Live Deliciously-Lifestyle Inspired by "The Witch"

Sunday, March 12, 2017

It's no secret that I'm drawn to folk magic and folk tales.  I like the woods and the tales of what might lurk in the darkness beyond them.  I consider myself a "witch" in a sense and that term comes loaded with images and memories.  Before the past few years, "witch" would conjure up images of black pointy hats with gray hair sprouting from underneath, striped stockings and long noses.  Within the past few years "witch" brings forth some different images.  Usually young girls dressed like the cast of "The Craft" and crystals, sage, and lots and lots of black clothing.

My interest in witchcraft has nothing to do with Wicca or religion in any sense.  It's been discussed here, that I do not worship deities or offer things to a "goddess."  With the exception of leaving whiskey for the Cailleach on Solstice (a tradition which I uphold every year, and is done purely symbolically for my Gaelic ancestry), I do not acknowledge deities. Though my past interests have lain in exploring my early ancestry via Gaelic and Norse traditions, recently I have begun exploring my early American heritage.  My family came to America when it was just a budding coastline.  I am, much to my periodic dismay, as American as most can come.  I have Native American blood, as well as plenty of "founding fathers" lineage in the book of my history (there IS an actual book...).

American folklore and folk magic is fascinating.  If you delve into the various disciplines of folk magic in America, you can land anywhere from Haitian influence to the "granny magic" of the Appalachians.  Most are familiar with Salem, but I've frequently heard people scoff at any American magic traditions and proclaim that American history just isn't interesting.  This could not be more false.

Though the movie "The Witch" may be a couple years old already, when I first saw it it became quickly one of my favorites, and also one of my favorite witch movies in general.  Aside from the Crucible, American witchcraft history is vastly under-explored.

Aside from being a delightful American Folktale, "The Witch" is also beautiful to look at and offers plenty of inspiration for a modern witch aesthetic.  I love the muted tones natural fabrics.  It has always been a dream of mine to live in a cabin in the wood, let my hair grow long and wild, and live off myself and the land.  Perchance, to dream, I suppose. to the goods.

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