Witchcraft is one of the oldest Nature faiths on our planet. The priest-god-magician of the primitive animal cults is probably the original ancestor of the horn god of the witches.
The Motherhood of Avalon became 'The Witches' of classical fame - always there, possessing of great wisdom and always held in awe and fear.
In the ancient Greece, and the region Thessaly was notorious for its witches. The Greek witch did not belong to a cult and is probably not the ancestress of the witch of late Middle Ages.
In Greek and Roman literature portrayed witches as sorceress or enchantress brewing potions and melting wax to cause and cure impotency, fertility and love.
A SORCERESS - MAY YOUR BLOOD BOIL WITH PASSION
A WITCH - MAY YOUR SOUL BRIM WITH SPIRITUALITY
There are many traditions within Paganism practise - uniting oneself with the Spirit or other unifying principle of life - Alexandrian, British, Celtic, Dianic, Electric, Guardian, Heredity, Kitchen, Seax-Wica are only a few paths taken. The important elements are in the traditions and of the similarities and difference among them.
The main tradition and belief is Earth related and the natural; nature ritual and reincarnation philosophy; herbal medicine and ruled based on Sun/Moon worship and the belief in immortality of Soul.
Witches have always sought to understand their place in nature and have a kinship with other living things. This is reflected in our practise to invoke Spirits, preform spells and incantations. Witches with their inner energy skillfully blends with nature's forces to produce positive, visible change. Witches direct their energies toward a good purpose, not harm. There is a strong commitment to the Goddess and God knowing they are equal and exist together and everything in and on this earth.
The distinguishing character of witches is they apply their abilities to influence in favorable ways. All around the world witches gather at the exact same time New and Full Moon, for the same purpose to attract peace, contentment and a brighter future for them- selves and others.
Witchcraft is both a belief and behavior to improve the quality of life. Witchcraft is a way of life. No matter what the tradition followed its just what witches do.
Footnote - Anthropology Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc.
The Columbia Viking Desk Encyclopedia, Viking Press, New York