April 27th 2006

Romania legalizes witchcraft

Posted in Lifestyle, Weird by Teo

What’s better than a Witch in Romania? A registered Witch! ;)

A Romanian woman has become the country’s first legally registered witch. Gabriela Ciucur, 31, from Targu Jiu, persuaded authorities to accept witchcraft as a profession after months of negotiations. She told local media: “The authorities sent me home and told me it was ridiculous at first. But we finally reached a deal and registered my company as dealing with astrology and connections to the spirit world.”

Witchcraft is quite popular in Romania as many local people believe in the occult, especially in rural areas. All over Eastern Europe women tend to believe in the powers of witches and some often resort to their help when settling a love score, healing a broken heart, or punishing a rival.

Can we say that the spiritual realm of Romania has been cast under a spell? ;)

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29 comments

  1. Mrs. C. Brown says:

    Well first of all, i would like to say
    that i am a proud citizen of the United States of America, and that I believe that Witch Craft should not be Legall in any way! I was raised believing that Witch Craft was the works of the Devil! I believe that Witch Craft should not be legall in any country or nation, but I am only one person, with one voice! I would recommenend that the government of the country should un-legalize Witch Craft, the reason I say this is because legalizing witch craft is basically saying that ”witch craft is ok, it will not hurt or harm any one person!” but I highly dissagree, I believe this should be kept illegal.
    ”Witchcraft is quite popular in Romania as many local people believe in the occult, especially in rural areas. All over Eastern Europe women tend to believe in the powers of witches and some often resort to their help when settling a love score, healing a broken heart, or punishing a rival.” I felt that this is a wonderful observation of how witch craft can hurt our community, when legal! No matter where we go there will always be some people that will always do witch craft, so why make this a bigger issue????????????

    Mrs. C. Brown

    April 29th 2006 at 12:47 am

  2. Maykel says:

    Mrs C Brown have a great psychologic problem. I live in France, here a GREAT majority of people know and practice witchcraft. Mrs Brown, as a good puritane american, thinks that witchcraft is from the devil. But most witches are Wicca (living in the respect of others and the nature). Wicca are against all form of violence. Legalizing is not allowing it in all forms. It’s finding a way to controling, as everything else legalized. By legalizing witchcraft, people can control who’s a good witch, and who’s not, and not allowing the bad ones to be registered. America still have a great step to do in comprehension of other cultures.

    April 29th 2006 at 1:10 am

  3. SAM says:

    Witchcraft is a legitimate system of knowledge, and, should be given it’s rightful recognition. However, to equate it with spirituality is to stretch it too far.

    May 1st 2006 at 3:20 pm

  4. FreyaWyche (USA) says:

    It is sad that some persons label the spirituality of others as satanic or evil. Witchcraft has always been the spirituality of a woman that a man disagrees with! Why is it evil to find your own path, and repect the earth and its natural powers- powers that also have been given to you and reside in you? This is a highly personal matter. It is a shame that in this day and age we must still seek recognition from the state as a means of protection from witch hunts as in the past. Please speak gently of the beliefs of others, especially when you do not understand them.

    May 10th 2006 at 8:50 pm

  5. Tudor says:

    I only have one question.. As a religious person, who believes in God, how can one accept that Witchcraft works? Most of the people who say such bad things about Witchcraft don’t even know their own religion, not to speak about knowledge of other religions or cultures..

    May 10th 2006 at 10:29 pm

  6. Shari says:

    Congratulations to the witchcraft practitiioners of Romania! To be illegal in the first place is a disgrace, While I live in Canada and what we hear about it comes mainly from books and television, I don’t believe anyone has the right to force anyone’s religious or spiritual beliefs on anyone, and I comend the Romanian gov’t for recognizing that witchcrafters also have rights!

    May 11th 2006 at 7:20 am

  7. joeten grg says:

    i want to learn witch craft.so what should i do to learn witch craft or is there any website to learn witch craft.

    May 12th 2006 at 12:49 pm

  8. LilRed says:

    I have a spirit falloing me every were and Idont no what to do cuse I still dont know witch craft

    July 13th 2006 at 5:00 pm

  9. LilRed says:

    i realy want to learn witch craft butshould i tell my mom friends or any body ineed to learn a wab site that teaches witch craft orSHARI if you know some witch craft write a closeing spell please ,ispelld closeing speel wrong
    lilred P.S. im onley13

    July 13th 2006 at 5:07 pm

  10. Pinkie*Aries says:

    It’s just as crazy as legalising murder and other(heinous)crimes which abound in these times which is/are called the IT or Computer Age!Definitely the Romanian gov’t has made a great blunder.This has led to people,esp.young ones,such as LilRed,who deem witchcraft as a good practice & belief.To Lilred,pls.don’t sacrifice your young and beautiful life and youth;they(the witches)make it seem “too good to be true” and make you feel so “wanted”,needed,and “part of the family”;but don’t be decieved by their cunning nature(you can look up for the meaning of “cunning”in the dictionary or ask someone who’s older than you.And to joeten grg,Tudor,FreyaWyche&Shari,I think you guys are only fanatics of weird stuff like witchcraft and all.I pray for salvation of their souls and all other lost souls;mind you,I’m not religious,I’m just being plain frank with the facts on the ground.You have a right to practice your faith or belief but that freedom ends where someone else’s starts!Woe to ye who lead others knowingly into sin;woe to all ye practitioners of evil,beware for Judgement awaits thee!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 14th 2006 at 4:11 pm

  11. sheri says:

    hey i was wondering if you have any advice for new comers of witch craft

    October 25th 2006 at 5:25 pm

  12. ainvar says:

    to Maykel: the real fact here is that this is not Wicca legalised, it’s a mixture of christianism and some hocus-pocus invented by the gypsies. If you could see their houses… you’ll be amazed what they’ve created:)
    I disagree with them, they even sacrifice chickens or other animals. I am a Wiccan(a lost soul, in some of the people around here) and I can see what’s really happening here, in romania. too bad we can’t live in peace. Love your neighbour as you would love yourself, my christian friends.

    June 16th 2007 at 11:34 pm

  13. rufus says:

    The Bible condemns any form of withchcraft or divination. So how can a predominately devoutly eastern orthodox country legalize a pratise that is clearly condemned in the Bible?

    Oh well, let’s do whatever feels good and chart our own morality.. we must be living in the end time??

    August 11th 2007 at 10:43 am

  14. CAPN TFACE says:

    IN SOVIET RUSSIA WHERE I AM FROM CHRISTIANITY IS SATAN’S DOMAIN AND WE SHOULD KILL ALL OF THEM BECAUSE I BELIEVE IT IS PERSONALLY WRONG AND MY OPINION IS ALWAYS CORRECT

    February 28th 2008 at 9:14 pm

  15. Calvin R says:

    I’m a witch. Reading the article, it appears to me that what Romania has made legal is working as a psychic. “Witch,” in this instance, is a marketing term.

    I will point out here that nearly all witches that I know here in the US believe that the energy a person sends out into the universe returns to that person threefold. It may not return in exactly the same form, but return it will. I wish some of the other folks here didn’t fear us, but their fear doesn’t mean that we actually do the things they fear.

    February 28th 2008 at 9:30 pm

  16. Kit says:

    Interesting. I find the commentary thus far ridiculous. Very few rational thoughts expressed. Either looking for the supernatural or looking at some deity or another to condemn the searchers. It all strikes me as quite silly. It shows that we aren’t much less superstitious than in any other country I assume. (Not really ragging on either view presented, just pointing out that this is more a sociological issue rather than a “my religion is better than yours” sort of thing).

    February 28th 2008 at 9:43 pm

  17. Noirelion in Philly says:

    Why is it always the Christian whackos who don’t even know the heinous traditions of their own faith- yet are quick to down and denigrate something they don’t know jack about?
    Christians are so stupid. Equating WitchCraft and Wiccan/Pagan Faith is pure buffoonery. Long before (read thousands of years)your Christ and Devil were on the scene Pagan faiths have flourished, waxed and waned. But on the rise again like the Pagan Phoenix the Paan faiths rise now.
    Do yourself a favor Christians- stop the foolishness of crapping on something you know absolutely nothing about. Pagan/Wiccan/Witchcraft has nothing whatever to do with your ridiculous Devil! We don’t believe in Christ or your Devil either. Get a life and stop trying to destroy others and their faith with your bullshit. You believe in religious freedom only when your religio is dominant- hypocritical assholes.

    February 28th 2008 at 10:06 pm

  18. Ricky says:

    While I disagree with “witch” being a profession or career choice. I do see the interest in the craft in the comments on here. Anyone wanting info or just wanting to debate e-mail me at rickymasten@gmail.com. Yes. I am a witch!

    March 1st 2008 at 11:36 pm

  19. george says:

    Okay, so it isn’t that bad, witch craft my “be bad in the bible” but if you think about it “God” have humans the right to free will. They can practice what they want, you need to not be mean or put down the people that aren’t part of your views. If we all had the same views as each other this world would already be gone. So, stop being judgmental this world has enough people like that. Learn to accept you neighbors, as it was written do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

    March 2nd 2008 at 1:07 am

  20. schysophrenia says:

    you ppl suck:)) i`m from romania and never heard of such thing…i would like it to be legal of course, but there are no rules concerning witchcraft as long as i know…withcraft is practiced and has been practiced since always especially in rural areas and never has someone come to tell a witch to quit doing her magick:)) because (from the high powers of a state) actually believes in it…it is not illegal to practice it:) i practice it as well and noone has come to stop me…there are some well known witches as well, who appear in newspaperss or tv and they are actually helping people…i think that the legal thing is actually the practicing as a medium or other things like that, i dont know what you are reffering to, but pure witchcraft (im refering to the witchcraft practiced in villages with black roosters and and blades put through fire and shit) has nver been made “legal” by any goverment because nobody actually gives a shit:) hope i have been useful in some twisted sort of way…oh, and excuse my poor english…:)

    December 13th 2008 at 2:04 am

  21. roxana says:

    I’m from Romania and it’s not true that the witchcraft is legalized here…but it’s true that the witchcraft it’s practiced in the rural areas where the elder womans tend to do those kind of rituals for different purposes.That is the way they were raised,with that background but it isn’t legal and it’s practiced on a smal scale.

    March 1st 2009 at 9:01 pm

  22. ND says:

    Im from Romania also, and I have seen a couple of witches. If that is really what you want to call them. They are sort of like gypsies and yes they can do spells for bad and for good. They can also see the future and so forth. I don’t think that any of them will do bad spells because Romanians are really into like supersticious shit so if they see like a coin with a hole in it they will trip out and say someone tried to curse them, and it might be true. They also have reverse spells and to banish spells away that kind of shit. Also roxana is right it is not really that popular you would really have to know some people that know some people in order to get to even see one.

    April 22nd 2009 at 4:20 am

  23. anonymous says:

    everyone who has something whit witchcraft should shut up forever.i live in romania.and im a witch to.witchcraft is not evil.in witchcraft we have a hunter god and a fertility goddess.satanism is a form of christinity.we don’t believe in the devil or in hell.we don’t believe in heaven or the christians God.we work whit nature.we love the universe as we work whit it.witches who do harm are NOT witches.we have a wiccan rede and many rules.in the wiccan rede is a phrase>an important one: AND YE HARM NONE DO AS YE WILL.means : don’t harm anyone,do as you want.google: wiccan rede.read it.and after that think again about what witches are.ok?.and do a research about witchcraft.dont talk about it if you even don’t know what it is.ok?
    get it.got it.

    merry meet and merry part have a blessed day by gods^^

    May 4th 2009 at 12:40 pm

  24. a_m_gabriela says:

    bine tu mosule!!!

    March 20th 2010 at 5:27 pm

  25. Hex says:

    If witchcraft is bad what can you say about inquisition?We all know the bloody history of the Church but there isn’t nothing about witchcraft through out history.Witches didn’t started wars witches didn’t killed ppl in the name of there God,most witches don’t even approve blood rituals.
    So inform yourself before accusing witchcraft and it’s practitioners and stop believing every thing the “nice” priest says.

    November 16th 2010 at 5:41 pm

  26. brujeria says:

    The rituals, incantations or white magic spells vary widely throughout the world, they depend heavily on the lessons that have been passed from father to son or teacher to insiders.

    December 10th 2010 at 6:53 pm

  27. Spellbound « red says:

    [...] was in 2006 that Gabriela Ciucur, then 31, became the country’s first legally registered witch. “The authorities sent me home and told me [...]

    January 16th 2011 at 8:50 pm

  28. Tshikaretau says:

    What is the difference between a traditional healer, spiritual healer and a witch? If they fall under one category it means witchcraft is legal is SA as well. Just a thought

    February 11th 2011 at 3:17 pm

  29. Faolan says:

    Wicca is a celtic word for Witch, it is actually the male form, Wicce being the female. The spiritual path of Wicca has little to do with the traditional Witchcraft as is practiced in most of Europe, passed down from teacher to students, but a witch is a witch. While Wiccans have their 3-fold law and rede Traditional Witches usually do not believe in them, and so are not effected, or detoured from doing what they think is right. Witches have their Gods and Goddesses and do not believe in Heaven or Hell, therefore neither Jehova nor Satan has any hold on them. Christians will go to heaven or hell, but we Pagans will forever be reborn and will never taste of your heaven or hell.
    Witches can do harm, but Wiccans usually won’t. But a Witch that does harm will usually have their reasons, they will feel justified in their actions and so feel they have done no evil, as is their way. Most Witches will not deliberately preform an evil act.

    August 15th 2012 at 3:31 am

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