Merry meet to all!
Thanks again to everyone who joined in for last week’s Weekly Witchy Challenge - Powerful Protection
With strong defenses in place, now is a great time to sit back and look back upon how far we’ve come in witchy history.
The idea for this week’s challenge was suggested by the insightful @Siofra and is…
The History of Magick
Many of us are familiar with modern stereotypes of witches- the good, bad, and the ugly. But what brought society to view witches this way? Why do those not involved in the Craft believe these stereotypes?
The challenge this week encourages you to peer back in time and explore the history of magick. Whether you pursue real witches or those accused, the development of Wicca, pagan traditions, or more- it’s all about exploring the past.
Hopefully, by exploring what happened in history, we can gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the magickal communities and practices we are blessed with today!
This week’s challenge is all about exploring a topic from the vast history of magick.
Are you ready? It’s… CHALLENGE TIME!
From Wikipedia: Renaissance Magic
There are many ways you might approach this challenge. Here are few general suggestions to help you get started!
For anyone not aware, the history of magick and witchcraft (especially more recent history) can be quite dark- please consider studying grim events only if you are in a secure state of mind.
If you do not feel comfortable researching upsetting events rest assured that there are plenty of positive role model figures and happy occasions as well that you might choose
From PBS: Circe
Learn about a magickal figure from history
Consider learning about a person (real or legendary) who made a mark on witchcraft through the ages- whether for good or bad.
Some possibilities include…
The Sanderson Sisters
From The Scotsman: Traditional Beltane Fire Festival
Study an event in the history of magick
Witchy history is full of events that made their mark in the books! From pagan rituals to powerful moments, consider looking into an event.
Some events you might consider include…
The Salem Witch Trials
Witchcraft Act of 1735
History of the 8 Sabbat Celebrations
Founding of the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic
Traditional events still celebrated today
From InsideHook: Salem, MA
Research a historical magickal place
While magick can be cast anywhere, there are some locations that have earned a reputation for having magickal ties.
A few magickal places you might look into include…
Village of Lily Dale
Museum of Witchcraft and Magic
From Summary: 10 Famous Wizards from History
The history of magic is a whole library waiting for you to explore it. Feel free to pursue and study magickal history in a way that resonates with your practice!
From the New Yorker: Famous Historical Witch Hunts
Click here for notes about challenge inclusitivity
All witches are welcome to join the challenge by practicing magick in line with the current theme. For those who don’t feel comfortable sharing, it is absolutely okay to follow along with the challenge but keep your entry personal. Feel free to join in spirit and do what feels most comfortable for you!
That being said, please know that if you would like to receive a prize and a shout-out, you will have to share your experience with the forum.
- About your experience exploring the history of magic
For your entry to be counted, please write about your experience in the comments below and/or create a new thread in the forums.
Note : If you choose to create a new thread, please tag the challenge by adding a hyperlink back to this post so that I can easily find it- thank you!
To join in, please share your experience by:
Tuesday, October 5th at 7:00 AM CET (Central European Time Zone)
( 2021-10-05T05:00:00Z )
For their efforts, all participants will receive a special shout-out and a small prize!
Acknowledgments will be given in a Props and Presents Post that will appear in the forums on Tuesday.
After the challenge closes, you are still very welcome to post but please be aware that no additional prizes will be given.
From History Daily: The Origin of Crystal Balls
A warm reminder that all challenges are designed to be very open- everyone is encouraged to participate in a way that honors and reflects their unique practice
And for those new to challenges- welcome! Know that the goal of these activities is to help you further diversify and strengthen your abilities and to bring together the Spells8 forum family to inspire and support one another in creative ways
From the Irish Times: Ireland’s Most Famous Witches
Thanks to the witches that came before,
Who fought against hardship and blame.
Their struggles allow us to stand proud today
That we may continue to carry their flame.