1. What makes someone a Witch?
It is a conscious decision to dedicate one's life to the Pre-Christian Gods and Goddesses, as well as having a responsibility to respect the right and free-will of others and ourselves.
2. Do you try to convert people to Witchcraft?
No, we believe in free will and respect all religions.
3. What is the star Witches wear?
The Pentacle is the five pointed star which represents the four elements: Earth, Air, Fire, Water. The fifth top point symbolizes Spirit. It is surrounded by a circle of protection and balance.
4. Why do Witches wear black?
Witches do not always wear black. Ritually, black is worn at appropriate times, but for the most part, we wear whatever color we choose depending on the work being done. It should be noted that the clergy of most western religion wear black.
5. Can Witches do magic?
Not the David Copperfield kind, but yes. We believe that magic is " the art and science of causing change to occur in conformity with will". (Aleister Crowley)
6. What is a Spell?
A spell is a concentrated though, projection or prayer. It is similar to other religions use of meditation or projection to produce an intended result.
7. Do you worship in Churches or Temples?
Our places of worship are wherever we create sacred space and cast circle. This is where we do our magic and Rituals.
8. Do the Witches have religious holidays?
Yes! We have eight Sabbots that follow the Wheel of the Year. The names and dates of these may change depending upon the tradition but most traditions acknowledge the following:
February 2 -Imbolc
March 21 - Ostara or Spring Equinox
May 1- Beltaine
June 21 - Midsummer or Summer Solstice
August 1 -Lughnassagh or Lammas
September 21 - Mabon or Fall Equinox
October 31- Samhain (pronounced Sow-wahn)
December 21 - Yule or Winter Solstice
We also meet on the Moons, full or new. These Rituals are called Esbats.
9. What is a tradition?
A tradition is simply a denomination of dogma or teaching within the Craft. Thee is no single path in witchcraft as there is no single path in other religions.
10. Do you have rules or commandments that you live by?
Yes, we have 2 that are generally accepted. 1-Do what thou will, but harm none. 2-What you do will come back to you threefold. What this basically means is that we accept responsibility for everything we say, do, or think. We believe that whatever we send out, good or bad, will be returned to us. As the old saying goes: What goes around, comes around.
11. What is the difference between a Witch, Wiccan, and Warlock?
A Witch can be male or female practioner of an earth-based religion that worships the Pre-Christian Gods and Goddesses. Wiccan is a neo-pagan term for Witch. Warlock is an old Scottish word used to describe a man who would come to the aid of a Witch. By "siding" with a Witch, he was considered a traitor to the Church and his gender. It is actually considered an insult to call a male witch a warlock.
12. Is every Witch in a Coven?
No. Not every Witch, there are those that choose to worship in a group or coven. However, there are some who prefer to worship alone. These practioners are called Solitaries. Then there are those that do both.
13. How do Witches view death?
Many Witches believe in reincarnation. We do not believe however, in a heaven or hell where the spirit spends eternity in reward or punishment for earthly actons.
14. How can I find out ore about Witchcraft?
There are many fine books written on the subject. Below is a small list you may want to consider.
The Truth About Witchcraft Today by Scott Cunningham
The Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland
When Someone You Love is Wiccan by Carl McColman
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Wicca & Witchcraft by Denise Zimmermann and Katherine A. Gleason
A good website is: The Witche's Voice www.witchvox.com