I've been quiet for years on this out of the fear of not wanting to step on any one's toes. However, now it's time to come forward and reveal a deep dark secret about modern witchcraft that most people have no clue concerning.
When I write "modern witchcraft" I am referring to two groups of people, Wiccans and so-called "Traditional Witches". So what is the deep dark secret? The deep dark secret they don't want you to know is that both Wicca and "Traditional Witchcraft" are based on lies. For the purpose of this blog entry let me state that the term "Traditional Witchcraft" refers to people who claim to be witches and who claim to follow a certain non-Wiccan tradition of Witchcraft. Traditional Witches tend to subscribe to the same false beliefs as Wiccans with regard to a made-up history of their alleged religion.
1.) Witchcraft is "The Old Religion".
The lie of witchcraft being the old religion stems directly from the work of Margaret Murray who proposed that witchcraft was a pagan cult that worshipped the goddess Diana and her male consort Dianus (Janus). Murray claimed this cult survived the coming of Christianity and that it was the popular religion of the masses that went underground. What proof did Murray have that her theories were correct? The answer is of course none, and hence it is simply something she invented in her mind and claimed represented reality. She would not be the last to do this.
2.) Witchcraft is a peaceful, earth-based religion that seeks harmony with Christianity and other religions.
The sad truth is that the people who created the lie of Wicca and "Traditional Witchcraft" were fervently anti-Christian. People like Margaret Murray, Charles Leland, Gerald Gardner, and Alex Sanders were deeply opposed to Christianity. These people are the founders of Wicca and "Traditional Witchcraft" and their form of witchcraft was nothing like the new-age mess that Wicca and Traditional Witchcraft has now become. Wicca and Traditional Witchcraft originated with "Christian-Haters" who wanted to form their own religions and who were, in my opinion, motivated out of a spirit of rebellion and attention-seeking.
3.) Witchcraft has nothing to do with Satanism.
This is one of the biggest lies told about Wicca and Traditional Witchcraft. The founding fathers and mothers of Wicca and Witchcraft were highly opposed to Christianity. Charles Leland even invented a reversal or mockery of Christianity by inventing an antichrist figure he named "Aradia", a witch messiah who incarnated into the world to save witches in a mockery of Christian beliefs concerning Jesus. If that's not bad enough, Leland also claimed that the male god worshipped by witches was none other than Lucifer. This notion of Wicca and Traditional Witchcraft being completely separate from Satanism is simply not true. Many big names in Wicca also dabbled in Satanism. Up through the 70s it was a common reported belief among Wiccans and Traditional Witches that Satan was in fact Pan and there was no stigma for Wiccans or Traditional Witchcraft to use images of Satan in their worship. Many Wiccan and Traditional Witch covens even went as far as performing their ceremonies in churches, church cemeteries, or the ruins of churches. Again, this stems from a mockery of Christianity, which is at the very core of Satanism. The Wiccan and Witchcraft of the past decades was nothing like the light, fluffy, new-age nonsense that is presented today.
4.) Aradia is a real goddess.
I touched on this in number 3 above. There is absolutely no evidence that there was ever a goddess named Aradia. All the available evidence suggests that Charles Leland simply invented Aradia and turned her into an antichrist figure due to his hatred of Christianity. Individuals like Gerald Gardner and Alex Sanders went on to steal Aradia and incorporate her into their own systems of Wicca and Witchcraft. What does this tell us? Well, it's a huge hint that both Gardner's and Sander's tradition are likewise b.s.
5.) Wicca and Traditional Witchcraft are systems of "white magic".
Another big lie. The founders of Wicca and Traditional Witchcraft performed curses, even death work on their enemies. Not only did they hex people but most of them experimented with drugs, held orgies, and claimed to have gone through initiation rites the involved incest, forced sex, sex with minors, bloodletting and sometimes animal sacrifice.
6.) The people put to death in Salem were Wiccans or Witches.
Another whopper of a lie. The people executed in Salem were Christians. Tituba may have been the closest thing to a witch there but what she did definitely did not involve the goddess Diana or anything close to Wicca or Traditional Witchcraft.
7.) Millions of Wiccans or Witches were executed during "The Burning Times".
The figure was closer to circa a hundred thousand, possibly going as high at a few hundred thousand, but no where near millions of people. Second, the people executed were Christians, not Wiccans. There is no actual evidence that the people who were executed were pagans.
8.) "I come from a long line of witches"
Lie. Falsehood. However you want to call it is untrue. This saying has been popular for decades and not one single person who claims such has ever been able to back up the statement with proof. Usually when people say this they are falsely identifying folk magic practices as being Wicca and Traditional Witchcraft. If you go back far enough pretty much all families will have a history of folk magic practices. But folk magic practices is not the same thing as Wicca or Traditional Witchcraft.
9.) Hecate as a beautiful maiden or as a crone.
Wiccans and Traditional Witches like to portray Hecate as either a beautiful, fairy-like maiden or else as a loving, grandmotherly figure. It's a lie. Before the rise of Christianity Hecate was viewed as a bogeyman-type figure and was equated with monsters and demons. During the time of the Roman empire and once again before the rise of Christianity, Hecate was viewed as a hideous being with snakes for hair, who had a triple-body, and who drank blood and haunted crossroads and cemeteries on nights of the dark of the moon. Hecate was also the mother of various demons, such as the empusa, which were a type of vampires. The Wiccan and Traditional Witchcraft view of Hecate is not and has never been rooted in any actual historic representation of the goddess.
10.) "I'm a solitary, eclectic Wiccan/Witch"
No such thing. The founders of Wicca never intended it to be a religion for the masses. You cannot be a Wiccan until you are initiated and you cannot initiate yourself. Also, the founders of Wicca and Traditional Witchcraft never intended for the religion to be a "free for all" where you can do whatever you want to do and slap a Wiccan label on it. Most Wiccans tend to be the 'out of the closet' variety and don't even know that according to the rules of Wicca nobody is supposed to admit to being a Wiccan! If you are a true Wiccan you are supposed to deny being one!
11.) The upside-down pentacle, a.k.a. pentagram, is not used in Wicca.
The reversed or upside-down pentacle is indeed used in the second degree of Wicca. The people who claim the upside-down pentacle is not used tend to be the so-called solitary Wiccans who have not been initiated and know very little about actual Wicca.
12.) Wicca is thousands of years old.
Similar to the lie of "The Old Religion", Wicca is not thousands of years old. Wicca is only circa 62 years-old, from it's founding in the early 1950s.
13.) The ancients worshipped an all-powerful Mother Goddess and her male consort, the Horned God.
This is simply not true and there is no actual evidence indicating this was ever a reality. Instead, what has occurred is that certain archaeological evidence has been distorted by Wiccans and Traditional Witches. This belief also stems from certain Freemasons who were Luciferians (worshippers of Lucifer, though may be only in a philosophical manner) and who viewed Lucifer as having both a male and a female aspect. The Freemasonry link to Wicca and Traditional Witchcraft has been ignored by many and is practically unknown among actual Wiccans and Traditional Witches who know little to nothing about the origins of their faith. The core of Wicca and Traditional Witchcraft is Freemasonry, Ceremonial Magic, the teachings of Aleister Crowley, and a tad bit of folk magic thrown in. Most of the magic practiced by Wiccans and members of Traditional Witchcraft has been stolen from other, older traditions. Wicca and Traditional Witchcraft has absolutley nothing in common with the pagan religions of the past, save for the use of the same name for divinities.
14.) Wicca means "wise one".
This false notion came about probably by the false equating of the word witch with the word wizard. Wizard means "wise one". We honestly do not know the original meaning of the word witch. Some speculate that it means "to bend", with it being the root word for other words like "wicker"; however, no one knows for sure. Anytime you hear a Wiccan claim that they practice "the craft of the wise", you can be assured they are mistaken.
15.) Sex plays no part in Wiccan initiations or rituals.
Not true. In past decades initiation involved sex, a.k.a. "the great rite". In many actual covens sexual intercourse is still a requirment for inititiation.
Now for the truth.
The closest thing to true witchcraft is folk magic practices from various cultures. The problem is that these practitioners were Christian, yes Christian! Or should I state Christian with regard to the U.S. and European traditions. Murray, Leland, Gardner and Sanders want to pull the wool over your eyes and have you believe that witchcraft is linked to Western paganism. Not true. Witchcraft is a craft. It's an art, a skill, a trade, a practice. Practitioners of folk magic have been Christians for a couple thousands years now and the sad truth is there is no underground survival of Western paganism. These were just the lies of these people who sought fame and fortune and who held a deep hatred for Christianity. Don't be deceived. It's time for the truth to be made known. Wicca and Traditional Witchcraft is founded on lies.