When I came home from work today, of course, I turned the TV on, after watching the latest episode of Secret Diary of a Call Girl, I turned to Bewitched.
I loved that show as a little girl, I wanted to be Samantha, I wanted to be able to make things happen with the twitch of my nose or the flick of my wrist. Of course that never happened but it didn’t lessen my longing for that kind of power.
I started thinking about our fascination with witches and how over the centuries they have gone from revered to hated back to revered in a way in our modern culture.
In biblical days they had witches, in ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, really in every society you can find a reference to witches.
It seems as time marched on being a witch became a bad thing, Joan of Ark of accused of being a witch for hearing the voice of God, she was burned at the stake. In our own America we have the Salem episodes, very shameful, children being able to accuse adults of being witches and the adults being the willing vessel, carrying out “justice” in the form of burning. For several centuries being a witch was a bad thing.
Now it is glamorized, and has been since the 1960’s when Bewitched first came into our homes. How could anyone as beautiful as Samantha be bad? Then Sabrina the teenage witch made her appearance in the Archie Comics, she became so popular she got her own comic. Then came movies, The Witches of Eastwick comes to mind. Let’s not forget Willow Rosenberg of Buffy fame, she rocked as a Jewish Witch, then there was Charmed, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch on television.
All of these women are beautiful, vibrant and fight for the good of all. It is hard to believe looking at these women that the bad images ever existed.
Some days I still wish I had the power to twitch my nose or flick my wrist and all would be taken care of. However instead of a witch I am holding out for demi-goddess…..

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