One of the most influential witches – indeed, one of the most influential people – of the past few centuries was Sir Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister of England during one of the most turbulent times that country and the entire world ever knew. Born into a family of aristocratic background, Churchill came into the world with privilege known to few. Being born a witch with the Druid Talent added to that.
Most witches with Druidic Talent tend toward a scholarly bent and embrace education fervently. Winston was only a mediocre student during his school years and found formal education to be difficult and tedious for him. Because of this, he felt his witchery Talent to be of no real value and turned away from it, simply not seeing it as part of his life. Despite this avoidance of his witchery, Winston was bonded with his familiar in his middle teen years. A bulldog named Dodo became his near constant companion. While naturally possessing the necessary physical “anomaly” signifying a familiar, Dodo’s difference was not a visible one, as has been known to happen with other familiars. History now shows us that the bulldog Dodo actually possessed a band of feathers around her neck. Winston kept the feathers cut back as far as possible, making them look (to a casual glance) like a collar around the dog’s neck. Her power was a rather subtle one, but one that proved invaluable later in Churchill’s life: any working done in Dodo’s presence was magnified two-fold in effect, literally increasing Winston’s power.
Many people in his life remained unaware that Winston possessed any sort of witchery at all. He was rarely seen to do any kind of working, and his growing love for all sorts of animals made his traveling with one or more dogs seem less like a witch and his familiar and more like a man who loved animals wanting them in his company.
Upon attaining the office of Prime Minister, Winston Churchill found reason to finally embrace his Talent as a Druidic witch. Given the Druid tendency to work through connections to what they are affecting with witchery, Churchill used mementos from people, including correspondence, to work the people he knew. His workings were geared almost exclusively toward creating for himself the strongest network of people he could. The people he wove into his web became advisors and assistants in his government work. His ability to understand the people to whom he was connected allowed him to make the greatest use of the abilities and skills of those around him.
As he became more comfortable with his Talent, Churchill found himself being more drawn to scholarly pursuits, and found a great love for knowledge. At one point, he was recruited into a coven composed entirely of Druids who embraced the goal of rediscovering and revitalizing some of the ancient Druidic workings.
But Churchill’s greatest workings of Druidic witchery were done purely on his estate. He learned a Druidic working that allowed him to communicate with animals, something that was apparently common knowledge to ancient Druids. His estate became a sanctuary for animals of all sorts: dogs, cats, butterflies, pigs, and swans were among the most commonly found there. Winston spent his happiest hours in the company of his animal friends and speaking with them.
Though his witchery remained a minor aspect of his public life, the results Winston Churchill achieved from it have caused him to become one of the best-known people in the history of the modern world.