“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and caldron bubble” Shakespeare’s notorious witches from the Macbeth play are the modern archetype for what we associate with witchcraft today. Belief in witches and witchcraft dates back to the 14th century Europe where the practice and use of supernatural or magical powers was believed to have historical, religious, mythological and religious connotations.
Witches have long been associated with evil and mischief and the principle reason behind this belief is down to the fact that witches allegedly have the ability to influence a persons mind, body or property without their consent. The most commonly known practice of witchcraft is spell casting, which more often than not ends up badly for the subject of the spell. However, a lesser known skill of the witch is their alleged ability to conjurer up the dead, although rather than brining the deceased back to life it is commonly believed that this practice is carried out for the purposes of deviation or prophecy.
There is a legend that a huge gathering of witches takes place twice a year. The first gathering is believed to be April 30th while the second is allegedly on October 31st (Halloween). During the Halloween gathering, which allegedly is an event hosted by the devil, the spirits of those trapped in hell are unleashed upon the earth through the conjuring of witches.