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Wednesday, 28 March 2007

Pow Wow Tradition Of Witchcraft

Pow Wow Tradition Of Witchcraft Cover Pow-Wow Tradition: (from the Algonquin word “pauwau", which means literally "vision seeker") Its principles encompass shamanic like rituals of healing through visions and the application of traditional medicines, which are often accompanied by prayers, incantations, songs, and dances. The word pauwau (pow-wow) was came to be used for Native American ceremonies and councils because of the important role played by the pauwau in both. The Pow Wow Tradition places great significance on the vision seeker as the nexus of group (coven) activites and rituals. Though some claim that the Pow-Wow Tradition is German in origin, it is more of an amalgamation of local Native American traditions with those traditions of the German/Dutch immigrants of pagan heritage who settled in the Pennsylvania region of the United States.

Books in PDF format to read:

Allen Greenfield - A True History Of Witchcraft
Bylaws - Unicorn Tradition Of Wicca
Alexander Roberts - A Treatise Of Witchcraft

Tuesday, 27 March 2007

Fairy Witchcraft Traditions

Fairy Witchcraft Traditions Cover What classifies as a fairy tradition? Paths that label themselves as a fairy tradition incorporate fairy folklore and beliefs into their practices. This does not extend to Celtic countries only, as the belief in similar fairy-like spirits or Supernatural creatures permeates cultures worldwide. Traditions that work with the fey may incorporate pagan beliefs and practices involving fairies, or the ‘good folk’, that were practiced when the fairy-faith was still prevalent in Europe. Other methods of working with the fey may include contacting them, journeying to the otherworld, or incorporating them into the path’s mythology (use of deity, spirits, and belief within the tradition).

The traditions listed in this lesson are not to be confused with the Radical Faeries, or Kisma Stephanich’s Faery Wicca,which claims to have rediscovered the traditions of the Tuatha De Danann, an ancient fairy race . While it is agreed that some of her Information is based on Irish mythology, the majority of her books are based on pseudohistory, imagination, and plagiarism from R.J. Stewart’s books as well as other authors. Faerie Wicca or Faerie Faith, a Wiccan tradition founded in Texas, is also not associated with the paths covered in this introduction.

Free eBooks (Can Be Downloaded):

John Seymour - Irish Witchcraft And Demonology
Friedrich Adler - The Witchcraft Trial In Moscow
Jaroslav Nemec - Witchcraft And Medicine
Michael Ford - Luciferian Witchcraft An Introduction
Anonymous - Witchcraft Dictionary

Monday, 26 March 2007

What Is A Warlock

What Is A Warlock Cover Warlock is also often associated with a male witch. However it is important to note the 2 distinct meanings of the word, because using this label is not accurate from a Saxon perspective.

Warlock comes from two root words and has 3 meanings:

* The Anglo-saxon meaning, 'oath-breaker' is the most common use of the word. The label has fallen from use and is often seen as a derogatory title.
* The Old Norse word 'vardlokkur' which has been translated to warlock. There are debates about the exact translation of the word in it's original form. Additionally there are debates about it's meaning. However there are several mythological tales about the Vardlokkur guarding the gates of knowledge. In these legends, the Vardlokkur were the wise men of divine knowledge who protected that wisdom and guarded it with their lives. The magik of the vardlokkur was/is to ward off evil spirits and to lock or bind them up, keeping the sacred wisdom safe. Some also call the vardlokkur the Norse Guards or Guardians. The warriors of the spiritual community. In this context a Norse practioner might use the world warlock to represent their personal path and preference of this label.
* In the Scots dialect the word warlock, means a 'cunning man' or 'male white witch', it is rarely used today, if at all.

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Free eBooks (Can Be Downloaded):

Thomas Voxfire - What Was Aleister Crowley
Anonymous - What Is Wicca Article 2
Arthur Edward Waite - What Is Alchemy
Stephen Mcnallen - What Is Asatru
Lil Bow Wow - What Is A Warlock

Friday, 16 March 2007

Paganism And Witchcraft

Paganism And Witchcraft Cover To most people unfamiliar with the subject the words “Paganism” and “Witchcraft” are synonymous. However, while some Pagans are Witches, most are not. Witches, like Shamans are practitioners of specific rituals and traditions within the general framework of the tribal pagan experience.

Witchcraft is the name that was used by the Christian Church to stigmatize the practitioners of "The Old Religions". It is the continuation of the practices of the native spiritual and cultural beliefs of Europeans and others that existed prior to the advent of Christianity. The witch is a practitioner of a paganistic lifestyle, but the paths (traditions) that individual witches follow often vary widely. A witch will follow the principles and beliefs of the pagan philosophy, but not according to any set of parochial dogmas. A witch's individual path comes from the epiphany of their own individual experience and the exercise of their own given talents. Witchcraft is a considered a religion; however that classification is more a legal label rather than a definition of witchcraft as a congregational approach to spirituality.

To become a witch, one must become a practitioner of the “Old Religion”. Different traditions have different methodology for becoming a part of their tradition. For most, this involves some form of self-dedication to the Gods and Goddesses of the Earth. Even for those born into a family tradition, a conscious decision to follow the "Old Ways" must be made.

Free eBooks (Can Be Downloaded):

Alexander Roberts - A Treatise Of Witchcraft
Swain Wodening - Anglo Saxon Witchcraft
Joseph Workman - Demonomania And Witchcraft
George Moir - Magic And Witchcraft