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The History Of Witchcraft 

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History of Witchcraft (part 4)

As Christianity became a part of this nation, there is much 
evidence to show where the Christians of the time, and the pagans 
lived peacefully together.

In theology, the differences between early Christians, Gnostics 
(members - often Christian - of dualistic sects of the 2nd 
century a.d.), and pagan Hermetists were slight. In the large 
Gnostic library discovered at Naj'Hammadi, in upper Egypt, in 
1945, Hermetic writings were found side by side with Christian 
Gnostic texts. The doctrine of the soul taught in Gnostic 
communities was almost identical to that taught in the mysteries: 
the soul emanated from the Father, fell into the body, and had to 
return to its former home. 

It was not until later in Rome that things took a change for the 
worse. Which moves us on to Greece.

The doctrinal similarity is exemplified in the case of the pagan 
writer and philosopher Synesius. When the people of Cyrene 
wanted the most able man of the city to be their bishop, they 
chose Synesius, a pagan. He was able to accept the election 
without sacrificing his intellectual honesty. In his pagan 
period, he wrote hymns that follow the fire theology of the 
Chaldean Oracles. Later he wrote hymns to Christ. The doctrine 
is almost identical. 

To attempt to demonstrate this...let's go to some BASIC tenets 
and beliefs of the two religions:

Christian Beliefs

The 10 Commandments 

1.) You shall have no other gods before me.

To the Christian, this means there will be no other God. Yet, in 
the bible, the phrase is plural. I does not state that you will 
not have another god, it says that you will have no other gods 
before the Christian God.

In the case of the later, it could be interpreted to mean that 
whereas other gods can be recognised, as a Christian, this person 
should place YHVH ahead of all gods recognising him/her as the 
supreme being of all. 

2.) You shall not worship idols

Actually, what it says in the New International Version is "You 
shall not make for yourself an idol in the form af anything in 
heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You 
shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your 
God, am a jealour God, punishing the children for the sin of the 
fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 
but showing love to thousands who love me and keep my 
commandments. 

3.) You shall not take the name of the lord in vain.

This one is pretty self explanitory. When a person is calling on 
the lord he/she is asking the lord for guidance or action. Thus, 
the phrase "God damn it!" can be translated into a person asking 
the lord to comdemn whatever "it" is to hell. The phrase "To 
damn" means to condem to hell. In modern society, several 
phrases such as the following are common usage:
"Oh God!", "God forbid!", "God damn it!", "God have mercy!"
Each of these is asking God to perform some act upon or for the 
speaker with the exception of "Oh God!" which is asking for Gods 
attention. 

4.) Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.

Depending on which religion you are looking at (i.e. Jewish, from 
which the 10 commandments come; or Christianity, which adapted 
them for their use as well.) the Sabbath is either Saturday or 
Sunday. You may also take a look at the various mythological 
pantheons to corelate which is the first and last days of the 
week...(i.e. Sun - Sunday.. Genesis 1:3 "And God said, "Let there 
be light,' and there was light., Moon - Monday.. Genesis 1:14 
"And God said,"Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to 
separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to 
mark seasons and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the 
expanse of the sky to give light on the earth." And it was so. 16 
God made two great lights - the greater light to govern the day 
and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the 
stars." Thus the Sun was created first. With the day of the Sun 
being the first in the week, then Saturday would be the 7th or 
Sabbath. 

5.) Honor thy mother and thy father.

This is another that is fairly self explainitory. It is any 
parent's right after spending the time to raise you to expect 
that you respect them. 

6.) You shall not murder.

This does not say "You shall not murder...except in my name." It 
says YOU SHALL NOT MURDER. PERIOD. Out of the 10 commandments, I 
have found that over the course of history, this one has been the 
most ignored. As we look as the spread of Christianity from 
around 300 A.D. forward, we find that as politics moved into the 
church and those in charge of man's "souls" were given more 
control that this one commandment sort of went out the window. 

We see such things as the Crusades, the inquisition, and the 
dominating fear that was placed into the Christian "psyche" that 
one should destroy that which is not like you.

Even though we here stories about the "witch trials", and the 
"witch burnings" etc....There were actually very few "Witches" 
tried or burned. Most of these poor souls were that of 
Protestant beliefs (Against the Catholic Church) yet still 
maintained that they were Christians. But...more on this later. 

7.) You shall not commit adultery.

You can look up the meaning in the dictionary, and this one 
becomes pretty self-evident. What it comes down to is that no 
person who has ever been divorced can marry again, and you don't 
have sex with someone that you are not married to. 

8.) You shall not steal.

Again, enough said. However...don't go looking at Constantine to 
be obeying this one! The Pagan temples were looted to make his 
coinage.

9.) You shall not give false witness against thy neighbor

Again, during the times of the inquisition, this also went out 
the window. Such tools as torture were used to pull confessions 
from these poor people who then signed statements that the 
inquisitors had written up saying that they freely signed this 
document. Of course...the inquisitors stated that this person 
was not tortured, but it was his clever wit that had extracted 
this confession. 

It was also during this time that persons, refusing to take 
responsibility for their own actions or accept that nature does 
in fact create strange circumstances...(i.e. drought, flood, 
etc.) and the resulting illness and bug infrestations. Very 
often, as the Witch-craze developed stronger, the one neighbor 
would accuse another of Witchcraft and destroying the fields or 
making their child sick, or whatever. 

10.)You shall not covet your neighbor.

On the surface, this one is pretty self explainitory. Don't 
crave your neighbor's possessions. Yes...I can relate this back 
to the inquisitional times as well since most of the accused's 
property reverted back to the Catholic church at this 
time...there were several accused and convicted of Witchcraft 
simply because they would not sell their property to the church. 
However...How does this effect persons today? How far do we 
carry the "Thou shalt not covet..."? This can be even so much as 
a want, however is it a sin to want a toy like your neighbor has? 
If so...we're all in trouble. How many of us "want" that Porsche 
that we see driving down the road? Or how about that beautiful 
house that we just drove past? Do we carry this commandment to 
this extreme? If so...I pity the person that can live by it for 
what that would say is "Thou shalt not DREAM." 

Wiccan Beliefs

Since the religion of Wicca (or Witchcraft) is so diverse in it's 
beliefs, I have included several documents here that encompass 
the majority of the traditions involved. Again, this is simply a 
basis...NOT the be all and end all.

Wiccan Rede

Bide ye wiccan laws you must,
in perfect love and perfect trust
Live ye must and let to live,
fairly take and fairly give
For the circle thrice about
to keep unwelcome spirits out
To bind ye spell wll every time,
let the spell be spake in rhyme
Soft of eye and light of touch,
speak ye little, listen much
Deosil go by the waxing moon,
chanting out ye baleful tune
When ye Lady's moon is new,
kiss ye hand to her times two
When ye moon rides at her peak,
then ye heart's desire seek
Heed the north winds mighty gale,
lock the door and trim the sail
When the wind comes from the south,
love will kiss thee on the mouth
When the wind blows from the east,
expect the new and set the feast.
Nine woods in the cauldron go,
burn them fast and burn them slow
Elder be ye Lady's tree,
burn it not or cursed ye'll be
WHen the wheel begins to turn,
soon ye Beltane fires will burn
When the wheel hath turned a Yule
light the log the Horned One rules
Heed ye flower, bush and tree,
by the Lady blessed 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 ye threefold law ye should
three times bad and three times good
When misfortune is enow,
wear the star upon thy brow
True in love my ye ever be,
lest thy love be false to thee
These eight words the wiccan rede fulfill;
An harm ye none, do what ye will. 



One of the Pagan Oaths recognised nationally here in the U.S.

A Pledge to Pagan Spirituality
I am a Pagan and I dedicate Myself to channeling the Spiritual 
Energy of my Inner Self to help and to heal myself and others.

* I know that I am a part of the Whole of Nature. May I 
grow in understanding of the Unity of all Nature. May I 
always walk in Balance.

* May I always be mindful of the diversity of Nature as 
well as its Unity and may I always be tolerant of those whose 
race, appearance, sex, sexual preference, culture, and other ways 
differ from my own.

* May I use the Force (psychic power) wisely and never use 
it for aggression nor for malevolent purposes. May I never 
direct it to curtail the free will of another.

* May I always be mindful that I create my own reality and that 
I have the power within me to create positivity in my life.

* May I always act in honorable ways: being honest with 
myself and others, keeping my word whenever I have given it, 
fulfilling all responsibilities and commitments I have taken 
on to the best of my ability.

* May I always remember that whatever is sent out always 
returns magnified to the sender. May the Forces of Karma move 
swiftly to remind me of these spiritual commitments when I 
have begin to falter from them, and may I use this Karmic 
feedback to help myself grow and be more attuned to my Inner 
Pagan Spirit.

* May I always remain strong and committed to my Spiritual 
ideals in the face of adversity and negativity. May the Force 
of my Inner Spirit ground out all malevolence directed my way 
and transform it into positivity. May my Inner Light shine 
so strongly that malevolent forces can not even approach my 
sphere of existence.

* May I always grow in Inner Wisdom & Understanding. May I 
see every problem that I face as an opportunity to develop 
myself spiritually in solving it.

* May I always act out of Love to all other beings on this 
Planet -- to other humans, to plants, to animals, to minerals, 
to elementals, to spirits, and to other entities.

* May I always be mindful that the Goddess and God in all 
their forms dwell within me and that this divinity is 
reflected through my own Inner Self, my Pagan Spirit.
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* May I always channel Love and Light from my being. May my Inner 
Spirit, rather than my ego self, guide all my thoughts, feelings, and 
actions.
SO MOTE IT BE

In the Wiccan Rede above, and scattered in the oath, we find 
words such as Perfect Love and Perfect Trust. What are these 
strange words and what do they mean?

Before one can analyse the meaning behind the phrase "Perfect 
Love and Perfect Trust", one must first define the words. For 
this purpose, I will use the Webster's New World Dictionary of 
the American Language 1982 edition. Perfect: adj. [L. per-, 
through + facere, do] 1. complete in all respects; flawless 2. 
excellent, as in skill or quality 3. completely accurate 4. 
sheer; utter [a perfect fool] 5. Gram. expressing a state or 
action completed at the time of speaking - vt. 1. to complete 2. 
to make perfect or nearly perfect - n. 1. the perfect tense 2. a 
verb form in this tense - perfectly adv - perfectness n.

Love: n. [<OE. lufu] 1. strong affection or liking of someone or 
something. 2. a passionate affection for one of the opposite sex. 
3. The object of such affection, sweetheart. 

Trust: n.[ON, traust] 1. a) firm belief in the honesty, 
reliability, etc. of another; faith b) the one trusted 2. 
confident expectation, hope, etc. 3. responsibility resulting 
from confidence placed in one. 4. Care, custody 5. something 
entrusted to one....

Using these definitions, we come up with "Flawless strong 
affection and flawless faith.

Is this possible? Those that follow the religion of Wicca often 
give excuses for this just being words. When this is the case, 
they are not obeying their faith....thus..they are not following 
perfect love and perfect trust. But to the rest...the answer is 
a resounding YES. This does not ask that you "like" a person. 
It asks that you see the divine light and love within individual 
whether you like them or not. Can this be done...YES. As to the 
perfect trust...we can always trust a fox to be a fox right. 
Therefore, when we are entering circle, we can honestly answer 
perfect trust even if it is on shaky ground. We may have faith 
that this person will act like any other human. 

It with these beliefs and doctrines that I state that not only 
was the doctrine, or teaching almost identical, but the 
vocabulary was extensively the same.









 

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