|A witch on broomstick at the Coven of Witches|
It's common knowledge that the forest surrounding the village of Burley in England's New Forest is home to Hedgewitches. These women are not part of a coven, but rather continue their Wicca practices in a solitary way. In that same small community of Burley the villagers have long been dedicated to old time culture. Customs, magic and witches are all part of day-to-day living. Witches’ spells - the best sellers in the local witchcraft shop - are made by local Hedgewitches.
When I tried to delve deeper into the Wicca culture when visiting Burley, the assistant in the shop was not to be drawn. Then, venturing one step further into a nest of vipers, I said quite innocently, “Are you a witch?” The air around us suddenly chilled. Ignoring my question she glared at me – could she be giving me the evil eye I wondered - and there our conversation abruptly ceased.
|Burley shop: A Coven of Witches|
More lenient with such as she, America accepted the eccentric British woman and she continued into old age, studying the occult, writing books and operating a restaurant - Sybil Leeks's Cauldron' - in Houston, Texas.
Today, a visit to the New Forest will reveal that witches and witchery are an important feature in the mysterious village of Burley.
Posted by Anne Gordon on Thursday, 4th November, 2010