You may have heard, but in the past couple years the amount of people openly practicing witchcraft has recently surged. To some people, this is considered a sign of a failure to instill good morals in an entire generation, while to others this is an effect of younger people becoming more spiritual. But these reasons completely disregard the allure of witchcraft itself.
But, before going further, let’s debunk some common misconceptions about witchcraft. Firstly, pagan witchcraft is not inherently Satanic. Many pagan beliefs predate all the Abrahamic religions. Within most pagan witchcraft practices, witches don’t believe in or acknowledge the existence of God or Satan. The only witches, from my knowledge, that do are either Christian Witches or Satanic Witches.
Secondly, human sacrifice is a big no no! While some witches do sacrifice livestock, it’s not a necessary practice. However, at some point in your practices as a witch you will indeed offer gods, spirits, etc. things ranging from food to herbs to oils. Once again, human sacrifice is a no-go.
Now that that’s out of the way, allow me to explain what witchcraft is in a nutshell. Witchcraft is the practice of using knowledge to influence supernatural/spiritual aspects of one’s life to manifest in the physical aspect. For example, lavender is proven to have a calming effect on people when inhaled. After learning this a witch would use this knowledge and apply it to their works. If they want to cast a spell to calm an anxious person, they might light a lavender incense and say a little prayer or enchantment with the person there or absent. The idea is that the lavender not only has the physical effect of calming an individual but can generally be used to settle spiritual unrest as well as calming an area filled with active negative energy.
In addition to that, some witches are drawn to certain deities to worship them and include them in their works. Deities in witchcraft tend to have varying degrees of intimacy with their witches. Some are demanding and require constant offerings, while some like mine require occasional acknowledgment. They also tend to not have the same relevance to all witches as God has to Christianity. In my personal practice, my god and goddess are not deities that I constantly worship and thank and glorify. That’s not their style and they don’t care for it, but if I wanna cast a spell and need a little help or want a bit of divine favor in my endeavors, I will call them to a ritual to charge me with their guidance/power to help me get this bread.
In short, witchcraft is research, intuition, and practice. The rest is up to you. Merry meet, merry part, and merry meet again!