Is it true that all witches are women?
The male equivalent of a witch is called a "Warlock"; however they are all collectively called Witches; male and female.
The word Warlock is thought to derive from the Old English wǣrloga meaning "oathbreaker" or "deceiver." It is not an alternative for the term Witch, originating in all likelihood from late middle English Scotland, where witches were termed oath breakers as they broke their oaths with the Christian church. In actuality, practitioners of Witchcraft are correctly termed "Witch" regardless of gender.
All women are not witches, nor are all witches women. The word witch is a non-gender specific word, meaning both male and female practitioners of the Craft are called witches. To become a witch, or practitioner of the Craft is very simple and very complex. Like all spiritual paths a person usually makes a conscious choice, seeks out others of a like mind, studies, learns and practices.
What does the line 'You should be women but your beards forbid me to interpret that you are so' suggest about the beliefs of the time in which The Tragedy of Macbeth was written?
I have a feeling it is because of the fact that one of the most popular familiars for witches is a black cat. And back then they were mightily afraid of witches...i think that's where the Friday the 13 superstition came from as well. But of course not all witches are evil, so i don't think the black cat superstition really is true
A Pagan Answer In fiction witches are practitioners of magic. Some are good, others are evil. They are often depicted as old, ugly women riding flying brooms, who are in league with the devil. Th In fiction warlocks are male witches. In the real world, witches are often, but not always, practitioners of one of many earth based spiritual paths, that practice some form of magic*. The word witch is not gender specific, and is…
Macbeth and Banquo are riding from the battlefield when they encounter the witches. The witches turn to greet Macbeth saying: "All hail Macbeth, hail to thee Thane of Glamis All hail Macbeth, hail to thee Thane of Cawdor All hail Macbeth that shalt be king hereafter". Macbeth reply's to the witches, saying: "I know I am Thane of Glamis, but how can I be Thane of Cawdor when he still lives?" Banquo also requests a…
England sent a messege to the colonies, telling them not to hang anymore "witches". So any "witches" that were in jail waiting to be hanged were released. But the young women who purposely falsely accused women of being "witches" received no kind of punishment for their acts. They were not jailed, hanged or anything.