WITCHCRAFT IN THE UK – WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?
What is Paganism? What is Witchcraft? How does Wicca come into it all? There’s plenty of questions to be asked about the UK’s deep and mysterious spiritual history, and many of us who are in the know are still uncovering fascinating titbits here and there. But where do the roots of modern Witchcraft, in relation to Paganism, start? It’s not quite that easy to say – as so many different spiritual beliefs come under one umbrella!
Witchcraft has been around for longer than many people think – and while it may have suffered from a negative slant over the years, thousands of people continue to believe in magic – and its ability to heal, to foresee events, and to help improve the human existence. Witchcraft is certainly nothing to be afraid of – and as what history we have to hand regarding Paganism can tell us, it’s a practice that’s as old as the hills!
Paganism is perhaps almost as broad as the concept of Witchcraft itself – roots here in Britain date back to ancient times, with a good example being the Druids that occupied the mysterious and monolithic Stonehenge down in Wiltshire. What exactly were these grand obelisks for? We might never know – but it’s all part of the fascinating history that Witchcraft and spirituality has weaved over the years.
It’s thought that, as recently as the 2011 census, up to 57,000 people identify themselves as Pagan – largely as part of the Neopaganism movement – whereby practitioners of Witchcraft, Wicca, Heathenry and Druidry may all come together. Modern Paganism in the UK follows a deep interest in the history of the Occult – though the term ‘Pagan’ may have initially been used as an insult of sorts for anyone who failed to follow a traditional Christian theology! It’s amazing how far we’ve come!
Paganism and Witchcraft are ultimately rooted in nature and the belief that magic connects us all together – and how we can harness such magic to help one another. That – surely – is something worth believing in!