Witches, Broomsticks And Witchcraft

1582 WordsNov 21, 20167 Pages
Witches, Broomsticks and Witchcraft What comes to mind when someone says, "witches"? Most likely a picture of the Wicked Witch of the West, or Elizabeth Montgomery’s portrayal of Samantha from the sitcom Bewitched. Sometimes it’s someone evil and scary hunched over a black bubbling cauldron. Today’s modern witches are known as Wiccans who follow the nature-based religion, that have different branches and denomination. There has been some controversy about when Wicca had started, if it was formed back before pre-Christian ideas or if it was formed just a few decades ago. A man named Gerald B. Gardner had started the Wiccan Movement, along with Margret Murray, with the collaboration from both that is when the modern form of Wicca was born. Wiccans follow a dualistic idea of there being a Goddess and the Horned God. There are others who are polytheists believing in different gods from other pagan religions. The basis of the religion is the Three-Fold Law, which states that whatever you put out into the universe it will return to you three times good or bad; it can also be seen as karma in ones’ lifetime. “An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will" this means that you can do whatever it is that you want if it doesn’t cause any harm to anyone or thing. Wicca is more of a personal religion, there are different things that are believed in by covens and circles, groups of witches, or by those known as solidarity witches who practice by themselves. With the covens or circles
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