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Term: Witch Hat


Witch Hat: A tall, conical hat, usually in black and with a wide brim. Today, the hat of the Witch is an archetype and appears silly. Most Witches today wear no headgear (although the High Priest and High Priestess may wear a simple crown or stag horns).

In the Europe of the 1400s, such a hat was popular among royalty and the upper classes. By the time the fashion filtered down to the common folk, it was out of style for the wealthy. At that time, the Christian church was trying to bring people away from Paganism and into Christianity. By claiming that Witches wore such hats they were subtly indicating that Pagan beliefs, like the hat, were out of fashion.
,br> Today, in childrenís costumes, it is often depicted without the brim as the hat of a princess.


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Review of The Llewellyn Tarot
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Review of the Tarot of the Magical Forest
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Vodou - An African Shamanic Tradition
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Sahasrara - The Crown
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