Nobody, apparently, knows who the women in this Victorian picture were. Of course, some have argued that they were just respectable Victorian matrons playing dress-up for some reason.
But I would like to think that they were actual witches, thriving in that strange era of respectability fetish and furniture legs ruffled for ‘modesty’ but with bordellos everywhere. They look knowing, enigmatic and empowered.
Whenever i think of the Victorian era, i think of the Gemini Queen married to her Cousin but in love with her servant, Black Beauty and Oscar Wilde. Then i think of maidenhair ferns, seances by gaslight and automatic writing.
“The Victorian era” wrote author Jonathan Auxier, “was perhaps the last point in Western history when magic and science were allowed to coexist.”
In 1875, when this picture was taken, Pluto + Neptune were in Taurus, while Uranus was in Leo – they could have hidden in plain sight. They could have been the founders of Neptunian Life Coaching.
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