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Dreams of cliché witches. Pointy hats. Cackling. That old broom schtick.

Funny how most Christians have come around on anti-Semitism, yet still ignore or deny their first Holocaust (and a literal one: "Burn, witch, burn!" Makes gassing look merciful), a Holocaust the Church perpetrated directly--none of this "OK, we were a bit soft on Hitler" stuff! Christianity WAS Hitler. And unapologetically so, even today.

It's personal for me. I call myself a shaman not a witch (too much a lone wolf to be in a coven) but I do come from a feminist pagan background. So it's startling that even my dreams contain just as many wicked witches as Oz. Just as many good ones as Oz, too, but it's as if the cliches and the real witches I know are two separate species. Maybe the witch archetype is so handy a symbol that my dreams can't bear to give it up! All those fears (and wishes) around magic (and women)--shamelessly snooping, cursing, gossiping, exacting revenge... all wrapped up in one cackling package! Why, it's emotional one-stop shopping! Convenient.

I do dream of complex, ambivalent witches, as in the peculiar epic Starhawk the Witch. But clichés dominate--as they do in pop culture. What does Glinda ask Dorothy? "Are you a good witch, or a bad witch?" It's only the Wizard of Oz, a man, who can be complex, ambivalent, in between: "Oh, no, my dear, I'm a very good man... just a very bad wizard."

It's Halloween in America as I write. Everyone's out partying with masks on. No Greedy Jew masks, no Uppity Nigger masks. Just hordes of pointy-hatted, hook-nosed, warty... well, you know.

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BLOODLINES: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2005/7/30, 9/1 and 9/3; a compound dream-painting
A man obsessed with blood and death disturbs me, but I have to admit I share his interests...
Next the blood comes home; a surgeon wants to flay my tongue...
Next, witch-children rebel against a bloody flossing ritual and fly away on broomsticks...
BUMBREE SYNDROME: by Wayan; 1984/3/14, a comic dream about dreams.
Princess Chinchilla and I use an umbrella to escape the Wizard. Now to escape the Dream Researchers!...
THE CONDEMNATION: by Georges Perec; Feb. 1972, a dream of cults, persecution, and timeslip. Dream #105
I'm on vacation, but cultists lick my feet--then turn on me, casting stones. But they miss.
So I wander the steppe for centuries, until I come to the City of Texas...
THE CROWS OF OZ: by Wayan; 1984/8/23, a moral dream on darkness.
I learn from the crows of Oz why loneliness and even tragedy are vital for a living universe...
THE DEER PARTY: by Wayan; 1986/4/10. A magical dream
Chapter 1 of a nine-story series: UNICORN TAG.
A sentient factory shows me a gene-tweaked future where the Deer Party agitates for
liberty, equality and fertility. In that future I learn I too may not be human...
DREAMKU, APRIL 2007: by Roswila; various dates up to April 2007; 30 dream-poems--mostly haiku
Dream haiku laid out like a calendar. Roswila's favorite is the pirate, but mine is the were-salamander...
DOME: by Wayan; 1999/1/31, a dream peeling off a lie.
I'm actress Nicole Kidman, clinging to the dome of City Hall like King Kong, ripping it to shreds! Why?
MERRY WITCHMAS!: by Wayan; 1990/12/22. Digital dreamy image
Just a witchmas card spreading love and paganism to all, and to all a good night...
THE OLD WITCH: by Wayan; 1991/8/1, a dreamtale on abandon.
A Hollywood sex goddess confronts the Ingenue who's supplanting her. Just how far will she go?
THE SELL-FISH WITCHES: by Wayan; 1983/6/29, an epic corrective dream
My sister and I are runaways, developing psychic powers.
A cult of fish-selling witches wants to use us...
SPIN-WITCH, or, THE MAGIC LIGHTER: by Wayan; 1985/8/10, a dream on defensiveness.
Leona's a fighter--she rejects compromisers like her husband,
her friends, that miniature catgirl she's been sitting on...
STARHAWK THE WITCH: by Wayan; 1983/8/19, 6. illus., an epic, milestone dream.
DAY: I read Starhawk's Dreaming the Dark, on building unity, undoing capitalism;
DREAM: I'm forced to become Time Pilgrim, warning of the dangers of community--indeed, of unity...
TEN CLARKS AND LOISES: by Jim Shaw; c.1994, an epic dream on... poseurs?
Hand-puppets, a devil and a witch, have sex, and implant a lunar ghost embryo
into Lois Lane; now Lois & Clarkes, ten clones each, pretend to be puppets...
TWO BISHOP APPLICANTS: by Wayan; 1984/11/21, a surreal but mercilessly logical dream.
My mind and my soul both apply for a job in Stanford Cathedral. Their rivalry grows to a shamanic duel...
TWO WITCHES: by Melissa McClanahan, 2013/9/8, a short painted dream-comic
Two witches, maiden and crone, ride a flying monster made of two magically fused trolls.
But I know somehow that the two are really just aspects of a single powerful sorceress...
WHY PROGRESS IS SLOW: by Wayan; 1991/1/26 & 2/16, twin timetravel dreams
Time-hopping through centuries, I learn how slow
deep social change is. How we cling to the old horrors!
WITCH, FLY FREE!: by Wayan; 1997/5/3, a predictive dream.
A castle of witches in Europe. Persecuted for centuries, they're wary.
Still, such a treasure-trove of kindred spirits! Can I find a witch to love?
WITCH AND WITTENS: by Wayan, 2012/2/20, a dream about sexual ambivalence
I never find girls I dislike hot... so why do this smugly seductive witch
and all her pointy-hat minions simultaneously attract and repel me so?
THE WITCH-PIMPS NEXT DOOR: by Wayan, 2015/12/19, a dream on healing from abuse
First I dream the neighbors are powerful witches offering dog-collared children
to the local men. Later, on a train, I meet two kids who managed to escape...

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