I have always been interested in symbols even more so than words or language. When my sons were younger, we would come up with themes for each Halloween and entertain the neighbors. We have dressed up like pirates and had candy in a treasure chest, dressed up in pinstripes and acted like mobsters, zombies coming out of coffins, and our personal favorite…me as a witch and my husband and sons as Grim Reapers.
Every Halloween and Fall time I find myself attracted to the witch’s hat. I never questioned it and just go with it. Well, yesterday, I decided to ask my Guides about the origin of the witch’s hat. It was explained that it is symbol for a shaman, a healer, a sage, etc. It isn’t evil at all, nor are the other pagan symbols such as the broom, the cauldron, dressing in black, etc. Many concepts that have been taught to us as being evil, is really an illusion and smoke screen to keep us distracted from our true, authentic self. When we are one with our Divinity…we are very powerful and not able to be controlled by anyone on the lower vibrations. Those in the higher vibrations are not into control, that isn’t the intention at all.
My Guides encourages me to research online as well. They guided me to two articles that I would like to share with you and hopefully you find it as interesting and insightful as I did.
~ Rev. Tiffany White Sage Woman
The Pointed `Witches` Hat and Its Aryan Origins
As a child have you ever wondered why pointed hats[often decorated with lunar, stellar and solar symbols]were associated with witches? It would appear that this headgear truly was worn by witches-or more likely priestesses/priests or shamans amongst various Aryan peoples.
At Subeshi in China the mummies of Europoid women have been discovered with this kind of head gear which scholars associate with the Indo-European speaking Tocharians or Iranians.[See The Tarim Mummies by J.P. Mallory and Victor H. Mair].
There is strong linguistic evidence to support the idea that Aryan priests and fortune tellers were present in the Shang and Zhou dynasty courts, probably in service to blonde haired Aryan emperors[Yellow Emperors] who ruled as the first emperors of China, over a subjugated mongoloid population. These priests were called Magi, the plural of the Old Persian Magus. Archaeological evidence indicates that these Magi had Europoid facial features. Their conical headgear has also been associated with the Aryan steppe tribes.
Theirs was a fire cult and they served a sky god.
A recently broadcast television documentary[Museum Secrets] brought to my attention the discovery of ancient gold hats, one of which is on display in the Neues Museum in Berlin. Three others are in existence and all were found in Germany and France, indicating the existence of a Bronze Age solar cult in central Europe.
So it would appear that the image of the pointed hat wearing witch or warlock is not as far fetched as it once seemed!
The History of the Witch’s Hat
There is a stereotypical image of a Witch. She is an ugly old hag, sporting a large wart on her elongated crooked nose, dressed in long black flowing clothes and always topped with a broad brimmed tall pointed black hat. Where did the image of the Witch’s hat come from?
The trade mark Witch’s hat does not come from the Medieval times as art from that time period shows Witch’s wearing a variety of hats and head scarves appropriate to the time period. None of the art shows a Witch wearing the stereotypical hat we see today.
It probably comes from the 15th Century when tall pointed hats were used as dunce caps and similar hats were popular fashion in London. As happens today, new fashion trends start in the big cities and slowly make their way to the smaller towns and county sides. By the time that the farmers and country dwellers started wearing the tall pointed hats, they were far out of fashion in the big metropolitan cities. During the 15th Century, the City folk referred to those who lived in the country as “pagani”.
Pointed hats soon became something only a country dweller or pagani would wear. These women were often wise to the way of the Earth and used herbs in their daily lives for healing and so the hats became associated with the wise women or healers that lived in the country.
Once the Witch trials started, any woman who was considered a wise woman or healer fell suspect to using the “black arts” and hence the pointed hat became a symbol of a witch and was considered evil. During this time, the hat became associated with the horns of the devil and anyone wearing one was considered a follower of Satan.
By the Victorian times, artists had made the image of the old Crone wearing the Witch’s hat a common thing. Witch’s wearing the tall black broad brimmed hat were seen flying upon their brooms wreaking evil in the dead of night in many a Fairy Tale. The image stuck and today is still used in the same context.
Contemporary witches of today do not wear the stereotypical black hat, preferring to go bareheaded or wear a circlet of flowers upon their head during Rituals. Yet, they still honour the Witch’s hat. For them, it is a way to honour those who suffered unfairly during the Witch trials and a way to honour all the wise women in the world who sought to heal not hurt with their knowledge. Halloween, is a special time for them, it is when they honour their ancestors and those who have passed on.
What a perfect time to honour the Witch’s hat!
~ Original Post: https://spirituality.knoji.com/the-history-of-the-witchs-hat/