Wicked Washington City Makes 10 Best Places for Witches
There's only one witch that really scares me and that would be the first witch I ever saw: the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz.
Perhaps Margaret Hamilton was just too good as the villain in that movie. Or maybe it was her green flesh, pointed nose and black wardrobe that struck fear in my heart.
For whatever reason, I would rather encounter the Blair Witch than follow the yellow brick road to Glinda's evil counterpart.
Appropriately enough, Washington State's own Oz-like Emerald City, Seattle, has made Lawn Love's list of the Best Cities for Witches. In fact, our grungy jewel has made the Top 10 several years in a row.
And I'm told that Washington's witches are more Glinda than Elphaba.
Seattle Among Top 10 Cities to Be a Witch
Seattle ranks number 8 on Lawn Love's 2022 list of the Best Cities for Witches, just behind Portland.
Yes, the city that gave us Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana and expensive coffee is slacking a bit when it comes to magic. But we're still in the Top 10, so that's still a win! But it's not number one, is it coaches?
Why is Seattle One of the Best Cities for Witches?
Lawn Love says that when compiling their list, they looked at how many "covens, tarot readers, and astrology classes" were available in proximity to the city.
They also took into account "natural healers, herbalists, and metaphysical supply stores." As you do.
For the full list of cities, and some additional data on them, visit Lawn Love here.
You Can Meet Like Minded Witches in Seattle
Just about every Thursday, there is a "Tarot Social," where kind-hearted witches and pagans can meet-up and do what witches and pagans do.
Seattle Has a Witch School
I decided to do some digging of my own and found that Seattle has at least one "witch school."
The Crow Song Healing Arts: School of Traditional Magic & Earth Medicine, led by Ylvadroma Marzanna Radziszewsk teaches "traditional witchery for everyday life," and "compassionate de-possession," as well as how to "unravel a curse."
I think that last one could come in handy for a great many Seattle sports teams.
The University of Washington Teaches a Course on Witchcraft
Professor Annegret Oehme at the UW teaches a class on Witchcraft. From History to Pop Culture.
From the university's description of the class:
...this class explores the perception of the female as well as the two central poles of understanding the world in the medieval and pre-modern world: religion and magic. Students will explore especially the medieval and pre-modern images of women including the age of witch trials, a dark period of fear and defamation. We will explore how witchcraft has been narrated and explored in literature as well as in art.