Halloween Superstition Series
Witches are a big part of Halloween. With their ugly appearance, evil spells, and flying on broomsticks! I thought this would be a fun superstition to learn about.
I think every girl has fed up as a witch at least once in their life. I went through a witch phase for a couple of years as a kid as well.
Witches are just interesting. They have magical powers, usually, they are known association with the devil, and turn people into neurites. (Catch my Monty Python joke there?)
But I've never really looked into the exact history of witches until now. I know I've learned about the Salem Witch trials, and 90 years before that, they had another big witch trial in England. But where did the idea come from?
The lore around witches is quite depressing. If you were a single, widowed, unmarried, or solitary woman over 40, the Dark Ages labeled you a witch in their logic. Because most of these women resembled The Crone of Celtic mythology (grey hair, maybe a few warts, gnarled joints, bent from old age), they were looked down upon and feared by society. As cultures typically do when they develop a distaste for a thing, they marked these women as evil. Making the witch as we know her today.
There is a superstition that if you put your clothes on inside out and walk backward on Halloween night, you will meet a witch.
To become a witch, go to a mountaintop at dawn, shoot through a handkerchief at the rising sun, curse Jehovah three times, and own the Devil as master. When you shoot through the handkerchief, blood will fall from it.
Do you know why witches have their brooms? Back in the Middle Ages, people found certain herbs that caused psychedelic reactions when made into a balm and absorbed into the skin. Apparently, some women who were blamed as witches used a broomstick to vaginally absorb this balm. This made them feel like they were flying. Thus making the idea of "witches using brooms to fly".
There you have it! Depressing and messed up origins of the witch.. I don't think I'll look at a witch the same again.