Mythological Creatures: Witches

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Witches are seen in mythologies starting from an early time. There is no one way for the witch to look throughout these myths. They are known to possess supernatural powers that can be used for good and for evil, depending on the intentions of the witch. One of the most famous witches can be found in Greek mythology. The witch and sorceress Medea is known for her abilities of clairvoyance and prophecy - both being attributes that are supernatural for any mere mortal. In addition to these gifts, she also helps Jason when he is performing the tasks with the bull by providing spells to protect him from the flames that erupted from the bull’s mouth and snout...

These magical abilities can be used for both heroic and evil purposes, In this instance, Medea would be considered a good witch because she uses her spells abilities to help and preserve, rather than to harm. Other famous witches of Greek mythology include the Grey Sisters (Graeae). These witches were known for their role in the underworld and were in charge of cutting the threads of the mortals they observed, using their magical abilities. The names of these witches were Deino, Enyo, and Pemphredo. Among the three witches, they shared one eye and one tooth - demonstrating that although they are powerful beings, it does not necessarily mean that they have to be complete beings - like Medea. They were powerful witches that used their magic for darker purposes. In Norse mythology, the witch known as the Volva used her magic to not only help humans, but also to help the gods. It was an honor and privilege to be selected to help any of the deities - thus it is common for the women to try and mimic these magical practices - in hope that they too will be honored by the grace of the gods.