Neo Pagan Witchcraft Vs. Satanism Essay

2499 words - 10 pages

- -

Neo-Pagan Witchcraft vs. Satanism:
Confusions and Distinctions

by -***** ****

It seems to be necessary to preface every discussion of Witchcraft with an explanation that, no, Neo-Pagan Witches aren't Satanists. The Christian anti-God, Satan, has no place in Pagan pantheons, either mythologically or theologically. Plainly and simply, Satanism is the dark side of Christianity, and Satan is nothing other than the collective Id of Christendom.

Even today, Witchcraft is frequently misrepresented by being confused with Satanism. Often the word Witchcraft is used to represent two wholly opposite phenomena: the survival of ancient Paganism in one instance, and the inversion of Christianity in another. Let us make it clear: a Satanist is a renegade Christian, who, in his rebellion against the authority of the church, worships Satan rather than Christ. Such people are at times called witches and warlocks in popular books and movies but they e little to do with Pagan Witches. Satanists, for one thing, accept the Christian duality between good and evil; Pagans do not. Satanists may choose to worship evil rather than good: but they have utterly bought the Christian world view'.1

The word Pagan derives from the Latin paganus, meaning 'peasant' or 'country dweller'. It is correctly applied to indigenous (native) pantheistic folk religions and peoples. The term 'Neo-Paganism' is applied to the current revival of ancient Pagan religious values, including the sacredness of all Life and the worship of Nature. Modern Witchcraft has been a major component of the Neo-Pagan resurgence since England repealed its anti-Witchcraft laws in 1951.

The Goddess and the God of Witchcraft

The many traditions of Neo-Pagan Witchcraft have few universal theological precepts, but one of them is certainly the veneration of the Moon Goddess, known most commonly by her Roman name, Diana. She is perceived as manifesting in triple form: Maiden, Mother and Crone. These triple aspects are identified respectively with the waxing, full, and waning moons. Witches gather at esbats every full moon, to sing and dance in Her moonlight, share cakes and wine, and work magic to heal each other, their friends, and the Earth. Many modern Witches expand the concept of the Goddess considerably, and see Her also as Mother Earth and Mother Nature.

Most traditions of Neo-Pagan Witchcraft also honor the Consort of the Goddess in the form of the Horned God, who is seen as Lord of Animals as well as seasonal ruler of the Underworld. The most familiar version of the Horned God is the Greek Pan, goat-horned and goat-hooved, playing His panpipes, guzzling wine from His freely-flowing wineskin, and seducing nymphs in the woods. He is regarded as lusty and jovial, epitomizing masculine attributes of ideal father, brother or lover. As the Goddess of Witchcraft is closely identified with the Moon, so the God is identified with the Sun. In this way He may be seen mythologically as the lover both of the...

Find Another Essay On Neo-Pagan Witchcraft vs. Satanism

How to Navigate Pagan Parenting in a Christian Society

2461 words - 10 pages at so tremendous a secret. Works Cited Adler, Margo. Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers and Other Pagans in America. London, England: Penguin Books, 2006. 22. Print. Bailey, Michael D. Historical Dictionary of Witchcraft. Lanham, Maryland, and Oxford: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2003. 141-143. Print. Baumgartner, Jessica Marie. Our Family Is Different. Witchvox Article. Pagan Parenting. Web.

Christian Mythology in The Matrix Essay

4090 words - 16 pages were the Delphic and mythological oracles. 3) She has attendant 'priestesses'. 4) The clothing of the priestesses. 5) The gathering of 'potentials', with many strong allusions to eastern religions. 6) The Oracle studies the body and reads palms - note that the penalty for pagan fortune-telling and witchcraft was death in the old testament of the Bible. 7) She smokes - possibly an allusion to the intoxicating fumes used by the Delphic oracle


2620 words - 10 pages non-religious. Most believers of Paganism find Paganism to be a religion within itself, where as others see Paganism as a belief system, which can be assimilated into other religions such as Wicca or Druidism. Historical Paganism was a religion of place, or a native religion. All Pagan religions are typically based on a connection and worship toward nature. Modern Paganism also known as "Neo-Paganism" is practiced among the Native Americans in the

Wicca. This is a description of the Pagan religion of Wicca.

1445 words - 6 pages authority, is where moral structure resides.One of the major differences between Wiccans and other types of witchcraft is the Rede. Many "traditional" witches or witches that follow other paths do not believe in the Rede. This is a major topic of controversy within the Wiccan and Pagan communities.Many Wiccans also promote the Law of Threefold Return, or the idea that anything that one does may be returned to them threefold. In other words, good

Satanic Panic in the South

3407 words - 14 pages media also wrote about the Wicca religion, but never differentiated between the two. They preached that Wicca, Satanism, heavy metal music, and astrology were all linked together and part of a grand conspiracy that involved human sacrifice. The encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft defines Satanism as the worship of Satan, or the Devil, the god of evil in Christianity. This belief is far less common than many would believe. In contrast, Wicca

A Brief History of Some Scary Things: Zombies

1903 words - 8 pages fullmoon), making a pact with demons or Satan, genetics, magic/witchcraft, psychosis (in later medicine), and wearing a belt or skin of a wolf. Regeneration, weakness to silver, and wolfsbane are modern changes. Also the disease Hyperthyroidism, which causes an excess growth of hair, was at one tie confused with lycanthrope and is often called 'the werewolf disease'. Witches. People who practice witchcraft and magic. In many cultures the witch or


909 words - 4 pages Wicca/Witchcraft         Wicca is an Old English word that means “The Wise Ones” or “Keepers of Knowledge”. Wicca is one of the most ancient followings. Wicca is a Neo-Pagan following with many traditions that date to pre-Christian times. It is based on a deep respect for nature and the knowledge that we should not exploit it for our own gain. Wicca is not recognized as a religion by anyone other than its

Modern Wicca in America

3066 words - 12 pages Modern Wicca in America Abstract Wicca, an alternate and often preferred name for the religion of neo-Pagan witchcraft; a religion based, in part, on ancient northern European Pagan beliefs in a fertility Goddess and her consort, a horned God. Although the religion is a modern creation, some of its sources pre-date the Christian era by many centuries. Most Wiccans do not believe that their religion is a direct continuous descendent of

Witch Hunts: Then and Now

3111 words - 12 pages Hutchinson, T. (1637). The Trial of Anne Hutchinson. Voices of Freedom, 1(3), 32-38. Hutton, R (1999). The Triumph of the Moon: The rise of modern pagan witchcraft (pp. 136). Newyork: Oxford University press. Lawson, D. (1692). A brief and true narrative of some remarkable passages relating to sundry persons afflicted by witchcraft, at salem village: Which happened from the nineteenth of march, to

Harry Potter and the Wizards/Witches Phenomenon (A Children's Literature Analysis)

3998 words - 16 pages tool in the public school is unconstitutional because it violates the principle of separation of church and state. "The witchcraft, the occult, Satanism, all the dark side that we see in these books - the part about it that disturbs us the most is we believe it's religious. The U.S. Supreme Court has said it's religion." Wiccan covens are granted IRS status, the Army appoints Wiccan chaplains and Wicca is a formal religion. Therefore, if the Harry

Harry Potter: Savior of Reading or Bane to Christianity?

2522 words - 10 pages Harry Potter: Savior of Reading or Bane to Christianity? Harry Potter is not of the devil, and J. K. Rowling is not trying to peddle Satanism to children. If I go outside, pick up a stick, chant "Lumos", will the tip light up? No, in fact it will just make me look like stupid; however, if I take the same stick, chant "Lumos" and light the end with a lighter, will it light up? Of course it will, but that's because I lit it on fire, not

Similar Essays

Modern Paganism: A 12th Grade Oral Presentation

1044 words - 4 pages "feminist Witches" whose religion and politics centre in the contemporary women's spirituality movement.It can generally be said that all modern Witches are Pagans, but not all modern Pagans are Witches. At least one writer, Aidan Kelly, has begun to use the term "Neo-Pagan Witchcraft" to describe the largest portion of the contemporary Pagan community.Often used as a synonym for Witchcraft, "Wicca" is thought to derive from an Anglo-Saxon root

Drawing Down The Moon Essay

2071 words - 8 pages Goddess can be found in every coven and “her” name will vary from group to group.      Prejudice has created many problems for Pagans. This prejudice is also based on misunderstandings. Most of this bias is from misunderstandings or lack of understanding of certain Pagan rituals and rites. Paganism and Neo-Paganism has a lot of emphasis on the forces of nature. Many rituals and ceremonies require nudity and sex. People

Feminist Spirituality And Goddess Religion In The United States

2261 words - 9 pages represented at the World Council of Religions in 1993. Despite the spread of feminist and goddess belief, many witches still face discrimination because of their faith. People outside the neo-Pagan community still often confuse Wicca with Satanism, feeling that witchcraft is not a valid religion and should not be afforded the same protections as more 'mainstream', consensus religions. However, Wicca and other goddess religions are not Satanistic

The Truth Behind Witchcraft And Wicca.

1942 words - 8 pages that practices witchcraft may have their own Book of Shadows to follow (Spring). In the Book of Shadows are rituals, invocations and charms, experiences and journal entries form the practioner's years of experience (Spring).The religion witchcraft has three different traditions, Classical witchcraft, Gothic Witchcraft, and Neo-Pagan Witchcraft (Spring). Classical Witchcraft is "early Nordic which included the Germanic languages, Dutch, Icelandic