Some Symbols of Halloween

When we look around at this time of year we see all kinds of things that are witchy most of them have a deeper meaning.

The witch’s hat was originally the everyday hat worn by Welsh women, To us is symbolizes they cone of power we raise in ritual for spell work.

The carved Pumpkin is a New World version of what the Old World carved in turnips. European turnips are a completely different vegetable than the one Americans call a turnip and is much larger. They started carving vegetables after they were stopped from bringing their ancestor’s skull to dinner. Celts believed wisdom was contained in the head and kept their relatives and worthy opponent’s skulls in niches on the walls so they could consult them for their knowledge. These ancestors were incited to dinner at Samhain time when the veil between the worlds was thin.

The broom had more than one function. Where better to hide your wand than in plain sight? You could sweep the negativity away with the cobwebs and dust. Plus if you wanted to take a ride apply your flying ointment to the broom and hop on.

Black wearing witches – since black was a very expensive dye I’m not sure any village wise women would have worn anything but what their gardens would have yielded as a dye colour but black does make moving around in the dark easier especially in pre-electricity days.

Green witches you can thank L. Frank Baum for.

Long- nosed warty looking women. Witches (Village Wise women) due to their use of herbs probably lived longer than most of their neighbors. People’s noses and ears never stop growing, the longer you live the longer your nose gets. Lack of dentist and basic dental hygiene would cause tooth loss hence the long nose collapsed look you see in representations of witches and what’s more ugly than adding a wart or mole on the nose. The mole as beauty mark of the 16th and 17th centuries gone bad.

Ghoulies and Ghosties and lang-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night?
This is the day when the veil between the worlds is thinnest. The Celts and their neighbors thought these were three days that spirits and the Fae such as the Wild Hunt would go roaming the world looking for unwary and unhospitable humans that weren’t properly respectful to take back across the Veil.

And the good old Hallowe’en Bonfire was originally a bonefire from the slaughter of the animals that year also was later associated as a bon or holy fire as it was Christianized.