The Witchy Lit Goodie Bag: Literary Essentials for Every Witch

Contents:

2 Fantastic Witchy Quotes

3 Famous Witches

3 Interview Questions with Kate Garrett,
Witch Enthusiast & Managing Editor at Three Drops from a Cauldron

1 Witchy Slam Poem


2 Fantastic Witchy Quotes

i. “I do so love my witches and wicked queens. I find myself drawn to feminine archetypes that previous generations have found threatening or dangerous: crones, oracles, madwomen, Amazons, virgins who aren’t helpless, bad mothers. I love to give the vagina dentata voice. It so rarely gets to speak for itself.” – Catherynne M. Valente

ii. “Most witches don’t believe in gods. They know that the gods exist, of course. They even deal with them occasionally. But they don’t believe in them. They know them too well. It would be like believing in the postman.” – Terry Pratchett


3 Famous Witches

1. Catherine Monvoison

Catherine Monvoison was an alleged French witch, the wife of a jeweler, who was known for her premonitions stemming from childhood. Starting off as a fortune teller, she eventually began selling her clients amulets, aphrodisiacs, and poisons, and reportedly held black masses and lavish parties. One of her many lovers was an executioner, and she ironically died at the hands one, consumed in fire, in public after her arrest for witchcraft.

2. Merga Bien

Merga Bien was a victim of the Fulda Witch Trials in 1603-1605. She had three husbands and was an heiress of the first two. After becoming pregnant, she was accused of having sex with the Devil and killing her former husbands and children, and was forced to confess that she had attended a black sabbath. Despite her third husband’s protests, Merga was burned at the stake in 1603.

3. Agnes Waterhouse (Mother Waterhouse)

Agnes Waterhouse, an English witch, was accused of killing livestock and bringing sickness to others in her town, including her own husband. Her daughter, Joan, was also accused of witchcraft but was not found guilty. Agnes eventually confessed to having a familiar disguised as a cat named Satan, who was later turned into a toad. She was ultimately hanged, becoming the first woman executed for witchcraft in England.


3 Interview Questions with Kate Garrett, Witch Enthusiast & Managing Editor at Three Drops from a Cauldron

1. Where does your enthusiasm about, and passion for, writing about witches come from?

Childhood – I’ve obsessed with fantasy, folklore and fairytales all my life. Also the fact that I took up paganism for myself around age 17 (some time ago now, I’m 36 this year), and some time before I’d found out my great-grandmother was an Appalachian granny woman (sometimes known as a ‘granny witch’). She was a Christian though, so I’m not sure how she’d have felt about the ‘witch’ part. Still, she always healed her 14 children with plant concoctions, had startling premonitions, and delivered babies for other women, among other things, so if the title fits…

2. Do you have any favorite witchy facts?

Loads! But it really interests me that amongst the many misogynist reasons that women could long ago be tried as witches, one was being involved in drunken arguments or pub fights. This was something I’ve come across in particular regarding the Scottish witch trials in the 1600s – a number of women were put to death just for having “fiery temperaments”. I know a lot of women who’d be seen as condemnable by those standards – thankfully things have (mostly) changed.

3. If you could create a spell that would do anything in the world you wanted it to do, what would that spell be?

It’s probably selfish on some level, but a spell to make sure my children are always protected, at least until they’re all adults and able to completely fend for themselves. World peace and all that would be lovely, but if I’m being honest, my first instinct is with my kiddos.


1 Witchy Slam Poem

Witch Hunt” by Arati Warrier

Arati explores the discrimination and prejudice faced by queer women of color in this powerful poem that uses sorcery and witchcraft-related language.



Contributing Editor


Meggie Royer is a writer and photographer from the Midwest who is currently majoring in Psychology at Macalester College. Her poems have previously appeared in Words Dance Magazine, The Harpoon Review, Melancholy Hyperbole, and more. She has won national medals for her poetry and a writing portfolio in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and was the Macalester Honorable Mention recipient of the 2015 Academy of American Poets Student Poetry Prize.