Top Five Myths About Witchcraft
1. All Witches Are Female
First and foremost, not all witches are female and it is possible to find male witches across the globe. While many males who practice witchcraft, especially contemporary young adult males, prefer to refer to themselves as wizards they are still practicing the craft. In Old English the term ‘Wicca’ traditionally meant sorcerer or male wizard and ‘wicce’ meant sorceress or female witch; however, over the years witch become the collective term.
2. True Witches Are Wiccan
It is important to note that Wicca and witchcraft are two separate entities. By saying they are the same thing and merely synonymous is like saying Buddhists and welders are the same. Witchcraft is a type of craft or skill, such as painting or cooking. It can be learned and practiced by any individual who is willing to follow the instructions. However, Wicca is a form of religion or belief. It was developed in the 1950s by a man named Gerald Gardner and has been followed by various people ever since. It is vital to note that not all individuals in the Wicca religion are witches, only some are while others are not.
3. True Witches Worship Satan
Witches do not worship Satan. In fact, true or real witches do not even believe in the existence of Satan. This is due to the fact that Satan is a construction of the Christian religion and to believe in this construct you must be a Christian who believes in God. Both female and male witches do not follow a Christian faith.
4. A Pagan Witch Is A Satanist
As is mentioned above, witches do not believe in Christianity; thus, they do not believe in Satan. Pagan is derived from the work ‘paganus’ meaning rural peasant or villager. The term morphed from the meaning of ‘not believing in God or Christianity’. By not believing in Christianity, it is not possible for the pagans to believe in Satan as He is a construct of the Christian faith.
5. The Pentagram Is The Sign Of Satan
The pentagram is a symbol dating back as far as 3000 BC and has an astrological meaning by representing the planets Jupiter, Mercury, Mars, Saturn, and Venus. As it has appeared in various cultures and has been represented by many groups, it is not exclusively related to one element or construct. Yes, it is true that the Christian faith does have a special or sacred meaning for the pentagram symbol; however, it does not represent Satan but rather the five sense and the five wounds of Christ. In Witchcraft, it has been noted that the pentagram has retained the astrological representation pointing toward the heavens and representing the five elements of earth, air, fire, water, and spirit.