13 Things You Didn’t Know About Witches

The month of October culminating in Halloween is known as the season of the witch. And while we all might think we know what a witch is – thanks to The Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter, and other onscreen interpretations – the stereotypical green skin, pointy hats, and blood-red fingernails are more fiction than fact. A Wiccan herself, author Judika Illes knows a fair amount about witch folklore and the modern witch, and in her book, Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: The Complete A-Z For the Entire Magical World ($24), she explores the history and mysteries of witches. Here she shares 13 of the most unusual facts about witches paired with excerpts from the book.

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