Michael Howard – Welsh Witches and Wizards
the widespread belief in witches and wizards in Wales reflects a land steeped in Legend and mythsince ancient times. The witches power to harm people, livestock, and crops was greatly feared; for this reason country people consulted with so-called ‘ cunning men’ and ‘ wise women’ who had the power to negate their spells with counter magic. Cunning folk practitioners were also consulted for Love spells, to find a lost property or missing persons, exorcise ghosts and banish evil spirits. The figures of both witch and wizard form part of a broader folk magic continuity in rails. This popular belief in witchcraft bears little relation to the modern neopagan Wicca, and there is little evidence of its linkage to her nature religion based on a pre-Christian fertility cult.