Besom

The Witch’s Besom or Broom

Witch's BesomThe witch’s besom – sometimes¬†known as the broom – can be used within the circle instead of the wand. All the rituals associated with the wand can be done with the besom. When it comes to change of season rituals such as Imbolc (sweeping away the old – winter – to make way for the new – spring – it really comes into its own. In effect the besom is used for symbolically cleansing ritual areas.

It is also a symbol of the home and therefore is often jumped over at the end of the ceremony by newly handfasted couples. It is also said to be good for fertility so it may not be a good idea to “jump the broom” if you don’t want that aspect of a relationship.

Although many witches use a store bought ordinary broom for their rituals many prefer to use a handcrafted ritually made and consecrated besom. A purpose made tool always gives better results in magick and spellwork.

Traditionally the besom is made from a tree branch and an assortment of small twigs or straw/corn stems. Sometimes it is made with the addition of scented herbs. The besom is a very important addition to any witch’s ritual arsenal.

Element: Air

Direction: East

Color: Yellow – Pale blue

Gender: Male

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