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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; February 1972, a dream of cult-worship, persecution, and deep 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 genetic future where the Deer Party agitates for liberty, equality and fertility. Where I learn that I too may not be human...
DREAMKU, APRIL 2007: by Roswila; various dates up to April 2007; 30 dream-poems--mostly haiku but some longer
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. 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, a dreamtale.
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 girl she's been sitting on...
STARHAWK THE WITCH: by Wayan; 1983/8/19, an epic dream.
I'm forced to become Time Pilgrim, warning history of the dangers of community--indeed, of unity...
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...
WHY PROGRESS IS SLOW: by Wayan; 1991/1/26 and 2/16, a sociological dreamtale.
Time-hopping through centuries, I learn how slow deep social change is. How we cling to our worldviews!
WITCH, FLY FREE!: by Wayan; 1997/5/3, a predictive dream.
A castle of witches in Europe. Persecuted for centuries, they're wary. Can I find a good 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?
THE WITCH-PIMPS NEXT DOOR: by Wayan, 2015/12/19, a creepy dream of a sex-slave
First I dream the neighbors are powerful witches offering dog-collared children to the local men. Later, on a train, I meet some kids who managed to escape...

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