Today when we hear about witches it could bring to mind any number of pictures and common
stereotypes. We might also think of the witches and sorcerers of fairy tales, or the sad history of murder,
torture and executions that have been inflicted on those suspected of using magic or consorting with
Many of us might think of the constant Hollywood clichés, and the other generally
ridiculous and unrealistic portrayals of witches and witchcraft by the media.
The practices of witches in the past bear little resemblance to those of many solitary and
group practitioners today, and none at all to the imaginations of popular
Presently there is a rich diversity of pagan and Wiccan traditions, many of them attempting
to reclaim forgotten lore and knowledge while forging new pathways of partnership and mutually beneficent
interactions with the Otherworld, including the realms of faerie.
Even today, witches and witchcraft mean different things within
Dressing for Witchery
Solitary practitioners, magical groups and covens may choose from among many types of
ritual clothing, which can range from practicing naked to jeans and a tee-shirt or fully and elaborately
But what about the traditional story-book portrayal in Western culture of witches wearing
long dark robes and tall, black pointed hats? Strangely, even though nobody has dressed like this for
hundreds of years, except at Halloween, this is still the most common and popular portrayal of the
traditional witch. What's more, they are still shown dancing together in circles. But
I may be able to provide a partial answer: perhaps we understand at a
subconscious level that those operating magically in liminal worlds, including humans who have learned how to
do so,still dress like
Tall Hats and Ring Dances
The photographs in this little gallery show two
images from a collection representing witches in traditional costume displaying the instantly recognizable
imagery of fairy tale characters in stories of wonder and magic. This includes the traditional accompaniments of
a broomstick-like vehicle, pointed hats and cats.
Ring dances, considered to be a way of raising
energy, were once so much more than that. I have a photographic collection of ring dances being performed in
liminal worlds. Sometime they are performed by faeries and tiny elementals, at other times by humans or entities
that strongly resemble us.
Ring dances are a type of technology still in
use and being performed secretly. They are of ancient and multidimensional origin,and I believe that the original
ring dances utilized a portal-opening technology among other things, and that they are still in use in a realm
contiguous to our own.
There are more fascinating photos of ring
dancing in the book 'Photographs of Faeries'.
If you have trouble seeing any of the pictures, mouse-over
the image and you will see a clearly-labeled version.
Below is a photograph taken on a
dark winter's day that captured an interdimensional ring dance as it was taking place. This one is being
performed by human-sized entities who were not visible when the photo was taken.
was taken through scrumb and branches and there is just enough light to dimly make out the circle of dancers who
appear as black
copy of 'Photographs of Faeries' to see the photograph details and more photos of ring
The terrifying faery
encounter described below is
somebody's true and very dangerous experience.