a reply to: ladybug121
Yes that has different reasons, myself I am not so sure. I read old Germanic texts and some poems / sayings handle this.
I can only speak for European region though, the myths and saga. These old besoms were often made out of birch branches. Birch is one of the holy
woods and according to old myths and sayings, probably from early Christian / Pagan mixing together, not as a Church but in faith.
According to old texts, Birch is a symbol of fertility. This has different reasons. For one it's often the earliest tree that sprouts in springtime.
It announces the arrival of the Maiden, after the Crone's winter time of death and rotting, it announces the renewal. It's sap, if fresh, tastes
refreshing and is very healthy when it is taken in Spring. Old books tell about magical properties but for most that follow this path today, it's to
appreciate and welcome the Maiden.
Now, initially one turns a besom around so it's dry and insects don't gather under it while it rests outside. Like in winter it's also to keep the
branches dry. One does not take it inside because it would dry out too much from the dry air, from the fireplace.
Folks were superstitious though, there is another meaning. It's said that if wood tied together so it crosses, mostly with a red thin rope / yarn,
it's a symbol of protection, the red tied cross. Notice the similarity to "the Red Cross", protecting / helping. A besom from birch branches, besoms
like that in general, have a lot of crossing branches.
A besom might also be used as a wand for conducting energy, just saying. But it very much depends on one's believe, there is no "book of witchcraft"
even though some of the more modern Wicca websites often provide lists and theory and recipes for potions and act like it's the absolute truth, it
Some websites even just take the physical properties of things like we know them and twist it to mythical. Like walnut oil essence from the outer
green shell, it repels insects... and of course it will repel bad spirits because of that too (get it
Funny though you made this thread at this time now @ OP, since there is a full moon happening currently.