“Witches are no longer the stuff of fairy tales and gothic horror,” says Galway-based white witch Ruth Ruane, who harnesses power from her surroundings to live a richer life.
“It’s not about putting hexes or doing spells,” says the mother of seven, although she dabbled in that in her 20s, but rather living an enchanted life that honours nature.
Being in touch with nature is difficult in a modern world, she says, but not for her. She lives outside Galway city in a house at the top of a hill, with the bay visible from three sides and a big sky above. It is enchanting.
Everyone has his or her own magic but for it to be powerful, it has to be harnessed, she says, and it is knowing how to do that that will protect you and your home.
So how do your bring out your inner witch? Is a pointy hat, black garments, warts, a cat and broom all still part of the package?
Yes and no, says Ruane. She had a wart as a child but her mother, a herbalist, using worms from the garden somehow managed to make it fall off. She no longer keeps a cat but she does possess a broom and practises good housekeeping by sweeping to clear energies, something many cultures have done since time immemorial and a simple act that readers can practise at home. Read more