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Witchcraft, or 'Low Magic' incorporates a wide body of belief and practices, but can be roughly broken down into the following subcategories:


Historical Witchcraft Witchcraft as actually practised in the past.

Traditional Witchcraft Reconstructed Witchcraft(s) believed to have been historical.

Hereditary Witchcraft Beliefs that Witchcraft knowledge or witch blood is passed on in families.

Wicca Modern Witchcraft developed by neo-pagans as a religion.

Dianic Witchcraft Women's Mysteries. The Cult of Diana.

Hedge Witchcraft Solo Witchcraft. Herb lore.

Shamanism Proto Witchcraft? Siberian, Mongolian, Indian, Aboriginal, Native American etc


Particularly cultural forms of Witchcraft also deserve special focus:


Eurasian Witchcraft Eastern Scythian, Hunnish, Siberian, and Mongolian Shamanic influences.

Finn Witchcraft Northern Finnish and Lappish Shamanism as employed in Nordic tradition.

Basque Witchcraft Possibly the oldest of all Western traditions (incl the Guanche of Canaries).

Moorish Witchcraft Southern Iberian, Arab and Berber influences (incl Sephardic Jewish Sorcery of North Africa).

Stregheria Etruscan Witchcraft first explored by Charles Leland in Aradia, the Gospel of Witches.

Romany Witchcraft A major nomadic influence on European Witchcraft (incl the Sinti tradition).


Cunning Folk, Wizards and White Witches Village and Urban Wise Folk (incl Sorceror-Priests).

Sabbatic Witchcraft The Witchcraft of the Witches Sabbat.


Voodoo / Hoodoo Afro-American and Afro-Caribbean Witchcraft and Religion (incl Native African).

Taoist Sorcery Witchcraft in China and the Orient.

Meso-American Sorcery The Magic of the Olmecs and Toltecs (incl Castenedan interpretations).

Huna Magic The alleged magical practices of Polynesia.


Outlaw Witchcraft Theories and Practise of a possible outlaw subculture.

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