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Author Topic: What would Steampunk Witches be like ?  (Read 2327 times)
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« Reply #25 on: February 23, 2015, 10:09:27 am »

Then it's a good thing you didn't.


  Genteel and delicate sensibilities would have been damaged beyond repair !!!

 Though some might argue it was very European and artistic. Done  in the best possible taste  
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« Reply #26 on: February 23, 2015, 10:10:16 am »

The only "witch" I ever liked was Stevie Nicks  Grin



 a very bewitching siren
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« Reply #27 on: February 23, 2015, 10:27:41 am »

The only "witch" I ever liked was Stevie Nicks  Grin



 a very bewitching siren

Indeed. I was born too late m'fraid...
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« Reply #28 on: February 23, 2015, 11:37:52 am »

Perhaps a good idea is for those of you in the know to explain to rest of us - who are basically ignorant on the subject, the details and differences between each type....

I like the idea of mechanical familiars



As Atterton says some very modern "ideas" are portrayed as ancient tradition. Look up Gerald Gardner. He was actually a follower of another ancient faith but some of the group wanted something more exuberant and very fine they look to. Iolo Morganwg could be an interesting character to research as far as the basis of modern interpretations of Gardners faith are concerned. I know Pliny referred to them and there are older references but my memory is not as good as it was in previous ages.

Witches as in the herbalist wise woman is a recurrent theme throughout history in the Uk as is the entirely different witch theme in Shakepeares Macbeth. It is confusing for the one noun "witch" to be attributed to such a wide characterisation/personification. Include ladies of a certain age (chrone), the insult, bewitching, fairy tales, film characters and comic books and the word witch is without  a real meaning.
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« Reply #29 on: February 23, 2015, 02:04:56 pm »

There are also possibilities of magic/science crossovers like:

Automata as Golems made, of course, with all the requisite brass and coggery - but enervated by kabbalistic incantation or summoned entities.

The creation of such staple laboratory commodities as Cavorite by alchemical means, rather than that labourious metallurgical extraction.
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« Reply #30 on: February 23, 2015, 03:13:47 pm »

In a certain way, all steampunk fans can be considered witches.  We defy social conventions, and think rather than follow. 

As all the witches I know in real life are usually indistinguishable from mundanes in day to day life, I'd be tempted to say they can fit in whatever way they want. 

Clockwork familiar, yes.  Fairy dust, yes.  Steam powered brooms, yes. 

Goggles on a pointed hat.  Bully!
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« Reply #31 on: February 23, 2015, 07:35:34 pm »

As the greatest witch of all would say -Tis all headology. And Granny Weatherwax's mentors being mentored themselves by students of Black Aliss who can doubt her? A real witch has no need of cauldrons and charms if you can summon spirits via the tub in the wash house and still have use of a broomstick no matter how old and battered.

That said, I delight in the strange coloured gurgling liquids in the glass jars inside my fermenting cupboard  and the dark mush mash inside glass jars in my pantry. Today the moon being in aries, both waxing and ascending I have sorted my bean jars and set my aubergines, chillies and some san marzano tomatoes in my heated propagator.

Hopefully Adora Belle Dearheart will found an offshoot of the Golem trust for mechanical familiars and indeed all mechanicals.
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« Reply #32 on: February 23, 2015, 10:39:49 pm »

As the greatest witch of all would say -Tis all headology. And Granny Weatherwax's mentors being mentored themselves by students of Black Aliss who can doubt her? A real witch has no need of cauldrons and charms if you can summon spirits via the tub in the wash house and still have use of a broomstick no matter how old and battered.

That said, I delight in the strange coloured gurgling liquids in the glass jars inside my fermenting cupboard  and the dark mush mash inside glass jars in my pantry. Today the moon being in aries, both waxing and ascending I have sorted my bean jars and set my aubergines, chillies and some san marzano tomatoes in my heated propagator.

Hopefully Adora Belle Dearheart will found an offshoot of the Golem trust for mechanical familiars and indeed all mechanicals.

 That  alchemy of sorcery is very enticing
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« Reply #33 on: February 24, 2015, 05:25:56 am »

Here's another pic of Victorian women dressed as Witches:

. . .for whatever inspiration you may get from it.
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« Reply #34 on: February 24, 2015, 03:30:20 pm »

This illustrates the unfair and unreasonable victimisation of witches throughout the ages. Despite the fire being nothing to do with witchcraft what do the authorities warn against. The whole thing was entirely the fault of the loon bands.

http://www.centralsomersetgazette.co.uk/Nutella-sparks-message-Glastonbury-witches-cover/story-26074668-detail/story.html
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« Reply #35 on: February 25, 2015, 07:53:32 am »

This illustrates the unfair and unreasonable victimisation of witches throughout the ages. Despite the fire being nothing to do with witchcraft what do the authorities warn against. The whole thing was entirely the fault of the loon bands.

http://www.centralsomersetgazette.co.uk/Nutella-sparks-message-Glastonbury-witches-cover/story-26074668-detail/story.html


 I have heard of crystals starting fires . Typically women residents are stigmatised over   these fires.
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« Reply #36 on: February 25, 2015, 07:54:43 am »

Here's another pic of Victorian women dressed as Witches:

. . .for whatever inspiration you may get from it.


 There are  beautiful sorceress images from that era.  It is what inspired me for the thread.
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« Reply #37 on: February 25, 2015, 08:36:38 am »

Terry Pratchett's witches are my favorites ("I ATENT DEAD"), but there is always Serafina Pekkala from 'The Golden Compass' with her tattered silks and her cloud-pine branch and her daemon bird.

A Steampunk witch might be a combination of the two, perhaps?
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« Reply #38 on: February 25, 2015, 09:54:51 am »

Terry Pratchett's witches are my favorites ("I ATENT DEAD"), but there is always Serafina Pekkala from 'The Golden Compass' with her tattered silks and her cloud-pine branch and her daemon bird.

A Steampunk witch might be a combination of the two, perhaps?


 One that stuck in my mind from childhood has been very hard to track down was Hubble Bubble and her cat Sebastian.

http://www.toonhound.com/hubblebubble.htm

 and bad jelly

 We did how ever have a fairy tale book with a scary but beautiful picture of  Snow white's step mother  looking into her glass.

It was along this vein,  a fair woman with peacock feathers and  deep aquamarine  jewels



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« Reply #39 on: February 25, 2015, 10:38:37 am »

A few thoughts spring to mind...
The witches in the Wizard of OZ...a good / white Steamunk witch would carry a spanner and oil can to help the Tin Man (Automaton)?
And of course they would need a few clockwork mice to keep their cats amused.

Brass instruments (in a walnut veneered panel) and controls on their broomsticks would be a nice touch and perhaps silver cogs instead of brass to symbolize the moon rather than the sun as a subtle but elegant alternative.
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« Reply #40 on: February 25, 2015, 11:24:37 am »

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« Reply #41 on: February 26, 2015, 06:08:45 am »

Terry Pratchett's witches are my favorites ("I ATENT DEAD"), but there is always Serafina Pekkala from 'The Golden Compass' with her tattered silks and her cloud-pine branch and her daemon bird.

A Steampunk witch might be a combination of the two, perhaps?


 One that stuck in my mind from childhood has been very hard to track down was Hubble Bubble and her cat Sebastian.

http://www.toonhound.com/hubblebubble.htm

 and bad jelly

 We did how ever have a fairy tale book with a scary but beautiful picture of  Snow white's step mother  looking into her glass.

It was along this vein,  a fair woman with peacock feathers and  deep aquamarine  jewels






Yes.  Such evil beauty.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-UMNSVX7_I
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« Reply #42 on: February 27, 2015, 02:39:42 pm »

I'm imagining ... disquietingly life-like automatons

I found this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bY_wfKVjuJM
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« Reply #43 on: February 27, 2015, 02:46:15 pm »

As regards witches and steampunk technology, I think they are absolutely natural bedfellows. In my head, fairy tales, gaslamp fantasy, are all about that. I.M.O. "Golden Age" illustrators such as Kay Nielsen captured that sense nicely.
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« Reply #44 on: February 27, 2015, 08:58:10 pm »

Surprised no one has mentioned yume neko https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNPHzSWrnAU , Endora and Sam from Bewitched (who has never yearned to be able to twitch a nose or click ones fingers) or Robert Rankins Witches of Chiswick http://www.sproutlore.com/books/witchesofchiswick.php

Still all good Steampunk witches must have their goggles everready, and will have eggs boiling in their cauldron for March 20 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-solar-eclipse-2015-when-is-it-what-time-will-it-start-and-where-can-i-see-it-10076174.html. In my calendar it will be a time to sow cabbages and salad so guess I shall be breakfasting on the lottie that day

BTW all witches will probably raise an eyebrow at the articles date of the next full moon. My orb clearly states March 5 or 6 depending on which side of the moonbeam I an situated on at the time.
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« Reply #45 on: March 13, 2015, 10:19:29 am »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYtgsLnEl38

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« Reply #46 on: March 19, 2015, 07:08:45 am »

The original question was,  I believe, "..what would steampunk witchery be like?"

Um, well...
Perhaps like this?


Or this?

(Yes, that's a steampunk broom with seat and muffler expansion chamber from a Vespa...)

Although personally, I favor her like this...
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« Reply #47 on: March 19, 2015, 08:27:44 am »

Those sirens of sorcery are definitely tempting she devils
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« Reply #48 on: April 02, 2015, 10:41:04 pm »

And since someone touched on the subject of the 1980s movie adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune being Steampunk, what about the Bene Gesserit?

http://dune.wikia.com/wiki/Alia_Atreides

http://www.film.com/photos/bewitching-witches/attachment/alia-atredes-alicia-witt-dune-1984
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