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The Legend of Witches

It’s time to learn about the legend of witches! “Mix blood of owl with the herb that’s red… Turn three times, pluck a hair from my head… A leaf of a crocus, an ear of a hog… hocus pocus, you’re a frog!” Well, this isn’t a real witchcraft, but if you are craving a mosquito, please send us an email and we’ll look into the spell reversal.


Which Word is it: Wicce or Witch???

The word “witch” actually comes from the word “wicce”, an olde-english word that means “wise”… and these “wicces” were considered to be good natured people that only used their powers and potions to heal people. They used natural herbs as medicine and they connected to people with energy and their forces cured disease, depression and brought happiness to their communities. It’s not so different from what real herbal doctors practice today… like reiki and botanical medicine.


Witch Done Wrong

Throughout the ages, a bunch of party poopers gave wicces a bad name. If a wicce could use magical energy and natural herbs to do good, sure enough they could use the same forces to do evil. Rumors got out that these wicces could do all these bad things:


  • Make bad weather
  • Change people into toads
  • Make cows sick
  • Poison food
  • Give someone bad luck
  • Curse farmers and their crops
  • Make people ugly

Deal with the Devil

Thus a mythical character evolved out of the wicce, and into a WITCH! Witches were considered to be anti-religious and their story was that they made a deal with the devil. Witches were the devil's secret army of people that made a pact to do evil things on earth and in return the devil gave them magical powers. So obviously anyone anti-religious was considered to be a witch.


Witch-Hunt across the World

Witch-hunts were the big event of the 13th and 14th centuries in countries like France and Switzerland. Tens of thousands of people were hunted for the silliest reasons to suspect them of performing witchcraft. For example, if a husband had a toothache, he would tell everyone that it was his wife’s fault because she was cooking all their food and she must be a witch. However, you and I know it’s probably because he was eating too much Halloween candy.




Which Witchcraft Do You Wish?

So now there are all these stories of witches and their evil magic. Here’s a quick list of some of their ways to do witchcraft:


  • A black cauldron to mix magic potions
  • Verses and rhymes
  • Amulets that possess their curse when worn
  • Gazing into mirrors
  • Voodoo dolls made out of clay
  • Flying on a broomstick at night

Famous Witches

Witches are a great scary character in fairytales so maybe it’s not so bad that all these crazy people from the past made up all the lies about them. Think about it, if their weren’t any such thing as a witch, we would not have had these scary famous witches:


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Nandez
Nandez posted in Say Anything:
thanks for posting this Kristen. I think that it is a tough subject to talk about with other people and honestly I think it's good to talk about it in a moderate amount. Now that more pepole are being diagnosed with learning differences or some sort of other mental health disorder, I think that talking about it and informing people will only make it easier for people to feel less awkward or the odd man out. That's how I found about that I am not the only person in the room who has ADD. I'm more willing to come out and talk to people and discribe what I have to go through on a daily basis to raise awareness. School will always be hard for me so I look at my strengths to help push me forward in life. 
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AlphaT
AlphaT posted in Say Anything:
Oh wow, a genuine trigger warning. Did the memes teach you nothing?  First off, an actual warning. Take no action based on what you've read here without first consulting a mental health professional.  Now, I have a lot of experience in mental illness. I have ADHD(Pre-DSMV), an anxiety disorder, and I've tested significant for bipolar (Pre-DSMV).  My best advise is to find a therapist that you personally connect with. It's not about being comfortable, because a good therapist will challenge your thoughts, but you need to be able to accept those challenges. And to do that, you'll need a therapist that you mesh with.  Aside from that, good medication can go a long way to helping you live with your mental issues. However, this isn't true for everyone, and it should be handled by a medical professional. 
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AlphaT
AlphaT posted in Say Anything:
I mean, it's a problem, but it's a problem that most all hormonal teens go through. 
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jordand08
jordand08 posted in Say Anything:
Yes, there's so many things I wish I was told that I wasn't.
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Kirsteeeeen
This is great, Kris! Loved it.  Thank you :) It's one of those things I wish someone had said to me in the past, y'know?
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