It wasn’t purposeful on my part. I’m not sure why I didn’t buy a thousand things with witches on them. Maybe it was because I knew I was documenting the whole experience for the book, so I didn’t need anything to remember it by. I don’t know. I just didn’t buy any souvenirs. Almost got a tattoo, though: 1692 underlined by a witch broom.
But that’s not to say I didn’t walk out of that city without any mementos. I ended up with quite a few. Here are my eleven favorites, many of which have longer stories behind them that I go into in the book.
This crystal has been purified and energized with positive energy by a Witch. I know, because I was involved in the ceremony. I spent an entire chapter with the Real Witches of Essex County, interviewing them about their experiences, participating in their rituals and their readings. I was told to keep this particular crystal in my left pocket or in a left drawer because that is the side which pulls in good things from the universe. If you put it on the right side, it will leak them out. I keep in on a shelf in my study. It’s on the left side of the room depending on which way you’re facing.
This is a shirt from a restaurant called Rockafellas, right on the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall. To get this shirt, you have to drink something called a Helltini, which is a red concoction of vodka, fire water, schnapps, ginger ale, Jagermeister, and a “secret Hell Water” sauce. Basically, the drink is spicy. One night, we had a few friends in town, so we went to Rockafellas. After getting tipsy on candy corn-tinis, somebody got the bright idea for us all to do this. We all signed wavers. We all finished them. We all got shirts. We all threw them on. We all marched out to the Bewitched statue and got our photo together. And as much as I like the image of a tiny devil in a martini glass, I haven’t been able to wear mine since that night, I think out of some sort of PTSD, not for the Helltini really, but for that entire night.
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