In my opinion, these Witchcraft misconceptions have their origin in a couple of different places.
Wicca is a belief system of life based on the rejuvenation of pre-Christian traditions originating in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. While much of the information of how our ancestors lived, worshiped and believed has been lost due to the efforts of the medieval church to wipe our existence from history, we try to reconstruct those beliefs to the best of our ability with the information that is available.
Witchcraft in ancient chronicles was referred to as “The Craft of the Wise” because the highest whom followed the path were in tune with the forces of nature, had a knowledge of Herbs and medicines, gave council and were valuable parts of the village and towns as Shamanic healers and leaders. They understood that mankind is not superior to nature, the earth and its creatures were merely single of the numerous parts, both seen and unseen that combine to make the whole. As chief Seattle said; “We do not own the earth, we are part of it.”
For the past several hundred years, the image of the Witch has been mistakenly associated with evil, heathenism, and unrighteousness.
To begin, the medieval church of the 15th through 18th centuries created these myths to turn the followers of the old nature based religions to the churches avenue of thinking. By making the Witch into a diabolical character and turning the old religious deities into devils and demons, the missionaries were able to attach fear to these beliefs which aided in the conversion there after. Secondly, as medical science began to surface, the men who were engaged in these initial studies had a extremely poor postulation of female physiology, especially in the place of a women’s monthly cycles. The unknowns in this area played extremely well with the early churches agenda lending credence to the Witch Hunters claims and authority.
unfortunately these misinformed fears and superstitions have carried forward through the centuries and remain to this day. This is why numerous who follow these nature oriented beliefs have adopted the name of Wicca over its true name of Witchcraft to escape the persecution, harassment and misinformation associated with the name of Witchcraft and Witch not to mention the bad publicity the press and Hollywood has given us just to generate a profit.