Salem, Massachusetts

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Not feeling well today–high pain level–but want to keep the posts coming, so I thought I would share some of my own historical photographs. These are from Salem, Massachusetts, in 1994, when I was attending grad school at BU.

Salem witchcraft trials memorial

The witchcraft trials memorial is quite powerful. One rough-hewn, cold stone seat (of sorts) exists for each person killed, with their name and manner of death (either hanged or stoned) carved into it. The image is of the only ingress and egress. To either enter or leave the small memorial–the size of a jail cell that would, and did, hold many–you must trod on, or step over, the prisoners’ declamations of innocence. These protests are abruptly silenced, as you can see, by the enclosing masonry.

Salem: Bridget BishopSalem: Sarah Good

Six Women of Salem: The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials * Marilynne K. Roach

Death in Salem: The Private Lives behind the 1692 Witch Hunt * Diane E. Foulds

And then, there’s Laurie Cabot.

My understanding is that, now, Crow Haven Corner is run by her daughter (?) The above link is Laurie’s official site now.

I will never forget meeting her. She definitely has an energy about her. I was in her second shop, down by the wharf, looking at Celtic runes in the glass jewelry cabinet, out of sight of the entrance. Suddenly I felt static electricity all over…but more intense, almost painful, and all my hair stood up. I could actually see the hairs on my arm standing up. I stood up to see Laurie, in a swooping black robe, entering the store. Can’t explain it, can only document it.

Crow Haven Corner, Salem, Massachusetts

125 Essex Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970

978.745.8763, shop online

The Witch in Every Woman: Reawakening the Magical Nature of the Feminine to Heal, Protect, Create, and Empower * Laurie Cabot

Related episode: 84: Goody Davis and Elizabeth Howell


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