Traditional Witchcraft is regional witchcraft
“Traditional witchcraft is regional witchcraft, it is not and never has been a standardised practice and long may this continue to be the case. The day witchcraft loses regional variation is the day traditional witchcraft ceases to exist”
- Gemma Gary
I read that people nowdays say that in order to practice Traditional Witchcraft, you have to approach the Devil/the Fairy King and the Fairy Queen.
The problem with this statement is that this is not “Traditional Witchcraft” ™. This is British (or better Scottish) Traditional Witchcraft.
It’s not true that “it’s all the same”.
The Fairy Queen is not Abundia, is not Herodias, is not Irodeasa, is not Lilith, is not “all the Goddesses that we want”.
We are creating a new wiccan-like duotheism, in which, instead of having “the Horned God” and the “Triple Goddess”, we have the Devil and the Fairy Queen.
The Devil and the Fairy Queen appear in the Scottish trials, and probably the Devil, as Emma Wilby demonstrated in her book “The Vision of Isobel Gowdie”, is - in this area - the demonization of the Fairy King. In fact, in Shakespeare the Fary Queen is the consort of Oberon, the Fairy King.
BUT. Traditional Witchcraft is not limited to the British Isles.
Italian Traditional Witchcraft IS Traditional Witchcraft.
French Traditional Witchcraft IS Traditional Witchcraft.
Germanic Traditional Witchcraft IS Traditional Witchcraft.
And inside these Countries, we have many many regions, so inside Italian Traditional Witchcraft, for example, Sicilian TradCraft will be different from Puglia’s or Campania’s Traditional Witchcraft.
There is not “one single Traditional Witchcraft”. Traditional Witchcraft is REGIONAL.
Every single region has different names for Minor Spirits such as:
- The Little People;
- The Household Spirits;
- The Plant Spirits;
- The Animal Familiars;
- The Ancestors;
And every region has different Major Spirits, different Spirits at the head of the Witches’ Sabbath and Procession, at the head of the Wild Hunt and Procession of the Dead, at the head of the Fairies, etc.
There is not a single duotheism.
There are not just 2 Spirits with many Names.
Abundia is not Nicnevin. Aradia is not Nicnevin. Perchta is not Nicnevin. The Lady of the Game is not Nicnevin. Sicilian Fairy Queen is not Nicnevin; Nicnevin is the British Fairy Queen.
Lucifer is not Oberon. Hellequin is not Oberon. Salvanel is not Oberon. The Wild Man is not Oberon. Sicilian Fairy King is not Oberon; Oberon is the British Fairy King.
Yes, sometimes the are couples, but they are the couples OF THAT SPECIFIC AREA. They are not the couple of all Europe.
Europe is formed by different Countries.
These Countries are formed by different regions.
Every region had different Spirits.
Not all Europe worshipped the British Fairy Queen and the British Fairy King/Devil.
Europe is a Continent.
Europe. Is. Not. Just. Britain.
Stop Anglocentrism in Traditional Witchcraft.