Famous Witches (Mythical and Real)

Witches have been popular subjects throughout history in tales, myths and legends. In more recent times, we have more reliable documentary evidence of real or supposed witches.

These biographies of selected personalities include witch figures from myth and folklore as well as self-confessed witches and occultists throughout recorded history. Also included are some who, while perhaps not practising witches themselves, have made important contributions to the development of witchcraft and related beliefs, or to our knowledge and understanding of it. The stories of many other witches and accused witches are detailed in the section on Witch Trials.

For convenience, I have split the list into four more or less chronological categories:

Biblical, Mythical and Folklore Witches:
Witch of Endor | Solomon | Simon Magus | Hecate | Circe | Medea | Cassandra | Abaris the Hyperborean | Baba Yaga | Morgan Le Fey | Merlin | Holda | Aradia

Medieval and Renaissance Witches:
Angéle de la Barthe (c.1230 - 1275) | Alice Kyteler (1280 - c.1325) | Abramelin the Mage (15th Century) | Agatha Southeil (c.1470 - c.1488) | Mother Shipton (c.1488 - 1561) | Cornelius Agrippa (1486 - 1535) | Johann Weyer (Johannes Wier) (1515 - 1588) | Dr. John Dee (1507 - c.1608) | Edward Kelley (1555 - 1597) | Walpurga Hausmannin (? - 1587) | Isobel Gowdie (? - 1662) | La Voisin (c.1640 - 1680) | Moll Dyer (? - 1697)

Modern Era Witches:
Joan Wytte (1775 - 1813) | Tamsin Blight (1798 - 1856) | Marie Laveau (c.1801 - 1881) | Eliphas Lévi (1810 - 1875) | George Pickingill (c.1816 - c.1909) | Charles Leland (1824 - 1903) | A. E. Waite (1857 - 1942) | Margaret Murray (1863 - 1963) | Aleister Crowley (1875 - 1947) | Gerald Gardner (1884 - 1964) | Dion Fortune (1890 - 1946)

Contemporary Witches:
Eleanor Bone (1910 - 2001) | Stewart Farrar (1916 - 2000) | Rosaleen (“Roie”) Norton (1917 - 1979) | Doreen Valiente (1922 - 1999) | Sybil Leek (1922 - 1982) | Monique Wilson (1923 - 1982) | Alex Sanders (1926 - 1988) | Patricia Crowther (1927 - ) | Anton LaVey (1930 - 1997) | Laurie Cabot (1933 - ) | Ray Buckland (1934 - ) | Zsuzsanna Budapest (1940 - ) | Margot Adler (1946 - ) | Janet Farrar (1950 - ) | Gavin Bone (1964 - ) | Raven Grimassi (1951 - ) | Starhawk (1951 - ) | Silver RavenWolf (1956 - )

You can use the Witches Menu on the right of each page to navigate around this section.

 




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