The Ultimate Witchcraft Quiz
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Sure, we all know about broomsticks and cauldrons … Which only has a very small basis in the historical and modern reality of witchcraft. Learn your Wicca from your warlocks and test your knowledge of the culture of witchcraft through history.
What's a witch?
A person who works with the devil.
A person who uses magic and natural forces.
Listen, there's no definitive witch test so don't bother trying to see if one floats like they tried in Salem.
The Romans punished those who practiced "magic:"
After all, who wants to turn away good magic?
They were revered, not punished.
What changed the reputation for witches as being worshippers of Satan?
As Christianity spread, witches were seen as servants of the devil.
What instigated the Salem Witch Trials?
An old woman was found with various potions in her cottage.
Some girls claimed they saw a witch flying through the air.
Two girls suffered convulsions and claimed they were being bitten or pinched.
It's still unknown what exactly was going on with the two young women.
In a nine-month period, how many "witches" were executed in the hysteria around Salem?
More than 100 people were imprisoned.
What is a pagan religion?
a religion based in nature
a religion that worships multiple deities
Any religion that doesn't worship monotheistically is considered pagan.
Why is "magick" designated with a k?
to make it sound old-timey
to distinguish it from Penn and Teller-type magic
Magic might include card tricks; magick involves spells, energy and the like.
to distinguish good "magick" from evil "magic"
In Navajo culture, what does a witch do to disguise him or herself at night?
wears the skin of an animal
Also called "skinwalkers."
The Zande tribe in the Congo believe that a witch's power is:
the spirit of a dead relative
The magick isn't caused by an external force, in other words, but is just an inherent part of the practitioner.
Most cultures that believe in witchcraft do NOT blame witchcraft for:
rational accidents or problems with reasonable causes
It's important to remember that although some cultures attribute misfortune to witchcraft, they aren't lacking reason.
In the 15th and 16th century, prominent witch hunts took place in:
Northern Italy, France and Switzerland also had significant hunts.
What was one method for determining if a woman was a witch?
pricking them to see if the devil made them impervious to pain
Not a terribly effective method.
seeing if her index toe was longer than her big toe
pushing her from a great height to see if she would fly
The Bacchanalia -- a Greco-Roman precursor to the Western image of hedonistic underground worship -- was originally attended by:
The festivals (and orgies and animal sacrifices and the like) were later open to men.
Wicca is an extremely ancient religion.
Wicca was invented in the 20th century and doesn't have roots in any traditional pagan culture.
It's not a religion at all.
They also recognize other deities, but the Goddess is the main figure in the Wiccan religion.
Wiccans worship in groups called:
The memberships usually require initiation.
However, Wiccan witches can also practice in:
Circles are more open and fluid than covens, but witches also have individual worship practices.
The Wiccan Rede states:
If it harm none, do what you will.
Although all of the sentiments are pretty much encompassed in the Rede.
The precursor to Halloween was called:
The end of summer marked a time when the spirit world showed up on earth to play tricks.
Appalachian folk magic uses:
Native American traditions
It's also referred to as "hoodoo," or granny magic.
What does kitchen or cottage witchery entail?
using herbs and edibles in spells
Kitchen and cottage witches use household items for magick that centers around the home.
Kabbala is a form of:
While it has roots in earlier traditions, Kabbala mostly developed after the 12th century.
Do Wiccans believe in the devil?
So really: Wiccans aren't worshipping Satan, since they don't believe in the guy in the first place.
They believe in a devil-type figure called Jerome.
What's a warlock?
a witch who betrays another witch
Men and women are both called witches in Wicca, as "warlocks" has a negative connotation traditionally.
Wiccans believe that doing harm will come back to them:
in the form of ill health
The broom (or besom) is used for what in Wiccan culture?
to purify a space or direct energy
Nobody is flying on a Wiccan broom, folks.
What does the term "skyclad" mean in Wiccan ritual?
Most covens and circles are going to make skyclad an option when performing rituals, and make sure everyone involved is comfortable with it.
using only your breath to cast spells
Winter solstice is celebrated as:
It's the symbolic celebration of Goddess giving birth to the God.
How many Wiccan holidays are there?
Every couple months, a Wiccan holiday occurs.
The Wiccan Great Rite includes a:
(generally symbolic) sexual union
Depending on the relationship of the participants, the union is usually just symbolic. (And private, if it's not.)
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