It’s commonly believed that male witches aren’t called Witch. For some reason society, thinks the male witch must be classified separately.
The most common names for a male witch are Wizard and Warlock, but within the witch community male witches are witches just like the woman folk.
The root word “Wiz” comes from Middle English and means wise. It’s believed “Wizards” appeared in 1440 meaning “Wise man”. In the 16th century alchemists, blessers, cunning men, sorcerers, withes and other
William West wrote in 1594 Wizards foretold the future, raised evil spirits by superstitions and conceived words to force those spirits to form words and answer or show images within glasses, crystals to questions.
England’s witchcraft acts of 1542, 1563, and 1604 made the practices of fortune telling, divinations and making love charms a felony. Wizards were able to continue practicing because their clients were very “closed mouth” about it.
Witches never call a male witch a warlock. It comes from Waerloga a Scottish and Old English word-meaning traitor or oath-breaker.
During “The Burning Times” if witches feared an arrested witch would give the others, away during torture they’d call him or her a warlock. At times, an outsider would kill an in jailed witch to prevent being ratted out. A garter would be left around the warlocks’ throat. Two murders happened this way. John Stewart in 1618 and John Reid in 1696
Never knew the meaning of Warlock before now, thanks Mari 🙂
Thank you for these definitions, Mari. 🙂
Especially the meaning of Warlock is finally clear.
That’s just one variation of the alleged definitions of Warlock.
Thank you for your links. I posted this because the Male witches I know do use witch and don’t use warlock. I wasn’t aware of the word being taken back or others preferring to be called Warlock.
Thanks Mari 🙂