haexanvictorson  asked:

Are you Haexan as well? We are called many things. For some we are hæxan, witches, hexen, streghe, sorcières, brujas, nornir, veneficas, gwradchod, ... Others think of us as wiccan. We do admit that there are some similarities, but we are not wiccan. So what are we then? Does it really matter? We have no special name. If we might use a sobriquet then 'Hæxan' would do the trick. We live amongst the people. They are afraid of us and they keep distance because we are perceived as 'different'.

i’ve been called many things along the lines of witch. some good and some bad.

i think i am comfortable not having a title, aside from something self appointed. I live, after all in the Emerald City - magical titles are easy to imagine.

so what are we then? indeed it may not matter. we will always be special and they will always keep their distance.

Black fingers

Since the early days, the ‘black’ fingers were the result of walnut husks, ash, soot, berries and (chicken, pigs or human) blood. The husks of the black walnut are used to make an ink for writing and drawing. Walnut ink has good archival properties, and has been used by several great artists including Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt. The husks and the other ingredients were kneaded with only the fingers. With these mixture rituals were performed. Haexan (Uuurrah) still use these rituals by full moon (Moanah) or other holidays. In some rituals also the forhead, breasts, belly or feet are painted with these mixture or other kinds of mixtures during the chants. After the ritual the hands and other bodyparts are cleaned with salt, water and natural vinegar. Be carreful because you can not remove the colour totally. It is like some kind of a tattoo. The only option is to wear it off. Therefore the mixture is mostly used on bodyparts you can not see in public. Fashion has adopted the look on the catwalk, but they use removable bodypaint.

As Haexan, we take pride in all we do. Our power comes from within. Our power comes from our decisions. As such, deciding to change the way we eat is very important, as food is one of our basic human needs. For Haexan, and aspiring Haexan, knowing what you eat can change a lot about your life. Sugar is a wonderful example for this. Through our many years, we have gained a lot of knowledge. In some ways, Haexan culture resembles the cultural idea of a witch. In this case, I’m speaking about our knowledge of herbs and other natural ingredients. Sugar is a drug. Haexan used sugar during our early years to dull the senses of our enemies and make them compliant. Sugar is a drug of sorts. It can be used to weaken the minds of those who have wronged us. Sadly, a lot of knowledge was lost over the years. Now, sugar is in everything. We Haexan need to remember our history and know how to use ingredients, so we don’t hurt ourselves.    


Be Hæxan

Hæxan and Goths

Hæxan and Goths both like black. The key is visibility. Goths want to attract attention to the dark and macabre; Hæxan are invisible for the eye. Gothic fashion is stereotyped as conspicuously dark, eerie, mysterious, complex and exotic. Typical gothic fashion includes dyed black hair, dark eyeliner, black fingernails and black period-styled clothing. Styles are often borrowed from the Elizabethan, Victorian or medieval period and often express pagan, occult or other religious imagery. Hæxan are the opposite. Maybe you can spot something odd about us, but it is very difficult to recognize Hæxan from the ordinary. It is all in the subtle details. Sure, Hæxan have an eye for style, bespoke, texture, art,… but that is no Hæxan privilege. Hæxan goes beyond just clothes. Altough Hæxan wear stylish clothes, it is the darkness inside that counts. We like natural tissues and high-end touch. Style but no fashion. But Hæxan are not trying to impress other people. Coming to this realization is incredibly valuable. Hæxan do not want to be recognize as Hæxan. All Hæxan like the quote of Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian : ‘Pour vivre heureux, vivons cachés’ : “In order to live happily, live hidden”.

Approximate statistics on the number of trials for witchcraft and executions in various regions of Europe in the period 1450–1750

The classical period of witchhunts in Europe and North America falls into the Early Modern period or about 1480 to 1750

British Isles and North America trials~5,000 executions~1,500–2,000

Holy Roman Empire (Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Lorraine, Austria including Czech lands - Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia)              trials~50,000 executions~25,000–30,000

France trials~3,000 executions~1,000

Scandinavia trials~5,000 executions~1,700–2,000

Eastern Europe (Poland and Lithuania, Hungary and Russia) trials~7,000 executions~2,000

Southern Europe (Spain, Portugal and Italy) trials~10,000 executions~1,000

Total: trials~80,000 executions~35,000

About 75 to 80 percent of those were women