Helping Yourself with White Witchcraft by Al G. ManningI got hold of this book when it was recommended to be by a friend who was a high priestess back in the late 80s. My main reason for recommending it to people who are new to the practice of witchcraft is the fact that it has some very important mental exercises in it which help to hone ones ability to work with personal energies as well as develop and focus psychic abilities. These are lessons that a good many of the more modern books absolutely fail on. Most focus solely on the ingredients, tools and correspondences for a spell, but give you absolutely no training in how to focus your own energies or even do something so simple as meditate to relax first. Its a very foolish way to instruct people in witchcraft because it tends to make practitioners who never grow past the need for the crutch of spell components and cant do spell work unless they have a book with detailed instructions before them. It makes for very inflexible witches who cant adapt to different situations effectively.
White magic has traditionally referred to the use of supernatural powers or magic for selfless purposes. Practitioners of white magic have been given titles such as; wise men or women, healers , white witches or wizards. Many of these people claimed to have the ability to do such things because of knowledge or power that was passed on to them through hereditary lines, or by some event later in their lives. White magic was practiced through: healing, blessing, charms, incantations, prayers, and songs. Because of its ties to traditional Paganism nature worship , white magic is often also referred to as "natural magic". Maleficium Bad : Ill or evil will, in its mildest application, seeks the selfish advancement of an individual.
Born in deepest Cornwall and now living in wild Wales, Bev has been practising her personal brand of witchcraft for years and years. A white witch is one who only uses magick for benevolent purposes. When they work spells, they do so with no malicious intent. Some people use the veneer of white witchcraft to lend credence and respectability to their work. If you have ever:.
Yet, witches and witchcraft are reverent, deeply spiritual individuals who worship the Earth, the Goddess and God as well as the entire lifeforce. To complicate matters, those who are interested in learning more about Wicca or Witchcraft, find that there are two basic types of witches. There are black witches and white witches. But what are the differences? The concepts behind these labels are always evolving. To some of the most modern witches today, there is no such thing as either a black or a white witch.
Witch is a feared and very misunderstood word. Yet witch is also a word that burns with the fierceness of self-empowerment, of divine knowing, of inner guidance. As Lisa Lister , author of Witch writes:.
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Are you a witch? Witchcraft is real and is all around us but what does it mean to be a witch? How can you tell? What are the signs of a witch? White witches are good and are often mistaken for being earth angels.
As you study and learn more about magical living and modern Paganism, you're going to see the words witch, Wiccan , and Pagan pretty regularly, but they're not all the same. So what's the deal? Is there a difference between the three? Quite simply, yes, but it's not as cut and dried as you might imagine. Wicca is a tradition of Witchcraft that was brought to the public by Gerald Gardner in the s. There is a great deal of debate among the Pagan community about whether or not Wicca is truly the same form of Witchcraft that the ancients practiced. Regardless, many people use the terms Wicca and Witchcraft interchangeably.
Nature is an important source of inspiration and wisdom for witches, and most Wiccans recognise that the Divine is present all around them in nature. This is why everything that exists in nature — from plants to animals, to rocks and elements — is regarded as sacred and treated with respect. She makes it her best practice to observe this law. She sees her magic as a way to serve good and selfless purposes. For this, she knows that she needs to do some inner searching to find out what her true motivations are, so she can ensure that her magic truly is designed for selfless purposes.