History of Witchcraft
Witchcraft is sorcery, the magic handling of supernatural forces through spells, magic, divination, and the creation or the call of the spirits. Scientific authorities often refer to sorcery or witchcraft as the use of malevolent powers through the employment of psychic means without need for ritual or charm, but in the contemporary Western world, witches typically work or cast magic spells. Witchcraft or sorcery usually involves the use of powers such as form-shifting, clairvoyance, invisibility, flight, and astral projection.
Magic and witchcraft have existed and endured since the dawn of time. Through countless periods of trials and tribulations, the champions of the craft have carried the traditions forward. There have been great sufferings and great triumphs along the way and magic and witchcraft are presently experiencing a time of resurgence, awakening, and enlightenment.
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The Roots of Witchcraft
Witchcraft, sorcery, magic, that which can only start to find its roots when we turn over until Mesopotamia. With their deity for all the types of disasters, such as Utug - the inhabitant of the desert waiting you to remove if you wander with far, and Telal - the demon of Bull, Alal - the destroyer, Namtar - plague, Idpa - fever, and Maskim - the snare setter; the days of the superstition were quite in hand. It was believed that all the Pharaohs, the kings, etc impregnated a certain power of the gods, and even the lightest movement whom they have fact would cause production of an action. It was believed that an image, or the statue also carried the spirit of the person. It is one of the reasons for which they were carried from one place to another, and also explains why you see so many images and statues of these people with their right hands at their sides. In the bible, we find the reference "to the tower of Babel" or Ziggurat in Genesis 11. "Maintaining the world whole had a language and a common speech. While the men moved towards the east, they found a plain in Shinar (Babylonia) and arranged there. They said between them, "came, make bricks and to make them cook with the furnace completely." They employed brick instead of the stone, and the tar instead of the mortar. Then they said, "came, us let build us a city, with a tower which reaches with the skies, so that we can make a name for ourselves and not be dispersed above the face of the whole ground." But the lord is descended to see the city and the tower which the men built. The lord said, "if as people speaking the same language that they started to do this, then nothing they project to make will not be impossible for them. Come to leave us descend and confuse their language thus they will not include themselves/understand." "It continues to indicate that the tower was never finished. In other references, us note that it "turn" of makes has be finished, and that it was a tower which represented "puts in scene" between the ground and sky (not a tower extending to the sky in the literal direction.) of this reference, it was a tower built in the stages. A hierarchy on which the sky and the hell were based. It was really a miniature world representing the mountain of the ground.
The Search for Magical Knowledge
Each stage was devoted to a planet, with its angles symbolizing the four corners of the world. They moved in Akkad, Saburtu, Elam, and the Western grounds. The seven stages of the tower were painted in various colors which corresponded to planets. "Saturn, was black. The second was white, the Jupiter color. The third, brick-red, the color of mercury, followed blue, Come; to yellow, Mars, gray or money for the moon. These colors predicted good or bad, like their planets. For the first time, the numbers expressed the order of the world. A legend depicts Pythagoras of Samos traveling to Babylon where one teaches to him the mystery of the numbers, their magic importance and the power. The seven stages often appear in magic philosophy. The seven stages are: stones, fire, factories, animals, man, the skies starry, and angels. Starting with the study of the stones, the man of wisdom will reach higher and higher degrees of knowledge, until it can in measurement apprehend sublimation, and the eternal. While assembling these stages, a man would reach the knowledge of God, of which the name is with the eighth degree, the threshold of the marvelous housing of God. The place was also a "mystical" symbol in a few these periods, and however divided into seven, was still respected. This correlated the old tradition of a quadruple world being reconciled with the seven skies of the posterior periods. It is thought that was the beginning with the numerology here, but so that this develops with the point where they had taken into account the place like quadruple world, it should have developed before this.
The Celts: "Magic" Begins
The roots of the magic come from Celts. Descendants of Indo-Europeans, Celts were brilliant and dynamic people - artists endowed, musicians, storytellers, metal-worker, expert farmers and warlike wild. Their adversaries, the Novels have much fears them, which thereafter adopted a certain number of their habits and traditions. Celts were deeply spiritual people, which adored a god and the goddess. Their religion was pantheistic, meaning they adored many aspects of "creative source of the life" and honored the presence "of the divine creator" in all with nature. As much of tribes the world more, they believed in the reincarnation. After death, they went in Summerland for the rest and the renewal very while waiting for the rebirth. The months of the Celtic year were baptized name of the trees. The new Celtic year started at Samhain, which means that the "summers finish," and were the final harvest of the year. It was also their "festival of deaths," where they honored their ancestors and the late ones liked those. Many habits of Halloween of contemporary come from Samhain. Afterwards on the wheel of the Celtic year was the winter solstice, celebrating the annual rebirth of the sun. Our habits of Christmas are similar to this ancient celebration today. Around the beginning of February Imbolg came, one moment when the domesticated animals started to give birth. The equinox and Beltaine of spring, sometimes called the "day of May," were festivals of fertility. The summer solstice, known under the name of Lughnassa, celebrated the glory of the sun and the powers of nature. Lughnassa, the autumnal equinox, and Samhain, were considered as Celtic festivals of harvest. The "druids" were the priests of the Celtic religion. They remained in the power and three centuries after the defeat of Celts to the hands of the Novels. The druids were priests, professors, judges, astrologers, healers and bards. They became essential to the political chiefs, giving them the considerable power and the influence. They were conciliators, and could pass from a making tribe the war to the other unscathed ones. That took twenty years of intense study to go well to a druid. Translated, the druid of word wants to say "to know the tree of oak." Of the trees, the oak in particular, were considered crowned by Celts. The Mistletoe, which develops like parasite on trees of oak, was a powerful grass used in their ceremonies and for curative. The Mistletoe was ritually harvested with the summer solstice while cutting it with a gold sickle and by catching it with a white fabric all while never dropping it to the ground. The belief and the religious practices of Celts developed in what later became notorious like paganism, not to be confused with Neo-Paganism of limit, which is beyond the range of this writing. The pagan one of word is derived from the Latin word Paganus, meaning the "inhabitant of country." This consequence was formed with the love of Celts for the ground and their possession of the things such as the tree and the crowned Mistletoe of oak. The belief and the ritual — one of Pagan roots mixed with those of other Indo-European descended groups — and the surplus several centuries generated such practices that inventing magic beverages and ointments, moulding orthography, and to carry out work of magic. These practices, with much of the belief nature-based held by Celts and other groups, collectively became known under the name of sorcery. The witch of limit, which wants to say "to twist or yield," has her origin in the antique, Wicca of word of Anglo-Saxon it, which is derived wicce from word it, which means "wise." The witch is also related to the German word, "weihen," which mean "to devote or bless. " Some indicate that the origins of the witch go up to thousands of years, at the days when the goddess was adored and humanity had the great veneration for the powers of nature and women as creators of the new life. In philosophy of "new age", this is connected to the concept of "Gaia," or "Ground," which look at the planet ground as prima
Witches are Labeled
Before the 14th century, sorcery came to mean that collection of belief and practices including/understanding curative spell through, to mix ointments or medicines, to wet in the supernatural one, to guess or envisage the future, and to begin in clairvoyance. The groups meeting on the other belief and the ritual one often stigmatized with sorcery like "demon-adoring." After North America was discovered and European started to emigrate with the new ground, sorcery inherited the practice by some the first, colonial colonists. Since it had been previously stigmatized like "demon-adoring," one prohibited sorcery in all the North-American colonies. In spite of this decree by the powers of the day, some colonists secretly practiced sorcery knowing that they would be hung or burned if caught. It was said to him that certain ritual carried out by the helped early-American witches protect their payments from the attacks by the indigenous Americans. The magic can carry out much results, some goods and a certain evil, according to the type of magic and the intentions of expert. The types well-known of magic are indicated by colors. "The black magic" is carried out with the intention to harm others which are, as means of establishing the power of the expert or like itself drank. The fundamental ideology on which the black magic is based declares that the expert and his continuation of knowledge and/or of physical wellbeing, are more important than other concern, theological or moral. "The green magic" makes take part the expert adapting or itself to nature and the world around him. "The white magic" is where the expert adapts or itself with the needs for the human society and tries to satisfy these needs. It is a form of magic "of personal appreciation", and does not require to harm other beings. "The gray magic" is magic that is neither the green, neither black, nor white, and who replaces usually the absolute stand of these kingdoms with a moral code which is particular to the expert. It is a type of magic its, and can be employed for many various goals. "The folk magic" is an eclectic collection of herbalism, faith curative, curses and magic spells, magic of candle, and other operations which thrived in rural sectors during centuries. There is also the limit, the "magician of hedge," which refers to an individual who tries to practice the magic with little or not formal formation.