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Famous Witches – Modern Era Witches

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“Modern Era” for these purposes includes witch and occult figures from the 19th and early 20th Century, including the early influences on modern Wicca: Joan

Famous Witches – Merlin

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Merlin is best known as the wizard or warlock of Arthurian legend, who served as King Arthur’s adviser, prophet and magician. There are so many

Famous Witches – Medieval and Renaissance Witches

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The Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern periods are perhaps the periods most immediately associated with witchcraft and witches, mainly due to the well-documented witch trials

Famous Witches – Medea

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Medea is a witch in Greek mythology, who figured prominently in the myth of Jason and the Argonauts and several other stories from the period.

Famous Witches – Simon Magus

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Simon Magus (also known as Simon the Sorcerer and Simon of Gitta) is the name used by early Christian writers to refer to a Biblical

Famous Witches – Eliphas Lévi (1810 – 1875)

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Eliphas Lévi was a 19th Century French occult author and magician. His writing on magic inspired many later occultists, and Lévi is remembered as one

Famous Witches – Charles Leland (1824 – 1903)

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Charles Godfrey Leland was an American writer, traveller and folklorist, who, in 1899, produced the book “Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches”, which was

Famous Witches – Sybil Leek (1922 – 1982)

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Sybil Leek was an English witch, astrologer, psychic and occult author who wrote more than 60 books on occult and esoteric subjects. Dubbed “Britain’s most

Famous Witches – Anton LaVey (1930 – 1997)

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Anton Szandor LaVey was the American founder and High Priest of the Church of Satan, which espoused a religious philosophy championing Satan as the symbol

Famous Witches – Marie Laveau (1801 – 1881)

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Marie Laveau was a Louisiana Creole practitioner of Voudou (or Voodoo) in New Orleans. Shrouded in mystery, she has become over time the archetypal image

Famous Witches – Alice Kyteler (1280 – c.1325)

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The case of Dame Alice Kyteler was one of the first European witchcraft trials and the first recorded claim of a witch having intercourse with

Famous Witches – Edward Kelley (1555 – 1597)

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Edward Kelley (or Kelly, also known as Edward Talbot) was a convicted criminal and self-declared spirit medium in Renaissance England, who worked with John Dee

Famous Witches – Janet Farrar (1950 – )

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Janet Farrar is a British Wicca priestess and teacher, and co-author (with her two husbands, Stewart Farrar and Gavin Bone) of several influential books on

Famous Witches – Holda

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In Germanic and Scandinavian folklore, Frau Holda (or Holde or Holle or Hulda or Huldra) is the supernatural matron of spinning, childbirth and domestic animals,

Famous Witches – Hecate

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Originally a goddess of the wilderness and childbirth among early Greek and Egyptian civilizations, Hecate (or Hekate or Hekat) achieved her connotations as a goddess

Famous Witches – Walpurga Hausmännin (? – 1597)

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Walpurga Hausmännin was an Austrian midwife executed for witchcraft, vampirism and child murder in 1587. The graphic and sensational confession she made under torture exemplifies

Famous Witches – Raven Grimassi (1951 – )

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Raven Grimassi is the Italian-American author of over a dozen books on Neopaganism and witchcraft. He is perhaps best known for his popularization of Stregheria,

Famous Witches – Isobel Gowdie (? – 1662)

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Isobel Gowdie, the renowned “Queen of Scottish Witches”, was a young Scottish housewife who was tried for witchcraft in 1662. Her detailed confession, apparently achieved

Famous Witches – Gavin Bone (1964 – )

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Gavin Bone is an author and lecturer in the fields of magic, witchcraft, Wicca and Neopaganism, and an organizer in the Neopagan community. He has

Famous Witches – Gerald Gardner (1884 – 1964)

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Gerald Brousseau Gardner was an English civil servant, amateur anthropologist, writer and occultist. He was instrumental in founding Wicca and Neopaganism, published some of its

Famous Witches – Dion Fortune (1890 – 1946)

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Dion Fortune was a British psychiatrist, occultist and author. She developed her own magical and hermetic tradition, which she approached from the psychological perspectives of

Famous Witches – Witch of Endor

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The Witch of Endor (also known as the Medium of Endor) was a woman, as reported in Samuel I of the Old Testament of the

Famous Witches – Eleanor “Ray” Bone (1910 – 2001)

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Eleanor “Ray” Bone, sometimes known as the “Matriarch of British Witchcraft”, was an influential figure in modern witchcraft, and played an important part in the

Famous Witches – Moll Dyer (? – c.1697)

Moll Dyer was a legendary 17th Century resident of Leonardtown in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, who was accused of witchcraft and chased out of her

Famous Witches – Dr. John Dee (1507 – c.1608)

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John Dee was a noted English mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, geographer, occultist and consultant to Queen Elizabeth I. Although not a witch as such, he devoted