The Language of Witch Hunts By Joanna Drot-Troha

(I think this is an interesting art about the modern terms “Witch” and “Witch hunter.” I found it to be enlightening and educational. It is definitely worth taking the time to read it.)

Language is a strange mercurial form of communication and words contain immeasurable power. The word ‘Witch’ in its many forms resists simplification. The origin of the word Witch is an Old English word that in its primordial form meant ‘caster of spells’. As Witches we harness the power of words and use them in mantras, incantations and invocations. Words can enchant, control, bruise, caress, disguise and, of course, condemn. The history and knowledge we inherit was smuggled down to us through the oral tradition, yet words are shape shifters. They twist and evolve from their purest state to suit the speaker and the times, with the occasional effect of eclipsing the original meaning and thus disavowing its provenance.

The history and knowledge we inherit was smuggled down to us through the oral tradition, yet words are shape shifters.

As a Witch, one is apt to treasure sage wisdoms. A personal favourite of mine is one given by Professor Dumbledore near the end of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, encouraging our protagonist to refer to Voldemort by his real name: “Always use the proper name for things. Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.”

To read the rest of this article that originally was posted in the Sabat magazine in February 2018 please copy and paste the following link into your web browser (I’m sorry but if I use my table or Kindle I cannot get the hyper link form to work) https://medium.sabatmagazine.com/the-language-of-witch-hunts-1d7cd6f67478

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