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 March 14, 2009 5:45 PM

WARLOCKS

Warlocks are, among historic Christian traditions, said to be the male equivalent of witches (usually in the pejorative sense of Europe's Middle Ages), and were said to ride pitchforks instead of broomsticks which normally witches would ride. In traditional Scottish witchcraft, "warlock" was and is simply the term used for a wizard, or male witch.[1] A synonym is sorcerer.[2]

edit] Etymology

The commonly accepted etymology derives warlock from the Old English wǣrloga meaning "oathbreaker" or "deceiver".[3] A derivation from the Old Norse varð-lokkur, "caller of spirits" has also been suggested,[4] however the Oxford English Dictionary considers this etymology inadmissible.[5]

The Oxford English Dictionary also provides the following meanings of the word: Warlock v1Obs. (ex. dial.) rare, also warloke: To secure (a horse) as with a fetterlock. Warlock v2: To bar against hostile invasion.[6]

edit] Modern witchcraft

Although some modern practitioners of witchcraft identify themselves as 'warlocks', many avoid this term and/or find it offensive. Wiccans in particular consider it to be a pejorative term, meaning "oath-breaker".[7] Wiccans use the term "warlock" to mean one who has been banished from a coven, either for revealing secrets, or for breaking coven laws.[8] However, in many forms of Traditional Satanism, with its strong association to histrionics and counter-cultural "shock value,"[9] the term "warlock" is embraced and employed as the primary title for a male member of the coven.

edit] In popular culture

Warlocks appear in a number of fantasy and science fiction novels, movies and games. They may be portrayed as humans who have attained magical or mystical powers, often evil, such as in the fantasy television series Charmed, in which warlocks are the evil counterparts to good witches. Elsewhere, the distinction between 'warlock' and 'witch' may be purely one of gender, such as in the television series Bewitched and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Alternatively, warlocks may be portrayed as a separate species or alien race, such as in the comic book series Nemesis the Warlock. Occasionally the term is used to refer to technological wizardry rather than magic, such as in Christopher Stasheff's Warlock of Gramarye series of novels, or in the film Live Free or Die Hard, where 'W4rl0ck' is a computer hacker. In the extremely popular online game

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 March 10, 2009 4:57 PM

Seer

Predicting the future

  • A clairvoyant,fortune teller or a prophet. Joseph Smith Jr,Brigham Young and the current President of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are known as prophets and seers.
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Prophet's March 08, 2009 6:44 PM

Modern prophetic claims

In modern times the term "prophet" can be somewhat controversial. Many Christians with pentecostal or charismatic beliefs believe in the continuation of the gift of prophecy and the continuation of the role of prophet as taught in Ephesians 4. In many churches throughout the world, certain members of the congregation will give prophecies during the church meeting. Prophecies like this are often directed toward the congregation. Prophecies can also be directed toward individuals, known as a personal prophecy. The content of prophecies can vary widely. Prophecies are often spoken as quotes from God. They may contain quotes from scripture, statements about the past or current situation, or predictions of the future. Prophecies can also 'make manifest the secrets' of the hearts of other people, telling about the details of their lives. Sometimes, more than one person in a congregation will receive the same message in prophecy, with one giving it before another.

Other movements claim to have prophets. Joseph Smith, Jr. of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, established in 1830, and Ellen G. White of the Seventh-day Adventist Church established in 1863, are considered prophets by members of those churches, but are denounced in some other branches of Christianity. Additionally, the Latter-day Saints believe in a succession of living prophets (accepted by Latter-day Saints as "prophets, seers, and revelators") since the time of Joseph Smith. They also regard the members of their Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as prophets, seers, and revelators. The current living prophet is Thomas S. Monson.

In France, Michel Potay says he received a revelation, called The Revelation of Arès, dictated by Jesus in 1974, then by God in 1977. He is considered, by his followers, a prophet.

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Sorcerer's,Prophets,Seer's,Warlocks,Witches and Wizards. March 07, 2009 2:37 PM

History tells us of wizards in the stories of Siberian shamans, in prose by the classical Roman poet Virgil, in the medieval and Renaissance eras including Dr. John Dee (1527–1608), and also we get our ideas of wizards from famous fictional practitioners of wizardry such as Tolkien’s Gandalf, and shamans in South America and India and in Celtic lore and fable.

The traditional role of the wizard is portrayed as prophet, visionary and master of nature’s elements. The wizard is the genius who works with nature to transform himself and others...

There were good and evil wizards in history, literature and legend, from the medieval Gilles de Rais to the influences that shaped the modern Star Wars legend of the Emperor versus Obi wan Kenobi, and the Wizard of Oz, or Emperor Ming of Flash Gordon, or the scientist Dr. Edward Morbius in the movie Forbidden Planet.  In many ways, even Albert Einstein was a modern day 'Wizard'.Wizards are depicted in stories as an alchemist, such as Merlin the wizard of the Arthurian legends...

Wizards are also seen as keepers of secret knowledge and seekers of arcane knowledge and truth, who share that knowledge with their responsible apprentices in order to pass on that precious knowledge they have acquired. They are feared for their power that comes from that knowledge, and revered for their ability with things that others cannot readily understand. They keep alive their 'knowledge trust' for future generations to benefit the community they serve...and they are truly guardians of human ingenuity, and protectors of practical wisdom.

Much of what we do in this modern age could be called "Wizardry' by that definition. The knowledge and experience we acquire to change our world can be used in many ways. Others benefit from the products we help to create and the world is really a so called 'magical' place because of that effort.

Our technology today would astound  those who lived in medieval times. Normal use of the TV remote, or talking over the cell phone, or viewing information on a computer would be seen as Magic..  ( you didn't know you were so empowered did you... )

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