Stereotypes Of Witches

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Many People in today's society frown upon witches and practitioners of magic. Sure they're not hanging us or setting us on fire but there is much discrimination against witch's. Here are some of the stereotypes some people of modern society connect to the practitioners of Witchcraft


1. Witches are naturally evil.
2. Witches are not human but rather an evolved form of humans.
3. Witches do not look like regular people.
4. You must be born into a family of Witches to become one.
5. Witches can steal "powers" from each other.
6. Witchcraft and Christianity are opposites.
7. It is difficult to hurt a witch.
8. Witches are resistant to spells.
9. Witches always dress in black.
10. Witches can change their form and appearance at will.
11. Witches can change the form and appearance of others at will.
12. Witches can manipulate time.
13. All Witches engage in ritualistic orgies.
14. Witches can fly on broomsticks
15. Witches can fly without broomsticks.
16. A witch is a female with super powers.
17. A male witch is called a Warlock.
18. Witches worship Satan
19. Witches have made a deal with Satan to attain supernatural powers.
20. Witches perform animal and human sacrifices.
21. Witchcraft has no rules.
22. Witchcraft is the same as Satanism
23. Witches hate Christians
24. Wicca and Witchcraft are the same thing.
25. Wicca has nothing to do with Witchcraft.
26. Witches promote Abortion as a form of human sacrifice.
27. Witches are allergic to water.
28. Witches hate being called Witches
29. No man can be a witch.
30. Witches are the same a Gypsies.
31. Witchcraft is not a religious practice.
32. Being a witch means not believing in any higher power.
33. Witches can possess people.
34. Witches get sick or hurt when Jesus Chris is mentioned or a crucifix is shown to them.
35. All witches practice "Black Magic"
36. Witches and Genies are always communicating.
37. Witches can levitate
38. Witches become a witch by having another witch cast a spell on them.
39. Witches grant wishes.
40. Witches can turn into ghosts.
41. Witches can make things "float"
42. Witches do not come out during the day.
43. Witches avoid public and live in the woods.
44. Witches have no worries and are always happy.
45. Witches can bring pictures "to life"
46. Witches summon demons and then take control of them for future use.
47. Witchcraft is not a religion.
48. Witches put curses on priests.
49. The Pentagram is a sign of Satan
50. Witches do not exist..

Debunking these Stereotypes

1. Witches are naturally evil.

This is pure nonsense.Simple as that. A large portion of the witch craft religion is in fact doing good for others and for nature. They plant gardens, go out in nature, Help those in needs, and many other things that other religions also consider good. Elder's in witch craft are highly regarded, serving as a high priestess or priest. We respect those in our circle as well as those outside our circle. Some members of other religions don't even do that.
2. Witches are not human but rather an evolved form of humans.

This is also not true. We are not some other species, some other form of humans like a vampire or something. In fact we are as much human as you or the next person. We feel like you, desire like you, think like you, and live like you. We have jobs like normal shmucks. The only real difference, which isn't really a difference (Seeing how some other people also do this) is that we try to think before we act and make sure no one is harmed by our decisions. We care for the one's, and things around us. In other words we treat everything around us how we wish to be treated.
3. Witches do not look like regular people.

Also wrong. What do you expect when you see a witch? Green skin and warts, or some goth kid who worships the devil. Both those assumptions are wrong. Witch's don't look like Halloween decorations or Satanist (Which are WAY different than a witch). We look just like the next person.
4. You must be born into a family of Witches to become one.

WRONG. Witch Craft is a belief, a religion. Christians don't need to be born into a Christian family to be Christians. Same goes for Mormons, the Jewish, Jehovah's witnesses, and so on and so forth.
5. Witches can steal "powers" from each other.

Wrong again. Can Christians steal each other's faith in God? No. Their faith doesn't grow stronger by stealing other faith. Same thing goes for witch's powers.
6. Witchcraft and Christianity are opposites.

Also not necessarily true. Christians believe in one God. One all mighty power. Witch's believe in a higher power, the only real difference is that we have more than one God. We in fact have Gods and Goddesses. Some Indian cultures believe in more than one God. Does this make them Witch's? No. Christians strive to do good, so do witch's. They have prayer's and hymns. We have spells and songs. Which are almost the same thing except for the wording and the intentions put behind them.
7. It is difficult to hurt a witch.

This is wrong and stupid. We are humans and get injured just like a human.

8. Witches are resistant to spells.

How would this even be possible when witches cast spells on themselves from time to time?


9. Witches always dress in black.

It is true that many goth's say they are witch's but not all witch's are goth. Black is a color of protection so if a witch does wear black it is for protection. But no witch's do not always were black.
10. Witches can change their form and appearance at will.

We are not werewolves or ShapeShifter's. We are normal Humans like everyone else.

11. Witches can change the form and appearance of others at will.

Wrong again. All living things are made up of a certain cell structure. Take into consideration when alchemists tried to turn ordinary metals into gold. Did they succeed? No. So we can not change somethings form.

12. Witches can manipulate time.

Simple answer to this. No one can time travel, or manipulate time.


13. All Witches engage in ritualistic orgies.

Some do, but it is highly frowned upon in most circles. Most witch's follow the rules of common human decency.

14. Witches can fly on broomsticks

Hahaha, That only happens in Hollywood movies.


15. Witches can fly without broomsticks.

Once again only in the movies.


16. A witch is a female with super powers.

We are not super hero's people. And we are not a sexist religion. There are both male's and female's that follow our religion.


17. A male witch is called a Warlock.

Wrong, Male witch's are not known as warlocks. In fact Warlock is a degrading term for a male witch.


18. Witches worship Satan

Satanists worship Satan. Most witch's don't even believe that Satan.


19. Witches have made a deal with Satan to attain super natural powers.

How can this be when we don't believe in Satan?

20. Witches perform animal and human sacrifices.

This is sick and wrong. Murder is not something we condone. In fact we try to protect life, from plants, to animals, and yes human life as well.

21. Witchcraft has no rules.

This is a lie. In fact we have many rules to follow. For instance, "anything you put out you will get back." This basically means what you do will come back at you. Karma.


22. Witchcraft is the same as Satanism

We don't believe in Satan so this whole stereotype is inaccurate.


23. Witches hate Christians

Why would we hate Christians? Sure we may not particularly favor them but they are like any other person so hating them would be wrong. it would be like racism.


24. Wicca and Witchcraft are the same thing.

Wicca is a modern religion belief system founded by Gerald Gardner. Witch Craft is an old religion that predates Christianity.


25. Wicca has nothing to do with Witchcraft.

Wicca is a nature based religion. Wiccan's participate in some forms of witch craft such as, spells and having an alter. Witch Craft is basically the craft of witch's. It was the original craft (It predated wicca).


26. Witches promote Abortion as a form of human sacrifice.

WE DO NOT. Like any other human being we hold our own beliefs. Just because one person promotes abortion does that mean the person standing next to him also promotes it? Most likely not.


27. Witches are allergic to water.

STUPID. Human bodies are mostly composed of water so if this were true when a witch was born the would automatically die. They wouldn't last five seconds in the world. Also we have to bathe just like the next person. If we didn't all witch's would smell horribly. Some people need to think before they make something like this up.


28. Witches hate being called Witches

Not necessarily true. if it is used in a bad way, like a negative, sure we would be a little upset but so would a christian if someone sneered ,"Christian," in the cruelest way they could.


29. No man can be a witch.

I already said that there are plenty males that follow and practice witch craft and in fact my teacher of the craft was a male.


30. Witches are the same a Gypsies.

Gypsy beliefs and Witch beliefs vary in many ways so this is also not true.


31. Witchcraft is not a religious practice.

It is as much a religious practice as Christianity. We hold a faith in our beliefs. We have faith in our Gods and Goddesses. Thus doesn't that mean it is a religious practice. There are even metaphysical church's floating around the USA.
32. Being a witch means not believing in any higher power.

We believe in our own Gods and Goddesses, isn't that belief in a higher power?


33. Witches can possess people.

We are not ghosts or demons people.


34. Witches get sick or hurt when Jesus Chris is mentioned or a crucifix is shown to them.

This is false. They are not going to get sick for one, the only reason they would get hurt would be an emotional hurt if they began to think about all the burning's the Christians did against witch's way back when. I will also like to point out that from time to time I myself were a crucifix and maybe once in a while attend a Christian church service.


35. All witches practice "Black Magic"

No, sure there is black magic but it is not a bad magic. We have many types of magic associated with color. There's White magic, Black Magic, Green Magic, Red Magic, ect. Just because it is titled, "Black," does not mean that it is a bad form of magic.


36. Witches and Genies are always communicating.

Only a Witch knowledgeable in spirit communication is even capable of communicating with a genie.


37. Witches can levitate

Levitation is a very difficult psychic ability. Most witch's can't even do it.


38. Witches become a witch by having another witch cast a spell on them.

Witch Craft is a religion people. Some coven's may have an initiation but think of this. Christian's Baptize.


39. Witches grant wishes.

We do seek to good for others but we can not make something happen instantly.


40. Witches can turn into ghosts.

We can project ourselves as an astral body but that is way different from a ghost. A ghost is a spirit that has departed from the physical universe that has yet to move on.


41. Witches can make things "float"

Once again this is a psychic ability, which let me point out can be learned by anyone, but not all witch's know it.


42. Witches do not come out during the day.

We are not the Hollywood vampire. Most of us have day jobs people. That means sunshine and UV rays.


43. Witches avoid public and live in the woods.

That my friends is what we like to call a cottage witch. This basically means that this particular witch devotes themselves wholly to the craft. They do this to basically reach the witch's form of enlightenment. But there are many witch's that live in the cities. Hinting your local Witch Craft store.


44. Witches have no worries and are always happy.

We have to pay rent, utilities, get to work on time just like other people. We do strive to have a happy life, but who doesn't.


45. Witches can bring pictures "to life"

If you mean we can make the pictures alive like in Harry potter then no.


46. Witches summon demons and then take control of them for future use.

No true witch would ever work with a demon.


47. Witchcraft is not a religion.

Already covered this. We believe in forms of higher power. Making it a religion.


48. Witches put curses on priests.

We have our own priests. Why would we do that?


49. The Pentagram is a sign of Satan

Don't believe in Satan. The pentagram is a symbol of the divine and the five elements, earth, air, fire, water, and spirit.


50. Witches do not exist..

Why would there even be these stereotypes if we didn't exist.

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Willsummerdreamer 3 years ago from Marietta, Georgia.

Always was fascinated by this subject. Very informative and to the point. Nice work.


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pan1974 11 months ago from Columbus,Ga

Hi Andrea Rose, I love your Hub, it is very informative. You should write more on this subject. What many people do not know is that the reason true good witches were burned is because they was a threat to the physical idolatry church, because the woman(feminine energy) represents Christ's true church.

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