Obsessed with the dead

Why Witches Ride Brooms

                One of the most commonly seen decorations during Halloween is the witch riding a broom. I even have to laugh when I see the humorous depictions such as a witch flying into a utility pole or the side of a house. I personally have never seen anyone literally taking flight on any sort of household cleaning device. Therefore one must ask the question…where did this idea come from? Please note that some material in this article may not be suitable for young readers.


                Believe it or not, the broom may have been used as way to get high on drugs. The concept of witches riding brooms goes all the way back to the middles ages. This is a time when the world was in constant fear as plagues, famines, and warring armies took the lives of many people. There were some people who used herbal remedies that were used to treat various conditions.


                 Some of these remedies had questionable side effects which raised some eyebrows. It appeared that the people who were at the cause of these side effects seemed to be connected with Satanic influence and were condemned as witches.


                 It is no surprise that they were seen as witches due to the fact that the idea of witchcraft goes back to the ancient Celts. Witchcraft and Wicca have strong ties to nature. The broom was seen as having masculine energies (the phallic handle) and female energies (the bristles). Because of this, the broom was used in marriage ceremonies.


                Witches would gather together in fields and have worship services to ask for, or cause, a better crop which would result in a better harvest. As in virtually all other cultic religions fertility was key. They would even hop on the brooms and jump around even jumping over a fire. The higher you would jump the better the crop would be.


                It was common for witches, during this time and the middle ages, to concoct potions for the various spells or medicines. The “potions” used were not always medicinal but were often recreational.


                Typical ingredients of these “witches’ brews” would include nightshade (Atropa belladonna), devil’s snare (Datura stramonium), black henbane (Hyscyamus niger), mandrake (Mandragora officinarum), and when blended properly would bring on psychoactive symptoms that include hallucinations. These ointments could be very toxic and even lethal. It was discovered that if taken topically it would minimize the negative side effects. Sweat glands seemed to be the best place for the mixture to be absorbed and the armpit was an ideal place to absorb it through. However, women during this time period wore many layers of heavy clothes and the armpits were not easily accessible. Another location to absorb the concoction was the genitals. A preferred method of delivering the drug was to lather up a broom handle with the concoction and insert it into the cavity.


                Evidence of this goes back a case involving Lady Alice Kyteler who was suspected of killing her husband in 1324. This was studied and recorded by Jordanes de Bergamo a Medieval writer. More evidence was produced in 1453 when a witch named Guillaume Edelin confessed to using a broom to fly around on.


                Needless to say these drugs would produce a feeling of weightlessness and the users would feel “high”. This is the same sensation those who have experienced Out of Body Experiences report. Very often one who has reported an Out of Body Experience has been involved in hallucinogenic activities. This can be produced by means other than drugs.


                I have had the opportunity to interview numerous people who have claimed to have had an Out of Body Experience and all of the stories are very similar. Sometimes drugs have been involved. Other times there has been some sort of an accident that has involved a head injury. The testimonies often include a bright light. What is usually above the hospital bed? A bright light. They also include hearing voices but not often clearly. This can be due to drifting in and out of consciousness. Also, when the brain is starved of blood and oxygen this hallucinogenic effect is prevalent.


                The idea one can die, be separated from the body, and then return is based totally on mind altering experiences of one sort or another and is 100% foreign to the Bible record. One who has claimed to have died and come back is reporting something that no one in the Bible has reported. You could call it The Greatest Story Never Told. Although people in the Bible have died and been resurrected, not one of them has reported what it was like while they were dead.


                Jesus tells us in Revelation 1:18 “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell (the grave) and of death.” It is He that has the power to raise us back to life and the Jesus Himself tells us when that will take place. Four times in chapter 6 of the Gospel of John Jesus tells us that He will raise us up “at the last day” (John 6:39, 40, 44, 54) in other words at Jesus’ return. Anytime God repeats Himself we really need to pay attention.


                God wants us to have the peace that only He can give. We can have this peace, particularly on this subject, when we heed His warnings in that:

          A – Mind altering drugs are harmful to the body and unpleasing to God.

          B – Out of Body Experience are unbiblical and based on hallucinations.


                In light of these facts I encourage you to reconsider using a witch to adorn your household this year. Instead of imagining a witch flying through the sky, focus on the return of Jesus when he will take us to heaven, and we will fly through the sky.


                “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."  (Isaiah 40:31)


Written by

Brandon Senior

Oct. 16, 2015