The History of Witchcraft Spencer Moore

Witchcraft began with humanity itself. How? Because as all humans do we fear the unknown. When things are presented to us that contain such volume we cant begin to wrap our head around it we become afraid. Witches were seen as a median between the humans and the supernatural world of spirits and demons. Again we ask how? Magic, that's how! Magic in this time was extremely illogical and unexplained. How did the old hag from down the road heal a woman (not all magic was bad all the time)? How did your neighbor drop dead just days after calling this woman disrespectful names? It didn't make since but it seemed real enough to convince the churches that these alleged "witches" needed to be dealt with as fast as possible.

Magical, isn't it?

News spread, accusations flew, and in a mere blink of an eye thousands were on the chopping block, or the stake I should say. Some countries saw executions into the thousands and even more accusations. The profile of the accused was general correlated with the place they lived. Many women were accused due to the belief in love magic, as well as access to powerful bodily items such as blood, placenta, hair, dead infants, milk, umbilical chords, etc. Some accused the healers and the treasure hunters for their improper use of prayers as well as their desire to obtain non-Christian treasures. The astronomers and astrology buffs were accused as well for their non-Christian beliefs. This was known as "masculine magic". Seduction and other means of keeping or getting a husband was seen as a version of powerful "love magic" done by female witches.

This definitely looks like it could only come from the mind of a witch.

So to conclude, the origin of witchcraft didn't start because witches threatened the human race but rather because they lacked the normal ideas, beliefs, and actions of the majority of the population. Witches were merely misunderstood, misinterpreted, and many were wrongly accused as well leading to a hate for the unknown. Even the "witches" that used their magic to heal and help their community would soon be burned in front of that very community. The unknown is always threatening but it is not always bad, more-so that it is just misinterpreted.


Fylgjur..... yeah that is a word. Not only is it a word it is a "power" if you will. Magic is commonly used to do many things like love spells, see the future, grant luckrather it be good or bad. As cool as all of those sound, popping out of my body into a legitimate spirit animal is so freaking cool. Excuse my excitement, but we have reason to believe that witches could control this power back hundred of years ago. Imagine the benefits a modern day witch could get from this ability. Okay, okay, focus Spencer.... on to the facts!

Wolves as your spirit represented and evil mind

Fylgjur was a believed ability of witches to have their spirits come out of their body and allow them to be in 2 places at once. These "spirit animals" are connected to the individual or family of the individual and represent traits of the individual. For example, a bear means strength and an eagle means social position. Not only can you do this as a witch but you can even do this from the grave and shapeshift into their spirit animal. When alive this leaves your body vulnerable but allows you to be distances away and still help or hurt someone as your animal.

This act of shapeshifting originated in Scandinavia where witches are actually a symbol of Easter. It was believed that you could even tap into the souls of the dead and talk to them and learn from them. In Scandinavia magic was primarily spoken word and was not taken back. This type speech was a one way ticket to an accusation in town. This ability to flicker out of your body and become a spirit is strategic too. Should your spirit animal die you will die along with it and may lose all ability to


Created with images by Sam Howzit - "Wicked Witch of the West" • ClickFlashPhotos / Nicki Varkevisser - "Spirit" • Fresian2006 - "spirit"

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