How Witchcraft & Wicca Help Social Empowerment

Witchcraft has been one of the world most ancient practices throughout history; done socially, politically or for the benefit of world empowerment, witchcraft has always been something I have seen as a way of channeling a form of empowerment & change into the world.

In essence, Witchcraft is a practice that focuses ones will into the formation of change through magick energies or through the energy of the self. It entails an immense level of understanding into the world around us, our own ambitions & struggles and how we can change our circumstances through witchcraft. No matter your religion, witchcraft is open to everyone - with denominations of the practice being involved in all major religions, even in Christianity, who's worshippers attempted to exterminate Witchcraft from Medieval Europe & during the Colonial Era in the Americas. In every instance that practitioners have come under fire, witchcraft has always managed to keep its users grounded & powered through their resistance to conformity.

In modern times, witches have become a major social & political group, with most witches belonging to a particular path of the neo-pagan religion of Wicca, and enforcing social care-taking & environmentalist tendencies due to the importance nature plays in their religious practices, as well as in their craft. Wicca, & witchcraft essentially, has always emphasised a sense of social belonging, even within solitary practitioners who focus their magick from internal and isolated sources of energy, rather than from fellow witches & covens. It has always instructed practitioners on social etiquette, especially within covens which are basically gatherings of like-minded individuals to pool together their energies to achieve a like-minded goal. In fact, numerous covens have been very open and social in the past, providing something of a safe-haven from prejudice, something witches & pagan worshippers still do face in the modern age.

For the most part, Wicca's most common rule is that of equal treatment as their rules or "rede" insists that "an ye harm none, do what ye will" (i.e - so long as you harm no one in any way, do what you want) & "The Rule of Three"

which is where whatever you do to someone, should you cause harm, will come back to you threefold - sort of like Karma. This emphasises in the religious practice to essentially treat people equally as you're not able to harm those around you, through your practices - something that most non-Wiccan witches have adopted to help control harmful elements. This has bred multiple different social groups who practice witchcraft for the empowerment of others, socially developing communities through their practices, and tackling prejudices other than those against pagan elements & witches.

Many witches have developed schools & community groups to help socially empower people, particularly minority groups such as PoC & LGBTQ+ individuals to use witchcraft as a form of self-empowerment; exploring sexuality & gender though practices & ritualism to discover more about themselves through spiritual connections - meditation techniques, dream magick etc, have all been used to promote self-discovery and social connectivity, developing a level of social understandings amongst different groups.

Witchcraft even helped empower people through social media, a common area of practice for people who identify as "Tech Witches" who practice the Craft through technological uses such as digital grimoires, book of shadows & even through connectivity of online covens through places like Twitter & Facebook. Instagram & Tumblr especially have been massive social media locations where groups of witches have banded together to bring about social change; multiple online covens, political movements tied to Wiccan & witchcraft-based practitioners have brought about the change people want to see.

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