Witches and Halloween

I love tales of witches–villain or heroine. They can do magic and really who wouldn’t want to cast a spell or twitch their nose and have their house cleaned?
Given that Halloween is based on the old Celtic holiday of Samhain, it’s no surprise that witches came along of the ride. (Sorry, couldn’t help the pun) But, I’ve watched the Wizard of Oz enough to know that there are good witches. So, what’s the deal with the ugly witches?
Apparently this comes from the Crone Goddess who stirs her cauldron–this represents the cycle of life, death and rebirth of the Celtic beliefs. Hardly the cackling, evil thing of modern Halloween. Read more here.
So what’s the deal with the broom?
I guess depends on who you ask. Obviously, the broom is a symbol of woman (housework being woman’s work and all of the big 3 religions have tremendous issues about women’s power) so naturally it would be associate with witches. Sorcerers (males) had pitchforks–Freud would be proud. The connection doesn’t seem to be very popular until the 17th century. However, the act of riding a broom or other implement does have roots in pagan fertility rituals, when both men and women rode shovels, rakes, etc. in the fields to ensure next year’s harvest. Click here to read more.
As for the flying bit, that seems to be associated with certain hallucinogenic properties of the potions mixed.
I for one wouldn’t mind a flying broomstick. Think of the gas it would save and it would be environmentally friendly, since I haven’t heard of any emission tests for brooms.

About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at www.lindaandrews.net She’d love to hear from you.
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4 Responses to Witches and Halloween

  1. I love stories about witches, but I prefer the good witch stories. 🙂 It’s so interesting to delve into the history of these cultural icons. Many sad stories about their historical persecution, especially when you read about how witches were probably manifestations of an early goddess religion among the Celts and other Europeans. When Christianity arrived, the earlier religions had to be discredited. Sorry, I always drag the research in! But I don’t let those things dampen my fun with witches in stories, especially paranormal romance. 🙂

  2. I find the history so interesting, yet it is also forgotten. Unfortunately, I have a hard time separating the history from mideveal romances. It is a rare author that can make me forget. Or Scotsmen:-)

  3. rumpydog says:

    I like witches, but I am a bit upset that they are known for having cats with them. Have you never heard of witches having dogs as familiars?

    • Witches had other animals as familiars not just cats. Besides, if you can wield magic I think you could have any kind of animal you wanted as your familiar and turn anyone who said you couldn’t into a toad:-)

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