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Witchcraft Terms and Tools – Altar

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A Wiccan altar is typically a piece of furniture, such as a table or chest, upon which a practitioner of Wicca places several symbolic and

Witchcraft Terms and Tools

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Witchcraft, Neopaganism and Wicca typically employ a variety of tools and accoutrements in their practices and rituals. Often, these are common tools or items used

Sources and Further Reading

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Among the many sources used, to a greater or lesser extent, in creating this website are: Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Controverscial.com – http://www.controverscial.com History of

Related Beliefs – Demonology

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Demonology is the belief in, or the systematic study of, demons (roughly defined as superhuman beings who are not gods, whether benevolent or malevolent). In

Related Beliefs – Animism

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Animism commonly refers to a religious belief that souls or spirits exist in non-human entities such as animals, plants, natural phenomena, geographic features and everyday

Related Beliefs

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While not strictly considered under the description of witchcraft, there are many other esoteric and mystical practices and belief systems which either share some common

What Is Witchcraft?

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Witch-craft pronunciation : the art or practice of witches; the practice of sorcery, enchantments and intercourse with spirits; the belief in, or use of, certain

History of Witchcraft – Modern Period

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After the witch-hunt years off the Early Modern Period in Europe (known among witches as “The Burning Times”), the practice of witchcraft survived in pockets,

History of Witchcraft – Medieval Period

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The witchcraft of the early Christian period was essentially common sorcery or folk-magic developed over the centuries from its roots in the Ancient Period, not

History of Witchcraft – Early Modern Period

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Although the Inquisition began in the late Medieval Period , it was during the Early Modern period that the witch hunt in Europe began in

History of Witchcraft – Ancient Period

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Witchcraft of some sort has probably existed since humans first banded together in groups. Simple sorcery (or the use of magic accessible to ordinary people),

History of Witchcraft

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Some claim that witchcraft dates back to pre-history. Others allege that what we generally consider witchcraft developed in pre-Christian Celtic times. Either way, the best

Witchcraft in Popular Culture – Television

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Bewitched An American TV sitcom, originally broadcast from 1964 to 1972 (also a 2005 movie based on the TV series), which followed the day-to-day life

Witchcraft in Popular Culture – Novels

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The Wizard of Oz A children’s novel (originally entitled “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”) written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W. W. Denslow

Witchcraft in Popular Culture – Films

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Häxan (or “Heksen”) A 1921 Swedish/Danish silent black-and-white film, later re-released in the abbreviated form under the English title “Witchcraft through the Ages”. Based on

Witchcraft in Popular Culture – Children

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Wendy the Good Little Witch A children’s comic book companion for Casper the Friendly Ghost from 1962 to 1974 (and briefly revived in the early

Witchcraft in Popular Culture

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Witches and witchcraft have been immensely popular subjects throughout the history of our popular culture. However, modern ideas of the witch are often simplified to

Contemporary Witchcraft

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Contemporary or Modern Witchcraft refers to the various witchcraft or sorcery practices that are practised in the present day. The majority of these groups, such

Witchcraft in Popular Culture – Plays/Musicals

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Macbeth The Three Witches (or Weird Sisters) appear in William Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth”, written between 1603 and 1606. They inform Macbeth that he is destined

Witchcraft in Popular Culture – Anime/Manga/Comics

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Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Originally a comic book series from 1962 to 1983 (later a 1996 live-action movie, a television comedy series which aired between

Contemporary Witchcraft – Non-Wicca Contemporary Witchcraft

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Although the various traditions of Wicca are by far the most familiar and widespread, there are also several other traditions under the general heading of

Writing Powerful Magical Incantations That Work

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“The origins of poetry are clearly rooted in obscurity, in secretiveness, in incantation, in spells that must at once invoke and protect, tell the secret

Powerful Cord and Knot Magick

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“A threefold cord is not quickly broken.” – Ecclesiastes, IV, 12. There is all manner of magical tools available to Witches. One of which, a simple cord,

The Elements in Magic & Witchcraft: Earth – Meaning, Symbolism and Uses

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“Treat the Earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit

The Elements in Magic and Witchcraft: Fire Symbolism, Meaning & Uses

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“We should take from the past its fires and not its ashes.” -Jean Jaures Fire was undoubtedly the most significant element to our ancestors.