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    I know that the Hindu have gods and goddess that they worship, though they don't call where their worshiped a altar but a shrine, but what I want to know is does any Traditional Witches today put a god and goddess on their altars or do they have something else they put on their altars. Is the practice of putting a physical representation of the god and goddess only in Wicca (and I'm excluding Hinduism)? Let me know, confused person writing.

  • #2
    Originally posted by Sekhmet Soul30 View Post
    I know that the Hindu have gods and goddess that they worship, though they don't call where their worshiped a altar but a shrine, but what I want to know is does any Traditional Witches today put a god and goddess on their altars or do they have something else they put on their altars. Is the practice of putting a physical representation of the god and goddess only in Wicca (and I'm excluding Hinduism)? Let me know, confused person writing.
    I have not interacted with many traditional witches that work with deity.
    Harvest Moon Australia

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    • #3
      Originally posted by melodye View Post
      I have not interacted with many traditional witches that work with deity.
      Okay, so do they even have deities. I read on a Cornish Witchcraft site that the horns can represent both the god and the goddess because of how their shaped.

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      • #4
        Witchcraft is not a religion, per se.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Sharizzy View Post
          Witchcraft is not a religion, per se.
          Oh I understand that, don't get me wrong. I asked the same question to someone else on a yahoo group and they said that you don't need to have the god and goddess to practice. Of course most will say that witchcraft is a religion and some will say that it isn't. Personally the whole thing is confusing.

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          • #6
            It's Wicca that's the religion, not witchcraft in general. Wiccans may practice witchcraft, but it's not a precursor.
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            • #7
              In Cochranes tradition (for example), I believe they worked with a Witch God and Goddess. The Goddess was described as being Old Fate. From what I understand trad crafters work with Gods rather than 'worship' them per se. There's always exceptions.

              There's no right or wrong answer in regards to interactions with Gods, I guess it's down to personal 'tastes'. It's true that traditional witchesd tend to favour land spirit/ancestor interaction more though.
              Everything is right for me, which is right for you, O Universe.
              Nothing for me is too early or too late, which comes in due time for you.
              Everything is fruit to me which your seasons bring, O Nature.
              From you are all things, in you are all things, to you all things return.


              Marcus Aurelius

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Sharizzy View Post
                It's Wicca that's the religion, not witchcraft in general. Wiccans may practice witchcraft, but it's not a precursor.
                Oh I know that Wicca is a religion, and a good one, and Witchcraft is a practice. However there are people that want to turn witchcraft into a religion. Not going to mention names as I don't slander but it gets really annoying.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by electricpeppers View Post
                  In Cochranes tradition (for example), I believe they worked with a Witch God and Goddess. The Goddess was described as being Old Fate. From what I understand trad crafters work with Gods rather than 'worship' them per se. There's always exceptions.

                  There's no right or wrong answer in regards to interactions with Gods, I guess it's down to personal 'tastes'. It's true that traditional witchesd tend to favour land spirit/ancestor interaction more though.
                  I personally like Herne the Hunter myself. Oh by the way who were the witch god and goddess. Never heard of them before, which shows that there's a lot about things that I didn't even heard of. I feel like such a newbie, groan.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Sekhmet Soul30 View Post
                    I know that the Hindu have gods and goddess that they worship, though they don't call where their worshiped a altar but a shrine, but what I want to know is does any Traditional Witches today put a god and goddess on their altars or do they have something else they put on their altars. Is the practice of putting a physical representation of the god and goddess only in Wicca (and I'm excluding Hinduism)? Let me know, confused person writing.
                    From what i've understood, Witchcraft is just the practice of Magick.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by brandonc1981 View Post
                      From what i've understood, Witchcraft is just the practice of Magick.
                      No. While magic maybe a componet part of some practices there are practices that do not use any magic at all. Diviners, readers, healers, animal husbandry, none of those persay have to use magic and that is just off the top of my head.

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                      • #12
                        Interesting. I've read that Traditional witches will only stick to one pantheon, like a Celtic god and Celtic goddess, a Norse God and a Norse Goddess, or a Welsh God and a Welsh Goddess. Is that true or something that someone made up.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Sekhmet Soul30 View Post
                          Interesting. I've read that Traditional witches will only stick to one pantheon, like a Celtic god and Celtic goddess, a Norse God and a Norse Goddess, or a Welsh God and a Welsh Goddess. Is that true or something that someone made up.
                          That sounds like Traditional Wicca. Traditional witchcraft and what the practitioners do is completely up to the individual. Many Trads that I know don't even work with divinity. Those that do go to what ever force beckons their attention for the said working.

                          And for the person who said that witchcraft is the practice of magic, that's only a small percentage of it. There's a lot more to it.

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