A Taiwanese witch says New Zealand is the best place to study the occult

Taipei, Taiwan - Ching Hsuan was quoted in the Taipei Times yesterday as saying that in New Zealand, mysticism and naturopathy were categorised as professional fields of study, while in Taiwan, these disciplines were regarded as superstition.

She said she had studied mysticism in New Zealand and Australia and was one of only a few Taiwanese people to undergo training abroad in witchcraft.

Ms Ching said she first attended the Australian College of Natural Medicine (ACNM) in Melbourne, to study witchcraft and naturopathy, and then went to a "mysticism school" in New Zealand "where she received her licenses in parapsychology and mysticism".

She did not identify the NZ school.

Meantime, she also trained as an intern in naturopathy at a local health clinic in New Zealand.

Ms Ching said that the doctrine of modern witches made it clear that "as long as nothing harmful is done to people, you can do whatever you want".

White "magic" involved the use of magnetic fields, the four elements of the earth, floral remedies, seashells, and natural other things to help people in their spiritual restructuring and healing. Black "magic" involved invading other people's space and influencing their minds, and most decent people were unwilling to use it, she said.

The newspaper reported that she had also created her own technique of dance therapy and worked part-time as an instructor in Latin American dancing.