Mudcat Café message #991042 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #61577   Message #991042
Posted By: CapriUni
26-Jul-03 - 09:23 AM
Thread Name: BS: Witches! Good and Bad?
Subject: RE: BS: Witches! Good and Bad?
Harpgirl I just thought that with all the talk about witches around here, some of these witches and witch sympathsizers would have something reasonably enlightening to say about the differences.

Okay, I'll try.

People who pray and meditate through the practice of witchcraft are called "Witches." Real witchcraft is a form of prayer and meditation more than anything else. It helps the practicitioner focus his or her mind on a goal, while opening the imagination to the Divine pressence. It has little or nothing to do with fictional witchcraft -- real witches can't turn people into frogs, or children into gingerbread people, or clean the house by wiggling their noses. Real witches are also mortal, and not a seperate, or immortal, subspecies of human. One reason your question might have drawn the ire of some Mudcatters is that the very question itself implies that witches are seperate from the rest of humanity (you may not have meant it that way, but if people interpret it that way, that's enough to provoke the raising of a few hackles).

Many witches follow some form of Pagan, or Neo-Pagan, faith -- in other words, one that sees the Divine as revealed through the natural world rather than through scripture (many of these faiths are polythesitic, but not all). Some witches, however consider themselves Christian, or Jewish, for that matter.

In other words, witches are simply humans who pray and meditate in a certain way.   Like all humans, there is a little good and bad in them all. Telling a good witch from a bad witch is as simple and tricky as telling a good person from a bad person.

I hope this has been of some help.