Any Witch Way - Part 1
This week we begin a multi-week look at a painting from the Sinister 11, The Witch of Walpurgus.
This painting features a woman in a cave holding a cat with many magical items around her. Many people have speculated about some of these items, the one that comes to mind most is the large yellow disk in the corner with words written on it. What is it? What could it be?
Dan Olson from the Doombuggies.com Message board was very helpful with some of the symbolism in this painting. He pointed me to a book entitled Illustrated Anthology of Witchcraft, Magic and Alchemy by Emile Grillot De Givry. He wrote a book decades ago about various aspects of the magical. Many of the pages in this book show various items that were placed into the Witch Painting (which will be future blog posts).
This disk in the corner is known as the Pentacle for Conjuring Infernal Spirits.
Yes, it would appear that perhaps this book was in the WDI Library or perhaps in the private collection of Marc Davis at the time he was researching for this painting.
At the Haunted Mansion's, two ghosts just can't let and old rivalry die. The duelists in the ballroom fire at eachother for all eternity while everyone else has a good time. But did you know that one duelist is actually a winner and makes his shot?
The duelist on the left (based after the Pirates of the Caribbean Auctioneer) actually hits his ethereal opponent. Both figures have the same movements, but the one on the right has one more. At the end of the sequence, right after the shot, his head jerks to one side. However, since they are turned to us, we never see the movement.
Next time you are visiting the mansion, take a gander at the right duelist, you just might see it.
You look familiar...
Patrons to the Disney World Haunted Mansion travel through a library where the 2 of the staring busts from the Disneyland mansion appear. What's odd however is that some people don't realize that out of the 8 busts, only 4 are actually there. They take the same busts and make two copies to stick on other shelves. At one time however, there were 8 different busts. It is said that a resin positive of one of the missing busts occasionally appears on eBay. Rest assured that if we ever find pictures of these 4 missing followers, they will be shown.
Haven't I seen you before?