What is Bitchcraft?
Bitchcraft, a disarming play off of witchcraft, is a celebration of radical womanhood, and an observation of magick in the form of handmade crafts and/or mystic arts. Witches have traditionally threatened strict religious doctrines, challenged the status quo, and evoked fear. The word ‘bitch’ is used to verbally persecute women, not unlike the executions performed on alleged female magick users throughout history. To be called a bitch, one must have challenged the status quo. And to be an artist or mystic staunchly opposes how we’re expected to earn in our capitalistic economy.
These combined concepts paint a vivid portrait of a woman who is full of rage and courage. She will no longer be discouraged from actualizing her dreams. She sharpens her pencil like a blade, or lights a balmy candle and slips into a lucid trance. She wets her hands and shapes visions out of clay, or intuitively interprets the serendipitous arrangement of colorful cards. Whatever her art, it takes her to another world. She will not be discouraged by criticism, she will risk conformity for this feeling, this spell cast by her own two masterful hands.
When you’re drawn to take part in Bitchcraft Fair, whether as a vendor, an attendee, a guest or a volunteer, perhaps you can feel that ancient power waking in your bones. Or maybe you’re just feeling particularly festive this Halloween season! Regardless – they couldn’t burn us, so join us.