The current edition of Marriam-Webster defines a witch as "one that is credited with usually malignant supernatural powers, especially a woman practicing black magic often with the aid of a devil or familiar ~ AND, or “a practitioner of Wicca” …. which in turn is defined as “a religion influenced by pre-Christian beliefs which affirms the existence of supernatural powers and of both male and female deities who inhere in nature and that emphasizes ritual observances of seasonal and life cycles.”

Two definitions – but they’re opposites! Maybe we need some better terminology.

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Figure: Thanks to Lisette stock – Gypsy Witch 6

Tree (background) is from Fantasy Forest Background 3 by inidgodeep

Spell books from Sassy Stock (crystal ball my own creation)

Tarot cards from a set

Foreground grass from my own resources

Multiple textures/color layers are applied

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  • frankula49
    frankula49almost 3 years ago

    The Idea of witches was a convenient way to discredit an individual especially if they were in political opposition. often they were midwives who were considered a professional threat by the bigoted medical practitioners. The Myth of Witches was an Idea conjured up by the Church. How to gain support….. tell the people of unspeakable Evil then say “…..but we will protect you if you follow us”…..sound familiar?
    Great Pic Nadya
    Regards
    Frank

  • Thank you, Frank! I was aware of the history of the witch in Euro/Western culture which I didn’t deal with in this particular post… but your comment inspired me to do another, hope you’ll check it out. I knew the concept was different in the Russian world – looked up some other cultures – wow! One could write a Huge, Thick Book on this. We do tend to view things through our own Western lenses- really interesting to read about the way it’s seen in other places and traditions. I also discovered that in many nations of the Earth “witches”, however labeled locally, are STILL being put to death. I mean, by the thousands! India, Africa, the Middle East, parts of Asia… shocking and amazing! Yeah, I’ll probably go ahead and post some stuff on that as well. Guess I’m on a roll! (Either that, or it’s “use Wikipedia ` and other sources ~ while I still can???” Really appreciate your comment!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...almost 3 years ago

    Beautiful sweetheART a 5***** fave ;~} Valz

  • Thank you so much Valerie, and for the face as well!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • Mererand
    Mererandalmost 3 years ago

    Awesome work!! Very beautifully done!

  • Thank you Paul, for your wonderful comment!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryanalmost 3 years ago

    Another fabulous creation, Nadya!

  • Huge Thanks, Monnie! Most appreciated!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • AnimiDawn
    AnimiDawnalmost 3 years ago

    I would say we do! I have many friends who honor all paths and practice Wicca, there is no devil in the craft! A practicing Wiccan does not even believe in Satan. Just goes to show that age old prejudice can alter the minds of what you would think were intellegent people. If anyone studies history, they would know the stories of Pagons being in the devils service was made up by the Catholic Church when they wanted to either convert everyone or kill them off for thier land. Nice art!

  • Thank you Dawn!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 3 years ago

    WELL DONE NADYA lIZ)

  • Thanks so much, Liz!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • GolemAura
    GolemAuraalmost 3 years ago

    Witches were created to suppress women who were independent enough to become midwifes/herbalists/healers… end of story… Men get really itchy when their control is challenged

    ack! great creation, now will you PLEASE ask Lilith to stop squeezing my balls.. giggle snort

  • Thank you, Golem! I don’t feel it’s the end of the story though – the word has hundreds of different connotations in every culture on the Earth and I went it a bit in a second post. In many cultures, even Western, witches weren’t necessarily women, either. So it gets pretty freaky, over-all. I appreciate your comment! (Oh, and Good old Lilith: another fascinating lady, there! Look out for her, she’s dangerous – depending on the version of the story.) LOL!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • Ogre
    Ogrealmost 3 years ago

    So mote it be. ;-)

  • “Indeed.” Thanks for stopping by (and the smiler)!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesoralmost 3 years ago

    Fantastic Nadya!!
    Of course it leads to the age old question….“Are you a good witch or a bad witch?” :)

  • Thanks, Keith! I do think it’s interesting (the good vs. bad) so … I did another where I got into that a bit. The more you learn the stranger! I appreciate your comment!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • LoreLeft27
    LoreLeft27almost 3 years ago

    ive also heard that a witch can be one who speaks out against wrongs and the errors of the certain faith keepers or churches
    fantastic creation
    perhaps the only real witches were killed because mankind were treating them with disrespect and dishonor and they were only choosing to speak out

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