Seventeen years ago, a friend of mine, the late writer, psychic and witch, Sandra Ramdhanie recruited me into a group of like minded individuals, all intent on extending our knowledge of the world and to use that knowledge for the good of others. Sandra ordained me a high priest witch in a friendly gathering at my apartment that year. I remember, it was Halloween.

Witches are one of the most traditional as well as mysterious entities we associate with Halloween. When you think of a Witch, it’s easy to conjure up an image of an old, ugly, hook-nosed woman, stirring up a steaming potion that is brewing away inside a cauldron. Of course her usual sidekick, the proverbial black cat is probably not far away as you envision the witch clearly in your mind’s eye. Have you ever wondered where this sordid image of a witch actually started? Did such vile beings really ever exist, or is this whole business of a hideous, green-faced, evil sorcerer just one fabricated myth? Here’s a look back at the history of witches and witchcraft.

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