* Irene's Country Corner * - Witches
thought to have evil magic powers, often portrayed in fairy stories
wearing a back cloack and a pointed hat, and flying on broomsticks.
The witch was
considered a wise-woman who lived in harmony with nature. They
were skilled in the use of herbs and were often called upon to
was used to cleanse the area where magical rituals were performed.
On the festival of Samhain (All Hallow's Eve), witches would
often anoint themselves with a "magical" ointment which
made the skin tingle and gave the illusion of being very light.
A witch walking through the woods on her way to the festival
would often use the broom as a means to help jump over a brook
or stream. For this reason, they were believed to be flying.
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cauldron was a pot used for mixturing ingredients to make magical
potions and for looking into the future on the water's surface.
The wands were believed to be extensions of the life force of
the witch herself.
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