Kan.del in Salem, Massachusetts (one of my favorite shops of all time) has created a series of Salem Witch Craft candles, each honoring individual victims. I have many of these candles, and was thrilled when they came out with the Elizabeth Howe candle.
Each of these candles comes with their own image on the front, picked to represent each victim, and the story of each individual is on the back.
Elizabeth Howe, at the time of the 1692 witch hysteria, was living in Topfield, Massachusetts, in an area known as Ipswich Farms. She was the mother to six children and the wife of a man who had become blind around the age of 50. Due to her husband's sudden disability, Elizabeth took charge of managing the farm. She took on responsibly that was beyond the limits of what was acceptable for her gender in a Puritan society. She was the boss of home and farm, and she made almost all of the decisions. I believe this was one of the main reasons she became an object of accusation. She had also been accused of witchcraft by a neighbor in 1682. This also made her vulernable to additional accusations, like so many others.
As the boss, for all intents and purposes, of the family farm, most of the first accusations made against her were the bewitching of neighbors' horses and other farm animals. This is the reason I display the candle in my family room, which was historically an extension of the horse barn on our property. This farm, boss lady belongs in an environment that reminds me, every day, of her strength, hard work, and accomplishments. She dealt with hard things and took charge. Society may not have been ready for her then, but she is an inspiration to me now. So, on this day that marks the taking of an innocent and strong woman, I burn my Elizabeth Howe candle in her honor.
A horse stands nearby to represent this farm boss!
Thanks so much for this special treasure, honoring an amazing woman, Kan.del! It has meant so much to me, especially on this day.