Halloween and storybook images of witches are not usually priestess-like. They are no longer portrayed as healers, community leaders and scientists. As readers, we are expected to see only the scary side of these women and forget their sacred history.
Yet the symbolism is still there. We can see her broomstick, the sacred tool of her shamanic flight under the moon. We see the toads, spiders and snakes that she used to create her trance.
And of course, we see the cats. Slightly smaller than the lions of the great mother goddess of ancient times, these house cats still represent her and all her power. And her herstory.
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