Interesting Facts About Witches

Do you know the facts about witches? When most of us think of witches, we think of the evil witches portrayed in stories, movies and television. But real witches have very little in common with the broom-riding witches we find in fiction. Here are some things you should know if you ever encounter Wicca witches.

  • Witches are not otherworldly beings who can fly, change form or brew potions from the eyes of newts. They are just people.
  • Contrary to popular belief, a male witch is not a called a wizard or a warlock. A male witch is simply called a witch. Warlock is actually a negative term that means traitor.
  • Modern witchcraft is a nature-based religion. The modern form of ancient witchcraft is also known as Wicca. Witches believe that Mother Earth and Nature are sacred. The Wiccan religion shares many similarities with Native American religions.
  • It is not exactly true to say that witches don't believe in God. Witches do, in fact, believe in a deity, but that deity is perceived as a male/female energy, both God and Goddess.
  • The Pentagram is the symbol of the Wiccan religion. It is a five-pointed star within a circle. This symbol is rich in meaning. The circle represents continuity, no beginning and no end, and the Deity. The star is said to represent the outstretched body, as well as the Spirit or Creator and the four elements of Life. The top point of the star represents the Spirit ruling over the elements, air, fire, water and earth, which are represented by the other four points of the star.
  • Witches are not evil. Most witches follow the Three-Fold Law, which states that whatever you do comes back to you three times over. This goes for both good and evil deeds, so the motivation is to do only good.
  • Witchcraft has nothing to do with the Devil. In fact, witchcraft began long before the Christian notion of the Devil even existed. The association between witches and the devil came about as a result of early Christian misunderstandings of Earth-based religion, and their fear of any religion it thought to be a threat to the spread of Christianity.

As you can see from these unique facts about witches, a witch is not a person to be feared. A witch doesn't look different or scary, and is not evil. A witch is merely a person who chooses to practice a religion that has been in existence for thousands of years.

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