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|Occupation||Practitioners of Witchcraft|
A witch is a person, usually a woman, with the power to affect change by supernatural means (Witchcraft).
Humans who practices magical powers are called "witches." The origin of witchcraft remains unknown; however, it is known that witches have existed for many centuries, passing down their knowledge and skills through generations of family lines. Contrary to popular belief, not all witches receive their magic from demons, nor do they worship the devil. Some witches, such as Wiccans, receive their power from nature and may practice witchcraft however they see fit.
Magic is the power to affect change by supernatural means. Magic can often be split into black and white, though depending on the situation, may also be neutral. All creatures (both humans and non-humans) are connected to this power and may access it through practice and training. Whilst everyone has to capability to cast spells and perform other feats of magic, witches generally have more knowledge over the mystical energy and supernatural forces that permeates the entire universe.
Black Magic Edit
Black Magic (or Dark Magic) is a form of sorcery that draws on malevolent energy, and may be used for negative purposes (e.g. to cause destruction or misfortune, to injure or kill, or for the profit of oneself rather than for the benefit of others.) In popular usage, the term "black magic" is often used to describe any form of sorcery that is used negatively.
(Note: Black magic is commonly practiced by malevolent witches who received their power from demons.)
White Magic Edit
White Magic (or Bright Magic) is a form of sorcery that draws on benevolent powers, and may be used for positive purposes that deliberately causes help in some way (e.g. to cure or protect, to improve or restore, or for the benefit of others rather than for the profit of oneself.) In popular usage, the term "white magic" is often used to describe any form of sorcery that is used positively.
(Note: White magic is commonly practiced by benevolent witches, or Wiccans, who receive their power from nature.)
Wicca is a religion whose adherents are alternatively called Wiccans. By contrast, traditional witchcraft is not a religion, but a universal magical practice that transcends any religious belief or lack thereof. While Wiccans generally acknowledge and revere a pantheon of gods and goddesses, traditional witches may belong to any religion or none, they may believe in a God or gods or they may be atheists. According to Sam Winchester, Wicca is an earth-centered, polytheistic religion, where the adherents are extremely conscious of their one "law" called the Wiccan Rede which advises them to "Harm None".
Witchcraft is a practice of magic that encompasses many different types of activities including astrology, divination, spell casting, and spirit communication. It includes the practices of many cultures, nations and religions as well as many books and writings from ancient times. Depending upon the individual, some witches practice their power by certain belief systems, such as Hoodoo, Voodoo, Wicca, or any number of other magical practices from countries and cultures all around the world. Although the majority of traditional witches are commonly portrayed as being malevolent and selfish humans who use their powers to inflict harm upon others; in the case of James Frampton, it has been proven that not all witches are sinister and are capable of practicing magic for benevolent deeds.
Magic Powers Edit
Basic Powers Edit
The basic powers of every witch include:
- Spell Casting: The act of changing and controlling events through the use of incantations and more.
- Witches Brew: The act of brewing and concocting magical potions.
Other Powers Edit
With years of practice and training, witches may develop other powers that include:
- Astral Projection: The power to project the astral body from outside of the physical body in order to travel from one location to another.
- Divination: The power to predict future events based off of extrasensory perception.
- Elemental Control: The power to control and manipulate the elements of air, earth, fire and water.
- Levitation: The power to float or rise the physical body within midair through mental influence.
- Longevity: The power to live hundreds (possibly thousands) of years while maintaining a beautiful and youthful appearance.
- Mind Control: The power to control and manipulate the behavior and thoughts of another living creature.
- Shape-shifting: The act of changing and transforming the physical body into the form of another.
- Telekinesis: The act of controlling and manipulating the movement of objects and persons through mental influence.
- Telepathy: The act of hearing the thoughts and reading the minds of others through extrasensory perception.
- Teleportation: The act of disappearing from one location and instantly reappearing in another location through supernatural means.
- Books of Shadows: A journal documented with ancient recipes, rituals, and spells.
- Candles: Materials used to amplify a witch’s spell.
- Herbs and Stones: Materials used as ingredients for brewing and concocting paranormal potions.
- Talismans: Materials used to amplify a witch’s powers.
- Magic: Although most witches have been known to cast protection spells upon themselves, some witches are still susceptible to magical influences (e.g. Bobby Singer gave Dean and Sam Winchester a spell that was designed to kill witches.).
- Mortality: Based off the fact that witches are still human, they share many of the same weaknesses as non-supernatural beings (e.g. age, decapitation, disease, heart-failure, suffocation, etc.).
- Contrary to popular belief the term "warlock" is not used to describe a male witch but instead to describe a witch who is known to betray other witches in exchange for money or other forms of payment. Thus, anyone (male or female) can become known as a warlock.
- While Wiccans are considered "good witches", not all good witches are considered "Wiccans".