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"Barley Witch" - An image of the original painting by Emily Balivet.

Like so much familiar, modern-time holiday symbolism, the witch on her flying broomstick has a fascinating and often overlooked history. It is believed to have come from an ancient agricultural fertility rite where women would rub a mixture of psychoactive herbs over their bodies. This "flying ointment" produced visions and encouraged astral projection. The women would then jump around their fields with a broom between their legs with the intention of showing the crops how high they'd like them to grow :)

The card measures 5x7 and is printed on acid free, archival quality smooth, matte stock...Perfect for framing, too!

The card is sealed in a cello sleeve with an ivory envelope and will be shipped via First Class mail. I combine shipping on multiple purchases.

A variety of print sizes of "The Barley Witch" are available in my shop...
12x15 Prints https://www.etsy.com/listing/63977400/barley-witch-victorian-pagan-goddess-art?ref=shop_home_active_4&ga_search_query=Barley%2BWitch
8x10 Prints https://www.etsy.com/listing/62317124/barley-witch-victorian-pagan-goddess-art?ref=shop_home_active_1&ga_search_query=Barley%2BWitch
5x7 Greeting Cards https://www.etsy.com/listing/60679657/barley-witch-victorian-pagan-goddess-5x7?ref=shop_home_active_2&ga_search_query=Barley%2BWitch
2.5x3.5 ACEO Mini Prints https://www.etsy.com/listing/109291268/barley-witch-aceo-pagan-goddess?ref=shop_home_active_3&ga_search_query=Barley%2BWitch

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments!

Barley Witch Victorian Pagan Art Goddess Art 5x7 Greeting Card



  • Handmade item
  • Dimensions: 5x7 inches
  • Primary color: Gold
  • Secondary color: Blue
  • Holiday: Halloween
  • Materials: print, ink, card, stock
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 7084 reviews
  • Favorited by: 317 people