It’s October, and my favorite holiday, is only a few weeks away, so I’ve decided to start celebrating early. Happy Halloween!
Today’s Victoriana is “The Magic Circle”, John William Waterhouse’s painting of a witch drawing a fiery magic circle to create a ritual space. If you enbiggen the picture, you can more easily see the ravens and the half-buried skull just outside the circle, and how the circle itself is beginning to flame. She’s holding a curved blade, which suggests that something is about to be sacrificed.
“The Magic Circle” is at the Tate.