Being pedantic, magissa would probably be a Latinised version of the Persian magos or magi , and I haven't seen it used as a term for those who practiced magic in Ancient Greece.
Greek terms for sorcerers are (Male/Female) epodoi/epaoidoi (incantations, chanting, kind of like a Greek form of Galdr), goetes/goetides (calling up spirits) and pharmakeis/pharmakides (those who knew the properties of plants). There was possibly a distinction between the practices originally, but by around the 5th and 4th centuries BCE these terms were used to describe anyone who practiced any kind of magic.
On a side note, necromancy ( nekuomanteia ) was considered to be a specialised form of divination and wasn't really associated magic, thus missing out the more shady associations with sorcery.
Re: The words Wicca and witch By: Brysing Moderator / Adept
Post # 4 Aug 02, 2015
Wicca was not started in 1954. More like 1924! And it is based on much older traditions and beliefs. Gardner chose the word Wicca purely as a title, trying to get old the beliefs recognised by the British Government as a religion. Gardner was English; and so "coined" the title from the Old English "wiccacreft", male worker.
(Wiccecreft, female worker.)
That's if you believe in the New Forest coven and Gardner's
initiation, I personally do not and if you read the wikipedia article you may see why.
I can see most elements of Wicca which are public in the Western Mystery Tradition. Gardner flitted from one magical group to another, whilst I challenge Cecil Williamson on some things, his account of the creation of Wicca is most enlightening.
Who? All HoodooBoy did was link an article on the subject. They copied and pasted the article from a site, whose essays are probably poorly researched. For instance, placing ATR's under the term "Mesopaganism." Confusing hoodoo for Voodoo and Vodou, calling it all superstition, and looks like a nice hint of racism added for good measure.
Can I again state the irony of the name "HoodooBoy"?