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Cast a Spell
The stained glass Witches Hat (with bonus broom!) night light cover is rendered in autumn shades of brown for Halloween. Switchables covers with "SW" catalog numbers use the traditional process with a metal frame, as opposed to the fused-glass "SF" models.
This is not a self-contained night light. Switchables stained glass night light covers are designed to be used with the Switchables Nightlight Fixture (sold separately). Switchables are "switchable" because you can easily swap any one of our covers onto the same simple fixture. You can also use your Switchables cover as a suncatcher, a Christmas ornament, or with any other kind of light source. To display your Switchables cover in a window, add the optional suction cup. Switchables make gift-giving easy: Start your recipient out with a fixture and one or two covers, then buy him or her new covers on future gift-giving occasions.
Are you curious...?
Cultural and social differences make witchcraft harder to define than you would think. It has elements of religion, medicine, and divination that presupposed a magical view of the world. The practice of witchcraft, and belief in its reality, has been around since prehistory and persists today to some degree in cultures both primitive and advanced even though scientific investigation has ruled out any evidence for magical claims.
Western attitudes toward witchcraft stem from Old Testament laws that led to its association with Satanism. In medieval times large-scale witch hunts and trials were common, and accused witches were often tortured and killed in the name of Christianity. Fortunately, that practice fell out of favor during the Age of Enlightenment. Christian attitudes toward witchcraft range from intense fear and belief (especially among fundamentalists) to disbelief and even tolerance. By the mid 20th century modern witchcraft came to be seen as a branch of paganism. Nowadays Wiccans can practice their craft openly in the US, although witch hunts and persecution still occur in other parts of the world.
Today popular culture caricatures witches as wicked old women with pointy hats (like our nightlight cover) and warts on their noses -- think of Margaret Hamlton in The Wizard of Oz. The stereotypical witch's uniform has unsavory origins in early Christian identification of Jews with evil. Jewish women in the 1200s were required to wear special garments -- including the iconic pointy hat, which evoked the Devil's horns -- to identify them as Jews. Hooked noses are another Jewish stereotype. The association of witches with anti-Semitism died out but the symbols still endure, fortunately stripped of their offensive meaning. If that makes you uncomfortable, think of it as a Hogwarts sorting hat.