” They also believe that whatever they do, good or bad, it will
come back to them threefold. The Wiccans have only one law, “If it harm
none, do what thou will.”
today develop a concern for nature and its animals, and they are usually
interested in practical concerns rather than magic. Yet, implicitly believe in
the human ability to change events or situations at will (otherwise known as
magic) through the mind and the correct performance of ritual. It is not
uncommon for them to use ritual in an attempt to influence the outcome of
daily events. Not unlike our own daily Christian prayer.
Women are especially attracted to witchcraft because of the importance it
places on paired male and female deities (a goddess and a god) and the equal
role played by women as High Priestesses working alongside High Priests.
Some groups, such as the all-women Dianic Wiccans, exclude males from their
circles and instead concentrate on a goddess only, while focusing on issues of
female empowerment and women's rites.
Wiccans and witches (there is a distinction) have many sub-categories such as;
Dianic, gothic, hedge, and fairy. A common thread which runs through them is
their interest in magic, other realms of existence, and the possibility of
experiencing those other realms.
Most follow a particular mythology or pantheon of gods, goddesses and spirits
which focus on personal and intuitive aspects.
Witches usually believe the following:
Ritual performances are imaginative and flexible, with group members
creating their rites and performing them within a sacred circle around a
central theme. These themes concern seasonal rites, full moons, initiations,
life passages, such as handfastings, a witch's wedding or naming ceremonies,
They do not use buildings like the Christian church and instead let nature
provide the sacred space for casting circles. Rituals are usually performed in
the forest, on the beaches, or in urban areas where many are held in living
rooms of coven members. A coven is a gathering of witches.
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