When Did Witchcraft Start?

The ideas behind witchcraft go back as long as men have persecuted other men. All cultures share a historical moment in which those that were thought to possess mystical powers were thought of as evil or contracted with dark forces. Traditional American and European standards of ‘witchcraft’ refer to religious movements such as the American Puritan movement that incited the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. Ancient Celtic Pagan rites are a common source for Wicca practitioners.