Rose Ariadne's Chitchcraft Blog

Dear Friends,

According to much of the rest of the world, Salem is the place to be for all things witchy. After all, they did have the famous witch trials there. Of course, most people tend to overlook the fact that the “witches” placed on trial were not actual witches at all.

At any rate, I have often wondered about Salem and what kind of energy it had and so a few years ago when I was in the Boston area I took it upon myself to visit it. This is what I discovered…

For the most part, Salem seems to have embraced its witchy past. You will find lots of gift shops focused on New Age memorabilia. Some of it is useful, some of it is not. While I am a firm believer that the use puts a lot of the importance and energy into an object, I can’t ignore the fact that the object has to have some sort of power itself. With that in mind, you really have to figure out what is “real” and what is simply manufactured tourist hocks.

I went in one shop that specialized in gemstones and crystals and asked the women working there what some of the better Salem sites were. She replied that she wasn’t a “witch” and that she merely worked in the store. I found the answer a little interesting, since I could have simply been coming at the question from an historical standpoint and not a Wiccan one, and then, of course, there was the fact that she WAS working in a gemstone magick storefront. It made me wonder if the stores really believed in what they were selling, or if they were merely trying to make a profit.

Still, I gamely took one of those hop on/hop off tours and went around town seeing some of the sites. And what did I come up with? Well, not much. As I later learned, many of the historical sites that were around during the infamous trials have since then been destroyed. In addition, many things that I thought happened in Salem actually occurred in nearby Danvers. Granted, Danvers and Salem kind of run in together so it’s difficult to tell where one stops and the other begins. Danvers appears to be a typical suburb, although there was something interesting there that I will get back to in a minute.

There were a couple of museums that I went into and one was supposed to recreate the trials. It fell short of my expectations. Another one used mannequins that weren’t very realistic looking at all and I still walked away with the sense that the “witches” were not unfairly persecuted at all.

My favorite part of the day was looking at the beautiful Northeastern architecture and scenery. Salem used to be an important maritime station and I do wish that they had focused more on that aspect of it than the “witchy” one. On the other hand, The House of the Seven Gables was amazing, and barely publicized at all! (I didn’t know there was a real house, nor was I aware that it was in Salem.)

Throughout all of the blatant tourism, I did feel a real sense of history and sadness permeating the air. We might never know if any of the people on trial were truly witches, but history points to them not being so. That doesn’t mean that there weren’t people living there who were sensitive or had beliefs that diverged from what they had been brought up to believe and I think that I got a sense of that as I walked through the streets, and especially around the harbor. They must have been confused and terrified. It’s a very sad part of American history and one that has been talked about so often that it’s almost gotten to the point in which the real meaning has become moot.

I did say that I would mention Danvers. I was aware of an old mental hospital that existed there and it intrigued me. For many, many years it was abandoned and a place where people would often sneak into in order to try to catch glimpses of spirits and to cause mischief. Recently, it has been turned into condos. (I see some humor in that, myself.) So I drove up there to check it out.

I must say, I felt more energy surrounding those buildings than in much of Salem. Like many state hospitals of the time, it fell victim to underfunding and overcrowding. There were many patients there who didn’t need to be there and a lot of the patients didn’t receive the treatments that they needed. This was the place where the lobotomy was revolutionized, after all. I felt such an overwhelming sadness there that it was almost too much to take.

If you are in the Salem area, then I urge you to check it out. It might not be what you expect, but it can definitely give you an idea of what can happen when Witchcraft becomes commercialized. Good or bad, I do believe it is there to stay.

Brightest Blessings,

Rose Ariadne
Your Warm and Caring “Resident Witch In Charge”

Posted by Rose Comments 6


  1. chris says

    :sad: Rose I to went to salem and it was interesting what I did not like was the tour of where the trials were or shall i say the musem what bothered me was at the end when we got up from the seats to go to the next room There was names on the floor at the point five names why did people look at it and then walk on it to me that is like walking infront of a tomb stone disrepectful i thought And i know that it was to me more for the money I mean really i felt like dorothy looking for toto with the yellow brick rd. All I know was Nylsa and i were so in love when we went there on the way home also when we got home monday at 330 pm she sad we were over it was like I brought the negative with me leaping lizzards oh well I am glad you posted the bolg it was good information that you

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  2. Ujagar Singh says

    Similar to Salem, there is a town in Pakistan, called Multan. Even though I am from India, the elders in my village used to say in my childhood that they noticed hundreds of covens there when they visited it for merchandise before the partition of India.

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  3. marie-christine says

    yes, salem, never been there, but I sure guess that it must be a place that you doesn’t feel at ease, discrimination about witches, and many others things that use to be the daily things in the past years of thoses who were living there. Luckely for us, we’re living in days that we could express ourself with our kind of behalf and religion. But we certainly may feel that today it is for commercialisation.

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  4. Viola says

    I’m from Massachusetts, originally. I’ve been to Salem and the whole northshore many times. Archtechurally speaking, Salem is very pretty, especially the harbor. It’s so pre-Revolutionary. The trials were a terrible time in history. The governor put an end to them when his own wife was accused of witchcraft. Lots of places to see and great restaurants; however, it’s pretty expensive so bring LOTS of dough!!

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  5. Michael says

    Hello Rose. I have went to Salem before and thats how I got interested in witchcraft. I visited a Magickal shop and I felt so connected and I wanted to buy everything there. I am probally going again this summer and I will have lots of money to buy supplies at that shop. I got so mad the other dday when my friend was warning me not to go to Salem because it is infested with Witches. So I was like “and….”. And he was like “they will put a spell on you”. Then he started saying that it was really bad. I got so mad even though he is one of my best friends.

    June 4th, 2011 | #
  6. Lori-Anne Ferullo says

    Hi, Rose. I went to there as well but I have to tell ya when I got there I felt I once lived there for some funny resemble there and I do know why,then I had felt like I wanted to cry. To this day I never told anyone intill now I mean it seems so crazy, “right don’t you think”? But I had to say something to you because I know you would understand me for what I had to tell you. If I said something to my friends their like will say (ya come on lori stop it, or no way) and I just didn’t want to hear that, I just think that what happened that day was for me too feel no one else, why I still to this day I have no idea? :roll:

    July 31st, 2011 | #

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