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Witches are People Too

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.


7 comments on “Witches are People Too

  1. Lady G
    October 24, 2016

    I enjoyed this post. We are the Halloween people at my house!

    Anyway, you’ve made an important point.
    My great-grandmothers-like many- made and used herbal tinctures, teas, and tonics to treat any number of health/emotional/mental/spiritual conditions.

    I remember once reading that the medical community was none to happy with early practitioners of what folks now refer to as complementary and integrative therapies. Some say they had an axe to grind.

    On a lighter note, Elizabeth Montgomery (Samantha Stevens) is one of my spirit guides 🙂 LOL!!!
    Have a great day 🙂

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    • thehonkinggoose
      October 24, 2016

      That’s really neat that you have that family history and that you still know about it. What a great connection.

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      • Lady G
        October 24, 2016

        Thank you:). Grandma lived to be 100. She shared that with me ✨

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Jothish Joseph
    October 19, 2016

    Wonderful concept!…..this post speaks volumes of your attitude towards a world seen so ordinarily by the masses!…..

    Liked by 1 person

  3. awax1217
    October 19, 2016

    There was also an economic background to the killing of some of these women. There land was taken over by a greedy landowner. His daughter was one of the girls who branded people witches.

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    • thehonkinggoose
      October 19, 2016

      That’s fascinating. I definitely need to read up more on this subject someday.


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