Which Witch Is The Good Witch?

| 10/29/2015 1:13:00 PM

Tags: Witchcraft, Wicca, Magic, Lois Hoffman,

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It’s that time of year when you may not want to look too close at the night sky because you may just catch a broomstick or two scurrying across. Among other spooky characters, witches have always been associated with Halloween.

Perhaps the most popular image that is conjured up when it comes to witches is the Wicked Witch of the West from “The Wizard Of Oz” movie. She is so typical of the lot; pointy hat, green face, long crooked fingers and that evil laugh. This is a classic. This will probably date me but, on the other side of the scales, is the playful, good witch like Samantha in the old “Bewitched” television series of the 1970’s. There you have it, good and bad.

Whatever image they bring to mind, witches have been part of our culture for hundreds of years. Perhaps the most prominent remembrance is the Salem Witch trials of 1692. A group of young girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts, claimed to be possessed by the devil and accused several local women of witchcraft. A witch is defined as a woman thought to have evil magical powers.

Unfortunately, the witch trials were one of the nation’s most notorious cases of mass hysteria. Before it was all said and done 20 people, mostly women, were hung on the assumption they were witches.

Moving to modern day, witchcraft is still prevalent and practiced widely throughout the world and there are many in this country. It is said that probably most everyone has come into contact with a witch, but just didn’t know it. Contrary to what many believe, modern witchcraft does not do harm, is not devil worship and definitely does not practice human or animal sacrifices.

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