"My Favorite Wicca and Pagan Links"

"T iara's Wicca Page"
An Excellent Wicca Page, by a Dear Friend!
Catala's Wicca Site
An Excellent Learning Experience!
Witches Brew for all the Mothers Children
A great site by another Friend!
Wi tch Way
Greatest Wiccan and Pagan Artwork on the Web!
Witches Web
Wiccan and Pagan News,Education and networking!
Ravengirl's Page
Excellent Wicca Site!
The Witches Voice
News and Education!
Realm of the Druid Princess
Another Great Site by a Dear Friend!

"The Daily Motivator"

"The History of Witchcraft"

The history of witchcraft has been so tainted by historians throughout the years in articles and books, so blatantly filled with prejudice and fear, that it's hard to uncover the truth. But as more and more brave souls step forward and proudly proclaim themselves as witches, we learn more about our ancestry.

Tens of thousands of years ago, our ancestors lived close to the land. They hunted and harvested fruits and seeds from their environment, and their respect for the creatures sharing the earth was a constant point of reference in their day-to-day existence. Because the world of our ancestors was a magical place filled with the spirits of plants and animals, and because their experience had shown them that cooperation was more efficient then working alone, it was only natural that a bond of cooperation with nature be sought by them. Thus was born the world's oldest religion: Witchcraft.

During the following centuries this religion developed naturally and easily to fit the needs of the people. As closer bonds were developed with nature, spirits were designated to the Wicca- which means "The Wise Ones". These men and women held the secrets for the community, sharing wisdom and power and leading the rituals during the Sabbatts- the Holy days that mark the "Wheel of the Year".

With the advent of Christianity, several things changed and we feel those repercussions even today. This new man-made religion focused on a single God as opposed to a pantheon of Goddess and Gods that had developed naturally over hundreds of generations. According to Joeseph Campbell, Monetheism is the single most dangerous idea humans have ever had because this new God is a being we cannot relate to in any way. Rather than interacting with people, this God dictates from a position of formlessness and timelessness. This God has no personality to relate to, no idiosyncrasies to show us that our own quirks are acceptable. It is any wonder that the Monks,Nuns,Missionaries,Bishops and Priests of the early church were seen as erratic, pointless souls lost in a belief they could neither explain or understand!

The spread of Christianity was not as lightning fast as our history books would have us believe. Rather, women and men of power were converted first and the force of their will was imposed on the people, sometimes entire countries. When the people refused to give up the old religion, Pope Gregory the Great issued an order to destroy the sites of worship associated with the old religion and replace them with Christian Churches.

The Old Religion was seen as a rival to the Christians march toward world domination, so the ugly rumors began in earnest. No one could have ever been more surprised at the accusations of "DEVIL WORSHIP" directed at the pagans than the pagans themselves. Until the moment they were cursed, they had no concept of "DEVIL". Satan was a Christian import and the history books are full of examples of the "Winner-take-all" philosophy of the Christians. Throughout history the Gods of the defeated became the devils of the victors, and so it was in this case.

The Great One, the Horned God Herne(or,later Cernunnus) became the epitome of Satan-Horned, Clovenhoofed etc. By the time Pope Innocent VIII took office, the cards were stacked against our ancestors and the followers of the Old Religion. Pope Innocent issued a Bill against Witches in 1484.

In 1486 two german monks submitted a filthy, obscene, personally-concieved document against witches that changed the course of history. This document is the Malleus Malleficcarum, or the "Witches Hammer"- a title that still sends chills up and down the spines of Pagans and Witches today. The holocaust against witches began in earnest with it's publication, and this time of hysteria is called "The burning Times". Ironically, their manuscripts were rejected by the Theosophical Council as "Crazy" and the monks forged the signatures of approval: A fact that was not made public for over 400 years.

During the Burning Times, an estimated 9 million Witches were killed by their Christian Brothers, Sisters, Spouses, and neighbors. Even today you cannot publicly announce the fact that you are a Witch without fear of severe and often brutal repercussions, depending on where you live in the world. But the times are changing and the Goddess is re-awakening. The powers of Herne is calling to us, Children of the Earth, and many of us are answering, but not with vengence or hatred. We are answering with the Witches Rede':

An' It Harm None, Do What Thou Wilt.

"The Current Moon Phase"

"The Wiccan Rede"

Bide within the Law ye must, in perfect Love and perfect Trust.
Live ye must and let to live, fairly take and fairly give.
For tread the Circle thrice about to keep unwelcome spirits out.
To bind the spell well every time, let the spell be said in rhyme.
Light of eye and soft of touch, speak ye little, listen much.
Honor the Old Ones in deed and name, let love and light be our guides again.

Deosil go by the waxing moon, chanting out the joyful tune.
Widdershins go when the moon doth wane, and the werewolf howls by the dread wolfsbane.
When Goddess moon is new, kiss the hand to Her times two.
When Goddess moon rides at Her peak then your heart's desire seek.
Heed the North winds mighty gale, lock the door and trim the sail.
When the Wind blows from the East, expect the new and set the feast.
When the wind comes from the South, love will kiss ye on the mouth.
When the wind whispers from the West, all hearts will find peace and rest.
Oak in the forest towers with might in the fire it brings the God's insight.

Rowan is a tree of power causing life and magick to flower.
Willows at the waterside stand ready to help us to the Summerland.
Hawthorn is burned to purify and to draw faerie to ye eye.
Hazel-the tree of wisdom and learning- adds its strength to the bright fire burning.
White are the flowers of Apple tree that brings us fruits of fertility.

Grapes grow upon the vine giving us both joy and wine.
Fir does mark the evergreen to represent immortality seen.
Elder is the Lady's tree burn it not or cursed ye'll be.
Heed the flower, bush, and tree By the Lady blessed ye'll be.
Where the rippling waters go cast a stone, the truth ye'll know.
When ye have and hold a need, harken not to others greed.
With a fool no season spend or be counted as his friend.
Merry Meet and Merry Part bright the cheeks and warm the heart.
Mind the Three-fold Laws ye should three times bad and three times good.

When misfortune is enow wear the star upon your brow.
Be true in love this ye must do unless your love is false to you.

Eight words the Rede fulfill "And ye harm none, do what ye will"

"Memorial Stones Courtesy of Catala"

From:Laura's Midi Heaven

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