Warlock Day ~
According to medieval superstitious belief, the first male stranger met on this day who is dressed in black from head to toe (particularly if barefooted) was believed to be a warlock.
This belief evolved resultant of the early christainization of Europe which painted anyone suspected of being of the old ways (or perhaps different) as dangerous or malevolent. People took care not to look the man directly in the eye for fear of otherwise becoming bewitched.
“Warlock” is a rarely used term for a male Witch (or today, practitioner of Wiccan tradition) and is derived from the Old Norse “varlokkur” meaning “spirit song” (not “oath-breaker” as some sources have implied). He was believed to be a wizard, sorcerer or magician.
Today, a “Warlock” or Male Witch should be known as man who practices a life-affirming, Earth-and-Nature-oriented religion, honouring Divinity in aspects of duality. Some traditions may date back to before the Spanish Inquisition, others have been in existence for only a few years…