Differences between witches, sorcerers, warlocks, and wizards...:
edited 4th May '11 11:34:47 AM by cityofmist
- Clarence Darrow
- Witch —> wicca (m) wicce (f) The old english word for someone who practices witchcraft. Back in the day it was more socially acceptable for women to practice seiğr than men. Witch is actually a unisex word, and had been used as such even into the colonial age.
- Sorcerer —> Latin via Old French, I know nothing of the Latin and French views on magic and witchcraft.
- Warlock —> traitor, scoundrel, liar, this was used as an insult and a threat on runestones— "Anyone who defiles this stone is a warlock". Magic in the Germanic world had connotations of being sneaky, indirect and deceiving in the way it worked, and men were taught to be honest and direct with each other. I do not know if this is a natively Germanic stigma or a change instigated by Christianity to stamp out pagan practices.
- Wizard —> From middle english, "Wise + ard". It appears that in old norse, female seiğr practitioners were also wise women and well respected. Perhaps it once applied the same to male witches? I don't know.
edited 4th May '11 12:06:33 PM by annebeeche
- Wizards and Wizardesses/Vitkarls and Vitkonas practise White and or neutral magic.
- Warlocks and Witches practise Black magic.
- Witch have a double etymology, Either the evil meaning Sorceress, or the good meaning Knower of secret knowledge used by for eccample Wiccans.
- Some witch-hunters doesent know that, however...
edited 4th May '11 2:00:29 PM by Trotzky
edited 5th May '11 12:01:47 AM by Zolnier
edited 5th May '11 10:19:42 AM by SavageHeathen
edited 5th May '11 4:30:05 PM by Dragon573
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