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Redhead witches?

topic posted Wed, April 11, 2007 - 10:42 AM by  Amber
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So I heard something the other day that I've been wondering about. Maybe one or a few of you may know more and share.

I heard that redheads are supposedly witches, or can easily master witchcraft, magic, wiccan practices, etc. That back in the day, during the witch hunts, that if you were a redhead- you would likely be put on trial with grim results. That there are stories in Appalachia (and other rural areas where the oral tradition is still praciticed) about redhead sorcerers, wisewomen, healers , martyrs, and witches. That these characters will reincarnate again and again- always returning with hair red as fire.....

Thoughts?

~Am
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  • Re: Redhead witches?

    Wed, April 11, 2007 - 4:49 PM
    well if I have magikal powers at all, I certainly dont know about them...or at least have no idea how to tap into them. However, I am one hell of a healer :)

    Id suggest reading "Roots of Desire". Lots of good stuff about redhead myth and legend in there. Probably the most comprehensive collection I can think of concerning the subject.
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      Fri, April 13, 2007 - 2:58 PM
      Copper~ thanks for the tip, I'm always looking for new books. Have a lovely weekend!

      ~Am
      • Re: Redhead witches?

        Tue, April 17, 2007 - 12:18 AM
        Anne Rice used that myth in her Witching Hour trilogy. I guess she got tired of writing too many books about vampires and witches and decided to combine the two, that's when she lost me for good. I couldn't tell you if the myth is it's true but I'll try and ask the MythBusters.
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    Wed, April 25, 2007 - 4:28 AM
    Well I'm the oldest daughter, of the oldest daughter, of the oldest daughter, of the oldest daughter, of the oldest daughter, of the oldest daughter.

    My Irish Granny was always telling me that the oldest daughter in her blood line had special powers. However, my Mother just used to tell me I was telepathetic :-)
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    Sat, April 28, 2007 - 9:16 AM
    That must be why nearly all the folks in the local wiccan shop have dyed red hair :-)

    If your looking for redheaded mythos I like Still life with woodpecker.
    • Re: Redhead witches?

      Sun, May 6, 2007 - 12:21 PM
      Okay, so I asked the myth to the M7 MSI MythBuster team about more redhead's being witches and one of the producers said that he believed it since he dated a redheaded witch in college; she wore a pentagram to prove it! LOL Kari said she believes it, but stated that it the word doesn't begin with a W but with a B! Tory and Grant didn't have an answer but laughed at Kari's.

      When I see Jamie and Adam I will run it by them too.
      • Re: Redhead witches?

        Sun, May 6, 2007 - 9:10 PM

        Endy, you freaked me out for a second; I only glanced at your last line.. My name is Adam, and my wife Jaime is most definitely a redheaded witch. (Twenty-seventh generation in the largest Irish hereditary coven in the Americas.)

        In fact, she is probably the authority on this topic. I'll ask her to post on this thread.
        • Re: Redhead witches?

          Tue, May 8, 2007 - 6:53 PM
          Marion Zimmer Bradley wrote a whole series of novels (very good ones I might add) about a world, Darkover where the red haired {called the Comyn} were sought out for their telepathic and energy channeling abilities, to be parts of groups which would focus their energies to do many things great and small... all part of a landscape of warring and allied fiefdoms, political machinations, behind the scenes intrigue, character pov's. Most people know M.Z.B. from her book The Mists of Avalon but it was too slow a read for me.. the Darkover novels however I enjoyed very much and I would recommend them. Been a loong time but Im remembering them as an adult type fantasy read... moreso than most of the genre.
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            Tue, May 22, 2007 - 12:11 AM
            I love the Darkover books!...and I can relate to this "redhead sorcerers, wisewomen, healers , martyrs, and witches. That these characters will reincarnate again and again- always returning with hair red as fire...." though I am so ready to drop the martyr thing. That's so old Aeon.
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    Wed, May 23, 2007 - 5:02 PM
    My name is Jaime I am as my husband stated earlier a hereditary witch from Ireland. My family moved state-side a few generations ago. I am most defeninately a red head. My hair is naturally such a dark red that it looks black like a blood garnet, just ask my hubby. I am a healer, a prietess,and a reader of futures in various ways(tarot, runes, palms, auras, and energies, as well as other methods). I have never known magics to restrict themselves to one hair color though. I don't understand why it seems that people who have such a child-like view of the world can't see the magic in it.
    • Re: Redhead witches?

      Thu, May 24, 2007 - 9:24 AM
      *singing* "I put a spell on you....and now your mine...I put a spell on you ....I aint lying....." giggles .....magic is everywhere....
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        Re: Redhead witches?

        Sun, May 27, 2007 - 6:05 PM
        Wow! I'm so excited to have found out that there really is a tribe just for us AND people are talking about redheaded witches! I'm new to the tribe and after reading so many stories of childhood teasing and torture, I feel like I've come home because no one else really gets it, do they? Dance to "Put a Spell On You".......(Natacha Atlas version) you'll love it! It's very witchy.
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          Mon, May 28, 2007 - 12:32 AM
          I Love Natacha Atlas's version....**dancing around the house**....and I hear ya about the teasing sisah
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            Thu, May 31, 2007 - 1:50 AM
            I tend to like the original by Screamin Jay Hawkins; this is a much later recording of his 1958 song looks to be from the 1970s. www.youtube.com/watch
            • Re: Redhead witches?

              Tue, June 12, 2007 - 2:24 PM
              I'm a redheaded witch and history freak... I can tell you that witches condemned during the witchhunt craze were not redheads by majority in the least... percentages change drastic between countires (especially between protestant and catholic countries)
              ex: in Spain more than 70% of 'witches' killed were woman; but in Germany more than 60% were men --- these do not give statistics about hair color, but that gives you a bit of an idea about how drastically different the ranges were.

              Also, do not believe in the least that redheads only come from Ireland (or the nearby islands)... in fact one of the first redheads attested in literature as from Greece (see Menalaus in Homer's Iliad (Helen's husband))
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    Re: Redhead witches?

    Tue, June 12, 2007 - 4:36 PM
    There are tons of superstitions about redheads dating all the way back to ancient Egypt and biblical times. The ancient Egyptian god of evil Set, whom some believe to be Satan's predecessor supposedly had red hair and the ancient Egyptians would have rituals where they burned red haired girls alive to "wipe out the tent" and therefore, wipe out the evil. Obviously, this didn't work as red heads still exist. ^.^;
    During the middle ages, red heads were thought to be a sure sign that the mother had had sexual intercourse with demons and thus were suspected to be witches themselves. In Ireland, it is thought that redheads have faerie blood, in Italy it was believed it was a sure sign the individual was a vampire, especially if they also had green eyes. I'm not entirely sure about the oral tradition still existing in Appalachia, as I'm from the West Virginian sticks myself, and the only negativity I've received stems from the lack of tanness to my fair skin. ;P

    ~Leila~
    • Re: Redhead witches?

      Wed, June 13, 2007 - 9:42 AM
      Leila, where did you get your information about Egyptians sacrificing red haired girls??? I have yet to find any non-fiction that attests to human sacrifice in the ancient mediterranean (greece, italy, or egypt to be specific)...
      If I'm missing info, I'd love to find it... do you have any sources?
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        Wed, June 13, 2007 - 10:55 AM
        Lol, maybe I worded my post wrong. :) I did use the word supposedly. In regards to Italy, the Etruscans did practice forms of human sacrifice in their first centuries, until when Rome later expanded their empire and outlawed the practice as barbaric. Certainly, gladitorial combat can be seen as a form of ritual sacrifice. The Vestal virgins were buried alive as sacrifices to Diana at Nemi. All this I've garnered from my history teachers. Take that for what you will.

        ~Leila~
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          Wed, June 13, 2007 - 12:12 PM
          ah... ok...
          but in regards to the Etruscans... don't trust your history teachers... I'm actually a classicist myself... and will be working on a dig site in the Etruscan period next year... they did not practice human sacrifice, or at least as far as can be honestly asserted... which in and of itself is difficult since the remains of that culture and language are so very slim.
          and Vestal Virgins weren't buried alive... romans were not fans of inhumantion of any kind... took up to much room (kidding on that last part, my own interpretation).
          • Re: Redhead witches?

            Fri, June 22, 2007 - 1:51 PM
            My name is Shekinah
            I am a redhead
            I am a witch
            The red hair is on my Irish side and my Russian side
            It turns up in one person each generation
            I got it this time and a few other lifetimes ago
            I was drowned and burned as a witch before
            Don't want to repeat it!
            My SO is a wizard and loves my redhair
            My family thinks I am a bit nuts
            I am highly creative and empathic
            i AM A REDHEAD
            I AM A WITCH
            SO DEAL WITH IT!
  • Re: Redhead witches?

    Fri, June 22, 2007 - 2:06 PM
    Ahhhh, very interesting the acknowledgment this topic has inspired..... Loving it, loving the power of fiery locks. Sisters, women, freckled shouldered maidens, firey crotched mammas, empowered grrrrls, witches....... proceed with confidence!

    ~Am
    • Re: Redhead witches?

      Wed, July 18, 2007 - 10:51 AM
      Ah HA! That explains the strange looks I got in Italy!

      The red hair and the green eyes. Well, then. At least I was out during the day and didn't expire from it.

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