Witch -- a woman alone, woman with power. Hundreds of thousands of woman were burned as "witches" from 1480 to 18th century. They were often healers and widows who inherited properties coveted by local authorities. Witches were a remant of the shamanic tradition of Europe, the word "witch" coming from wick -- meaning to bend or shape (consciousness). In 1682, Temperance Lloyd, a senile woman from Bideford, became the last witch ever executed in England.