Q. What is the difference between "white" and "black" witchcraft?
That is, witchcraft is witchcraft; one type isn't better or worse than the other. The practical difference lies in what the black or white witch admits to doing. The delineation is as follows:
It has been said that white, or "right hand path" witches are in the majority. These are men and women who worship elementals and nature deities, the "Mother Goddess," Gaia, Ashtarte, Isis, Osiris, and a host of other names for the Goddess. Characteristically they are active in "Saving the earth" activities, due to the fact that they are pantheists (those who believe the divine life force is in everything: ever see the bumper sticker picturing a globe bearing the legend "Love Your Mother"?). They deny the existence of Satan, calling him an invention of the Christian Church (despite the fact that the earliest written reference to Satan is in the Hebrew scriptures, a good 1500 years or so before the birth of Christ). They use their powers (they do have them) for good: sending healing energies to the sick, affirmations which bring prosperity (sounds like we have some white witches in the Faith Movement, doesn't it?), and loudly proclaiming their Rede, "An it harm none, do as thou wilt." They assert that they could never harm anything, because, according to the Three Fold Law of Return, anything they do to someone else will be returned to them three times over. William Schnoebelen, author of Wicca: Satan's Little White Lie (a must read!) says it well; "I hit you in the face once, you punch me in the face three times." It's ironic how their Rede sounds so similar to a man who referred to himself as "The Beast, 666"--Satanist Aleister Crowley, who wrote, "Do as thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law."
Then we come to the black, or "left hand path," witches. These are witches who originally were into white witchcraft, and got hungry for more power. As their teachers noticed this power lust, they were taken aside and told, "You are now ready to go after the higher power, and there is only one way to achieve this power. Satan is its source." Thus comes the white witch's abrupt surprise--either give up your witchly ambitions, or go for the higher power. Some do, although many deny this fact.
The power behind all kinds of witchcraft is Satan. He is the author of all deception, and all rebellion. Witchcraft leads to an eternity in the lake of fire. Open your Bible. It's all there in black and white.