Part of our New England Magick collection, this healer's pouch is hand-stitched by New England Magick researcher, enthusiast and author Nancy Duncan. Her description of this pouch is below:
"The causes of women being accused of witchraft in the 1600s were numerous: Sometimes they were accused because of their own wretched lives, while others were targets out of fear or for more sinister reasons, such as greed or jealousy. This little pouch includes the names of women who practiced healing and the dates they were charged with witchcraft. This is by no means a complete list.
Ann Edmonds and Mary Hale had previous reputations for witchcraft and dared to step outside the accepted boundaries of female practices (1681). Elizabeth Morse (1679) and Ann Burt (1669) practiced independently, brought income and competed with male practitioners. Mother and Daughter Winifred and Mary Holman (1659) were well-respected women in their communities, but they had their own medical practice, transgressing the boundaries of women's healing. Margaret Jones, healer and midwife, was hanged for witchcraft in 1648.
This little pouch is meant to be a sweet pocket for the Green Witch or Earth Witch to carry on a trek through woods or in fields, along riversides, and at pond's edge. Opened up, the pouch has a primitive little holder in which to 'pocket away' seeds, fungi, small stones, shells, etc.
It is made of hand-dyed linen, stained to look olde, the stitching purposely and delightfully primitive. On one side of the pouch, I stitched the women's names and the dates. The other side professes the various titles, or labels, of women healers. The four edges are stitched to represent the four seasons: spring, with sweet flowers and colorful fungi; summer, with ferns, lush green plants and earthen-hued fungi; fall, with an empty bird's nest, acorns, shelf fungi and mushrooms; and winter, with bare twigs and leafless plants with bright berries. In the four corners are stitched the four main phases of the moon: New, Maiden, Full, Crone. Down the center are stitched witch hazel branches, and important plant for healing."
This healer's pouch is not made-to-order. There is only one of its kind here, and it is stitched and ready to ship for the lucky healer and witch who stumbles upon it. We are so proud to offer a piece of New England practice stitched by a crafter who respects and studies the true culture of colonial New England folk healing and herbal practices.