The Hidden Truth Behind Halloween’s Evil Witch

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Evil Halloween Witch

One of the enduring symbols of Halloween is the evil, broom-flying witch.  The witch has been transformed into a harmless, cartoon-like image that nobody takes seriously.  As part of the iconography of Halloween the witch shares her place with vampires, Frankenstein’s monster and other fictional creations.

broom flying witchHowever, unlike Halloween’s other monsters there is a hidden element of truth to the witch.  The devil-worshipping witch of the inquisition never really existed and was a creation of the church back in the burning days.  Superstition combined with ignorance to place blame for natural misfortunes on suspicious individuals.  It is incredible to believe anyone actually believed witches flew brooms to their Sabbath.

Yet…the hidden truth behind the facade of the evil witch is the concept of the curse.  Modernity has left behind belief in such things, and a good thing it has.  If people realized that curses were actually possible…imagine the chaos in society.  We’d be wondering if bad luck was simple chance or the hand of some malicious influence, perhaps that strange neighbor we never liked to begin with.  What if those who knew the secret could actually curse us?

I feel it is possible to curse someone but it requires continued effort over an extended period of time.  Call a curse projecting focused hate towards someone.  Over time it could have an effect.  Projecting hate can also backfire and curse the curser.   A curse (and hate) is destructive all around.  It is bad karma.

Instead we transform the power of the curse into a cartoon character and subconsciously take away its power.  Consider the fictional Halloween witch, and much of the symbolism of Halloween as unconscious talismans of protection against the powers of the spirits.  By demeaning them we diminish them.

9 Responses to “The Hidden Truth Behind Halloween’s Evil Witch”

  1. The Hidden Truth Behind Halloween’s Evil Witch Says:

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  2. Morgana Says:

    Something not mentioned regarding curses is the fact that those who throw curses normally do so as a form of protection and more often as a means to right a wrong or bring justice to a person, group, or situation. Like all other kinds of spells, they do work.

    Of course, a spell can backfire, especially when cast by one untrained in the art, but that is true of every action taken by a human being. Just as we find people respond positively to kindness, they will also respond negatively to unkindness. It’s not so much karma as it is a result of the Law of Cause and Effect.

    What it comes down to is the fact that Witches are not likely to throw undeserved curses simply because it does not serve them or the society in which they live and work. By nature, witches work as healers and caretakers and bear little resemblance to the fictionalized hags and servants of some all-evil entity created by organized religion.

  3. David Says:

    Hi Morgana,
    I agree a curse can serve a purpose, like when an injustice has been committed and there is no other recourse. But the chance for misuse is possible. If many people understood the reality of the curse, we’d have people using them for petty reasons. Imagine all the road rage curses that’d be tossed around. Yikes!
    Dave

  4. Laura Says:

    Witches were a scapegoat for the church to cease property & assets of an individual. Falsely accuse someone of witchcraft, murder them & take their land. This was how the church became so wealthy.

  5. Morgana Says:

    We actually do have people using curses for petty reasons, and they are not usually being thrown by witches. As a pagan and former Christian I recognize the power of prayer. Prayer is in actuality a spell that quite often takes the form of a curse. Example: when a football player prays ardently for divine help to win a game, he is in essence calling upon the powers he worships to cause the opposing team to lose. Note that when he does win, he offers up thanks and gives credit to his deity for the loss of his opponent. In prayer and spell casting we must take into consideration that in receiving something, it may mean that another loses something. It is more than karma that results, it is the subtle backlash on others that praying/throwing curses can produce. With this knowledge, I take much more care in what I “wish for” as a witch than I ever did as a prayerful Christian.

  6. David Says:

    Laura,
    How can we imagine any “church” committing torture and burning people alive? I can’t even imagine. Yet today, people are sentenced to death in many place for embracing spiritual practices outside what is considered “acceptable”. Thank goodness some places in the world have religious freedom. We need to cherish and support such freedoms and not take it for granted.
    Dave

  7. David Says:

    Morgana,
    I totally agree. Those who pray for petty, stupid goals are just as guilty as someone who’d want to curse someone who got cut off in traffic. Prayer is so misused. We have to wonder what is the level of spiritual development of those who pray for their sports team to win. I shake my head in bewilderment.
    Dave

  8. Gim Says:

    ” It is incredible to believe anyone actually believed witches flew brooms to their Sabbath.” and yet millions of Americans still believe in demons and angels, Satan and that Jesus was the son of a deity.

  9. David Says:

    Gim,
    I sort of disagree with you. Yes, obviously a witch never flew on a broom. But that could have been mistaken for astral projection (or simply dreaming), which also can’t be proven but at least is not as ridiculous at broom flying.
    Dave

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