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Here we go again: Germans Turning to Witchcraft & Occult "We are reverting back to a pre-Christian heathen society"

 
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Here we go again: Germans Turning to Witchcraft & Occult "We are reverting back to a pre-Christian heathen society"
Hamburg | October 30, 2005 2:15:06 PM IST
 

Amid double-digit unemployment and post-unification trauma, increasing numbers of Germans are turning to witchcraft and the occult to provide the solace they once found in churches, jobs and family.

The land of Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation, where the 30 Years War was fought over religious beliefs, has become a nation in the throes of "de-Christianisation" as churches across the land are forced to close for lack of congregations.

"This de-Christianisation is the result of a serious crisis of faith that has been spreading for many years, fed by two world wars and the protracted division of Germany," says Hansjoerg Hemminger, a leading Lutheran theologian.

"Witchcraft and the occult are filling that age-old human need for spiritual reassurance, particularly among young people, millions of whom have seldom or never set foot inside a church," Hemminger says.

"We are reverting back to a pre-Christian heathen society where people gather in clearings and worship tree sprites."

Belief in magic, spiritism (now called "channelling"), shamanism and other New Age beliefs has supplanted Christianity in many areas, particularly in what used to be communist East Germany where a Stalinist regime actively discouraged church-going.

Cities like Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne have become hotbeds of pagan practices.

"There are now scores of covens throughout Germany, with at least one in every major city," says a 44-year-old witch named Maddalina, who is high priestess of a coven in Berlin.

"The number has quadrupled since German unification 15 years ago," she says. Maddalina insists she practises "beneficent white magic" known as Wicca.

"The Internet has made all the difference," she says. "I get email daily from 13- and 14-year-olds wanting to become witches. We Wiccans donīt believe in recruiting anybody, certainly not impressionable kids. So I donīt encourage them."

Maddalinaīs coven consists of eight adults, all over age 25, all of whom have been practicing witches for years. She and her coven witches say the rampant spread of belief in the occult is a mixed blessing.

"There is so much material out there these days," she says. "Walk into any book store or surf the Internet and youīll find lots of books on spellcraft and Satanism and demonology and all sorts of things. Veritable cookbooks with curses and spells you can download for free. I shudder to think what dangerous stuff is readily available to impressionable young minds."

The media is full of misleading and glamourised depictions of the occult. The new Nicole Kidman film version of the popular old TV sitcom "Bewitched" might not have been a big box office hit, but it impressed lots of girls and young women in Germany, Maddalina fears.

Then there are TV series like "Charmed" and "Sabrina", depicting witches as teen beauties leading literally charmed lives.

Maddalina says being a witch is "a lot of hard work and responsibility and very little glamour". She agrees with religious sect experts like Hemminger that there is a dangerous spiritual emptiness among many Germans, young and old.

"People forget that the Communists actively repressed the church," Hemminger notes. "And before that, the Nazis brainwashed people into believing in Nordic myths. The Nazis called the Christmas tree the Solstice Yule tree and claimed Santa Claus was a Teutonic spirit and discouraged calling him Saint Nicholas," he says.

"And after the war, many young people in West Germany rebelled against the beliefs of their elders and adopted pseudo-Hindu and Buddhist philosophies," he adds.

"So for most of the 20th Century, practising Christians were looked down upon in many places."
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A house of cards will not stand long, christianity is a house of cards and more death and destruction has been caused by christianity than your so called heathens.
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My heart is troubled at this report, although I am aware of itīs occurance and that it is growing.

So many are lost, confused, and seeking something to fill the emptiness that resides within them. They seek after everything in the wind, but yet refuse to seek after the only ONE with whom that emptiness can be fulfilled, YESHUA MESSIAH.

Many who make the claim they are Christians dont even know the ONE who they call their SAVIOUR, and since they do not know HIM, they do not know YHWH. To know CHRIST is to know YHWH, and vice versa. Those who take the Name of YHWH/YESHUA in vain have driven those who might have given their lives/trust in HIM away. They have soiled HIS Holy Name, and the heathen mock, because they do not know HIM.

There are many more false "christians" than there are True Christians.
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Blast from the past
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So are those good Christians going to bring back witch trial and execution.
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See my thread below, this isn't new. It's been happening for the last century, secretly...
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IOW, if you can't beat them, re-join them.
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One cult calling out another cult....you have to admit that is pretty funny
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Darkest people on the planet. No surprise they are "reverting". I dont think they ever stopped being satanic.
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The spirit is moving houses, casting aside the fisherman's net and picking up the water jug. Just the ceaseless turning of the wheel, same as it ever was.

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I recommend the secret teaching of all ages for people to read you could learn a thing or two from it especially seeing where the symbolism from the modern religions came from eg Christianity,Islam and so on .
Practicing magic is not witchcraft usually magic during the day was white magic(good) magic practised at night was black magic that’s why cats toads and bats where associated with black magic as they were nocturnal
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