6.4   WITCHCRAFT vs. SORCERY

Though the goal of both is to garner supernatural abilities from the celestial world, witchcraft and sorcery have almost nothing in common.   The followers of witchcraft gain their power by making a pact with the accursed one, while the practitioners of ceremonial magic make no such pledge.  Instead they seek to bind both demons and angels not ask favors of them. 

In general the sorcerer is of greater sophistication and ability.  His rituals are more practiced and scientific then the curses thrown around by witches.  Additionally he can bind both angel as well as demons, whereas those who follow witchcraft only gain access to the dark side of the celestial world.

There is some overlap in terms of what both can accomplish, but not much.  Sorcerers have no ability to see into the future nor can they cast generic curses on their enemies.  The sorcerer's goal must be well thought out, well researched, and executed perfectly.  They do not have familiars to guide them in the dark ways as witches do (though they are sometimes mistakenly believed to possess these creatures).  Additionally, witches tend to possess a greater knowledge of herbs and poisons than do the practitioners of the magical arts.

Another important distinction between them is that sorcerers are not automatically condemned to damnation in the afterlife.  Witches, upon making their pact with Sammael, lose any claim on reaching Eden upon their death.  Sorcerers on the other hand are still judged by the merits of their life. 

These two groups vehemently despise and oppose each other.  In recorded history there is no example of these two disciplines ever uniting in a common cause.   Sorcerers see those who dabble in witchcraft to be cretins selling out to the celestial world rather than controlling it.  Witches, on the other hand, see the practitioners of the solomonic art as self obsessed bigots who think themselves so much better than the rest of the world.  If meeting one of the other path, these two groups will most likely seek to destroy each other.


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