Firstly, before you religious harpies start bombarding me with messages about how I should convert to your religion - fuck off and think about why you believe what you do before you start an argument. The reason being that I would not start an argument without knowing a little bit about what I'm talking about first.
Secondly, do not confuse witchcraft with the concept of old hags pissing about on broomsticks turning people into frogs or something for no bloody reason at all. That is not what being a witch is at all.
Thirdly, assuming you've got this far, I do not believe in the occult, Satan as an entity, sacrificing goats (unless you need a kebab), or drinking blood - I am not a vampire as they don't actually exist, apart from vampire bats but they don't count as they drink horses blood, get pissed on blood, fall off and get trod on (which is pretty fucking stupid).
Now that I've got that shit off my mind, let's turn to witchcraft. It pre-dates most religions and is common in all cultures. It is an affinity with nature that was explained best in a really popular film. Ah, but which film? The Wicker Man? (nope, good guess as Wicca is the original name for a witch). I could keep you guessing but I'm boring myself now. It's Star Wars - the concept of The Force - everything holding an energy that can be felt and observed as an energy but only harnessed with an ability.
I do know witches and have been invited to join a number of covens (for a number of reasons I will not illucidate upon). I'm already considered a freak, which is okay as most peoples opinions hold no relevance to me.
However, visitors to Goth World may not want to know about witches so I'll stop now.
But, you have to laugh at the Online Etymology Dictionary which states a "possible connection to Gothic weihs "holy"
BWAHAHAHAHA *and some cackling in the background*