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History of Witchcraft: A Brief Guide

If you're anything like us, you love a good spooky story. And what's spookier than the history of witchcraft? From broomsticks to cauldrons, witches have captured our imaginations for centuries. But how much do you really know about the history of witchcraft? Buckle up, buttercup, because we're about to take you on a wild ride through the ages.

First things first: let's clear up some misconceptions. Despite what you may have heard, witches are not all green-skinned and warty-nosed. They don't actually ride broomsticks (although we can see the appeal), and they don't worship Satan. In fact, witches come in all shapes, sizes, and religions.

So, where did the idea of witches come from? It's a long and convoluted history, but we'll give you the Cliffs Notes version. In ancient times, women who practiced herbal medicine and midwifery were often called "witches." As Christianity spread, these women were demonized and accused of practicing dark magic. The infamous witch hunts of the 16th and 17th centuries were a dark time for anyone who was even remotely suspicious. If you were a woman who owned a cat or had a mole on your face, you were basically asking to be burned at the stake.

But despite all the persecution, witchcraft has persisted. Today, there are millions of witches around the world who practice a variety of beliefs and traditions. Some focus on nature and the elements, while others work with deities and spirits. Whatever their path, witches are united by a desire to connect with something greater than themselves.

Now, we could go on and on about the history of witchcraft, but we know you're really here for the snarky commentary. So, let's get to it. Here are some fun facts about witches throughout history:

  • In ancient Egypt, witchcraft was considered a legitimate profession. So if you're looking for a new career path, you could always try your hand at mummification.

  • In medieval Europe, it was believed that witches could turn themselves into cats. Which is honestly a pretty impressive superpower, if you ask us.

  • The Salem witch trials in 1692 resulted in the execution of 20 people. That's right, 20 innocent people were killed because some teenage girls thought it would be fun to accuse people of witchcraft. Honestly, it's a wonder we made it this far as a species.

But let's not dwell on the past. Instead, let's talk about how you can incorporate witchcraft into your modern-day life. At Back Porch Magick, we offer a variety of products and services that can help you connect with your inner witch. From our handmade candles and incense, to our tarot readings and spell kits, we've got everything you need to start your witchy journey.

So, whether you're a seasoned witch or just dipping your toes into the magical waters, we've got your back. And who knows? Maybe one day, they'll be writing about the history of your own witchcraft journey.

Ready to get started? Check out our website at and start exploring our products and services. Who knows what kind of magic you'll discover?

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