The Greeks often called Hecate, Agriope, which means ‘savage face.’ She is said to have three faces, which symbolized her powers over the underworld, earth, and air. She is known as the lady of the underworld, of chthonic rites, and of black magic. Her Hebrew name was Sheol, and the Egyptians knew her as Nepthys. … Read more

Aleister Crowley

Aleister Crowley [formerly Edward Alexander] (1875–1947), author and occultist, was born on 12 October 1875 at 30 Clarendon Square, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, the elder child of Emily Bertha (née Bishop) and Edward Crowley (d. 1887). A daughter died in infancy. Edward Crowley’s family had owned Crowley’s Ales, and he retired on his inheritance; his wife … Read more

Simon Magus

Simon Magus, also known as Simon the Sorcerer and Simon of Gitta, was a Samaritan gnostic who, according to ancient Christian accounts, allegedly asserted that he was an incarnation of God. In the various descriptions of his life, he was credited with all manner of arcane powers, including (most typically) the gift of flight. Simon, … Read more


Pope (c. 1630–1690) of the Tewa Pueblo was a medicine man of San Juan, New Mexico, who used sorcery to lead a rebellious fight against Spanish settlers. Pope claimed to be the representative of el Demonio, the Devil. When the Spaniards settled along the rio Grande in New Mexico in the late 16th century, they … Read more

Prince Danila Govorila

Once upon a time there was a queen with a son and a daughter, Prince Danila Govorila and Princess Catherine. The queen was dying, and, having not gotten to be queen without making a few enemies, a witch with a grudge against her family decided to pay her out. She went to the queen disguised … Read more

Vasilisa the Beautiful

By his first wife, a merchant had a single daughter, who was known as Vasilisa the Beautiful. When the girl was eight years old, her mother died. On her deathbed, she gave Vasilisa a tiny wooden doll with instructions to give it a little to eat and a little to drink if she were in … Read more

Muma Pădurii

In Romanian folklore, Muma Pădurii is a spirit of the forest who appears as an ugly old witch. Muma Pădurii lives in a dark, dreadful, hidden little house in the heart of the forest. Sometimes she has the ability to change her shape and can appear as an animal or a beautiful fairy woman to … Read more

Alice Kyteler

Dame Alice Kyteler, born in 1263, was the first person to be condemned for witchcraft in Ireland. This case appears to be very similar with Gilles de Rais’ and appears to be more a struggle of religion, power and greed than demonic activity. Alice’s family settled in Kilkenny in 1280. She was an only child … Read more