Witches are Real

They don’t fly on broomsticks or have green skin, ( although come to think of it one witch I knew did have a sick green-ness about the gills, but I think that’s because he was a drunk) but they do cast spells and put curses on people and they do worship Satan, and don’t be deceived by the ‘white magic’ lark. There’s no such thing. All magic is black magic because of the philosophy behind it: those involved in witchcraft seek power, and anybody who seeks power for it’s own sake is bad.

Think of all the wicked people who justify their quest for power by saying it is for a good cause. Almost all evil in the world is caused by people who think they’re doing it for a good cause. Not just Darth Vader. Think of the Nazis who really believed the concentration camps were necessary in order to bring about a master race…see what I mean?

So witches, wicca, witchcraft–all that stuff. Yes, it’s real.

Furthermore, if you invite diabolical powers into your life. Don’t be surprised if they show up, and don’t be surprised if, once you’ve opened Pandora’s box you can’t get the lid back on. Remember in all the fun that the purpose of Hallowe’en is to scare the spooks away–not invite them in. Dressing up as monsters has the same purpose as putting gargoyles on cathedrals–you’re supposed to be scarier than the devil in order to give him the creeps and send him running. So when you carve a jack o’lantern make him scary as you can, but say a prayer as you put him out that he might keep away the real monsters of the night, and if you dress as a ghoul or a ghost or a witch or a warlock remember that you are doing so to creep them out and say a prayer of deliverance from all the dark forces of the world.

And if you come across anyone who takes witchcraft seriously tell them politely that if they summon the devil he will probably come, and that messing with the occult is the spiritual equivalent of an eight year old kid taking a five gallon can of gas into a fireworks warehouse then playing with matches.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12858120820470784593 Anneg

    What an excellent description, Father!Thank you. Being so scary you scare the devil himself. I'll remember that.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14970857401221305221 Fr. Philip Powell, OP

    As a former "Wiccan-adjacent" neo-Pagan, I want to give my support to Father's warning: just stay away from occult practices. Yes, it looks harmless. But how else would you be convinced to give it a try?Fr. Philip Neri, OP

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00999247525017051032 J. Tillman

    Eventhough most would like to believe that Halloween is just a fun day for the kids, a quick read of "The Rite", the book, not the movie, will confirm that the world around us is far more diabolical than anyone would like to imagine.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12114386237830968319 Mandrivnyk

    Yes, rather.Though, of course – even when it becomes very difficult to "get the lid back on Pandora's" box, it's not impossible. There's always a price to pay, but even those of us who have cast spells and put curses on people can be delivered. Grace is a wonderful thing, and God is very merciful.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17514099991587503764 thefederalist

    Of course, it's holiness that frightens the devil the most.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02705665773311962413 The Fine Art Diner

    Father, thank you so much for this article! Like it's been said, 'The Devil's greatest trick was getting people to believe that he doesn't exist," and I think his next best trick was getting Christians to stop talking about him. Thank you, Father, and God bless!The Fine Art Diner

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01678341854029479678 Old Bob

    Father, thanks VERY much for that post! It is very much needed these days, when some people think ghouls and zombies are "cool." God deliver us!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04843514873861242426 Howard

    Very true. It's astonishing that books of spells can be found in the check-out lanes of supermarkets in the "Bible Belt". I hold out hope, though, that most Wiccans, like most Freemasons, may lack a real understanding of the forces they have put themselves in contact with. This would decrease their culpability somewhat. It seems to me that the Devil rarely begins temptation with grave matter, full knowledge, and full consent of the will already present; usually at least one is lacking, at least until the sin becomes familiar.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10502065336011597776 Stevo

    Ack, disappointing post :/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13061693773607760456 Jean’ne Marie

    As a former NewAge, Non-Denominational and eventually Wiccan practioner, I can vouch for everything the good Fr. is speaking!!! Oh what 'tricks' can lead us astray. THANK YOU FATHER and may the Great God of Mercy reward you abundantly now and in Heaven!God Bless,Jeanne Marie

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09418757679645938089 ElizabethK

    Great post! I always think Halloween, done in the right spirit, can be a great show of holiness to the powers of darkness, letting them know (with our laughter and sense of fun) how little power we're going to grant them. Light scares the dark away, always.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06497593765013433443 Katie

    I was into Wiccan type stuff for awhile when I was younger, and yeah, no matter how "good" you think you are, it's absolutely inviting evil in.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08373971821320083870 Kerry McMasters

    Many people also don't believe the need for deliverance ministry. One way that the enemy is "invited" in is through contact with the occult. In many ways the enemy is a legalist and knows the doors within us that have been opened to him. I would urge reading the book Unbound by Neal Lozano. We just completed a conference and training on deliverance this past weekend. Very enlightening.Kerry McMasters

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04843514873861242426 Howard

    As for the "opening doors" and "Pandora's boxes", let's not forget that normal sins work that way, too. Once you commit a sin, you are more vulnerable to temptation to that same sin in the future. This is obviously true in cases involving addiction, but I think there is a spiritual truth that goes beyond addiction. It applies at the community level, too; once we accept sins like abortion or contraception, it's hard to get rid of them. Remember, the Enemy is quite content to carry us off to Hell using very undramatic methods.

  • https://openid.aol.com/opaque/07f27fc4-0435-11e1-9419-000bcdcb471e Ofmind

    Eh, you can't scare the devil – He's much too crafty. You can, however, show him you are not afraid. Confidence is power and such confidence comes from Faith.I can attest, from past dealings, that witchcraft is real and powerful beyond what most practitioners imagine. I found out, when targeted, that Mary can summon all the power of Christ and banish that diabolical power. THAT is what scares the devil!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09036029685468609663 Timothy

    This brings to mind a couple questions. If spells, magic and witchcraft is real (it seeemed real enough to me too, as I'm a former witch), then how do we catholics fight against an attack? Also, is there any merit in the Pennsylvania Dutch Pow Wow practices, that appear to counter witchcraft? Thank you, in Jesus and Mary

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04150835852351448852 Cantor Nikolaos

    One of the things that led me to leave protestantism was encountering someone experimenting with witchcraft. I began to realise that I was in no shape to do any sort of spiritual warfare. I also realised that the church I was associated with had no spiritual authority.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01645891731976224369 MichelleP12

    I am so thankful for this article! I escaped a cult on January 2, 2010. The cult leader had used the Catholic Church as a perfect cover for her cult. I was there for almost 17 years, having come to see what I thought was an apparition site of Our Lady. Well the woman did know things, and that is how she was able to manipulate people. Having been raised a Baptist (converting to a Catholic at age 21) I didn't know much about these kinds of things, and that's how witchcraft works—they pray on the ignorant. This woman had a prayer room in her basement that only two other people had seen, and I was one of the two. She burned colored candles and practiced santeria. I and the other person were in constant fear for our lives and souls and I credit Our Lady of Perpetual Help and the prayers of our family (living and dead) with saving our lives. I am still dealing with the trauma every day. The woman herself died a few months ago.

  • Lili

    Seriously? First of all the number one rule of wicca is to harm none or do as you will as long as your will is good.
    Also, telling a witch to not summon the devil is not going to have an impact on that person at all other than pissing them off.
    And PLEASE tell me how wicca is evil. explain to me how deep meditation and focasing on pure energies is the work of the devil! Oh, wait no it must be true just because YOU say so. Wiccans dont discriminate. We dont burn people because of differing religious views or sexual orentation. And most of all we dont spread hate or lies about things in order to make our religion prominate.
    Everyone, please educate your selfs on history and others views before making asumptions. The world would be such a beter place.

  • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    Thank you for visiting the blog and taking time to comment. I am interested in your beliefs and would like to ask you a few questions. You have stated that your basic philosophy is “Do as you will as long as your will is good.” By what criteria do you determine if your will is good? What do you mean by “pure energies”? Do these “energies” you speak of have personality or identity? What are these “pure energies” and why would you wish to focus on them?

  • Lili

    “Do as you will as long as your will is good” means that you do not manipulate energy for selfish gain or to hurt anyone in any shape or form, you wouldn’t use your energy to put a Hex or curse on someone. What we do with rituals is a lot like praying, we concider nature as our “Mother” so we do rites to help the earth and plants. Our holidays revolve around the seasons and harvesting times, celebrating life and fertility.
    A wiccan wouldn’t summon the devil or anything of that sort, that would be a dark energy. Pure energies would be the Goddess and the God, both equal, they work together like yin and yang. Not so much determined by gender, but by masculine and femine traits that keeps the natural order. The Goddess rules over the Moon, and the God over the Sun, but both over the Earth. We do not think of them as emboided things that look like us, but as flowing energy, we call them God and Goddess refering to their traits mostly.
    There is good energy and there is bad energy, there is no doubt about that. You just have to be able to reconize the good from the bad. Focasing on things like love, hope, tranqulity would be “good”. Things like vengence, violence, harm, saddness would open the door for evil energy to come through.
    Let me know if you want to know anything else let me know.
    But I have to ask you, where did you get your information about Wiccans?

  • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    How do you determine what is a “good” energy and what is a “bad” energy? Why is violence necessarily evil? If your religion gets you in tune with nature, is not nature violent at times? Why would that necessarily be bad? If a lion kills a lamb that is violent, but that is also natural. Would a wiccan consider it okay to do violence then for a good reason?

  • Lili

    Either you focas on good things or bad things. It’s as simple as that. Personally before I meditate I quietly say something along the lines of “Shield me protectors of the Earth, let no evil pass before me” and then envision a circle of white light around me as a protectant.
    And you’re right, violence does happen in nature. Lions kill lambs. Things live and they die. BUT when doing a ritual the bottom line is harm none, do debate. If someone uses magic for violence they are not a Wiccan. A true Wiccan would be a vegetarian, appreciating and loveing all life. So to answer your question about violence, if what someone is doing is endangering and harmful to anyone it would be concidered wrong.

  • Elizabeth

    Reading something like this should surprise but somehow it doesn’t. At the end of the day, it does not matter what we call our God or what holy days we celebrate. Imbolc and Candlemas are celebrated on the same day if I am not mistaken. What matters is that we lead our lives in a way that we treat others with respect, we love one another, help those that need help and let people take the decisions that are best for them. Weren’t we given free will to that effect?

  • valak

    You are the same as most christian, your way or no way, i worship my goddess and my god your god would no be without my goddess. our oath is an ye harm NONE do what ye will. we cast spells as you do but you call them prayers, you celebrate you holy days as we do , you call your sacred day the sabath we call ours sabbats, look in you history and look at the truth the REAL TRUTH . without our Goddess you would not have your god.

  • John

    Jesus Christ said “I am the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE, no one comes to the Father except through me.” Sorry if you don’t like that, but God made the rules. You can continue to serve your goddess or god, however you are blindly serving Lucifer, the prince and power of the air, the spirit tht works in the childern of disobeidence. Satan (Lucifer is the god of this world system and all of those who reject Jesus Christ and his salvation are under the domain of Satan. Sorry to inform you, but repent and turst Jesus for your salvation. Satan’s plan is to still, kill and destroy your life and ultimely you will end up spiriitually and eternally seperated from God and there will be no hope for you. God loves you very much and has sent you the TRUTH by providing his Son to pay for your sins. The Bible is the Word of God. Stop worshiping other gods, you are blindly serving demonic spirits. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places.

  • Marcus

    What a load of inconsistant claptrap, The bible is a collection of writtings wrote 60 to 100 years after Jesus supposedly died, proven fact. Lucifer was the original name for a red star that exsisted a very long time ago proven fact. The Devil is a christian beleif there for only believed by christians. Wicca is a religion bassed on nature and the belief that all things that are alive have a sole. If you are a wiccan you there for beleave in wicca which does not recognise or pray to Satan, The Devil, Lucifer, Bealsabob, The Dark One or anything else that people may call this invention of the christian faith…. If you need or want to nock are religion at least do some real research first and then you may have a base’s to work from – don’t just have a pop because some christian says you should or your holy book tells you to. Also considering the original text of your bible as been translated over and over again do you not see that some or perhaps all information contained within it may be wrong ???? proven fact.

    I rest my case….

  • Marcus

    Hi John
    If Jesus said this how do you know it to be a fact, you could have not been there to hear this as it would make you over two thousand years old ?, did some one tell you this ?, Or did you read it some were….. The Bible perhaps. Lucifer only exsists in the christian based religions so nope he has nothing to do with wicca, and He definetly is not any god of Wicca. Jesus did not die for my sins as I was not even around back then or was I !!!!
    The Bible is the word of MAN not your God, men that say they were spoken to by god wrote the bible – A since this happened, does that mean they were talking to a spirit there for practicing Witchcraft – or – maybe it was really your Satan talking to them instead – think on that for a while !!!!.

    Blessed Be

  • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    Your atrocious spelling doesn’t give the reader confidence in your message.

  • Marcus

    I am amazed that no one as mentioned Some common Wiccan paths and spiritual groups that include Gardnerian, Alexandrian, Celtic, and Dianic Wicca along with many others. I am what is called a solitary-ecletic which basically means I take from the other paths which I find useful for my own path. I do not beleive in doing evil or of the Christian god called Lucifer (Satan), I do not worship this being in any shape or form. I also beleave in Jesus and of the Christian God – I sometimes even pray to them and give thanks, since paganism as been around far longer than Christianty I simply think that I should give thanks to those gods as well. Yes I practice Magick (correct spelling – by the way) and I beleave in it, but I also beleave in the Wiccan Rede which states – “an it harm none, do what ye will” this means as long as no one including yourself is harmed do as you want…. I look forward to Samhain (Halloween).

    Samhain is one of the eight annual festivals, often referred to as ‘Sabbats’, observed as part of the Wiccan Wheel of the Year. It is considered by most Wiccans to be the most important of the four ‘greater Sabbats’. It is generally observed on October 31 in the Northern Hemisphere, starting at sundown. Samhain is considered by some Wiccans as a time to celebrate the lives of those who have passed on, and it often involves paying respect to ancestors, family members, elders of the faith, friends, pets and other loved ones who have died. which is balanced at the opposite point of the wheel by the spring festival of Beltane, which Wiccans celebrate as a festival of light and fertility.

    Blessed be to all – without any predudice….

  • Marcus

    Sorry Father
    I suffer with partial dyslexia and can only appologise for any spelling mistakes made. Thank you for pointing it out though – I will try harder.
    Thankyou and God Bless

  • Brandon

    Freemasons believe in God. They aren’t satanic or trying to bring about a new world order

  • Darren

    Another knowledgeable person of the truth of witchcraft has already spoken! Now I don’t have to be the one to inform them of how wrong they are. I find it most depressing that Christians will just re-write a religion the way that they want to see it to scare their followers from joining it. A disgraceful deceit, but not as bad as stealing several Pagan holidays and ideas.

  • Anon

    It’s hard to believe that people honestly believe in witches…
    I support Wicca more because of their morals and equality that are based on doing what is right and good, not morals based off of fear of eternal suffering.

  • Marcus

    Hi Darren
    Please clarify what you mean by your post, are you saying that I am wrong or does it apply to another post ??

  • Dillon

    haha you christians so naive. 2000 years and you people still don’t get that the world isn’t black and white. pursuit of power is not always bad. I study martial arts to gain greater power and have achieved astounding strength by controlling mystical Ki energy within my body. In addition to that I have trained my mind beyond what most are capable of unlocking a number of psychic powers as well. Does that mean Im evil? No It does not, I can see and speak to the dead, draw upon the energy of the earth and see into the hearts and minds of those around me. It has nothing to do with Satan worship but still I was ridiculed for it, and told to turn away from this “evil path”. Its not evil its just a skill set. Frankly theres no proof that God isn’t the evil one and Satan was framed! Now I don’t believe that of course but for people who believe so much without evidence you sure are hard on people you don’t understand…

  • http://facebook sarahlouise

    is this all real

  • Whatever

    I hear all this stuff about a god and what he supposidly said. There is no proof of god even exsiting. All we have is a book that was written by man that tells us what to believe. I grew up as a christian and hated it. This does not mean I follow any devil or bad energy. I think that it is crap that people call themselves christians but yet they judge others for what they believe. Does it not say in the bible that you should not judge. Most everyone on this earth is hipicritical and does not have the rite to say what is evil and what is good. Just because you believe in something else does not make you a devil worshiper. This is why I do not believe anymore. There are to many hipocrits in this world.

  • gia gia

    All magic is black magic….than prayer is black magic.