Saturday, January 15, 2011

Three Signs You Might Be a Witch

Witches never use salt and avoid it at all costs. According to medieval records, you'd know you had sat down to dinner with a witch if one of your guests complained that her food was too salty and refused to eat it, or kept the salt cellar as far away from her as possible. Legend states that in Europe, all fairies hated salt, and as witches were known to cook offerings for the fairies, a witch, both in her daily life and her magickal one, would learn to studiously avoid salt of any kind.

In cultures where it is the custom for a woman to cover her head or tie her hair up neatly, a witch will always wear her hair loose and uncovered. Dirty, tangled and unruly hair is one of the hallmarks of a witch. It's said that even if she tries to keep her hair neat and clean, it will naturally fly out from beneath her scarf or hat, nor will it stay pinned or braided. Legend states that hair holds a great deal of magickal power for a witch (think of how many hex spells require a snippet of the victim's hair). And while her hair doesn't need to be a rat's nest to wield such power, a witch's hair is always compelling to look at or touch. In some way it must be unique: the volume of it, the beauty of it, or perhaps an unusual or radiant color (red or black, anyone?).

Witches like to linger in grocery stores or at the mall. Traditionally, it's said that they liked to linger in the marketplace long after their shopping was done as they could absorb a great deal of usable energy from all the shoppers haggling and fighting over the food and wares. If you lingered far longer than the village's powers-that-be deemed necessary for ordinary shopping, you could be branded a witch and tried accordingly.

Food for thought.

The Weiser Field Guide to Witches, Judika Illes, Red Wheel/Weiser LLC, 2010

3 comments:

Robur d'Amour said...

There are many witchy legends in which a woman has long hair, and it plays a part in the story.

There's the Scandinavian story of witch-Goddess Kraka (her name means a crow); and there's Lady Godiva - another witch Goddess.

I've always thought that the hair of the Lady of Shalott in a famous painting was exaggerated and symbolic: she's weaving a tapestry, so perhaps weaving Fate.

And so what are your readers to make of your profile photo, and short hair.

Tereza said...

This is so interesting! I guess I wouldn't give myself away on the salt front . . . I like it! I keep my hair short, but perhaps a bright red would help?! LOL! I do love to linger at the mall or in the grocery store though . . .

It's interesting to note that having passed my Reiki Level I certification last Saturday and being sick all week, and then spending the day in public in various venues yesterday, that I really noticed the energy! Amazing!

Thanks so much for sharing!

Blessed Be,
Tereza

Victoria said...

I DO have short hair (and it's an ordinary color right now to boot), I LOVE salt on virtually every thing I eat and as for shopping, most days I'd rather NOT be in the middle of a big rowdy crowd. Some witch, eh? lol