Witch symbols are still some of the most traditional Halloween images around. The iconic silhouette of a witch riding through a full moon is one of the more popular witch images used on Halloween.

Why is the witch associated with Halloween? In Celtic culture witches were supernatural female healers. This is why Witch is derived from Wicca, which means “wise one”.

Once other religions began combining with the Celtic festival of Samhain, anything supernatural in nature became feared and avoided, including witches. Healing, which was once seen as helpful, was now seen by the church as pagan worship and evil magic.

Christianity considered witchcraft “detestable to the Lord.” For all these reasons, witches became supernatural symbols of sorcery and evil.(King Halloween).

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