Conventional witchraft?

Conventional witchraft?

What are your ideas on witchcraft being mainly divided into “trendy” witchcraft and conventional witchcraft? Do you are feeling that there’s a actual distinction? Do you are feeling that conventional witchcraft is any extra highly effective or extra pure as a type of the Craft?

Share your ideas.

7 thoughts on “Conventional witchraft?”

  1. Personally I was more drawn to traditional/secular witchcraft because I didn’t want rules or the new age feel of Wicca. Plus it’s interesting to think that my Scottish and Irish ancestors may have practiced the same thing as me.

  2. I’m currently reading multiple books on the history of witchcraft, and the overall consensus I seem to be getting from the information is that “Traditional witchcraft” wasn’t really a thing, in that there was no one, unified practice or particular witchcraft religion. Nor were people in that time necessarily recognized as ‘witches’ for a long time, although similar terms might’ve been used.

    Instead, there were locals in the community who practiced what would now be considered magic, but for them it was just everyday practical beliefs that were used to aid them in agriculture, healing, etc. Magic wasn’t just about performing rituals, it was about living your everyday life performing small acts that were thought to aid in successful crops, fertile wives, healthy babies, etc.

    Over time these practices became lost to generations for various reasons (modern medicine, religious conversion, etc), and so you get these fragmented practices that have been passed down through some families. But much of what we know has indeed been meshed with modern interpretations and Wiccan practices, which in itself is a huge mish-mash of manufactured and borrowed elements.

    I don’t think it’s even possible find a ‘pure’ form of the craft because there were probably so many different ways people practiced the craft, and different versions were passed on orally (especially among lower classes who couldn’t read/write). Over time those practices get warped and entrenched with other practices.

    I don’t think one is more powerful than the other. I think magic can be found in the intent, and the will of the individual. You could probably make up your own spells on the fly and they’ll hold just as much power as the oldest known spell — possibly moreso– because the intent is there.

  3. I don’t think one is more powerful over the other. When it comes down to it, power lies in the individual. And the individual chooses the tradition that resonates with them the most and that’s the one they will be most powerful in.

  4. OK, try this. Grossly oversimplified, but worth considering. Magic isn’t black and white. No spell is guaranteed to work every time – if it was it would be science, not magic. So historically users of magic would try things out, and if they seemed to work a fair proportion of the time they’d keep doing them and pass them on to others. If not, they’d stop doing them. They weren’t stupid. So by the time something got to be a ‘tradition’ it had been honed down to the things which mostly ‘worked’.
    However, what ‘works’ is also a function of time and location, so the fact that spells from ancient Greece ‘worked’ then and there doesn’t mean that they will work in modern USA or UK. I know, for instance, from personal experience, that Wales, where I’ve lived for the past 25 years, has a spirit of the Land which differs manifestly from that of other places where I have lived, and that as a consequence certain magics work here which don’t elsewhere, and vice versa. Similarly, in modern society ther are ancient spells which don’t work the way they used to do a thousand years ago.
    So, in deciding whether to follow an ancient tradition or something more modern, we are playing off the multi-generational experience of older traditions against the direct relevancy of something devised for the here and now. Different people have different views on which is more important.

  5. Traditional witchcraft is contemporary (or modern). It does draw inspiration from historical witchcraft, but it is still modern. Very few forms of european witchcraft are unbroken lineages.

    In fact, many of the well known authors of witchcraft state this (ex; Gemma Gary in her book on Traditional Cornish Witchcraft).

    The concept is more of this. These streams of witchcraft tap into the very same ones, through the lives and methods of modern people. Wiccans (both traditional and neo) are the same. We all tap into these archetypes, ranging from the agarian cults, to the more diabolical, to the animistic and perhaps shamanic.

  6. i think its all the same. I personally believe in a unified theology that we have not fully realized, but the system of hermes is where all this began and where almost all types of magick and occult works (of the west) trace themselves back to. I like witch craft because it can be a simpler way to understand and practice what can be incredibly large ideas and very heavy occult principals.

  7. Traditional witchcraft is a catch all term for ancient European practices, but many have been mixed in with newer practices.

    I don’t think just because something is old it makes it right or more powerful. The world is always changing. A spell to blight ones crops may not be needed for a city dweller like most of the modern world, so witchcraft needs to be updated and be able to meld to the new world. I think the most powerful spell comes from someone who is open to change and open to what’s new.

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