While Williamson intended to bring the world of magic closer to the “commoners,” and shed light on some misconceptions and common misinformation about the occult and the practice of witchcraft, Gardner tried to use their new enterprise as a place where he could perform his Wiccan rituals and market his religion, naked.
Green Witch) Witchcraft and healing (healing potions) – The Museum of Witchcraft – Boscastle, Devon Author: Glen Bowman CC By 2.0
So after a whole decade of missteps, our interesting individual, in 1960, eventually made the right one by setting foot on the dock in Boscastle, which proved to be the place where his interesting idea could flourish peacefully and he could prosper by living it. Or maybe he found that jar in the meantime, who knows.
That jar, which we never failed to mention throughout the article for we believe it brings something special to the story and the rich history of the place and its founder, now after almost 60 years sits well preserved right next to a Hitler pin cushion. A voodoo doll made with the intention of stabbing it with pins and needles while singing a song first offered by the Readers Digest magazine during the war. You can almost hear the words:
Scold’s Bridle Witch’s Bridle (The Witch Trials) Author: Glen Bowman CC By 2.0
Istan, come and help us, we are driving nails and needles. We are driving pins and needles into Adolf Hitler’s heart. We are driving nails and needles we are driving pins and needles… Cats will claw his heart in darkness, dogs will bite it in the night.
In 1996, struck by illness, Cecil was forced to sell his dream to a fellow pagan practitioner, Graham King, who did a fantastic job to keep the place alive, making sure his dream lived on. Moreover, under his guidance, the museum, now arranged thematically, rose to have international fame, recognized as the largest independent museum in the U.K.
Witch’s broomstick Author: Glen Bowman CC By 2.0
Divided into two floors, each with a couple of rooms of their own, the place is now managed by the Museum of British Folklore. It grew to be somewhat of a preferable pilgrimage location for today’s witches and occultists, but still offers those educational lectures and shows for curious visitors just as its founder intended. For instance, this is the place where one can learn what a witch is, and that witches back in the day, as far as the 16th century, were actually never burned but hanged. For their spirit was believed to thrive in fire and shine even more when blazed.
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On the other side, if one only wants to look around, there is the Wise Woman’s Cottage room to be explored or a room full of Aleister Crowley’s spells and charms for the prying eye, along with various rooms dedicated to modern witchcraft, Christian Magic, healing herbs, faeries, pixies, and most importantly, a room full of scrolls with all kinds of protection spells, where one can learn how to cast them.