Is Traditional Witchcraft Satanic?
What is Traditional Witchcraft? is it Satanic?
Witches do not classify themselves as Satanic. It might be a “dark art” but not Satanic. Christians might tell you something different. What don’t Christians see as Satanic?
Non-Wiccan Witchcraft Traditions often categorize themselves as “Traditional Witchcraft” to show that they are different from Wicca or just simply pre-date-Wicca. Traditional Witches often draw on the their knowledge of folklore and paganism and the witch trial papers of the Renaissance as inspiration. English Witches often claim the term “Traditional Witchcraft” is used particularly for practices in Britain because the word “witch” originated from Old English, referring to Old English or Anglo-Saxon paganism. The term can also apply in any country that conducted which the Witch Hunts of the Renaissance.
TraditionalWitchcraft.net explains, “Traditional Witchcraft is a term that was introduced to refer to the aboriginal spiritual traditions of Europe. There really is no collective historical term that could be used to refer to these traditions, so the use of the term Traditional Witchcraft fits quite nicely. Those who follow these traditional ways are often referred to as Traditionalists. However, there are other terms that are used by specific traditions and cultures that are even more appropriate, but these are left to those who follow those traditions and will not be mentioned here.”
Some see the term “witch” as offensive or as an insult where more specific terms are favored. In general, Traditional Witchcraft a.k.a “Trad Craft” is seen as any shamanic pagan priesthood which existed before Christianity, and also survived into the modern era just not as well spread.
The Traditional Witch is also known as a Hedgewitch. The “hedge” part signifies the boundary between this world and the Otherworld, where the witch may journey to and from.