A new year usually indicates new beginnings and 2011 will be no exception.  Effective Saturday, Romania have changed their employment laws which sees witchcraft now recognised as a professional career.

Anyone who practices witchcraft in Romania are now regarded as working real jobs and will no longer be able to avoid paying income tax.

This announcement comes after being debated in Government for months, protested by witches in their masses and mocked by the media.

It has been reported a Romanian witch, Bratara, has told Realitatea.net, the website of a top TV station, that she plans to cast a spell using black pepper and yeast to create discord within the Government.

The country is in a crippling recession and the Prime Minister, Emil Boc, is reportedly looking at closing a number of loopholes in the country’s tax system which allows individuals who claim to have supernatural powers to earn an income and avoid paying income tax.

Astrologists, embalmers, valets & driving instructors have joined witchcraft and are all now considered by employment law to be working real jobs.

Witchcraft has had a strong following in Europe throughout history, in particular Eastern Europe, and it is still quite popular in some regions of Eastern Europe.