The Witch’s Way By Shawn Robbins
The Witch’s Way: A Guide to Modern-Day Spellcraft, Nature Magick, and Divination (The Modern-Day Witch Book 5) By Shawn Robbins
Book/Novel Author: Shawn Robbins
Book/Novel Title: The Witch’s Way
Summary & Review
This follow-up to the wildly successful Wiccapedia, written by the two authors of that book, gives readers a broader knowledge of Wicca, nature magick, and spellcraft today. Includes a four-color insert on pentacle magick! With more in-depth explorations of nature magick and divination, this beautifully illustrated guide to witchcraft is a must for all Wiccans in search of greater knowledge. It covers everything from hedge witches to druids; working with cosmic helpers like angels, gods and goddesses, and spirit guides for a variety of spells; nature magic—from drawing down the moon to psychic plant power; tapping into cosmic power; and developing your sixth sense, mastering tarot, using angel numbers, and spiritual astrology. An FAQ section at the end answers the most-asked questions about the craft.
No one is really quite sure when witchcraft began, but from what we can gather, it probably originated when human beings first assembled together in groups and worshipped the sun, moon, and stars. Historical records show us that it stemmed from the ancient Greeks,
Romans, Hebrews, and Egyptians. Other cultures believe that it started with the ancient Celts—a group of people dating as far back as 700 bce.
Whatever its origin, it is safe to say that magick and all things supernatural have made appearances in most cultures since the beginning of time. Although witchcraft today has its roots in Paganism, it is fast becoming one of the most popular faiths of the modern day. Human beings are more sophisticated than ever before and look for sense and logic when we are seeking an inner truth.
We might be able to argue the fundamental facts of the Bible or other religious teachings, but you cannot deny that there is a moon and a sun in the sky, medicinal plants in the soil, and nature all around us.
Wicca is a spiritual following. It is a versatile faith, allowing you to sculpt and shape it in a way to suit your needs. For a belief to matter, it must chime within your heart and ring a truth deep within your soul.
The nice thing about the craft is that some people will embrace it completely, whereas others will only take on parts of it; a select few may merge their practices with other religions, such as Christianity. Wiccans do not frown upon other faiths. Wicca is a personal journey for everyone willing to experience it, and you can give as much or as little as you like.
History tells us that many of our traditions today were born from the ancient Pagans. Annual holidays such as Christmas, Easter, and Halloween, were once referred to as the Sabbats, and all the customs that we participate in today, such as blowing out candles on a birthday cake and making a wish, started with the ancient
Greeks. People would adorn a cake with candles, which symbolized the glow of the moon, and take them to temples as an offering to Artemis. It is thought that the candle smoke carried their prayers to the heavens. It’s funny to think that we all perform this ritual year in and year out when we blow out the candles on our birthday cakes!
Like with most things, witchcraft has evolved across the ages. Nowadays, Wiccans are proud of their faith and always try to work with the greater good, but in days gone by, Wicca had a dark side. Sadly, this bad press clung to witchcraft. It is not until we really delve deep into the recent history of the craft that we see how most of the current-day prejudice is quite misconstrued.
The witch trials in England, which took place around 1645, are a good example of this. Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins projected widespread panic across the United Kingdom, and many innocent people were
accused of working for the Devil, tortured, and often put to death.
Hopkins was a feared and evil witch hunter who
worked with his associate, John Stearne, to line his own pockets. He swept across East Anglia and later traveled farther afield through Essex, trying and executing women for the crimes of witchcraft. Others accompanying him were employed to torture confessions of witchcraft out of the innocent victims. The accused would be submitted to sleep deprivation and be forced to stay awake for days, constantly walking around in circles until they were so exhausted, they had no other option but to confess.
Another form of torture was cutting victims with a blunt knife. If a victim bled, she was proclaimed innocent; if she did not, she was sentenced to death for being a witch. One of Hopkins’s preferred methods of torture was the swimming test. Accused women were bent
double, tied up, and plunged into rivers and lakes. If they floated, they were condemned, and if they sank, they were innocent.
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