Scene 1: Intro

Donna: Merry Meet & Welcome to this informational video, "Coming out of the Broom Closet: What Witches Really Do." This video was produced by Coven of the Mystic Grove to better educate our loved ones on what it is we believe and practice. We will be dispelling some major stereotypes and misconceptions based off the title "witch."

Scene 1b: Meeting the Coven

Donna:First, let's take a moment to introduce a few members of our coven. My name is Donna Worby and I have been a witch for 15 years.





Topics of Discussion: -How long we've been a practicing witch

-Why we chose this path

-If and how we told our loved ones

-What their reactions were

-?How do co-workers react

Scene 1c: Modern Witchcraft Defined

Donna: Modern witchcraft is a Pagan religion that believes in the divine within everything and everyone. Whether it be a rock, a tree, or even a building, the energy resides everywhere.

The Craft as it is sometimes referred to; is a spiritual path where you connect with the energies of creation (birth, life, death, and rebirth).

A person of the craft or a witch, feels more in control of their life because they are using their energy and will in combination with the energies of the earth to make changes to improve their situation.

Scene 2: Cast Spells?

Sue: Do witches cast spells? In a word -yes. But our version of casting spells may not be what you would imagine. A spell to us is like a prayer to those of the Christian faith. Just as a prayer would embody a person's hopes & wishes, so would a spell.

Witches commonly use "props" when casting spells. Candles, herbs, oils, incense -the list goes on & on, & varies depending on the spell.

Following the concept that like attracts like, witches would typically use a red candle, rose oil, & a sweet smelling incense for attracting love. A prosperity spell would include a green candle, various coins, & green ink or green paper for writing the spell. Later on we'll go a little deeper into the mechanics of putting a ritual together.

Not all witches cast spells. Some will carry a stone for luck, mix an herbal tea for healing, or wear symbolic jewelry for love or prosperity. There are many possible variations to the practice of witchcraft, & no two Pagans, even those within the same coven, necessarily practice the same way.

Scene 3: Pagan

Barry: What is a Pagan? All witches are Pagan but not all Pagan's are witches. Paganism is an umbrella term like Christianity. There are many types of Christians -such as methodist, baptist, catholic; Just like there are many types of Pagans -druid, wiccan, shaman, and many others each with their own individual beliefs, but all sharing in the belief of being polytheistic {add on to follow}

Practioners of Wicca, called Wiccans usually refer to themselves as witches as well. But not all witches are Wiccan. Wicca is a relatively new religion based upon combined beliefs & principles of many older Pagan religions. The origin of Wicca is generally credited to Gerald Gardner, who formed the religion in the 1950s. Wiccans have one rule they adhere to that says "Do what you will, but harm none." This is called the Wiccan Rede. While wiccans in particular adhere to the rede, Pagans in general are bound by the threefold law, which dictates that everything you do will come back to you three times, good or bad.

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