The History of Besom Broom and How They Are Used Today.
A Besom broom is considered one of the most ancient tools that most people have and use in their homes till this day. Among the many traditional brooms available today, the besom broom is the most available one. What is a besom broom and how can you use it and where can you buy it?
What is besom broom?
The term "Besom" means "The old-fashion, light sweeping besom broom does more than just using to clean a physical space." or simply put, "a broom used for something other than sweeping!" It is associated with people who practice wiccan traditions too, The old wives tale "place a besom above a door in your home to keep bad spirits from entering your home and to keep negative "dirty" energies out! " or simply clear out any negative energy in their homes or any place of their interest. The broom is also a purifier connected to other elements like the element of water. In some traditions, it is associated with the air and the earth.
What materials were used to make the broom?
A photo of Brush Corn taken from my personal garden 11/28
Traditionally, the besom broom was made using a plant called Brush Corn.. Brush corn is a tall corn like plant , during harvesting time, the seeds are brushed out of the plant, leaving behind "corn broom" strands, perfect for making old besoms or even some higher quality brooms, still used for cleaning today! Another way, for decoration purposes and certain traditional purposes such as modern Wicca, brooms that aren't made with brush corn , can be made with different types of wood! Such as twigs ,from cedar, pine and more .The woods were considered perfect for making the broom, Other things used were Birch twigs, ash and willow strands or the best quality brush corn. The ash is for the shaft, willow strands as binding cords and birch twigs were for the bristles. Ash is protective, Birch , Pine or Cedar for purifying and drawing spirits to your services and the willow or brush for binding sacred so the goddess together.
History of the Besom
The first person was officially documented using a besom broom was Guillaume Edelin, Whole labeled himself as a French male witch, back in 1453. The French and German illustrations show that witches started flying on a broom and sometimes pitch folks from as early as in the 15th century possibly because of the illustration that Guillaume, portrayed . However, no these fancy old fashioned broom can't actually fly! nor do they meant to!Though, from being a beautiful decorative piece for your home, or traditionally valued for the femininity attributes or warding off negative energy from the home! The Besom is a one of a kind piece from history!
How they are used today.
Today, besom brooms are available in celebrations, handfasting ceremonies, marriages and decorating homes throughout the world. For instance, in Wiccan traditions, the broom symbolizes femininity and fertility, feminine elements and a union of masculine.
You can also enjoy having a besom broom in your home. At https://www.ilmypsychicjane.com we have handmade besom brooms made using brushcorn for that modern look and traditional value.
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