Weighing the Grail Message: Dark Philosophies

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The Bible opens our eyes to the realms of reality, which we can also term as dimensions.

There is a physical realm of space/time/matter universe in which human beings live, where they are subject to the five senses. But many tend to make the fatal mistake of believing that anything beyond the realm of these physical senses is simply not there.

There is also Heaven, a realm of pure existence where God reigns as Sovereign. In this second “dimension” is where the throne of God is and His glory is fully manifested.

This realm was bridged when God chose to become Man in the person of Jesus Christ. Everyone who is in Him can access this realm of God’s infinite power, love and justice.

There is also a third dimension of spiritual darkness, controlled by Satan and his hosts. Though this sphere is divided into several sub-kingdoms rigidly ruled by hierarchies of fallen angels, it is presided at the top by “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience” (Eph. 2:2).

This third dimension is a domain of the forces of great deception and wickedness, hence, it consists of all who have willingly pledged allegiance to the god of the world and are in rebellion against the one true God revealed in the Bible.

Indeed, it’s not strange to find individuals or organizations, claiming to possess some “keys” to luminous ascent, mystical insights or powerful spiritual practices whose sources are actually plugged deeply into the bowels of the kingdom of darkness.

From what has been documented so far, the Grail message is one of such destructive revelations.

Destructive, because, at some point in their teachings, the self-professed “cross bearer” is directly introduced to the very occult philosophies which used to be taught only to secret initiates of modern Witchcraft – until some few decades ago.

In this piece, I will be focusing on chapter 15 of In the Light of Truth Volume 2, titled “Thought-Forms” to unravel how those who follow the Grail path, however sincere, are like the proverbial frog in the kettle, being slowly boiled till they end up in the dinner plate of the Lord of darkness himself.

The first three paragraphs of this chapter castigate materialists whose conversations are hollow; their thoughts empty and their interests oppressively narrow. In the words of Oskar, “many people are not very much different from animals.” He continues:

“They cannot and will not understand that life on earth, with all its pleasures and joys, only gets its real meaning when one has become more or less familiar with the Ethereal World, and knows about the reciprocal actions connecting us with it, for then one no longer has the feeling of being at the mercy of chance.”

As stated previously, the key emphasis behind the occult is interaction with the spirit world and the spirits therein.

The ethereal world, as explained by the Grail message, is the spiritual world from which emanate “alternating currents” and “intuitive perception.” It’s said to be the world of spirits where humans came from and the grail “God” resides.

Of course, the Ethereal World is not Heaven. Our God does not inhabit, nor is He part of, the spirit world or physical world. The spirit realm Ab-dru-shin speaks of is the same one that New Agers and Witches tap into to wield their spiritual energies. 

This is a dimension of spiritual darkness. It does not acknowledge Jesus as the only Way nor the Holy Spirit of God. Jesus emphatically stated: “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture” (John 10:9).

“For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit” (Eph. 2:18). The Christian fellowships with God only through the Holy Spirit. But the god of the Grail message is one that can be found in trees, rocks, animals and all other creation.

“Rejoice that all around you lives, into seemingly immeasurably far away regions! Nothing is dead; nothing is void as it would appear. Everything is working and weaving in reciprocal action, in the center of which you stand as humans to continually form and direct anew the threads, as both starting points and final goals.”

Here the seeker is introduced to the two core beliefs of Witchcraft/Paganism: Monism and Animism.

Monism, which literally means “one-ism,” teaches that all is one and one is all. It asserts that all reality may be reduced to a single, unifying principle partaking of the same essence and reality.

In other words, people only think that a rock lying in a field is entirely separate from the field in which it’s lying. But monism says that the rock is the field, and the field is the rock.

Animism is the belief that all things – from rocks to amoeba to trees – is infused with life force or energies. In other words, the entire earth is a living, breathing organism. In the words of a witch, “The ancient world view did not conceive of a separation between ‘animate’ and ‘inanimate'” (Margot Adler, Drawing Down the Moon, Penguin Books, 1986, p. 29).

This is why the Grail message says “nothing is dead.” Their god is like a force or power pervading and pulsating through everything and it can be manipulated like a thread to spin and reach your goals.

Christian researchers, Jill Martin Rische and Kurt Van Gorden note that:

“The New Age movement is an all pervasive, all-encircling philosophy, birthed from Theosophy and Hinduism. New Age groups comprise a united syncretistic religion; everything comes together under one philosophy. Their divine absolute principle is not a person; it is not God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The absolute principle is an impersonal entity that inhabits all creation, whether they call it consciousness, energy, vibrations, spirit, force, Mind, Brahma, or the One” (The Kingdom of the Occult, Thomas Nelson, 2008 p. 193).

“Awake! Use the power given to you in the full knowledge of this mighty happening, lest in your stupidity and obstinacy, or even in your indolence, you bring forth only harmful deformities which choke all that is healthy and good and finally cause you as their author to totter and fall.”

This is one of the starting techniques of witchcraft rituals: how to control and utilize impersonal energies or forces and direct them to work your magick.

This is the same philosophy Napoleon Hill was espousing decades ago:

“A healthy ego makes you more receptive to the influences which guide you from a region beyond the power of our five senses to know … Unseen, silent forces influence us constantly…” (Grow Rich With Peace of Mind, Ballantine books, 1967, pp. 215-20).

This is why even an unwary Christian who relies on the teachings of self-help or motivational cults can slowly end up embracing and practicing the occult. The occult is a very subtle path; it’s like peeling off layer after layer of an onion until you get to its terminal bud.

Many early seekers of occult mysticism are drawn in by the pursuit of wisdom and the heady feeling of using their “mind power” to alter their lives, but by the time they are properly trapped in occult snares, they realize they have been enslaved by vicious demonic forces that know no mercy.

“This is the strange world of thought-forms, the vital activity of which comprises only a small part of the giant mechanism of the whole Creation. Its threads, however, run both into the Gross Material World and further up into the more Ethereal World and in the same way they also run downward into the realm of Darkness. Like a gigantic network of veins or nerve-strands, all is intertwined and interwoven, un-tearable and inseparable!”

What he is talking about here, in cliched phrases, is the dark philosophy of using your mind through the agency of demonic power to control the physical world and navigate the spirit world.

In the ethereal realm that Ab-dru-shin introduces his followers to, there’s a supposedly “pure region” and the lower “dark region.”

But we know that “God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all” (1 John 1:5). He “lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see” (1Tim. 6:16). There are no “inseparable” spiritual network of veins in the universe linking God’s kingdom with the kingdom of darkness. Such a teaching is straight from the pit of hell.

Psalm 113:4 says “The LORD is exalted over all the nations, His glory above the heavens.” No man can control God or His power, and man is not the author of it. Anyone that is teaching stuff about “using” or “controlling” some impersonal energies or “animated substantiality” in creation is working with demon spirits!

The Creative Power flowing through man concentrates ethereal matter through the focused volition of a completed thought and combines it into a form which expresses the volition of the thought.”

This is actually an occult ritual. In Witchcraft, the practitioner is taught to use the power of visualization in making his/her spells effective.

According to Hermetic tradition, the Egyptian god Thoth, known to the Greeks as Hermes Trismegistus (The Thrice-Powerful), was the originator of alchemy. He taught that the physical world could be transformed through mental imagery.

In his Magic: An Occult Primer, an occultist, David Conway explains the necessity of visualization for performing ritual magic:

“. . . the technique of visualization is something you will gradually master, and indeed must master if you are
to make any progress at all in magic… it is our only means of affecting the etheric atmosphere. It enables us to build our own thought forms, contact those already in existence and channel the elemental energy we need down onto the physical plane” (p. 59).

In an article, Visualization in Magic, a witch explained:

“We live in a Universe where everything is energy … You see, as human beings we have the potential to focus and manifest the kind of energy that we want to experience in our day-to-day life. This gives us immense power and creative potential. When we visualise an image in our mind – a goal that we wish to achieve, a place that we’d like to live in, the perfect job – we are bringing it closer into reality. We are concentrating that free flow of energy into a singular thought, and the more attention we give to it, the more it grows and starts to manifest in our daily life.”

Christian researcher, Dave Hunt pointed out that both old and new occult rites follow the same underlying formula:

“When the witch doctor slits a rooster’s throat, sprinkles the blood in a certain pattern, and mumbles a secret incantation, the spirits must respond with their magic as part of the bargain. So it is with the new paganism and its new rituals” (Occult Invasion, The Berean Call, Oregon, 2010, p. 83).

The difference now is that, priests and priestess of the new occult spirituality usually employ “scientific” terms and often introduce “bloodless” rituals to the initiates. But the old methodology of witchcraft – directing demonic powers to work using the mind – remains unchanged.

Thus this form is something real, something living, which now, in accordance with the Law of Attraction of Homogeneous Species, attracts what is homogeneous in this world of thought-forms or is attracted by them, depending on the strength it possesses.”

In chapter 53 of this same Volume II, Oskar Bernhardt delves into the pagan worldview of animism when he states that each individual species of matter – every stone, plant and animal – produces its own specific radiation.

This radiation blends with the radiations of the other species with which it is combined, and together these form a harmonious halo of radiations which is already recognized today and simply called Od or aura.

This is the mystical twaddle that Grail followers pride themselves in, that they find the ‘law of attraction’ directing them towards colourful radiations emitting from other souls in the Grail movement.

Like my friend Fola, the first Grail adherent I personally knew, told me, when I asked why she often avoided some fervent Christian coursemates during our university days. Her answer was quite revealing, “The vibrations emanating from them do not harmonise with mine.” That’s the same thing any occultist would say when they encounter a Christian filled with the Holy Spirit.

In the aforementioned chapter, Ab-dru-shin actually reveals how the gate of occult power is opened through sexual rites:

“Until the sexual power awakens the process is the same as with a baby. Through their radiations the material cloaks absorb only what they need in order to mature. When the sexual power sets in, however, the spirit stands fully equipped, the gates are then thrown open, and an immediate connection is established.”

How satanic can you get.

“Unfortunately, however, it is hate, envy, jealousy, lustfulness, avarice and all other evils which, through their greater numbers of adherents, form the strongest power centers in the world of thought-forms.”

Like most occult/New Age organizations, Grail adherents are taught that doing some good acts and avoiding certain foods with “bad vibes” will make their ethereal (spirit) bodies light and ascend into the “realms of light.”

This ethereal delusion is all that the devil needs to prevent a person from receiving eternal life freely offered by God through Jesus Christ.

They are also taught that bad thoughts will weigh heavily on their ethereal bodies and make them dense and earthbound, and thus sink into the realm of darkness. In my personal engagements with Grail adherents, I’ve not yet met a single one that hasn’t displayed the sins listed by their guru in the quote above.

This shows that they only flaunt these virtues in speech, their actions bespeak the opposite. The Bible says “wisdom is shown to be right by the lives of those who follow it” (Luke 7:35). You cannot tap into devilish wisdom and bear godly fruit.

The philosophies espoused in the Grail message do not come from God but from the powers of darkness.

Enya: The Occult Connection

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From day to day, my journey,

The long pilgrimage before me.

From night to night, my journey,

The stories that will never be again

The above lyric is the English translation of the part of Enya’s Book of Days sung in Irish Gaelic.

The first time I heard this song on TV in 2004, even though I was a Christian, it resonated deeply with my sense of aesthetics. Four years later when a Christian friend introduced me to his Enya collection, I dived into them like an excited dolphin. I couldn’t get enough of her music.

Sometimes when I listened to Orinoco Flow, I felt a strange sensation in my spirit, like I was immersed in a body of water.

From experience, I knew what that implied, and I began to check out her lyrics. Right from the first one I read, I could figure out the deep witchcraft codes embedded in them and I made a clean break.

Enya Patricia Brennan is more than just an Irish singer and songwriter born into a musical family. To unwary Christians, Enya’s music is a potpourri of classical, church and folk music with poetic, nostalgic and calming sensations.

To the uninformed, Enya is simply a liberal Irish Catholic who, at most, beautifies her faith with mysticism. But to the discerning, she is on a journey; a long pilgrimage on the Old Ways: witchcraft.

In this article, which is a sequel to the one I wrote four years ago, I will be unraveling more occult connections in Enya’s music, showing that those who identify her as a New Age/occult singer, are not mistaken by any means.

According to a reference work, New Age music emerged in the midst of “the advent of all manner of self-awareness and higher-consciousness trends and fads floating about in the 1970s, and the increasing popularity of non-traditional ideas regarding health and well being.” [1]

New Age stores not only also sell occult books, ‘healing crystals’ and pagan artifacts, but also New Age music – relaxing music that serve as aural companions for whatever occult technique the customer is seeking. It all fits together.

In occult circles, guided meditation is often practiced, in which the practitioner connects with the spirit realm and the spirits therein through the aid of mantra, occult music or drugs.

This occult meditation is aimed at different purposes: relaxation, for pagan breathing exercises, inducing trances, healing and preparation for spell work and witchcraft.

The relaxing music is aimed at fostering mental passivity and mind control which are necessary conditions to get yoked to the demonic realm.

During a spell work, a witch/magick practitioner must be able to use his/her mind to visualize and direct his/her psychic powers to its destination. Thus, they need pagan/occult-themed music to stimulate their minds.

Such music genre could be classical, jazz, or ethnic (such as Celtic), but they are music composed by the initiated and for the initiated. One occult organization even described them as “music of the spheres.” Indeed, the spheres of darkness.

A few examples of such music are Ave Maria by Origen, Mystic Spirit Voices by Lesiem, A Place Without Noise by Wayne Gratz, a number of Yanni’s music and of course, Enya.

Many of Enya’s song weren’t relayed in English language. She also employed back masking so folks who don’t know about the occult wouldn’t notice that she was onto something sinister.

1. Afer Ventus (English translation: African wind) says:

Sea of the Clouds, Umbriel

(Each to their own. Each to it’s own)

Sea of the Rain. Ariel

(Me, myself. Each to their own is dear)

And we go to the stars …

Sea of the Tides. Io. Vela

African wind. Zephyrus

(Each to their own. Each to its own)

Volturnus. Africus…

Estesiarum. Eurus.

(Me, myself. Each to their own is dear).

Umbriel and Ariel, though names for moons of Uranus, actually refer to specific demons. Umbriel is an earth demon often depicted with black wings, while Ariel is a demon of the air.

In Satanism, Ariel is a fallen angel called the “archon of wings” and is said to connect the adept to other elemental spirits.

Io is the name of a female water spirit worshipped in ancient Rome [2]. It’s no accident that Enya says that she moves with the tides of the sea.

Vela is the name of a constellation. It also means “sails (of a ship)” in Latin. Vela represents the sails of the Argo Navis ship which was constructed by the goddess Athena and consecrated to the Roman sea god, Poseidon. [3]

Zephyrus is the Greek deity of the west wind. He has strong ties to Zepar, another deadly demon that is invoked in Satanism, especially by men who seek to bring women under the slave of lust.

Volturnus is the Roman god of the Tibre and is probably regarded as the god of all rivers. He also belongs to the class of Anemoi and is equivalent to the southeast wind. [4]

Africus is the Greek deity of the southwest wind. Estesiarum is a term describing the north winds of the Aegean Sea and Eurus is the Greek deity of the East wind.

So, in this music alone, Enya invokes several “big guns” to take over the listener.

2. Exile (chorus)

I’ll wait the signs to come.

I will find a way

I will wait the time to come.

I’ll find a way home

My light shall be the moon

And my path – the ocean.

My guide the morning star

As I said home to you

Who then can warm my soul?

Who can quell my passion?

Out of these dreams – a boat

I will sail home to you.

You will notice that Enya keeps singing about being on a “path” or “journey.” Modern Witches believe their religion is the old path; and right from their initiation, each step taken upon this path leads towards a greater understanding of the natural world and the divinity that purportedly lives within them.

In witchcraft, the moon, through its phases and faces, is said to guide witches through the mysteries of life. It regulates nature and magick, and when they draw down the moon at their esbats, they are tapping into the pure white mystical light of the moon.

The “morning star” or “torch bearer” epithet is used for their goddess Hecate, Diana/Artemis, and in the Bible, it refers to Lucifer/Satan (Is. 14:12). So, the message Enya was conveying there is loud and clear.

3. Angeles

Angels answer me, are you near if rain should fall? Am I to believe, you will rise to calm the storm?

For so great a treasure words will never do. Surely, if this is, promises are mine to give you

Mine to give you …

Angeles, all could be

Should you move both earth and sea

Angeles, I could feel all those dark clouds disappearing … Even as I breathe comes an angel to their keep…

This lyrical content appears to be a conversation that is carried on with one seeking a guardian angel and promises (pacts) to cement the relationship.

In Wicca and the New Age, they regularly contact their “guardian angels” using altars, candles, oils, incense, crystals, beautiful fabric and statues. Of course, these are demons pretending to be angels.

A former satanist had this to say:

“These spirits of the air known as sylphs are the higher class of elemental forces that take the form of angels and deceive those that are in spiritual [occult] churches. When properly invoked by occult prayer, they could easily compel the lesser demon to evacuate the victim’s body for them to occupy. But as time goes on the victim continues to develop series of problems.

“These sylphs are in categories; some of them are attracted by white candles while others are attracted by coloured candles … These spirits … easily send visions to the mediums concerning governments, nations and people. They disguise themselves like angels of truth, often quote scriptures from the Bible, when the medium is possessed and using the name of Christ as well. Their mode of communication is by whispering in the medium’s ear or meeting them in their realm.” [5]

Occult meditation is the key to contacting these fallen angels and Enya’s reference to an angel visiting the listener as he/she “breathes” in sync with the calming sensation of her music is quite understandable.

4. Smaointe… (Thoughts…)

Listen to me, so sad forever

I am lost without you and your wife

The great love in your life

She guided me. Both of you, be with me always, day and night.

I cry at the great loneliness, tears so sad, and you sleeping in the quiet, green grave. In deep peace. There was happiness but it went away

You followed your husband, the great love in your life. He guided me. Both of you, be with me always, day and night.

From the lyrics, it’s clear that the song is directed to the “Lord and Lady” of witchcraft.

Many Wiccans are duotheists – believing in an eternal mother Goddess who rules over the earth, moon, sky and the sea and her consort, a Byronic Horned God who presides over the sun, hunting, sexuality and vegetation.

In Pagan myths, the horned god dies and is reborn each year, while the goddess descends to the underworld to mate with the Dark Lord. These themes are observed in Wiccan feasts and sabbaths:

“In mainstream Wicca mythology, the Autumn Equinox marks the time of the descent of the Goddess into the Underworld. With her departure we see the decline of Nature and the coming of winter. This is classic ancient mythos also reflected in the Sumerian myth of Inanna and the ancient Greek and Roman legends of Demeter and Persephone.

“In modern Celtic Wicca/Witchcraft, the Autumn Equinox also bids farewell to the Harvest Lord who in the mythos of some traditions was slain at the time of Lughnasadh (a festival marking the beginning of the Celtic harvest season).” [6]

Thus, non-initiates might not grasp the full meaning of what Enya was singing (and it’s not even in English language). Her lyrics also sound a lot like a chant seen on a popular Wiccan website:

“Goddess my shield, my encircler,

Each day, each night, each dark, each light … In my lying, in my standing, in my watching, in my sleeping. Goddess be my strength everlasting.”

5. China Roses

Who can tell me if we have heaven,

Who can say the way it should be;

Moonlight holly, the Sappho Comet,

Angel’s tears below a tree.

You talk of the break of morning

As you view the new aurora,

Cloud in crimson, the key of heaven,

One love carved in acajou.

One told me of China Roses,

One a thousand nights and one night,

Earth’s last picture, the end of evening

Hue of indigo and blue.

A new moon leads me to

Woods of dreams and I follow.

A new world waits for me;

My dream, my way.

This appears to be poetic, but even at that, she brings in some codes which her Pagan or Wiccan listeners can fully decipher.

The two archetypal forms of the horned god of witchcraft is: the Holly king and king Oak. In some traditions, the Holly king represents the bright form of the horned god.

“A thousand nights and one night” is an expression based on a Tarot emblem which typifies death.

Witches believe colour blue stands for devotion, harmony or love while indigo stands for wisdom, insight or spirituality.

Also, they believe the new moon signals new openings or beginnings. So, when Wiccans sight the new (crescent) moon, they begin their spells geared towards new pursuits.

6. May it Be

May it be an evening star

Shines down upon you

May it be when darkness falls

Your heart will be true

You walk a lonely road

Oh, how far you are from home

The evening star is a code for their goddess. She is also symbolized by the five pointed star or pentagram. A New Age and occult researcher, Deanna Conway, wrote:

“Pentacle, pentagram: five pointed star with one point up; symbol of the Goddess in all Her forms. In ancient Egypt, it was the star of Isis and Nephthys; in the Middle East, that of Ishtar. To the Celts it was the sign of the Morrigan. A sign of the Earth Element in Tarot … Repulsion of evil; protection.” [7]

7. La Sonadora

I; the autumn

I; the evening star

I have been an echo

I shall be a wave

I shall be the moon

I have been everything, I am myself

I; the summer

I; the ebony

I am the dreamer

Even though this was sung in Spanish, when you compare its English translation to a track titled “Deity” sung by Wendy Rule – who openly admits to being a witch – you can see the similarities.

It’s here

I’ve followed

A voice

To follow

I am the maiden

I am the mother

I’m the crone

I am the sea

I am the sky

I am the blood

I am the moon

This is not a coincidence. Both women drink from the same poisonous fountain of witchcraft.

8. Epona

Though this music is entirely instrumental, its title indicates who it was dedicated to.

Epona is the name of one of the dark forms of their goddess. Witches praise her as “the white mare, spirit of the wild” whose “hoofs beat on the sand.” A Wiccan scholar notes that:

“Among the Irish, a red horse signified death. Horse deities such as Epona, Medb (the goddess mare) of Tara, and Macha of Ulster (protector of horses) are chthonic divinities of the dead.” [8]

Many Christian fans of Enya – I expect – would argue that since they do not subscribe to pagan beliefs and their use of New Age music is only for the benign purpose of relaxation, these occultic influences can’t affect them. After all, Enya also has a song in which she made references to “God the Father”.

This line of argument may sound fine in theory, but practically, it is false and misplaced. Even in the light of the above evidence, such thinking is muddled and in denial.

The Bible expressly forbids the practice of enchantments (keshaphim) and trafficking in spirits in Deuteronomy 18:10-13.

The rendering of the Hebrew keshaphim is “muttered spells” or “incantations,” rendered “sorceries” in Isaiah 47:9 Isaiah 47:12 , i.e., the using of certain formulae under the belief that men could thus be bound.

God’s Word also forbids sorcery (Greek: pharmakeia) which includes physical objects or magick that impacts the human senses. Enya’s music (and the others like hers) are geared towards controlling people’s minds and bringing them in touch with the demonic.

Notes

[1] “New Age Music” https://www.encyclopedia.com/media/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/new-age-music

[2] Rachel Alexander, Myths, Symbols and Legends of Solar System Bodies, Springer: 2014, p. 190.

[3] https://www.constellation-guide.com/constellation-list/vela-constellation/

[4] Brian Campbell, Rivers and the Power of Ancient Rome, University of North Carolina Press 2012, p. 141.

[5] “I Refused Hell” transcript of Monday Romanus Ekeocha’s testimony. Christian Alive vol. 2 no. 14, (2006), p. 2.

[6] Encyclopedia of Wicca and Witchcraft, Raven Grimassi, Llewellyn, 2000, p. 37.

[7] Deena J. Conway, Maiden, Mother and Crone, St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn, 2003, p. 179.

[8] Encyclopedia of Wicca and Witchcraft, p. 225

“White” Witchcraft or Repackaged Demonism?

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Pls help me to [join] white witchcraft

This was the message I recently received from a fellow Nigerian on this blog’s Facebook page. Interestingly, I was just reading an article which a friend tagged me in about the revival of “white” witchcraft in the U.S. when the message came in. I then felt it was timely I revisited this topic.

In my reply to the above request to join witchcraft (from what I observed, he already subscribes to several pages dedicated to ceremonial magick), I explained that white witchcraft is simply a disguise for evil, one that Satan came up with in the 20th century in order to trap more souls.

White witchcraft is being widely promoted in movies, books and social media. It is often depicted as a benign “Old Path” that involves doing positive magick for the benefit of the earth and humanity. Wicca is the most visible face of modern witchcraft.

Although pronounced differently, the modern English term “Wicca” is derived from the old English word wicca and wicce, the masculine and feminine terms for witch used in Anglo-Saxon England. Wicca is basically a form of Western occultism. Hence, Wiccans are occultists with a religious bent.

Many white witches are pantheists who worship the earth mother and the sky father; or some form of nature worship. They gather in congregations called covens – usually Matriarchal —with memberships no larger than thirteen, and they have an initiatic degree system somewhat like the Masons.

History

Some late 19th century works by Charles Leland (1824-1903), Robert Graves (1895-1985) and Margaret Murray (1863-1963) laid the background for white witchcraft by promoting the theory of the existence of a pre-Christian religion of Western Europe which was driven underground by Christianity.

In actuality, there is no link between ancient (or medieval) witchcraft and Wicca which was “made up” in the 20th century – except that they are both facets of the occult. It was this idea of surviving ancient covens in Britain that influenced Gerald Gardner (1884-1964), a British anthropologist, to revive and popularize witchcraft for the modern world.

Gardner was a Freemason, Rosicrucian, an initiate of the Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O), and affiliate of the notorious Satanist, Aleister Crowley. Though some modern Wiccans have tried in vain to distance Wicca from Crowley or sanitise his occultism, evidence shows that much of their rituals came from him.

For one, much of the Great Rite ceremony practiced in Wicca came from Crowley’s obscene revelation, Liber Al Vel Legis (Book of the Law) and his Gnostic Mass, both published years before Gardner’s material saw daylight

Occult historian, Francis King, recorded that Gardner hired Crowley “at a generous fee, to write elaborate rituals for the new ‘Gardenerian’ witch-cult, and at about the same time, either forged or procured to be forged, the so-called Book of Shadows, allegedly a sixteenth century witches book, but betraying its modern origins in every line of its unsatisfactory pastiche of Elizabethan English.” [1]

Gardner spent much time in Ceylon where he was initiated into Masonry and became a nudist. He gravitated towards paganism in indigenous societies and even participated in the archaeological excavation of a pagan worship centre of the goddess Ashtaroth in Palestine. [2]

He was finally initiated into witchcraft in New Forest, England. He asserted that there were covens of witches in Britain practicing not an anti-Christian religion, but a ‘pre-Christian’ religion involving worship of a supreme Mother Goddess (whose secret name is Arayda) and a Horned God. This he called Wicca. He revealed these in his novel entitled High Magic’s Aid published in 1949 under his witchcraft name, “Scire.”

Gardner later published other books drawing on his occult experiences, travels, Margaret Murray and Aleister Crowley’s writings, knowledge of Masonry, Western ceremonial magick and Eastern religions. From these and other sources, he synthesised his brand of modern witchcraft.

Gardner’s early disciples were Alex Sanders, Sybil Leek, and Raymond Buckland who spread and mutated his version of witchcraft, with some of it shipped over to the U.S. in the late 1960s.

Structure

Wicca is a highly eclectic, creative, decentralized, “make-it-up-as-you-go” movement. Therefore, it consists of many covens and groups having a wide variety of rites, beliefs, styles of worship and traditions.

From the early 1970s, dozens of traditions have splintered off Gardnerian and Alexandrian covens (about the two oldest Wiccan traditions). Now, some of them are:

British Traditional Wicca, Georgian, Algard, Norse, Celtic, Thessalonian, Seax-Wica, Order of the Brotherhood of the Wicca, Blue Star, Central Valley, Faery, Dianic, Cymry Wicca, Covenant of the Goddess, Sicilian, Tameran, Odyssean, Erisian, Discordian Wicca, Panthean Temple, Witta, Reclaiming, Universal Eclectic Wicca and many others.

There are also Neo-Pagan traditions which are revivals of older heathen religions or new creations of the same, such as Church of the Worlds, Asatru, Odinism etc. Not all neo-pagans practice Wicca, however, but they are strongly related.

There are many associations, centres, festivals and gatherings, newsletters, books, websites, media and shops all dedicated to teaching and networking the ideology of Wicca and Neo-Paganism.

As shown in the article linked to at the beginning of this post, in 1990, there were an estimated 8,000 Wiccans in the U.S. In 2014, Pew Research Centre estimated approximately 1 to 1.5 million people identifying as Wiccan or Pagan in the States. Indeed, they have experienced much significant growth. This shouldn’t be surprising, if seen through a logical and biblical lens.

In the last days “evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Tim. 3:13). There will be people who “will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons” (1 Tim. 4:1).

There is a “mystery of lawlessness” that is already at work in the world which is ushering the way for the Man of Sin (2 Thess. 2:7).

Beliefs

There are certain features that are common to all Wiccan beliefs:

  • Experience

Wicca is an experiential religion. Like a Wiccan author said: “What really defines a witch is a type of experience people go through. These experiences depend on altered state of consciousness. The Craft is really the Yoga of the West.” [3]

They lay much emphasis on feeling energies – energies flowing through their hands, flowing up from inside them or swirling around them. If they are in nature (walking in a garden, the woods or close to a water body) they are programmed to feel spiritually “connected” to it.

They also observe various rituals one of which is called “Drawing down the Moon.” During this ritual, a coven’s High Priestess enters a trance and requests that the Goddess enters her body and speaks through her to “her children,” the Wicca. The High Priestess may be aided by the High Priest who invokes the spirit of the Goddess into her (or from within her).

Others describe feeling a surge of electrical impulses in their bodies or a warm, orgasmic sensation when they are in touch with their deities.

The validity of their beliefs is hinged on these experiences. As Christians, however, we identify these as demonic manifestations.

  • View of Man

Like New Agers, most Wiccans have an “Aquarian” view of human destiny – the notion that persons can evolve spiritually through their own efforts and ultimately attain enlightenment or godhood. While many New Agers tend to be futuristic and mentally turned to the East, many Wiccans look to the “romantic” past of European lore and myths.

Wiccans believe that all that exists are manifestations of the Divine, which includes human beings. Thus, they reject the Christian doctrines of the fall and sinfulness of man and reject the need for Saviour. A Wiccan rather dryly stated:

“We are aware of our own goodness and strength, and we are not afraid to admit it. We are not sinners and we know it. We don’t have a Devil to blame our mistakes on and we need no Saviour to save us from a non-existing hell.” [4]

Now, this Wiccan may not realize it, but she is mouthing the creed of Satanists. Anton LaVey, the founder of the Church of Satan wrote in his Satanic Bible:

“Here and now is our day of joy! Here and now is our opportunity! Choose ye this day, this hour, for no redeemer liveth. Say unto thine own heart, ‘I am mine own redeemer.’”

To reject the Saviour, Jesus Christ is to be eternally damned. Denying the reality of sin, Satan and hell does not make them non-existent.

  • Animism and Pantheism

They believe the “life force” is immanent within all creation: rocks, trees, deserts, streams, mountains, oceans, forest and animals. This is animism. It’s one of the glues connecting Wiccans with New Agers, thus leading them to venerate the earth and commune with spirits.

Most Pagan ceremonies usually begin with the marking out of a ritual circle (“sacred space”) at the quarter of which points ‘the four guardians’ are invoked: Earth, Air, Fire and Water elements.

They also believe that divinity is inseparable from, and immanent in nature and humanity. This is why some neo-pagan groups greet its members thus: “Thou art Goddess,” “Thou art God.”

  • Magick

This involves the manipulation of spirits or forces to accomplish personal objectives. Raymond Buckland used Crowley’s definition of magick: “the art or science of causing change to occur in conformity with Will.” [5]

In white witchcraft, there is an 8-fold path witches are taught to utilize in raising spiritual powers for magick and personal growth: music, trance, dance, drugs/wine, rites/spells/incantations, meditation, cords (ceremonial binding), scourging and the Great Rite (ritual sex).

The working of magick is the key that opens many Wiccans and Pagans up to demonic possession, because this involves making pacts with evil spirits and invoking the so-called good spirits to protect the witch from the harmful ones.

They are told that there is “white magick” (involving permission of the recipient) which is for good and black magick (no permission involved) for evil. There are three facts to note here, however:

(a) Contrary to what many “white” witches say, magick is not a science, though it’s an art of sorts. Science is a system of knowledge that is based on unbiased, testable explanations and systematic experimentation of the physical world. It implies empirically established repeat-ability.

In other words, because of science, when we turn on a light switch, a light turns on. Even if you try this using a closed circuit connected to a light bulb, you can be secure in the fact that the light bulb will light every time you turn on the switch. And this has a logical, scientific explanation. That’s why if the bulb doesn’t light up, you know exactly where you’ve flouted the rule. That’s science.

But witchcraft is not like that! Casting of spells for instance is quite complex; witches have to cast their circles correctly, call their (fallen) archangels correctly, visualize an image to accompany it and observe several other procedures, yet they don’t have even a 50% confidence that their spells will work.

There is no guarantee for any magick they do and none of its mechanisms have been empirically tested; neither can its efficacy (or lack of it) be reasonably explained. So, it’s not science. Not by any means.

(b) There’s no distinction between white and black magick. Respected Wiccan High Priestess, Doreen Valiente admitted that, “The distinction between black and white magic has no validity.” [6]

Another Wiccan leader wrote: “This might actually offend some, but it hides one of the great truths of witchcraft, that there is not white or black magick, there is only magick…” [7] This is actually in line with what the Word of God says all such magick emanates from Satan (1 Jn. 5:19; Rev. 12:9).

(c ) Both white and black witches invoke the same spirit entities/deities for magick. Since Wiccans are drawing their powers from the same “old ones” as Satanists and black witches, whether they admit it or not, they are utilizing demonic powers.

Much of Wiccan teachings, ceremonial magick and philosophy came from the teachings of Aleister Crowley, a Satanist who admitted he received his knowledge from a demon guide named Aiwass (another name for Set, the Egyptian god of evil); therefore, “white” witchcraft is more or less a sanitised version of demonism.

  • The Wiccan ethic

Many Wiccans abide by the Wiccan Rede which says “An it harm none, do what ye will.” They also abide by the “Rule of Three” (which is the Wiccan version of karma). Plainly stated, it is the belief that everything one does, whether physically or by magick will come back threefold, whether good or bad.

Many Wiccans use these rules as “proofs” that white witches never harm anyone, but this moral umbrella fails to cover them. Since in magick, there’s no valid distinction between white and black or good and evil, who legitimately determines what is benign or harmful or good and evil for them?

Let’s remember that Wiccans are relativists; they believe whatever is right for you is right, but some things can be good for one person and bad for somebody else. If a Wiccan has a relative who has cancer of the pancreas, would it be alright to put a spell on him to kill him to “put him out of his misery”? Why is it right or wrong? Who decides on these issues for them?

Many Wiccans will say they rely on the “Universal Law,” but we must ask, who made this “Universal law” and where does it come from? And what is good about a law that comes from nowhere? Why does this abstract law allow for moral relativism? Because if something is called a universal law, it should have a definitive, consistent and universal stance concerning morality.

In the High Priesthood initiation into Alexandrian/Gardnerian tradition, the speech read says:

“For learn that in the Wicca thou mayest ever give as you receive it, but ever triple. So where I gave thee three (scourging), return nine. Where I gave thee seven, return twenty-one…” [8]

This three-fold law is a moral sword that cut both ways. It applies to both good and evil. For instance, if a witch perceives that someone has attacked him/her (whether real or imagined), by this 3-fold witch law, he/she has a right to attack that attacker three times worse!

If someone slaps them once, by that law, they have the right to slap him back three times. This is a twisted wisdom of the jungle.

The Bible’s verdict is: all men have sinned. Wiccans are sinners like other people, so the “we do not harm others” rhetoric rings hollow.

  • The Wiccan God and Goddess

Among theistic Wiccans, there are pantheists, duotheists, monotheists and polytheists. Many Wiccan groups, however, adhere to the duotheistic worship of an eternal Mother Goddess and her consort, a Byronic Horned god who dies and is reborn yearly.

Their deities are believed to be archetypes of universal symbols of processes and events of nature, hence, their Goddess has three forms: maiden, mother and crone – symbolizing a stage in the female life cycle. There are goddesses identified with each stage e.g. Artemis as maiden, Selene as mother and Hecate as crone.

The Horned god is associated with nature, hunting, sexuality and the wilderness. In some traditions, he has dual aspects: the Holly king and the Oak king – bright and dark. In some traditions, he has a triple aspect: youth, father and sage.

The Wiccan god and goddess take different names in different covens. The horned god is invoked as Pan, Cernunnos, Apollo, Dionysus, Eros, Odin, Hades, Thor and Lucifer while the goddess is variously invoked as Luna, Venus, Dione, Lilith, Athena, Isis, Astarte and so on.

The history of these deities reveals the trail of death, bloodshed, destruction and sexual depravity that have followed those who worshipped them and the same are being done today.

The representation of male fertility deities as goats – such as “the goat of Baphomet” in Eliphas Levi’s occult work – has been known from even ancient Egypt (Mendes). As a source pointed out:

“In medieval times the Devil was sometimes called the Goat of Mendes because at this temple in ancient Egypt bizarre rituals were performed involving naked priestesses performing the sex act with goats” [9]

The inverted pentagram represents the goat of Mendes, a celebrated image of Satan in Satanism. In the higher degrees of Wicca, initiates are taught that the horned god of the inverted pentagram represents Lucifer.

Of course, when one compares the Wiccan horned god with the Satan of the Bible, several striking similarities are seen:

  1. Both are lords and the source of death.
  2. Both rule in an underworld kingdom of some sort.
  3. Both represent bestiality and excessive sexual lust.
  4. Both are known as Lucifer in some circles.
  5. Both are believed to be the source of “light.”
  6. Both demand commitment by oaths and covenants.
  7. Both are opposed to the God of the Bible and seek to draw their worshippers away from Him. [10]

Notes

[1] The Rites of Modern Occult Magic, NY: Macmillan, 1970, 176.

[2] Gordon Melton, Encyclopedia of American Religions, 3rd edition, 1989, 144.

[3] Aidan Kelly in Margot Adler, Drawing Down the Moon, Beacon Press, 1986, 106

[4] Valerie Voigt, “Being a Pagan in a 9-to-5 world” in Witchcraft Today, ed. Charles Clifton, MN: Llewellyn Pub.1992, 173.

[5] Complete Book of Witchcraft, MN: Llewellyn, 2005, 222-223.

[6] An ABC of Witchcraft, St. Martins’ Press, 1973, 271.

[7] Starling, message #1420, November 22, 2001, posted at Pagan Perspective.

[8] The Grimoire of Lady Sheba, MN: Llewellyn, 1974, 135.

[9] Michael Howard, The Occult Conspiracy, 1989, 13.

[10] William Schnoebelen, WICCA: Satan Little White Lie, Chick Pub., 1990, 59.