Wednesday, October 29, 2014

something wicked this way comes: on halloween and witches

As it is Halloween on Friday I thought I'd talk about my fascination with witches... I've been intrigued by witches and witchcraft for as long as I can remember, avidly consuming books about witches, television shows (from the good to the awful) and films. I had little journals where I would write down spells, and collected crystals, incense and candles that I thought were particularly special, me and my friend would get together and talk about whether we thought they worked or not. I dressed up as witches at least three years in a row for book-day at school (Mildred from the Worst Witch, Hermione from Harry Potter and the White Witch from the Chronicles of Narnia): essentially, I devoured as much as I could about witches, my mother would have to supply me endlessly with books because I would read them so fast. Maybe it was growing up with a Catholic influence, but it always felt a little bit illicit to be reading about witches and magic.

I've hidden this obsession well as I've grown up, but every time Halloween rolls around, I find myself returning to those stories, shows and cinema and thinking how fucking cool it would be if it were all real. For 10 months of the year I am generally grounded in reality, but in September, when the air begin to cool, I let my solid footing slip.

Maybe it's the change in the seasons, I have always had romantic notions about nature, and the hidden Pagan inside of me wants to make wicker effigies at harvest. I begin to pay close attention to the cycles of the moon, and wish it was acceptable to wander barefoot over the local common, lighting bonfires and wearing a black cape. I fear it wouldn't go down too well, where I live.

For now, I'll collect crystals, and stones with perfect circles inside, dried herbs and sticks and feathers, pretending that I have my own little tree-stump altar and a circle made from branches..

(Images taken from Pinterest, photo credits where possible are provided on Pinterest.)


  1. Haha, oh man, you are going to love the post I'm sharing on Friday. I actually grew up with a Pagan mom and am a practicing (although a bit of a slacker) witch. I think there's a bit of a fascination with witchcraft right now, partly linked to the rise of neo-paganism and wicca. It's pretty interesting stuff.


  2. Oh my gosh I loved your post! I'm genuinely really fascinated by Paganism, I've been interested in ideas about buddhism for a while now, and it's definitely something I could see myself pursuing. x


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