On this Hallow’s Eve I wanted to shed light and honor today’s modern time witches that are among us; living their truth as strong, peaceful and magical women. Although witches are mostly known as the iconic Halloween character; usually dressed in black with a pointy hat, green skin and flying on a broom stick across the full moon I am here to tell you witches are so much more than a Halloween cliche!
Here’s some very brief history:
Most stereotypes come from the western culture but witchcraft has existed around the world and throughout history in Asian, African and many Native American societies.
Witches were blamed for storms, deaths, accidents, diseases and many other bad things. Witches were typically unmarried, middle aged woman between the ages of 20 and 30 years old. (average life span was 50 years old) She was thought to have received her powers by signing a deal with the devil and he would leave his mark as proof in the form of a mole, birthmark or scar. It was also believed that the witch would travel with a familiar; which was thought to be a demon in disguise aiding in her bidding; this demon would take on the form of an animal, such as a goat or a cow, but most commonly a black cat.
When witches go riding and black cats are seen the moon laughs and whispers, tis near Halloween.”
If accused of witchcraft she could be summoned to an identity test where she would be pushed off a cliff. If she was a witch she would fly away and if she was not she would die an honorable death. But more often than not, if presumed to be a witch she was burned at the stake. It is estimated that between the 14th and 16th century there was over 100,000 people accused of witchcraft. Although a few men and children were killed it’s been said that at least 90% of the 50,000 + executed were women. Including 20 during the famous witch trials that took place February 1692 and May 1693 in Salem Massachusetts. 19 were hung and 1 was crushed to death.
Not every witch lives in Salem.”
Did you know in today’s modern time, witches still exist? The modern form of witchcraft known as Wicca was founded in England in the 1950’s. Its members worship nature, and a female goddess. They take an oath to do no harm with their magic. Contrary to many beliefs Wicca is a very peaceful, harmonious and balanced way of life which promotes oneness with the divine and all which exists. There are now more than 400,000 Wiccans in the United States. But you probably won’t recognize them walking in the streets, since they don’t wear pointy hats or have green skin.
Bow down to all the amazing witches in your life! Today is the day to celebrate them! Happy Halloween Witches xo
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