The influential High Priest Raymond Buckland said that a human's soul reincarnates into the same species over many lives in order to learn lessons and advance spiritually, but this belief is not universal, as many Wiccans believe in the reincarnation of the soul through different species. However, a popular saying amongst Wiccans is that "once a witch, always a witch", indicating a belief that Wiccans are the reincarnations of previous witches. Typically, Wiccans who believe in reincarnation believe that the soul rests between lives in the Otherworld or Summerland, known in Gardner's writings as the "ecstasy of the Goddess". Many Wiccans believe in the ability to contact the spirits of the dead who reside in the Otherworld through spirit mediums and Ouija boards. Though some disagree with this practice, such as High Priest Alex Sanders, who stated that "they are dead; leave them in peace."
(Reinhardt 58) Humans are simply scared of what they do not understand. The ability to use the earth energy as a way of healing or a means to happiness is something that is misunderstood. Everything we have developed due to technology would at one time be seen as magic or witchcraft such as electricity and medicine. Witchcraft is a spiritual system that fosters the free thought and will of the individual, encourages learning and an understanding of the earth and nature thereby affirming the divinity in all living things. The spells that Wiccans perform involve healing, love, harmony, wisdom and creativity.
Minoan Religion Describe the main features of religion in Minoan society. Since archeology aimed at the Minoans has produced only ruins and remains of their culture, people studying them can only guess at what their religious practices might have been. The world for the Minoans seems immersed with the divine; all objects in the world seem to have been charged with religious meaning. The Minoans particularly worshipped goddesses, trees, pillars, and animals. The priesthood appear to have been almost entirely if not totally female, although there is little evidence that the palace kings had some religious functions as well.
So I would like to give a workshop for my young missionary colleagues as I have learned in the seminary course I took on “popular religions” where readings and lectures discussed witch accusations. Definition of witch Dr. Priest noted the word “witch” means different things in different settings. Sometimes witch means female practitioner of Wicca/Neopaganism. However, we discuss witch here as a male or female who is believed to harm others through
When most people think of witches, you think of the Salem witch trials, evil, and Satan. Or on the other side you think of the old woman with green skin and warts on her face. In fact, this is the very thought that came to my mind before someone explained to me about what Wiccans are and what they believe. In doing so I have found that Wiccans are not only different than what most religions make them out to be but the exact opposite. I found that the group of friends I have who are Wiccan celebrate life and worship the Triple Goddess who is the symbol of virginity, fertility, wisdom and encompasses love.
It can involve such subjects as: Magic, astrology, Spiritualism, extra-sensory perception and Numerology. These is often a strong religious element to these studies and beliefs, and many occultists profess adherence to religious such as Gnosticism, Hermeticism, Satanism, Luciferianism Thelma and neo-paganism. It has come to be popularly use to mean, “Knowledge of the paranormal’’ (as opposed to science, or the knowledge of the measurable), or “knowledge that must be kept hidden’’. It has also become popularity associated (due in part to popular friction like that of Dennis Wheatley) with Satanism, black magic and divination practices such necromancy, and also in general way with mysticism and esotherism. At the beginning of the 20 th century, the English occultist Aleister Crowley development his Thelema, a religion or philosophy of life based on the rule “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law” which he borrowed from the 16 th century French writer Francois Rabelais.
Black witchcraft was believed to be inherited from the female side as women were seen as inferior to men and more likely to fall to temptation to the devil, for example 90% of those charged were women. A common charge for black witches was for bringing harm to people or property that they made possible by making a pact with Satan and having access to his invisible power. Those who were charged with witchcraft were often not random accusations but more an excuse to victimise women who were seen as "different" within that community, and over 50% of those charged were acquitted. However witches could be acquitted alive or dead as many tests
its blessing)". The babalawo or iyanifa provides insights about the current circumstances impacting the life of a person requesting this information and provides any necessary information to aid the individual. Awo is a reference for devotees in Orisa worship. It includes Babalawos, Iyalawo, Iyanifas, Babalorishas, Iyalorishas and even uninitiated devotees. Traditionally, women have not been initiated into Ifa priesthood, according to the teaching which allows them only a single Ikin.
I also believe there could be parallel worlds here on earth, things we can not see or maybe choose not to see. Heaven and hell may be right here on earth but in another dimension. The bible does speak about a new heaven and earth, may be that new earth is here but we just can’t see it because it’s only a spirit world. If heaven is here on earth then may be hell is here as well both on different plains or dimensions. Part of the appeal of paranormal television shows is the same as the appeal of any reality television show.
Whether or not ghosts exist has been a debate in almost every culture since the beginning of time. Those who do believe in the paranormal base their proof on numerous occurrences of unexplained phenomena. Those that are convinced there is no such thing along with those that are skeptical try to dismiss such phenomena, as they say there is no real proof. To this day, the question still remains. Do ghosts exist?