My heartfelt thanks to the staff of HarperElement who labored so hard and meticulously on The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, especially Steve Fischer, Chris Ahearn, Belinda Budge, Carole Tonkinson, Katy Carrington, Simon Gerratt, Neil Dowden, Kathy Dyke, Lizzie Hutchins, Charmian Parkin, Jacqui Caulton, Nicole Linhardt and Graham Holmes. Special thanks to Greg Brandenburgh, once again present at the conception.
I am so blessed to work with Charlotte Ridings whose thoughtful insights, scrupulous editing, amazing memory, wit, and gentle touch have contributed immeasurably to this book and its predecessor, The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells.
Pamela Apkarian-Russell of Castle Halloween, Angela Villalba of the Mexican Sugar Skull Company, and Jim Balent and Holly Golightly of BroadSword Comics all showed extraordinary kindness and generosity. The NonWiccan Witches Group at generously, fearlessly, and thoughtfully shared their opinions and insights.
Eric Bobek translated from the Dutch. Mia Makabuhay opened new doors, providing insight and interpretations. Deepest gratitude to Caitlin Doyle and Mary Thompson for their efforts and hard work on behalf of this new edition. Thanks once again to Graham Holmes. Special thanks to Hannah Willow and Adele Clough for teaching an American girl to distinguish between rabbits and hares.
Too often the history of witchcraft has been written by complete outsiders or by those inherently unsympathetic to the topic. Too much of the history of witchcraft is the history of anonymous suffering: regardless of the actual number of those killed during the Burning Times, regardless of whether those killed and brutalized during that era genuinely were or weren’t witches, too many lives were destroyed, too many traditions lost, ultimately because of intolerance. Intolerance toward magical practitioners still exists. Historically, the witch’s voice has been suppressed: I am honored, privileged, and humbled to be able to recount some of their stories and hope I have done them justice.