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Is Witchcraft Satanic ?

To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.religion.wicca,alt.witchcraft,alt.pagan
From: Joseph Littleshoes 
Subject: Re: Is Witchcraft Satanic (&Potter Books Therefore Demonic!)?
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 20:20:12 GMT

Jani wrote:

> "Gemini"  wrote in message
> news:5b261$405787c7$d89e2d68$
> > Jani wrote:
> >
> > > "Gemini"  wrote
> > >>As a pagan, its no suprise that "the devil" was given horns, as
> the god
> > >>in most pagan beliefs is referred to as the "horned-one" and
> depicted
> > >>with antlers, as this made the pagans of the time (actually not
> pagans
> > >>then) seem "evil"
> > >
> > >
> > > Arggghhh - horns are *not* the same as antlers ...
> > >
> >
> > I know that. Very early depictions of "The Devil" were a 1/2 goat
> man
> > with antlers - and almost exact description of "The Horned One" from
> > pagan beliefs.
> Well, Christianity certainly took various horned and antlered deities
> and
> lumped them all in together as "the devil" wherever representations of
> them
> appeared. But the antlered god and the horned god have different
> origins and
> attributes, since there wasn't a single set of homogenous "pagan
> beliefs".
> Cernunnos isn't much like Pan, just as stags aren't much like goats.
> Jani

Theological implications of the "adversary" (the Devil) are one thing,
the pictorial representation, its iconography are another, and can be
traced back to the old male fertility gods of Greece and Rome.  That the
"Devil" is simplistically offered as a religious "scapegoat" is
interesting in its "Baphomet" image but i think Crowley summed it up
very well in his XVth Trump of his Tarot deck, making the predominant
symbol that of the phallus.

A very good, but hard to find book to illustrate this point is "Phallic
art of Pompeii."  But a general survey of the image of the devil from
about the 4th century c.e. on will demonstrate to all but the most
closed minded fundamentalist the reasonableness of the assertion. After
all, it was much easier to demonize an existing image than to invent a
completely new one.
Joseph (IO PAN IO PAN) Littleshoes

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