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Doll Witches in Halloween CostumesIt seems every culture around the world has some sort of belief in witchcraft and magic. While some religions or groups still practice witchcraft and use the term witch to describe their members, most people today enjoy the more commercial appeal of witches. While we all know your English teacher is really a witch, there are other signs to be looking for when attempting to distinguish a witch from, well, it’s really not polite to say.

Doll Witches in Halloween Costumes

Magic

According to tradition, witches are able to control or call upon many forms of magic. Perhaps the magic has possessed the witch, or the witch causes the magic to possess others. It goes without saying that some witches, Glenda and Hermione included, use magic only for good and useful reasons, but others prefer to utilize it for dark purposes. Witches are not above the epic battles of good versus evil, and in fact are often at the center of the fight.

Rituals

Rituals and chants are classic witchcraft. Runes and dances are the equivalent of witchcraft greeting cards. In fact, it was dancing with abandon that began the Salem witch hunt all those years ago. Apparently, any time groups of girls get together to dance or sing wildly, there is a strong possibility of witchcraft – at least according to the old folks in town.

Influence

Witches are able to control others again their will. Dolls, potions, and spells might cause you to do something out of your own control. Surely witchcraft was involved in the selection of your ex-boyfriend because there is no way you would have made that decision without being under the influence of some form of magic. Speaking of pain, witches are also able to cause pain or even death through the use of dolls or images.

Doll Witches in Halloween Costumes

Spells and Wands

Just like Harry, many witches contain their magic in a wand. Spells and potions require a simple wave, point, or tap of the wand to release the required magic. If your math teacher is stalking about the room cradling her ruler again, you might want to look a bit more closely to be sure that is just a ruler…or, you might not.

Conjuring the Dead or Spirits

If anyone around you is bringing the dead back to life or even trying, you have a rather serious problem. Many witches, not be the friendly ones, use the dead, and are able to call them out of the grave using their magic. On the other hand, other witches are able to communicate with the dead or with spirits, and gain not only wisdom, but a few extra dollars at carnivals with the skill.

Doll Witches in Halloween Costumes

Divination

Crystal balls, knuckle bones, or any number of magical items can be cast to take a look into the future. Some witches possess a future sight and share prophecies or hints about the future. Others can see anywhere around space or time using their magic, so it is no wonder some people always seem to know what you have been up to.

Doll Witches in Halloween Costumes

Some Not-So-Telling Signs

Green faces, warts, long black robes and pointy hats are excellent for Halloween disguises, but they are not particularly common for real witches these days. In fact, if someone fits the stereotypical model of a witch, they are almost assuredly NOT one. Real witches are more careful to disguise who, or what, they REALLY are. Dress your witch in obvious, or not so obvious attire here at the Doll Palace. Also, check out our Halloween witches for great costume ideas or the classic trick of dressing up a witch trying to fool those thinking that real witches wouldn’t dress up like witches!


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Hollimer

23/Female
Torrance, CA
Posted On: October 14, 2006
Witches are Awesome
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godsmack1283

31/Female
Clintondale, NY
Posted On: October 13, 2006
The term 'witchcraft' stems from Wicca as does the word witch, therefore, they ARE the same thing. Which ever it is called usually depends on whom you're talking to. Those who fear it, refer to it as witchcraft. The rest of the non-ignorant world calls it Wicca. I also find it hilarious to still hear people calling male witches, 'warlocks' when in fact the term means a traitor witch, not male. As for anyone who wants to see into the future, forget it... you really don't want to. Belive me, I've had a few instances where I have (and still occasionally do) and it's not always pretty. So for those of you who can't, be happy.
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black_draconia

21/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: October 13, 2006
For halloween I might be a but thats too deadly. I might be a but thats too simple. I might be a but thats too funny. I might be a but thats too slimy. I might be but thats too heroic. I might be a but that's too hot. I might be a but thats too sharp. I know! I will be a !
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black_draconia

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United Kingdom
Posted On: October 13, 2006
everyone does you div
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CrystalFairy

24/Female
Sequim, WA
Posted On: October 11, 2006
To answer Moonlightapost's post. No they are not. Wicca is more of a earth worshipping RELIGON. While witchcraft means you cast spells & stuff like that. But I can see where you would mix it up because actually most white(good) witches practice Wicca. You can still be say a Catholic & be a witch, of course you probably aren't the best catholis then lol. Well there you go.
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prettygirl1232

22/Female
Neola, IA
Posted On: October 11, 2006
ppl all ways have a kool idea for a conest but yours is awesome...sweetie...kool.......its just so KOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Moonlightapost

26/Female
Dunedin, FL
Posted On: October 10, 2006
wicca and witchcraft are the same thing aren't they?
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arabamericansw

22/Female
Japan
Posted On: October 9, 2006
great article!
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Parintachan

24/Female
Mill Spring, NC
Posted On: October 9, 2006
*Claps for Brientara*

Anothing thing to think about! It is worth time to study something before you decide it's true or not. *nod nod*

^.^
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brientara

37/Female
Arbyrd, MO
Posted On: October 9, 2006
Q: Are Witchcraft or Wicca cults?

A: A cult by definition is a group of people who blindly follow one leader. As Witches, Wiccans and pagans tend to be free-thinkers, there is no one person that we consider to be THE leader. Thus we cannot be called a cult.

Q: Why do all Witches/Wiccans wear black?

A: We all don't. Many Witches/Wiccans actually seem to favor green and/or purple. Black, however, is in many cultures a symbol of clergy. Priests, Ministers and Rabbis all favor black as the main color of their ritual garb.

Scientifically speaking, color is energy. The colors you see are the ones which are reflected and not the ones absorbed. Therefore, what appears to be white, which is the culmination of all colors in the light spectrum, is actually reflecting all colors and absorbing none. What appears to be black, is absorbing all colors and reflecting none. This is evident in the fact that when one is wearing white, one feels cooler - as the fabric is reflecting the headt away.
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brientara

37/Female
Arbyrd, MO
Posted On: October 9, 2006
Q: Do Witches and Wiccans cast spells?

A: Yes. Well, some do anyway. However, the term "spell" is widely misunderstood.

Spells, are somewhat like prayers and are used to create needed change in one's own life or the life of a loved one. But while prayers are a petition to an external Deity to create the change, most Witches and Wiccans believe that Deity is present in everything, including ourselves. Spells, then, are the channeling of our own divine selves, our own energies, to create the change.

Spells such as those which use love magic to gain the attention of a specific individual, or curses, are considered "manipulative". Most Wiccans believe that anything manipulative-that goes against the free will of another-is considered wrong. Many other pagan paths have similar codes of conduct based upon the tenets of their tradition or belief and almost all believe that the responsibility for their actions will lie with them.

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brientara

37/Female
Arbyrd, MO
Posted On: October 9, 2006
and Earth, prosperity and earthly goods) and Spirit, spirituality, at the bottom. Satanists also turn the cross upside-down. This, in itself, does not make the cross or pentagram a Satanic symbol. In some Wiccan traditions, the reversed pentagram is a symbol of "second degree" status - one who has been elevated from "initiate". To members of these traditions, the reversed pentagram is considered highly positive and has no connection to Satanism. A symbol is simply an image or mark in itself. It is the mind and the beliefs of the beholder which attribute to it a particular meaning.

Q: Do you do blood sacrifice?

A: Goddess NO! The nature of sacrifice is to give up something of one's own in order to gain something more important. Wiccans believe in the sanctity of all life. Most pagans believe that animals are part of the same natural cycle of life as humans are. Witches have long been associated with animal companions known as "familiars." We would never harm an animal, ever!
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brientara

37/Female
Arbyrd, MO
Posted On: October 9, 2006
Witch FAQ part 3

they believe that they will be reunited here once again with friends and family.

Q: So why do you use that "Satanic" symbol?

A: The pentagram, or five pointed star, is not Satanic. Pythagoras used it as a symbol of health and his followers wore them in order to recognize one another. In Medieval times, some Christian knights used the pentagram as their symbol. To modern Wiccans the pentagram means many things; The five points correspond to the elements Air, Earth, Fire and Water with the top point corresponding to "Spirit". The pentagram in a circle may also represent a human with their legs and arms outstretched, surrounded by universal wisdom or the "Goddess" - humankind at one with the environment. Many Witches and other pagan practitioners do not wear the pentacle at all, but have other symbols of special meaning to them.

Satanists turn the symbol upside-down, which puts the elements of Fire and Earth at the top (Fire symbolizes willpower and passion ....
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brientara

37/Female
Arbyrd, MO
Posted On: October 9, 2006
Part 2

We believe that each and every human being is completely responsible for his or her own actions. To us, evil is a choice, albeit a bad one, that a human might make, not an embodied entity to blame our actions upon.

If an individual chooses to do evil, most pagans believe they will be punished via the laws of karma or as a result of "cause and effect.". In other words, "What goes around usually comes around."

Many Witches and Wiccans believe in some form of reincarnation, that the results or karma of past deeds can follow a person from one life to the next. This may also help to explain why terrible things sometimes happen to wonderful people or why some people seem to have been born with certain skills and knowledge. It may also explain why some people seem to lead a 'charmed" life.

Some pagans believe in an after-life spent in another plain of existence. Known as Summerland, Avalon, Valhalla or simply the "Other Side', they believe that they will be reunited here
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brientara

37/Female
Arbyrd, MO
Posted On: October 9, 2006
Witch/Wiccan F.A.Q.s

Part 1

Author: Wren

Posted: July 16th. 2000

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Q: Are you a good Witch or a bad Witch?

A: When you ask if someone is a "good" Witch or a "bad" Witch, it is the same as asking someone if they are a "good" Presbyterian or a "bad" Presbyterian. Wiccans adhere to the Rede, "An it harm none, do as ye will." Witches, Druids and other pagan belief systems and religions have their own ethical standards. There are good and bad people in every society and in every religion. When a person breaks the laws of society or the tenets of their religion, they are called to account for their actions. To judge a person as either "good" or "bad" based upon nothing more than their religious preference alone has a label, too. It is called bigotry.

Q: Do you worship Satan?

A: Satan is a part of the Christian and Muslim religions. Since pagans are neither Christian nor Muslim, Satan is not part of our deity structure at all.

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