Short answer, Yes, it is.
Long answer it depends on what you believe in or what you are looking for.
We would have to distinguish at least 4 forms of witchcraft.
1. The one stereotyped by the media and some historical and quasi-historical accounts
2. The african rituals of Santeria, which in venezuela merged with other practices, Christian and pagan to become a quite peculiar tradition.
3. The one practiced modernly as a cult or religion
4. The one actually practiced by people around the world from ancient times, people who might as well be called healers or medicine men/women.
Witchcraft, traditionally stereotype as an obscure, diabolical practice almost exclusively performed by women, usually portrayed as old hags, has been the subject of quite a few stories (oral and written). Both folklore, pop and high culture have all contributed to the establishment of the negative image associated with satanic rituals and harming of innocents.
Coming from a culture that host witchcraft practices, I can attest to the veracity of some of the stories, in as much as it is a fact that in our towns and cities there are women (as well as men) who fit into the stereotypical description and may engage in obscure practices. Whether those rituals are effective or not is a different story; whether these women have powers of transformation remains an enigma (the accounts are always slippery and look more like “hearsays of a hearsay”); whether their spell can kill a person or ruin their lives is also subject to speculation. Those who allege to have been the victims of witchery will categorically affirm it. I think that most of the “effects” derive from the actual belief.
Santeria is a complex set of beliefs and rituals derived from African mythology and religions and which, at least in Venezuela, has lately turned into a business. Usually associated with satanic rituals and animal sacrifices, santeros were not very popular. In Venezuela they had their headquaters on the hill of Sorte, State of Yaracuy. Thus, for years it was quite an obscure practice. In recent years we have seen a boom of Santería as a trend that has invaded cities with stores, fashion and all kinds of promotion and advertising working towards removing the dark aura and making it acceptable. From my view, this is quite a profitable business-oriented practice. I recently heard a woman tell another one that a "Saint" is costing $700.That's how much a new member will have to pay after a long process of innitiation that forces them to dress in white and restrain from sex and all kinds of regular social interaction. They are charged for pretty much everything related to the rituals. Despite the glamor the santero boutiques have tried to infuse this "religion", their bloody feasts continue to characterize them.
In recent times, a whole movement looking to vindicate the image and rights of witches has emerged under the name Wicca. I learned about it from one student of mine who I knew as what we might call a hippie girl, all into nature and natural things, a green person without a particular religion but with a great concern for all things spiritual and supernatural. I did not have idea how organized and expanded that movement was they adore female and male gods and both men and women are counted among their members.
And finally we have the kind of witch/wizard I kind of believe in: the healers, usually old, but sometimes not so old, men and women who have learned some “secrets” to heal illnesses and conditions. They can help children get rid of the “evil eye” or they can help a fracture heal without sequels. Usually they are herbalist. They know almost every plant known in their region and they can tell what plant is good for what illnesses. It is usually in the actual “treatment” that the healing lies, but most believer want to think that the secret words they pray along with the rituals contain the power to heal.
These men and women are usually regular folks who do not engage in any obscure practices or cults. They may be public figures who regularly attend local churches or they may live secluded lives in their humble homes without calling too much attention to themselves. They hold wisdom beyond our understanding and they are very selective about whom to share that knowledge with. They usually die without having told anybody their “secrets.”
Witchcraft is real in the sense that you can go out there.
Pick up whatever ritual people would tell you can be performed.
Perform that ritual, and perhaps even believe it would have a certain effect on you or people around you.
And then, you would associate events which follow with the said effect.
It's the same with Horoscopes.
You can go and read any random horoscope, even one for a different sign, or different time, different year, and if you feel it applies to you in any way, your brain will find a connection between the events and what you read in the horoscope.
It don't make it Real-real, but to you it feels like it's real.
And in the same sense, any supernatural claim can feel real but not necessarily be real.
There's no evidence that any of it is real.
If it was, I'm pretty sure we would have serial lotto winners out there who just get all the correct numbers through magic.
But we don't see that.
Because a hexes and fortune telling have a track record equal to that of a chance alone.
Don't be a tool.
Magic is for gullible idiots.
Well, you seem to ask quite often if...zombies or vampires are real and now it is witchcraft.... I appreciate your curiosity, but let me tell you once and for all. NO, witchcraft is not real. Unicorns...in case you intend to ask...are not real either. Same goes for elves, dragons, kobolds and every other mythical or fairytale entity. Please...do us all a favour and come up with some nice new and interesting questions. Thank you. Have a good day.
It's just tales. Same applies to unicorns, vampires and werewolves.
My personal belief though based on the absence of verifiable evidence to support their existence
Magic is a fact, not a dream or an illusion and has an effect. magic has many types, and among them is imagination or "sight trick" ...
When a man inserts javelin boots into his hat and takes them out in the form of a dove, or a stick that turns into a snake, this is clear evidence of the magic. the act of magic is hidden, the act of magic to take things out of reality ..
Short answer, YES witchcraft IS actually real. The issue (be that as it may) is that numerous individuals have been totally 'misguided' around two things in this issue of witchcraft.
What does it intends to be a witch, and what is genuine? In view of what I have come to find out about sorcery' (i.e. black magic or witchcraft), this 'practice' is just a remarkable and (consequently) darken method for seeing 'reality.' This 'seeing' or 'encountering' our general surroundings in a way that goes a long ways past what most have been 'mentally programmed' into tolerating as 'reality,' permits 'genuine' witches the chance to 'uncover' these shameful acts of nature, by tearing down each feature of 'the present state of affairs.'
As opposed to what numerous individuals have come to think being a witch is about (the act of a specific religion, throwing spells, and taking part in dim sexual interests), 'genuine' black magic requires a tremendous measure of human vitality (which all people have, however never use since they are altogether so bustling utilizing it to stay aware of specific ways of life which 'others' have directed for them).