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The Witch of Endor as a Cavalier by RC deWinter

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© 2010 RC deWinter ~ All Rights Reserved

A seminal figure in Western occult history, the Witch of Endor first appears in the book of 1 Samuel in the Old Testament. She was summoned by King Saul to raise the prophet Samuel from the dead.

The Witch of Endor would today be described as a medium or seer, but as the legend evolved she was thought to be an actual witch who had mastery over the element of Air. The belief in the actual existence of witches and otherworldly beings grew over time, culminating in the rabid persecution and killing, for centuries, throughout Europe of those persons so identified.

The persistent English belief in the satanic power of witches was imported by the Puritans to early New England as well, and women and men accused of witchcraft and consorting with the devil were hanged and otherwise dispatched, notably in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

During the reign of Charles II of England (the Restoration), masques and other elaborate entertainments were extremely popular at court. Here we see a Cavalier from that period, costumed as the Witch of Endor, enjoying a pint.

Digital oil portrait of a man dressed as the witch; adapted from an original photograph shot October 23, 2010 in Hebron, Connecticut at King Arthur’s Harvest Faire.

Tech specs: Photoshop, Filter Forge, Filters Unlimited, Xero, Arkvis


cavalier, costume, dark, fantasy, historical, magic, moon, portrait, witch

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I have been a photographer for over 25 years, using both traditional and digital SLR equipment, with pictures published in print as well as in online publications and galleries. The digitally-composed works are created using a variety of software. If you enjoy my work, please spread the word, and thank you for stopping by.

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  • pinkyjain
    pinkyjainalmost 4 years ago

    Awesome and so cool. Great history

  • Thank you much, my friend…:-)

    – RC deWinter

  • Conoro
    Conoroalmost 4 years ago

    Gina this is great, I love the spun, golden cobwebs surrounding him! A great Halloween artwork :-) oxox

  • :-)…Yesterday, sore jaw and all, I wandered around a fairground in rural Connecticut and shot 342 photos. Many more to come, dear friend. If you look at the macro-view of this at FAA you will see that what appear to be cobwebs are actually Cabalistic star charts from the 16th century. Thank you for your contant encouragement…XOXOXO

    – RC deWinter

  • Conoro
    Conoroalmost 4 years ago

    Gina what a stunning idea – I will go and look now because the large view sort of shows it here, but not clearly enough. oxox

  • Yes, sigh…each site has its good points and limitations…

    – RC deWinter

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1almost 4 years ago

    Fantastic for Halloween !

  • I guess so…LOL…thanks, Stephanie.

    – RC deWinter

  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIonealmost 4 years ago

    “Excellent! Thank you for submitting your work to the Art & Collectables Sales Group. ": Hope to be able to find this again for my Halloween features!

  • Many thanks! :-) BOO!

    – RC deWinter

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusalmost 4 years ago

  • My pleasure, Deborah…:-)

    – RC deWinter

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusalmost 4 years ago

  • ’m honored and I thank you!

    – RC deWinter

  • Stacey Lazarus
    Stacey Lazarusalmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your Feature!! Happy Halloween!!!

  • Thank you, blessed Samhain.

    – RC deWinter

  • wolfepaw
    wolfepawalmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you and blessed Samhain.

    – RC deWinter

  • Elaine123
    Elaine123almost 4 years ago

    super shot,

  • Thank you, wishing you a Blessed Samhain.

    – RC deWinter

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