Coming Out of the Broom Closet


Witch. It’s a loaded word. I was happy to see this article this morning in the local newspaper. The author, Erika Mailman, has an ancestor who twice escaped with her life after charges of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts. Erika properly calls this period in time a holocaust, during which many thousands of women were put to death because of bigotry and fear. Modern witches call it the Burning Times. Many of these same modern women are still afraid to call themselves witches for fear of persecution, and they are right to feel so. We might call ourselves eco-feminist wisewomen who honor the Goddess at the full moons and eight solar festivals during the year. We might feel that our spiritual life arises from our love of the earth, and join efforts to preserve the environment (those “tree-hugging dirt worshippers”). We might join in women’s circles to bear witness to each other’s experiences and truths. We might begin finding ancient images that show women as powerful beings who were also divine, and begin to yearn for “feminine” characteristics of compassion, nurturance, and non-hierarchical tolerance, which seem to be so absent in our governments today. Our society is so polarized, and in some ways so very ignorant, that it seems a dangerous time to come out of the broom closet.

Witches are empowered women, and we all know how fearsome they are!

Happy Samhain, All Hallow’s Eve, New Year, Dia de Los Muertes, Beginning of Winter to All!

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  • Erika M 11/01/2008, 8:32 pm

    Cari,Thank you so much for linking to my piece, and for your very kind email about it.It is important to remember history’s lessons, and how they reverberate today.Erika

  • Felectrode 11/03/2008, 12:33 pm

    <>“…charges of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts. Erika properly calls this period in time a holocaust, during which many thousands of women were put to death because of bigotry and fear. Modern witches call it the Burning Times.”<>Wheras historians tell us that there wasn’t much of a pagan population in white America to burn in the first place, and it was based on classism, inequality, and yes, fear. The “terrorists” we’re arresting right now aren’t actually terrorists, but that’s the term we use to detain.Terrorism = Communism = Witchcraft.

  • prano 11/12/2008, 1:53 am

    Cari,I am blown away by your posts here on your blog, simple and thoughtful. I love to read them! I was not able to get the link to the Merc article to work for me. :(I hope you had a Blessed Samhain. I was sick and just getting back into things now.Blessed Be.-prano

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