I remember reading about Warlocks (they are a male witch), and they studied and practiced magic to do many things. And the western world oppressed them, burned them at the stake, and created false stories of witches and warlocks being bad and being involved with evil magic. This even goes as back as the webster dictionary, which prints these stereotypes
: an ugly old woman : hag
: a charming or alluring girl or woman
: a practitioner of Wicca
and "Wicca" is not "evil". It is just a form of magic. I worked with a girl who was practicing Wicca. They use crystals and any other form of tools that is used by even new age people, like candles, oils, prayers, and rituals. Many of this magic is GOOD, in other words it used to contact your spirit guides, your ancestors for guidance, etc.. So yes, some people chose it for bad but it is a personal choice. I personally, have not found a certain magic fascinating enough for me to study it, but have one crystal book that has Pagan rituals with crystal grids. Like one is to contact your guides, another is to gain prophetic and guiding dreams. understand mystical wisdom. and many others.. I have not tried any YET, but just saying these are common things used by old cultures long forgotten in our western world, and are just shoved in "fantasy magic".
So, I was going over the Isis Goddess, and found this...
" Militant monotheism dehumanized the Pagans, demonized their gods, and destroyed their civilization in a violent power struggle to gain control of Rome."
This is some fascinating stuff