Engravings and Illustrations of Witches Over the Centuries

The most iconic portrayal of women’s power over the centuries is that of the witch. Witches had the power to heal and to curse, and tapped into earth magick that had no connection to the alien beliefs of the Christian Church. It’s no surprise that men dedicated centuries to hunting down and murdering women whose power they didn’t understand or approve of. We should have all learned from the thousands of women tortured and murdered over the course of centuries and across continents. I think it’s pretty clear that in most of the world, North America included, women with power are still seen as a threat to the patriarchal status quo. The genocide of European and American women centuries ago is treated as a legend, a cultural myth, rather than something to be reflected upon and examined in our own time. Below are some images of powerful women over the centuries, engravings, paintings and illustrations of witches fictional and real who were considered the Devil’s agents for refusing to participate in their own subjugation.

 

Images via Wellcome Library

 

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The imiges are facinating, but the introduction both ignore male withes and smell of wiccan propaganda.

Chris Wood
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Tessia Elise

Kylie QFranco
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Eli Ana ❤❤

Andrés Yáñez Chavarriaga
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Mary Van Tassel !!

Mira Wroblewski
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Here’s another….

Mark Mengerink
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Hey, wait a minute. I didn’t see a single picture of Donald Trump. Sad!

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Keltoria

Victoria Chakal
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Guys, no. I usually love your esoteric articles but this Margaret Murray shit needs to stop. Witchcraft has a rich and fascinating history; there’s no need for pseudo-historical fiction or wildly inaccurate uses of the word “genocide.”

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you are aware that not only women were persecuted throughout history for working with sorcery/magic and put to death because of working with the Devil. Although the pictures are interesting and a lot of women were convicted of witchcraft, i think your biased overtones to one gender or the other is incorrect and somewhat silly. Before you go ranting about the suffering women went through, why don’t you focus on the suffering all peoples went through during those times, when both MEN and WOMEN were tortured for their antinomian ways and or mental illnesses.

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awesome!

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Mariana Sales Teixeira e Tatiana Moes

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<3

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Mira – not a Trump in sight 😉

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Hahaha 🙂 He’s a shapeshifter. He can morph from lunatic to greater lunatic in the blink of an eye of newt

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Nicola McCafferty

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Iga Chrzanowska 💀💀💀

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Myrto Daskalaki

Myrto Daskalaki
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<3 Thank you

Ganga Dhara
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😘

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You know me too well 🖤

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