This weekend I went to Salem, Massachusetts. If you are not familiar, it is the site of witch trials in the United States which led to the deaths of 20 innocent people in 1692-93. They are infamous for a number of reasons, primarily because it is it is the first case of mass hysteria in my nation’s history. For American witches, we consider it a sacred site. Many believe there is a point of energetic convergence at this city. To illustrate the complex history of Salem, there are a lot of museums dedicated to the Trials, witches, and even piracy. And, of course, the Peabody Essex Museum. I did not visit these on this trip because I was with friends less interested in history and more interested in other activities Salem offers.
Salem is also a haven for the modern Pagan movement. It hosts dozens of shops and many Witches call this city their home. I went in several stores: Omens, Hex, and Artemisia Botanicals to name a few. What struck me was the helpfulness and friendliness of every person I met. They walked the witchy walk. In my favorite shop whose name unfortunately I cannot remember, the shopkeeper revealed something I never realized. When reading spellbooks, looking at the elements associated with the components of the spell gives a clue regarding what kind of problem best applies to the particular spell. For example if the herbs and crystals in a healing spell correspond to Air and Water, it is supposed to help the mind and emotions. So simple but so cool. I appreciated the insight and was blown away by friendliness.
It was a transformational experience and there are bits about it I will explain in installments. But I encourage everyone to visit at least once!
© Ariadne Woods