Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Question: Should Your Besom Touch the Ground?

I'm not talking about witches flying on broomsticks here. What I mean is, when you are clearing a space for use in a ritual, should you actually do any clearing with your besom broom or should you just symbolically waft it over the space that you've already physically cleared some other way?

Now, when I was young my family used a besom broom to sweep up the leaves in the garden every autumn or to sweep up the grass cuttings after mowing the lawn. It did that job very well indeed - just as well as any modern plastic garden broom.

So, why do I keep reading in books teaching witchcraft that your besom should never actually touch the ground?

What do you think?  Do you keep your besom airborne or are you a more down-to-earth witch?

Links and previous related posts
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2007/11/what-witches-use-their-brooms-for.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2009/08/three-broomsticks.html

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I guess it depends on whether you think all your ritual tools should be only kept for ritual use or not.

Yekaterina Haussler said...

I feel that tools used for something specific in real life are more powerful during the ritual. So - the broom should touch the ground. :)

Witch Hazel said...

My tools always get used for the mundane and the spiritual. My witchy ancestors are unlikely to have had the cash to buy two of everything. That besom swept leaves and floors, the cauldron cooked meals, and so on, and so that's how I practice my magick, as a part of my everyday life and not something separate.