Witchcraft and the modern woman

woman and magic

This year Halloween or All Hallows Eve or in Wiccan religion Samhain will be on Friday the 31st. It could be conceived as lucky or unlucky depending on your beliefs. Christianity and other organized religion has almost completely wiped out Paganism which was the basic for belief for thousands of years. Today only a few follow in it’s footsteps. Until the Christian Era witches or wise women were held in high regard. They were the healers and leaders in many societies with their knowledge of healing and herbal science. Much of this knowledge has been lost but a lot of the herbal cures are now being revisited with new respect. When Christianity came to the forefront they needed to put the Pagans aside so made these people to appear wicked and malevolent. They were oftentimes blamed for sickness and death because of their secrets and healing powers. They were prosecuted into the underground world where they remained for centuries. Today witches or modern Wiccans are a recognized religion. They harm none and oftentimes do much good. Women were also prosecuted more than men because men wanted to take down the matriarchy that was in many societies in ancient times. One can look to the oracle of Delphi to see the power that women once held. The bible has edited out most of the powerful women of the early church as well. Mary Magdalene is now thought to have been one of the early leaders with Jesus but has been maligned to take her from the leadership post she once held. Mary has many of the same attributes as the ancient goddesses including virgin birth. One only has to look at the legends of the Egyptian goddess Isis. The parallels between Isis and Mary are startling including the virgin birth, Stars on her cloak and being the protector of sailors.

 

Before you put out that witch with the wart on her nose take a moment to think about the real witches among us.

 

As always thanks for reading!!

By Gale A. Molinari

Sharing my views on just about everything that enters my mind. Fasten your seatbelts it is going to be a bumpy ride. I am just a lady of a certain age somewhere between the dinosaurs and stalactites. Musing over lessons learned and sharing those with others. I really am interested in your views on what I write so fire away and thank you for taking the time to check out my blog. https://wordpress.com/stats/galemolinari.wordpress.com this is my poetry blog perhaps you would enjoy that too!!

19 comments

  1. Hmm, interesting. I don’t see powerful women edited out of the bible at all, but I sure do see some modern day Christian men trying to promote that idea.

    From a Christian perspective, the word witchcraft in the bible actually comes from the word pharma, where we get the tern “pharmaceuticals.” In ancient biblical times, it wasn’t witches and their healing potions that alarmed people, but rather very powerful men, sorcerers employed by the King to ensure his power through any means available, often involving the use of drugs. You can ensure someone’s compliance, manipulate court intrigue, all sorts of diabolical things by slipping people a potion. People feared being manipulated and controlled by the sorcerers.

    It’s an interesting biblical truth to discover in light of modern times with our huge pharmaceutical industry, our manipulative politics, and technology and TV’s new and inventive ways to brainwash us.

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    1. https://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100203032517AAftnZC

      You may want to look at this. There were indeed many parts of the bible removed. Most of them by the popes and other leaders of the time. Women were not to have any prominent place in the Christian church and were written out of many of the books also there were revisions. Some scholars think that Mary Magdalene was one of the early church leaders but was denigrated to make her just a supporting character. I don’t think that ancient or modern witches are or were in the business of brainwashing anyone. I do find your perspective very interesting however. Thank you for your comment.

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  2. Good post. I agree there has been a lot of prejudice and intolerance against witches throughout the ages, and they’re misunderstood. One of my best friends in college practiced Wicca and she was one of the sweetest people I ever knew. But when she told people she was a witch they’d get spooked anyway and were afraid to tell her anything. I always found witchcraft a bit silly myself, but people have the right to worship the way they want and whatever they want, and as long as they’re not hurting anyone I have no problems with that.

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  3. I am so glad you liked my post. Witches are a part of paganism which worships nature which actually makes more sense than worshiping the invisible. I treat all religions with respect that teach kindness and tolerance for others. Sadly this wasn’t always the case and even today religious intolerance is responsible for thousands of murders every day. Maybe if we lived and let live we would all be better off. We should also question. Whatever source we were made from we are all one of a kind and miraculous.

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  4. Beautiful post! Thank you. I had a phone conversation with my sister today and some of the things I said she took offense to. She is very bible orientated and will not come to the concept we are all ONE and the most important thing of all, is LOVE. This quibble of right and wrong and whose way of belief is right, is ludicrous. Thanks for giving me the space to get that off my chest. Bless you! (((HUGS))) Amy

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    1. Sometimes you just can’t win and need to choose your battles. It is a shame that we can’t tolerate all religions particularly those based on love and acceptance. I make it a policy to not even try if they are happy in their little world and we are happy in ours then bless them. There is no right or wrong in belief as far as I am concerned. I am glad you liked my post. Thank you

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      1. You are welcome, Gale. I too see there is no right or wrong. I wish the world would see this way and stop quibbling over who is right. I choose not to fight, Gale. When I come up against someone who sees black and white versus ONE, who am I to say anything? They must learn this concept themselves. I don’t waste my time banging my head against a brick wall. I just keep moving forward. 🙂 Love, Amy

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  5. I think you have some very interesting views and as I read all blogs, I was enjoying yours with an open mind, until I got here to the comments, and heard your mind slam shut. As a student of the Bible for over 45 years of my life, and fully capable of studying the Scriptures in their original languages with the means at my disposal, I can assure you that your first commentator on this page was speaking the absolute truth about the etymology of the of the word “witch” in the Bible and it’s relationship to pharmacology. Basically, it was the original “say no to drugs” campaign. As for there being parts taken out of the Bible, once the Canon (the collection of Books that makes up the Bible) was set at the Council of Trent, and several other meetings among the church elders of those times, nothing has changed. The amount of errors is somewhere in the range of 250 words that we know of, and most of those words are insignificant and do not effect the context in which they are presented. You have only to go to the back sections of any good study Bible and it will show you the complete tracing starting with the present-day Bibles, and going back edition by edition all the way to within 70-80 years of Christ’s crucifixion. We have extant copies of actual manuscripts all the way back to that time for the New Testament, and we have original copies of the Septuagint (the 70), which is the Greek translation of the Old Testament that was used in Christ’s day (the Bible that Jesus Himself quoted from). Now I have to doubt that Jesus would be quoting from a false Bible, so the Old Testament that we have, which is exactly the same, must be authentic, and as for the New Testament, since we have manuscripts that are dated to within 70-80 years of His crucifixion, and because He had so many enemies, if anything had been altered, surely those who were still alive and had been there when He lived would have said something. I didn’t see that that commentator was attacking anyone, just trying to clear up some inaccuracies she saw. I would like to think that just as I have no problem with you, or anyone following Wicca, or any faith you choose to follow, I would also be able to visit you page to try and learn more about your faith, without having my faith so ruthlessly attacked. I’m very sorry if I’ve offended anyone, it was not my intention.

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    1. I had no intention of attacking any one my post was about tolerance. If you want to believe that the Bible is direct from God then that is your right. I think that the facts don’t indicate the same. You are welcome to visit my page at any time. I am interested in all faiths.

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