Misconceptions of Witchcraft

First, please read this. Tempest Smith was only twelve years old when her classmates bullied her into committing suicide due to her faith. There are many vulnerable people in the Witch community, and there are kids and teens in this community too. The bigotry is unacceptable. Tempest Smith's Suicide If you are a new Witch or looking to become one, I also suggest you read the entirety of this page.

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*Zoroastrianism referenced a bogeyman called "Ahriman" which was supposedly the bad guy. Other religions that referenced a "bad guy" with supposed big old powers included Egyptian (Apep), Babylonian (Tiamat), Mithraic (kind of unclear), and various other stuff that originated in Mesopotamia, Sumeria, Babylonia and the Fertile Crescent. However, historians often fail to realize that the Fertile Crescent, source of White People Beliefs, was not the center of the goddamn universe and that it was not the only source of religion on Planet Earth. Consider: Chinese (Taoist) pantheon, Native American pantheons, Japanese pantheon, African pantheons (Africa being the cradle of civilization as far as we know), Aborigine beliefs. It gets complicated. I don't know if the oldest religions referenced a "bad guy" but as far as it seems, nothing indicates that pre-Neolithic Revolution hunter-gatherers believed in any such thing. It seems to have been an invention of the Neolithic era for some reason. And for the record, no one knows where the Craft came from, just that it has definite rituals, traits, traditions, and beliefs which match up with beliefs older than Christianity, and for the same reasons is probably older than Egyptian religion. Archeologists, ya there?

Cultural Differences Between Witchcraft and Monotheistic Religions

All The Ways People Have Screwed Up Witchcraft

Little-known facts about Witchcraft

If you read through all this because you have more or less been called to the Craft even before you knew there was a name for it, know that you are loved, you are appreciated, and you are not alone. There are many more of us, in places you would never expect, and many of us are proud of you. Keep your chin up and always be true to yourself.

Why I am a Witch: I never have to lie to myself. There's no cognitive dissonance. If something isn't true, I don't need to pretend it is. Here are two books that I recommend: Embracing the Moon by Yasmine Galenorn and Dancing with the Sun by Yasmine Galenorn; they'll tell you everything you need to know about the Craft. Understand: they are textbooks intended to be put to use, not scriptures, but do not do anything from them unless you have studied the Craft for a year and a day and then dedicated yourself to it. Practicing the Craft carries with it extreme responsibility and accountability. IT'S NOT FOR EVERYONE.

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