Nearly everyone is familiar with the classic depiction of a Witch riding a broom of which you’ll be seeing a lot of as we enter the month of October heading to the ancient Pagan celebration of Halloween (Samhain or as we Witch call it Sow’in after the old Celtic name for it.) Yet few are aware of the origins of a Witch on the broom.
It harkens back to Paganism and Shamanism of Europe. Women lead magical rites back then and one of the practices which appears to have been wide spread in Pre-Christian Europe was the traditional ‘Blessing of the Harvest’. The Shamaness would lead a celebration into the middle of the Wheat, Bar rely and Rye fields and after ritual would dance in the field on top of a pole (much like a hobby horse toy) and hop about the field. Funny yes for today’s standards but back in the day HIGH MAGIC for in doing so she would show the crop how high to grow.
It wasn’t a broom that she rode either. It was Phallic Staff. For the Phallic was considered the ultimate symbol of “Fertility” and that was what the Pagan folk followed a Nature Fertility Belief System. Later the Phallic Staff became a symbol of her office and during the Middle ages and Witch burning times Hidden under the disguise of common household object.. Yes you guessed it the Broom..