Is There Such a Thing
as "White Witchcraft"?
In dialogue with those in the Pagan communities, I have often heard it said that the term "White Witchcraft" is a phrase that they do not use. It is even being said that this term is purely a Christian label used to distinguish some Witchcraft from darker more diabolical Witchcraft. Firstly, I would like to say that I do realize that the majority of modern Wiccans, neo-pagans, and Witches, do not seem to use this term a lot these days. However, the term was in common usage a number of years ago and is certainly still used by those in the pagan community. Here are a few representative quotes from Pagan sources that freely use the terms "white witchcraft/magic":
Respected Wiccan author, Vivianne Crowley talks about:
"...the direction of good, white, or right-hand path magic." (Vivianne Crowley, Wicca, p. 84, italics added).
In the book The Magic Power of White Witchcraft: Enjoy a Life of Profound Happiness, Unbelievable Riches, and Long-Lasting Love with the Secrets of White Witchcraft, by Gavin and Yvonne Frost (founders of the School of Wicca and who have been teaching Witchcraft for 80 years between them), it states:
"In using Witchcraft powers, especially those of white Witchcraft, you want to make sure that your motivation is positive." (p. 16).
The back cover of the book states that the book is a "personal guide into the mysterious and enchanted world of White Witchcraft".
The Farrars have this to say on the subject:
"The observance or non-observance of these rules is precisely what distinguishes 'white' from 'black' workings." (Janet and Stewart Farrar, A Witches Bible, 2:141).
Witch, Jean Williams, writes under the heading of "White Witchcraft Blessing Spell":
"I will begin with this "white" spell which is to be used only in a case of where you know the identity of the person trying to injure you through black witchcraft...Another spell of the "white" variety for dissolving a psychic attack is tho following one of Kahuna origin..." (Jean Williams, Winning with Witchcraft, pp. 61, 65).
There are also the following books on this subject. The titles of the books speak for the themselves:
Helping Yourself With White Witchcraft, by Al G. Manning? Or El segundo libro de oro de la magia blanca (Second book of White Witchcraft) by Rodney Allen W?
White Witching, by Mariano Kalfors.
There are also a number of web sites run by Witches, and Pagans, etc. Again, the titles of these sites speak for themselves:
A web site run by a White Witch, called "white witchcraft services"( http://www.millenium-online.com/astrology/white-witchcraft-services.htm ).
Another called "White Witch" at: http://www.geocities.com/fire_elementus/index.html
"Realm of the White Witch" at: http://www.angelfire.com/realm/white_witch/
From the above references, it can clearly be seen that the term "White Witchcraft" is indeed used by Wiccans, Witches and Pagans, as well as Christians.
An objection I have sometimes heard some make is worth mentioning at this point. Some have claimed that the term "White Witch" (or "White Witchcraft") only came into effect in the 1980's. However, the following reference works, dated 1898 and 1913 clearly illustrate that the term has been in usage for a long time:
"White Witch (A) - A cunning fellow; one knowing in white art in contradistinction to black art. Two or three years past there came to these parts one … what the vulgar call a white witch, a cunning man, and such like.”—(Sir W. Scott: Kenilworth, chap. ix." "White Witch (A)", E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.)
"White witch, a witch or wizard whose supernatural powers are supposed to be exercised for good and beneficent purposes." (Webster Dictionary, 1913, p. 1648).
With that all said, Neo-Pagans may be surprised to find that Christians actually feel that there is also no real difference between "white" and "black" Witchcraft. Most modern Pagans, generally tend to believe that there is no black or white, but just power. It is up to the individual how they use that power. They admit that this neutral power can be used for either good or bad. Christians agree with Neo-Pagans as far as saying that there is no black or white Witchcraft. However, they do not believe that this force, or power that is being tapped into for occult practices, can be used for "good". Christians believe that any power that is being drawn upon, that does not come from God, is actually bad and harmful. It may package itself as good, and even appear to yield some short term positive results, but in the long term, such a source will lead a person away from the salvation that is found in Jesus Christ, and can utterly ruin them spiritually.