These words are to be found only in witchcraft and
freemasonry. In witchcraft
they are used to seal and end the making and sending of a spell or curse and
in freemasonry these words are used to seal and end a ritual which includes
the degree curse.
A. Both are built on a foundational system of three degrees, with a few forms of
Wicca offering some higher degrees after the third degree has been achieved.
The Real Witches Handbook (page 96) confirms this. 'Both Gardnerians and
Alexandrians practice the three degrees of initiation'
B. Both are secret societies in that both membership rolls are secret, and
secrets are kept from the general populace (to a greater or lesser
degree) by both religions. Both generally meet in secret, except for rare open and public
C. Both have highly ceremonial initiations to pass from one degree to another,
including sworn oaths.
D. Both have ceremonial purging and purifications of their ritual space before
commencing any ritual work.
E. The precise similarities between the two groups are that both groups
Cause candidates to strip off secular clothing
Cause the candidate to be divested of all metal
Hoodwink (blindfold) the candidate and ceremonially tie ropes around him (though the
form of the tying varies)
Cause the candidate to stand in the Northeast corner of the 'temple' in the first degree
Challenge the candidate by piercing their naked chest with a sharp instrument (witches
use a sword, Masons, the point of a compass)
Challenge the candidate with secret passwords
Lead the candidate blindfolded in a circumambulation (walking around) of the temple; and
Require the candidate to swear solemn oaths of secrecy before being given custody of the
secrets of the group
Both have a ceremonial unhoodwinking of the candidate, following the oath, before
lighted candles, that is intended to bring 'illumination'
Both convey to the new initiate the 'working tools' pertinent to that degree, and each
of their uses are taught to them
In both, the tools have correspondences both in the ceremonial realm and in similarities
to human reproduction
Both, in the higher degrees, take the initiate through a ritual death-and -rebirth
experience in which the initiate acts the part of a hero (heroine) of the craft
Both cause the candidate to endure (while being blindfolded) being picked up, spun
around, carried around, being jostled or struck from person to person. this is supposed to
produce an 'altered state of consciousness'
Both Wicca and Freemasonry are by coincidence or design, both referred to as 'the
Extract from an article by William J. Schnoebelen entitled 'Freemasonry
- the witchcraft connection' from The book 'The dark side of Freemasonry' edited by ed
A second branch follows on from mystical alchemy,
with the founding of the Order of the Golden Dawn, contemporary with the College of Physic
Studies, in London in 1887. Stories about the Golden dawn are legion. Its
membership included MacGregor Mathers as well as the 'Great Beast' Aleister Crowley and
the Irish Laureate W.B.Yeats, but aside from its instability on a level of personality,
its serious aim was to create a structure for esoteric learning. These included the
Cabbala, the Tarot and astrology as well as various rituals that are close to Freemasonry.
Page 41. Alchemy, the art of transformation' by
The mark known as the 'mysterious triple Tau' is placed on the forehead
during the Holy Royal Arch ceremony referring to Ezekiel 9: 4
..'and the LORD said to him, "Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within
It is also a sign
that Masons make with their feet and it appears on Masonic
The Tau is a powerful sexual occult
- so much so that it appears on the front
cover of Aleister Crowley's book Magick - regarded in serious
occult circles as a book of ultimate authority on sexual
It is the emblem of Mercury - referred to as 'the crux
Serious Masons understand this.
On page 241 of his book ' Freemasonry and the ancient gods',
Masonic author J.S.M Ward wrote
.'the tau cross is also a symbol of the male or creative side of deity, and is really a
conventionalised form of the phallus (penis)'