I think friend Pauline might be interested in this!
The witches of Romania are hopping mad. Why? Because the government has decided to impose fines on them – and also on psychics, soothsayers, tarot card readers and fortune-tellers – if their predictions do not come true.
Added to this is that the new Romanian tax and labour code now means they must pay VAT, and make mandatory contributions to the country’s health and pension programmes.
Witchcraft in Romania is not like Wicca in Western Europe. It is much more ‘medieval’ in outlook. Strangely, it is largely accepted by the Romanian Orthodox Church as a folk custom, despite some of the very un-Christian practices involved.
Anyway, as a result of all this witches dumped mandrake roots in the Danube last month before a national television audience, and pronounced curses on the government. In fact the first reading of the new law was defeated in the Romanian Senate, because a number of legislators changed their vote at the last minute in response to a campaign of curses and hexes launched by the witches. Their powers are still feared by many people.
The Queen Witch, Bratara Buzea, told the press that the fines on false predictions was unfair, and that Parliament should condemn not the witches but the cards.