Which Witch is Which?


The practice of witchcraft is the alleged use of supernatural or magical powers. In early modern Europe, the source of this power was thought to be from the Devil. Throughout history though, the believers in witches and witchcraft did so to explain various human misfortunes and place blame on something (supernatural or spiritual forces) other than themselves, the community or the monarchy. The most popularized example of hatred towards witches is seen in our own history, during the colonization of America. 

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In 1645, the first accusations on individuals for use of witchcraft were made, and over the next 50 years, the well-known Salem Witch Trials ensued. Punishments ranged from jail sentences to public hangings. At the start of the 18th century, the "witch hunts" began to cease.

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All Hallows Eve

Like witchcraft, the name Halloween also has a few origins. The most common understanding is that it derived from a Gaelic harvest festival called Samhain (pronounced SAH-win).

The Samhain festival, also known as the "Celtic New Year," marks the end of harvest, "the light half" of the year, and is celebrated between October 31st and November 1st, which is about halfway between the autumn equinox and winter solstice.

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The October 31st to November 1st timeline corresponded with the Catholic All Saints Day (Nov. 1st), later referred to as ''All Souls Day" or "All Hallows Day." The two events were then associated with one another and thus the night before was called "All Hallows Eve" or, as we refer to it today, Halloween. Nowadays, pop culture upholds the correlation between witches and Halloween. Which witch from a popular movie or series comes to your mind?  

Halloween Witch Print