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What Sources Help Us Justify Christian Witchcraft? | A Christian Witch's Perspective

Updated: Dec 3, 2023

Turns out, plenty exist that back up this strange faith expression.

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As you may have known, my good friend and writing partner Mimi and I have been working on one hell of a book for the past year. Discovering Christian Witchcraft is, from my understanding and exploration, the first of its kind: one that not only takes the reader through the concept of Christian Witchcraft from a personal perspective, but also justifies it academically, philosophically, and yes, scripturally.

But that leaves a lot of people wondering: what sources could we have possibly found that outright say Christianity and Witchcraft go together?


Here's the secret: none do, because that's not their focus. That's our focus, and that's what we're saying. But obviously, these books, which are not about witchcraft, don't argue for the concept themselves. Rather, they give us the context, tools, and education we need to come to that conclusion ourselves. We've blended these sources together and, with them, made something entirely new, and that's exactly what academic writing does: takes various pieces and draws a conclusion out of them, weaving a line through them all as if each source were a piece of popcorn on a Christmas tree garland.


While I won't go into detail on these sources, as there are simply too many to do so, I will give this brief overview: all of these sources have been chosen because they either:

  • Give context about the Bible and the God it's written about

  • Explain the nuance of the words used to justify an anti-witch perspective (among many other sociopolitical issues)

  • Reveal the sociopolitical function of witchcraft and the people who leveled accusations of witchcraft at their enemies

  • Describe necessary historical, religious, social, and political context of how the word "witch" has evolved the way it has, from beyond antiquity to modern day

  • Show how much magic has always existed in Christianity—just under various other names in order to make it seem palatable

  • Reveal the way we can connect back to our spiritual heritage, ancestral traditions, and personal power as we continue to grow

  • Give us the foundation to go forward and make the change we know we can make with the controversial, seemingly unintuitive title that is Christian Witch.

So feel free to check out any of these books, articles, or other resources for yourself, and enjoy. In the meantime, make sure to pre-order Discovering Christian Witchcraft so you can see how all these separate sources come together into one work.


Feel free to follow any of the links to the articles on JSTOR, as while getting books may not be viable for you right now (though many are available on library services), the articles on JSTOR are always a treat and can help you get started learning some really cool things right now!


Reference List for Discovering Christian Witchcraft (Alphabetical Order)

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Archer, Henry. The Magick of Angels and Demons: Practical Rituals for The Union of Power.

London: The Power of Magick Publishing, 2019.


Asatria, Garnik and Victoria Arakelova, “Malak-Tāwūs, the Peacock Angel of the Yezidis,”

Iran & the Caucasus 7, no. 1, 1-36. https://www.jstor.org/stable/4030968.


Auryn, Mat. Psychic Witch: A Metaphysical Guide to Meditation, Magick & Manifestation.

Woodbury: Llewellyn, 2020.


Babič, Saša. “Charms in Slovenian Culture,” Icantatio: An International Journal on Charms,

Charmers, and Charming 3, no. 3 (2013), 67-77, DOI:10.7592/Incantatio2013_Babic.


Berline, Adele and Marc Zvi Brettler, ed. The Jewish Study Bible. London: Oxford University

Press, 2014.


Bremmer, Jan N. and Jan R. Veenstra, “The Metamorphosis of Magic from Late Antiquity to


Bristow, John T. What Paul Really Said About Women: An Apostle’s Liberating Views on

Equality in Marriage, Leadership, and Love. New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 1988.


“Can You Even Be a Jewish Witch?” Jewitches (blog). Last accessed November 23, 2023.


“Chaplet of Cyprian.” Cyprian Orisons. Last accessed November 22, 2023.


Cleveland, Christena. God is a Black Woman. USA: HarperOne, 2018.


Connolly, S. The Complete Book of Demonolatry. USA: DB Publishing, 2015.


Copeland, F.S. “Some Aspects of Slovene Folklore.” Folklore 60, no. 2 (1949): 277-286.


Conner, Robert. Magic in Christianity from Jesus to the Gnostics. Oxford & Robert Conner:

Mandrake of Oxford, 2014.


Cunningham, Scott. Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. Woodbury: Llewellyn Publications,

2013.


Davies, Rev. T. Witton. “Magic, Divination, & Demonology among the Semites,” The

American Journal of Semitic Languages & Literature 14, no 4 (1898): 241-251. https://www.jstor.org/stable/527968.


Duffy, Martin. Anathema Maranatha: Christianity and the Imprecatory Arts. USA: Three

Hands Press, 2022.


Echols, Damien. Angels and Archangels: A Magician’s Guide. Boulder: Sounds True, 2020.


Echols, Damien. High Magick: A Guide to the Spiritual Practices That Saved My Life on

Death Row. Boulder: Sounds True, 2022.


Ehrman, Bart. Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why. New

York: HarperCollins, 2005.


Fahrun, Mary-Grace. Italian Folk Magic: Rue’s Kitchen Witchery. Newburyport: Weiser

Books, 2018.


Franklin, Anna. The Hearth Witch’s Year: Rituals, Recipes & Remedies Through the Seasons.

Woodbury: Llewellyn Publications, 2021.


Fox, Matthew. Hildegard of Bingen: A Saint for Our Times: Unleashing Her Power in the

21st Century. Vancouver: Namaste Publishing, 2012.


Gale, John, Michael Robson, and Georgia Rapsomatioti, Insanity and Divinity: Studies in

Psychosis and Spirituality. Routledge, 2013.


Geller, Markham J. “Defining Magic in the Ancient World” in Between the Worlds: Magic,

Miracle, & Mysticism (eds. Maeva, M., Y. Erolova, P. Stoyanova, M. Hristova, V. Ivanova) 2. Boulder: Paradigma, 2020. 16-24.


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Karlsson, Thomas. Qabalah, Qliphoth, and Goetic Magic. Jacksonville: Ajna Bound, 2017.


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Catholic Historical Review 72, no. 4 (1986): 553-572. https://www.jstor.org/stable/25022405.


Kivelson, Valerie A., and Christine D. Worobec. Witchcraft in Russia and Ukraine:

1000-1900. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2020.


Kobes du Mez, Kristin. Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith

and Fractured a Nation. USA: Liveright, 2020.


Kugel, James L. The God of Old: Inside the Lost World of the Bible. New York: The Free

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Matt, Daniel C. The Essential Kabbalah: The Heart of Jewish Mysticism. USA: HarperOne,

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McHenry, Travis. Angel Tarot. USA: Rockpool Publishing, 2020.


Mencej, Mirjam. Styrian Witches in European Perspective: Ethnographic Fieldwork.

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Mlakar, Vlasta. Sacred Plants in Folk Medicine & Rituals: Ethnobotany of Slovenia.

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Moltmann, Jürgen. The Crucified God. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015.


Murphy-Hiscock, Arin. The House Witch: Your Complete Guide to Creating a Magical Space

With Rituals and Spells for Hearth and Home. Stoughton: Adams Media, 2018.


Owens, Yvonne. “The Saturnine History of Jews and Witches.” Preternature: Critical and

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Pamita, Madame. Baba Yaga’s Book of Slavic Witchcraft: Slavic Magic from the Witch of the

Woods. Woodbury: Llewellyn Publications, 2022.


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Wisdom. London: Watkins Media Limited, 2023.


Suggested Further Reading:


Ballard, H. Byron. Roots, Branches, & Spirits: The Folkways & Witchery of Appalachia.

Woodbury: Llewellyn, 2021.


Richards, Jake. Backwoods Witchcraft: Conjure & Folk Magic from Appalachia. USA:

Weiser Books, 2019.


Weston, Brandon. Ozark Folk Magic: Plants, Prayers & Healing. Woodbury: Llewellyn,

2021.


Wiggiton, Eliot and the Foxfire Fund. The Foxfire Books (1 - 17). USA: Anchor Publishing.

 

Christian Witch, Witchcraft, Mysticism, Magic, Crystals, Bible, Incense, Folklore, Sara Raztresen, God, Spirituality, Tarot, Occult, Evangelical, Demons, Sin, Danger, Possession, Idolatry

Sara Raztresen is a Slovene-American writer, screenwriter, and Christian witch. Her fantasy works draw heavily on the wisdom she gathers from her own personal and spiritual experience, and her s


piritual practice borrows much of the whimsy and wonder that modern society has relegated to fairy-and-folktale. Her goal is to help people regain their spiritual footing and discover


God through a new (yet old) lens of mysticism.



Follow Sara on Tiktok, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube, and explore her fiction writing here.


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