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Witchcraft Or Warlokcraft
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Post # 1
First of all, I intentionally spelled that wrong. Second, during a discussion with my friend, he asked if being a male would make witchcraft warlockcraft.
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Re: Witchcraft Or Warlokcraft
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Post # 2
Witch refers to both female AND male C:

Actually, most males think the term Warlock or Wizard is offensive. At least from my experience.

So it would be witchcraft for either gender.
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Re: Witchcraft Or Warlokcraft
By: / Beginner
Post # 3
Warlock was used to describe witches in general by the Catholic church because it comes from a root word in Olde English meaning "Oath Breaker," thus it was used to describe those who "broke their oath to God."

To call someone a "warlock" is to call someone a liar and betrayer.

There is a Norse version of the word, which means simply "Binder," and a person so called would have been a "binder of spirits." So the term can be taken either way, but the most common meaning is the derogatory one.
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Re: Witchcraft Or Warlokcraft
By: / Beginner
Post # 4
Wizard shouldn't be considered offensive, as it means "Wise One," and thus is used properly when used in conjunction with what one is wise about.

IE: Computer Wizard. Pinball Wizard. Etc.
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Re: Witchcraft Or Warlokcraft
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Post # 5
Witch refers to male and female. Warlock is an Anglo Saxon word meaning "oath breaker"
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Re: Witchcraft Or Warlokcraft
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Post # 6
Warlock mean "Keeper of the Law" from old Norse.
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Re: Witchcraft Or Warlokcraft
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 7

According to my Norwegian friends "warlock" does not derive from Old Norse or any other form of Norse. That seems to be a modern and mistaken notion.

As someone else stated, it is derived from the Anglo-Saxon term waerlogha meaning oath breaker.

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Re: Witchcraft Or Warlokcraft
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Post # 8
Being male, I don't like the term warlock or witch for myself. Witch is too feminine and warlock has too many evil confrontations (as others have mentioned). I call myself a wizard, but the term Druid works just as well, if you are working on becoming one with nature. And I've never heard the term warlockcraft.
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Re: Witchcraft Or Warlokc
By: / Novice
Post # 9
Both men and women have been persecuted for "witchcraft", although the term witch might be deemed too feminine because the whole movement and the persecutors just...really, really, really hated women and girls for some reason.

So, the term was reclaimed or something to do with female empowerment, but I'm a cisgendered lass and I don't feel like anything is being wrongly appropriated if a cisgendered male wants to call himself a witch.

I mean..."wizard" sounds downright fictional. I called myself "enchantress" for a while because I worked with music and that's what the word means or is supposed to mean, but after a while it just sounded...like wizard.

I think the image of a wizard is better described as "ceremonial magician" in more realistic terms, but ceremonial magic as a practice is different from witchcraft and there's all those pesky extra syllables. So, it's complicated.

Complicated to explain, that is. Not so complicated to just do or be, especially if you have no one to explain yourself to.
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Re: Witchcraft Or Warlokcraft
By: Moderator / Adept
Post # 10
Witchcraft has many names,in many languages. Witches,originally, were women, because women were the "gatherers",men "hunted".Women raised the children; knew what plants healed,what were poisonous.Women also helped with the "butchering", and so learnt a lot about Anatomy.
But there were many cultures that had male "healers" also.
By the time of Egyptian and Greek civilisations,many healers (and most surgeons) were men.But there were still more women healers in remote areas.
So, both men and women may be called witches!
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