According to Webster’s Dictionary, a witch is “a woman thought to have evil magic powers. Witches are popularly depicted as wearing a black cloak and pointed hat, and flying on a broomstick.”
In early human history, there were women who supposedly had magical powers that would bring others good luck, protect people against disease and help heal sickness. Around 1000 AD, priests and members of the growing Christian movement decried their practices and claimed witches were evil.
The first crusade against witches was in 1022 AD, when the first witch was burned to death. This set the stage for centuries of pain and angst for women who owned intuitive and powerful talents that couldn’t be logically explained.
The vintage photos above provide a glimpse into the recent past — when some women were committed to honoring and continuing the path of the witch.
Want to learn more about the history of witchcraft? Check out this video.