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An ancient Italian witch legend tells us of Diana. "In the beginning, there was a great darkness. This great darkness covered all and was all, and its name was Diana. Then Diana, through the power of her own will, divided herself into two equal but opposite forces. The two halves were called night and day. Diana ruled over the night herself in the form of the moon.

"The opposite force, her alter-ego/brother, ruled over the day in the form of the sun, and was named Lugh. Through countless aeons Diana followed her brother, Lugh, across the skies. In time she fell in love with him. Diana crept into her brother's bed while he was sleep by in the guise of his pet cat. While in bed with him, she seduced him and from this union a daughter was born, named Aradia (though some call her Herodias). Aradia became the patroness of all witches. Diana gave Aradia permission to teach the knowledge of witchcraft to those on earth."

Some Italian witches believe that Aradia's life on Earth paralleled that of saviors and prophets. Similar legends are quite common; they all encompass the sun and moon for the ancients drew their religion from the life-giving forces around them.

There is another legend which is both beautiful and intriguing. Parts of this legend are noted in the Bible as well as being parts of other religions.

"Azael was one of the first created beings of heaven. He was born in the primordial fires. His names were many. He, and those like him, were called angels or messengers by the Christians. The Greeks named them demons. Azael and his followers disobeyed their masters/creators and descended to earth countless aeons ago. Through pity for primitive man, they came. Their purpose was to educate and civilize man. These sons of gods became known as "watchers of the heavens." While on earth, they fell in love with the women of the earth and took them as wives. It is not known whether this is a part of their original plan or if it just happened through contact with the women."

At this point, the legend divides into two stories. From the Book of Genesis, "And it came to pass when men began to multiply on the face of the earth and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of god saw the daughters of earth, that they were fair, and they took wives, all of which those chose...."

The second form is from the Book of Noah (a book which has long been omitted from the Bible). "And the angels, the children of heaven, saw and lusted after the daughters of men, and said one to another: 'Come let us choose wives from among the children of men and beget us children...and all the others together took unto themselves wives, and each chose for himself one, and they began to go in unto them and defile themselves with them, and they taught them charms and enchantments and the cutting of roots, and made them acquainted with plants...and Azael taught men to make swords, and knives, and shields, and breastplates, and made known to them the metals and the art of working them. Semjaza taught enchantments and root cuttings. Amaros taught the resolving of enchantments; Baracijel taught astrology; Kokable taught the constellations; Ezequeel taught the knowledge of the clouds; Araqiel taught the signs of the earth; Shamsiel taught the signs of the sun; and Sariel taught the course of the moon."

Azael and his followers had to assume tangible bodies to descend to earth. Because of their revolt against the heavens and the ties they formed with the earth, they were unable to leave their material forms to reascend to heaven. It is from these beings these "watchers" that all true magickal knowledge and power is said to have been obtained.

The offspring of these watchers were a different matter entirely. They were tall in stature like their fathers, some were men like their fathers with the wisdom and desire to help their fellow man. Others, however, sought to harm all beings and lusted after power. The children of the watchers, good and evil, were called Nephelim.

The evil of the Nephelim horrified their fathers. The good of that parent generation toward the people of the earth was turned into blasphemy. The watchers finally combined their powers and destroyed the lands wherein the Nephelim resided. In one day and night, this devastation was completed by volcanoes, earthquakes and floods. The upheaval was of such magnitude that even now its traces can be seen in the geological strata of the earth. Legends of this great catastrophe are tied to the great flood that destroyed Atlantis. Renditions of this battle between father and son is found in Norse mythology, Greek mythology, and others.

In this upheaval, many lost their lives, but their spirits remained. These spirits became the invisible powers collectively called the "Elemental Hierarchy." Not all the Nephelim were destroyed, nor was all the knowledge lost. Some of the children remembered the minds of their fathers and hid this knowledge to preserve it for a time when mankind would be advanced enough to use it wisely. This wisdom continues. The watchers, the true parents of humanity, are the gods of the witches. In Y Dynion Mwyn, the word "Witch" means "one who knows, one who follows the ancient ways."

The survivors of the great flood are the subject of many traditional stories: the Biblical Noah, the Greek Deucalion, the Babylonian Uta-Napishtim. All have a striking similarity. Witch lore tells us of settlers from the lost lands settling in Britain and Northern Europe. The Celts discovered these people during their journeys in 500 B.C. They were called Prytani. They were small, dark, stocky recluse-type people. They were solitary even within themselves. The German invaders called them elves, which later evolved into "pixies" from the people called the Picts.

Another name was the "people of the heath, 'heathens'." As the Picts retreated to the north from their invaders, they had to struggle to live in the barren and desolate land. This daily struggle coupled with in-breeding to continue their culture caused their size to reduce even smaller.

Though their size was quite petite, the legends surrounding these people were huge. The witches are said to be the offspring of the few marriages between the Picts and the invaders. As the children of "faeries," they learned the secrets and magical methods from the ancestral lineage.


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