At Samhein, we remember our dead. The population of Salem, Massachusetts, location of many of America's witch trials, swells during Samhein. Which is odd, because the people tried and, generally, executed at Salem almost certainly were not witches. And, yet, I find it somehow appropriate, as a witch, to recall their names at this time of year. According to the Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcription Project, the following people were executed as witches.
Bridget Bishop Rev. George Burroughs Martha Carrier Giles Cory Martha Cory Mary Easty Sarah Good Elizabeth How George Jacobs Sr. Susannah Martin Rebecca Nurse Alice Parker Mary Parker John Proctor, Sr. Ann Pudeator Wilmot Redd Margaret Scott Samuel Wardwell Sarah Wilds John Willard
Additionally, these people died in jail:
Lydia Dastin Ann Foster Infant Girl (daughter of Sarah Good) Sarah Osborne Roger Toothaker.
Now, when the veil is thin and all times are one time, is a good time to to say: May the Goddess guard them. May they find their ways to the Summerland. May their friends and families know peace. It's also a good time to say: Never again, the witch trials.
I'm a woman, a Witch, a mother, a grandmother, an eco-feminist, a gardener, a reader, a writer, and a priestess of the Great Mother Earth. Hecate appears in the
Homeric Ode to Demeter, which tells of Hades who caught Persophone
"up reluctant on his golden car and bare her away lamenting. . . . But no one, either of the deathless gods or of mortal men, heard her voice, nor yet the olive-trees bearing rich fruit: only tenderhearted Hecate, bright-coiffed, the daughter of Persaeus, heard the girl from her cave . . . ."