WITCHCRAFT/WICCA: A religion
that is centered around the worship of a goddess, a female
deity. Witches revere the life force of nature and seek
to be in tune with its cycles. Wicca, the modern form
of witchcraft, was inspired by the writings of Gerald
B. Gardner in the 1950's. He is often known as the father
of modern witchcraft.
WHITE MAGIC(K): Magick that
is worked for good purposes, through harmless acts and
methods. Witches use white magick.
WISE WOMAN: A solitary female
Witch who made charms and prescribed healing herbs to
the dwellers of the rural villages in Europe.
AMULET: An object worn or
carried to drive away negative energy or spirits. It is
a protective object that is sometimes inscribed with runic
or other magickal symbols.
DIVINATION: Obtaining knowledge
through using tools that either stimulate psychic awareness
or point to future occurances. Examples of tools used
for divination are: dowsing rods, casting runes, tarot
cards, pendulum, or ouiji board.
PENTAGRAM: a 5-pointed star
used in magick for many centuries. It represents the 4
elements (Earth, Air, Fire, & Water) plus--Spirit. It
also symbolizes the body, and the 5 senses. It is used
mainly in protective magick. When it is enclosed in a
circle, it is called a pentacle. Witches often wear pentacles
as pendants, and are usually hidden beneath their clothes--to
keep them close to the body and energized, as well as
because of the negative conotations wrongly associated
with the symbol--as a symbol of the Devil. An inverted
pentagram is the symbol of the third degree of Witchcraft.
SATANISM: True "Devil-worship"
is rarely, if ever, practiced. It is usually a mask for
indulging in vices such as "perverted" sexual acts, drug
and alcohol abuse, and murder (in extreme cases). A famous
example of a Satanic cult was the prestigious Hellfire
Club, to which such people as Benjamin Franklin, Oscar
Wilde's wife, and Aleister Crowley (among others) belonged
to. It is mportant to realize that Wicca and Satanism
are not synonymous. The Wiccan Rede: "An' it harm none,
do what ye will", prohibits a true Witch from taking part
in anything that may harm any person, including themselves,
or at least reminds them that they must be prepared to
pay the consequences three fold when they do harm.