In the history of witchcraft, there has always been a powerful male at the coven’s center and often as the founder. There has always been a strong male within witchcraft. Scores of men were arrested, condemned, and even executed for using magical texts and owning magical manuscripts. Witch-hunting was never exclusively reserved for women. In all of Europe, there were male witches, and in some, they outnumbered substantially the number of females. We in the western world are less aware that witch-hunting is still alive in other parts of the planet.
Who Knew So Many Names Have Been Given to Male Witches?
Following is just a small sampling of the names:
sorcerer, magic-user, alternative practitioner, enchanter, diviner, mystic, occultist, conjurer, magus, black magician, soothsayer, voodooist, spellcaster, spiritualist, spellbinder, alchemist, exorciser, spiritist, conjure man, druid, satanist, vampire, bewitcher, spirit-raiser
and the list goes on and on.
What about “wizard”?
Thought of as a more complimentary term that is not insulting, a wizard is pictured as old but learned and wise and full of knowledge. Their authority is never questioned.
Do NOT Call a Male Witch a Warlock
That is considered highly offensive and disrespectful. A warlock is a male witch, or sometimes a female, who has been locked out of the coven. The pagan group has turned their backs on the individuals because it is felt that the traditions and crafts were betrayed. Only the Scottish were more positive and applied the name warlock to a wise wizard or an occult practitioner.
SO -What is a male witch called?
You can see by the above that there is a LONG list of names given to male witches and that the gender is still surprisingly active when the term “witch” is explored.