Which Witch is Which?


The practice of witchcraft is the alleged use of supernatural or magical powers. In early modern Europe, the source of this power was thought to be from the Devil. Throughout history though, the believers in witches and witchcraft, did so as a way to explain various human misfortunes and place blame on something (supernatural or spiritual forces) other than themselves, the community or the monarchy. Can witches really fly? They will seem to when Witch Weather Vane is on display in your front or back yard.

Witch Weather Vane
Primitive Standing Witch

Going on a Witch Hunt

The most popularized example of the hatred towards witches is seen in our own history, during the colonization of America. In 1645, the first accusations on individuals for use of witchcraft were made. Over the next 50 years, the well-known Salem Witch Trials ensued. Punishments ranged from jail sentences to public hangings. At the start of the 18th century, the "witch hunts" began to cease. 

All Hallows Eve

The name Halloween has a few origins. The most common understanding is that it derived from a Gaelic harvest festival called Samhain. The Samhain festival, also known as the "Celtic New Year," marked the end of harvest, "the light half" of the year.

The October 31st to November 1st timeline corresponded with the Catholic All Saints Day (Nov. 1st), later referred to as ''All Souls Day" or "All Hallows Day." The two events were then associated with one another and thus the night before was called "All Hallows Eve" or, as we refer to it today, Halloween.

Witch Wreath Holder
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