Hello readers, it's time for part 2 (of 3) about the "witches well" in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. Witches in the real world are much different from their portrayal in popular culture, so let's discuss how and why they are different from what we are led to believe.
Following the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz", film fanatics have grown accustomed to witches looking like Margaret Hamilton's "Wicked Witch of the West". Although witches (in the 1700s) were expected to look like the average person, depictions of witchcraft have popularized the "witch" as a Halloween costume through Hamilton's legacy.
When looking at witchcraft in the real world, here's a statement from world renowned encyclopedia, Britannica:
"Wicca, a predominantly Western movement whose followers practice witchcraft and nature worship and who see it as a religion based on pre- Christian traditions of northern and western Europe. It spread through England in the 1950s, and subsequently attracted followers in Europe and the United States."
Despite what popular culture has led people to believe, real-world witches are more concerned with preserving nature, and meditation as a means of achieving spirituality.
A general consensus in the Wiccan community is, if a spell does not cause harm to any living thing, go ahead and do it. More specifically, Wiccans generally believe all living things should be treated equally, rather than casting spells to harm others- regardless of how you feel about someone.
Part 3 is coming soon...
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