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Although this article is based on canonical information, the actual name of this subject is conjectural.
Witch's shaft
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General Information
Type

Witch tool

Belonging
Use

boost sexual pleasure in rituals

There is no magic without arousal.

Witch's shaft is a dark wooden stick used to induce the sexual arousal required to practice magical feats.

Description

The witch broomstick is one of the traditional Witchcraft instruments, phallic symbol par excellence, which in Salem has been re-sized to a wooden phallus (a shaft, precisely) used to bring pleasure to the female nether regions in order to collect enough energy, via altered states of consciousness, to perform considerably difficult rituals, such as projecting the spirit out of the body and let it roam freely for spying or committing misdeeds. This tool is highly used in the practice of sexual magic, a branch of witchcraft, and helps witches to achieve sexual pleasure in the absence of a (male) partner.

In History

Many of the pointy-hatted sorcerers who roam the streets on October 31th will be carrying broomsticks or besoms. But few likely know the murky tale of how witches came to be associated with those familiar household objects. The story — full of sex, drugs and Christian inquisitors — starts with poisonous plants like black henbane (Hyoscyamus niger), sometimes called stinking-nightshade.

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Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), Witch riding backwards on a goat. Engraving, c.1500

Ingesting henbane, which is rich in powerful alkaloids, can cause hallucinations (if it doesn't kill you first). According to legend, witches used herbs with psychoactive properties like henbane in their potions, or "flying ointments." Some historical accounts suggest witches applied these ointments to their nether regions. And what better applicator than a wooden staff? The explicit implications of staff riding (or shafting) and the sexual nature of witches in images throughout the Renaissance, are difficult to ignore. Artists like Albrecht Dürer and Hans Baldung depicted them naked.

The witch in one engraving by the Italian artist Parmigianino is not riding a broom, but rather a gigantic, anatomically graphic phallus. German artist Albrecht Dürer created this engraving around the year 1500, showing a witch riding a goat. Between her legs, she holds a distaff, or stick used for spinning wool. But racy images of witches fit in with a culture in which there was much speculation about female sexuality. With the Protestant Reformation, some religious leaders established bans on drinking and dancing, brothels were closed and marriage was more strictly codified and controlled.

In the late 16th and early 17th centuries, images of witches riding up and out of chimneys start to dominate. During this period, women also were more closely associated with domestic space than they were 200 years earlier. At that time, too, brooms are depicted more and more often in relation to domestic work in art.

Throughout the Salem series

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Tituba rouses Mary with the phallus

In The Vow, with the full moon, Tituba warns her mistress that it is time to begin the Grand Rite. In the privacy of mrs. Sibley's bedroom, the two women in petticoats and Tituba unscrews from the handle of a broom a phallic object that she uses to rouses Mary after applying on her body a particular ointment. When Mary reaches orgasm, her body hangs in an awkward position, the pupils assume a bluish color and the witch's astral projection reaches the witches coven, ready to celebrate the start of the Great Rite by sacrificing a dove over a pull of hellfire filled with dancing witches covered with black pitch.

In The Stone Child, Tituba want to use again the phallus with Mary, but the mistress uses it alone after using it to push hard her familiar toad down the throat of George Sibley.

In The Wine Dark Sea, Tituba uses the object again with Mary so that the Samhain is astrally projected on the Marburg's ship to spy on the Countess Von Marburg.

Gallery

Trivia

  • The word "shaft" indicates a straight stick or cane and also the long part of a column. Vulgarly speaking it also indicate the penis and if used as a verb it will indicate the act of penetration, which is the exact nature of the object employed by Tituba to stimulate her mistress's nether regions.
  • A promotional photo shows Tituba in the act of showing the shaft to Anne Hale, but this scene has not been shown in any episode.
    • Probably it is a deleted scene.
  • In the episode The Wine Dark Sea, Countess Von Marburg referred ironically to the shaft as "rudimentary witch stick," emphasizing with a mischievous smirk the sexual use of this instrument.

See Also

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