something to honk about
I love Halloween. I like dressing up, decorating, haunted houses, handing out treats, the whole nine yards.
One thing that bugs me, every year, is the stereotypical representations of witches lumped together with characters like goblins, monsters, vampires, werewolves, and zombies. Because all of those other things are made up (shut up, yes they are) and witches are real. Real people. Who don’t deserve this disrespectful treatment.
You’ve heard of the Salem Witch Trials, right? The women wrongly persecuted and put to death were herbalists and healers. They likely understood health and wellness from a dramatically more scientific standpoint than the religious zealots who attacked them.
It is much more socially acceptable now for women and men to practice herbal medicine and holistic health therapies. And yet the persecution of the IDEA of witches remains within our culture. WTF? I think this is sad and misguided. I wish we could reinvent societies relationship with witches.