Their abilities vary widely: some are gifted with divination and healing, others are devoted to the dark arts; summon spirits and cast deadly curses. Often with spellbooks, talismans and amulets, they add to the show's eclectic mythology. Only people who practice witchcraft or come from a powerful witch family can be witches. They infuse the supernatural cosmos with horror, shrouded in mystery, drawing viewers to their screens.
Witches use their powers for various purposes. Some witches use their skills for personal gain, such as wealth, love, or revenge, often en route to the dark practice of witchcraft. On the other hand, some use their powers for the benefit of others - for healing, protection and benevolence, establishing the existence of white magic.
The power of witches varies greatly depending on their origin and degree of magical knowledge. The most powerful are known as grand witches, capable of wielding the most powerful forms of magic.
Although human, witches live in secret from most of humanity. Complex rituals, powerful spells, and a deep understanding of the supernatural allow them to fight or join forces with aliens. Their alliances can fluctuate, making them unpredictable and a force to be reckoned with in the supernatural universe.
For witches, witchcraft is less of a hobby and more of a way of life, guided by the witch code of "Do what you will but harm no one", although it is more of a guideline than a rule. This makes witches interesting and morally ambiguous characters, capable of both great good and incredible evil.
Their history is rooted in paganism, where naturist religion, magic and belief in the omnipresence of gods played a dominant role. At that time, witches lived alongside humans and were treated with respect, if not fear, for their otherworldly abilities. Archaeological evidence and ancient writings show that witches were often consulted during political crises and upheavals.
Over time, as religious beliefs radically changed, Christianity became the dominant religion. Therefore, pagans who refused to convert were secretive about their practices and were often called witches. Fear and ignorance of witchcraft in the medieval era eventually led to horrific witch trials and executions.
As society evolved, witches learned to communicate with humans and live an incognito life. Their practices and rituals became more solitary and hidden from human eyes, leading to sporadic outbreaks of witch-hunting throughout history. Given their long history and power, witches have managed to survive and adapt to changing times. Today, they refrain from overt displays of their power to avoid suspicion, and remain an enigmatic and influential force in the supernatural universe.
Dean Winchester (Temporarily)
Renee Van Allen