Tales From the Mountain: Beyond the Granny Witches

32 thoughts on “Tales From the Mountain: Beyond the Granny Witches”

  1. Anna and Granny, l just found you today. I have been reading as much as I can since. I feel like I found more of my soul family. I have lived in WV most of my life. I knew how to use herbs all my life. When I was a teenager, people would ask me how I knew how to use herbs. My answer was always ” I just have always known”. I discovered, when I was close to forty, my Great-grandmother was a Blackfoot medicine woman. She guided and blessed me with her loving gift.
    I would see an herb and known what it healed. When I got ” formal education” to be a certified herbalist I then would know the name of the herb but I couldn’t remember what it was for.
    SORRY GRANDMOTHER!!!! It was quite a lesson! We are Wild Women using our Wild Crafts! Thank you Anna and Granny. I promise to honor and listen to my Elders. In love and light,
    Dana 💚

  2. Enjoy your writing! Some things I have just done all my life just because. I refused to go to a funeral when I was pregnant with my youngest son. I could not go and I knew it. I can never cross a black cat”s path without wiping out the danger. The list goes on. I have North Carolina and Cherokee heritage.

  3. I read several of these stories to my cat. He seemed to like them very much, the way the words flowed. He liked them more than bits of my stories I read on Wattpad! (:

  4. Just found your blog. You are a very talented writer. I sincerely hope you get your work published. As far as the granny witches go…. let’s just say, my family aren’t Appalachian, or even Southerners, but my Momma’s folk are from Ireland and Wales, do I know thing, or two about the Old Ways of which you speak.
    I have already shared your blog and Facebook page with my oldest and closest friend. Now she is a Southener! Her Mom’s folk hailed from Charlotte, NC.
    Keep writing, and we’ll keep our fingers crossed.

  5. I can’t describe how glad I feel that you are sharing your stories. I know those stories. They are my life.

  6. I made a fresh commitment to fully expressing my witchy (crab apple) self yesterday, and today I wandered across you. One of my grans was Appalachian born and raised, and I can hear her gravelly raspberry voice chiming in with agreement as I read your words. So glad to have found you!

  7. I am loving your writing. Reading about Granny & Mama & the cat woman reminds me of the night my soon to be daughter-in-law and I sat out on the porch of a cabin in Lost Creek (Reliance, TN) and told ghost stories and about the ‘painters’ that roamed the woods. We scared ourselves silly and had to go inside. I hadn’t though about that in quite some time. I think that was in 2002. Keep on writing, girlfriend, and we’ll keep on reading it.

  8. This is so new to me.Ive never heard of granny witches. Its really interesting. I will read everything I find about them.I love the superstitions that they have. My grandma was very superstitious. Thanks for the great read.!!!

  9. i have the eerie ability to know when someone is dying . I dream dreams of deaths and the next day that person, or animal has died. Also I have a strong sense of perception. I can literally read people s minds. My daughter also has this some ability . The gifts have been passed down from my Cherokee blood line.

  10. A friend of mine shared your blog with me, and I’m so glad she did. I would so love to be able to sit on your porch for awhile! I’m from the swampy flatland of rural S GA. My people, on both sides, migrated here from more mountainous regions “up north.” My paternal Grandmother was a Christian woman, but she certainly learned a lot of old ways from someone in her family. She was a herbalist and midwife. I have been fortunate to meet people she delivered. The folks of Dixie Union called her Dr Mary. And the saying was if she told you that you needed the City Dr, you were BBBBAADDDD sick. LOL. She even prepared the dead for burial until she married my Grandfather… he was for some reason freaked out by that. I would give almost anything to be able to travel back in time and learn all she knew about plants/trees/herbs, midwifery, etc. As far as I know, all that she knew died with her. BUT… as Anna Wess wrote on her blog, “crazy is in my blood.” So, I’m still learning how to tap into all that knowledge in my blood and bones. When I asked Music Funeral Home permission to come and bathe my Dad before they prepared him for his funeral, I felt his Mama, my Granny, smile real big. My two sisters surprised me, and I think even themselves, when they decided to come with me and participate. With bluegrass music playing, and memories being shared, we bathed our Father’s body…. we shaved his face… and shampooed his hair. It was the last thank you we could give his earthly form. It was a beautiful thing. Yes… there’s crazy in my blood, and I’m so thankful.

  11. Anna, I am a graphic designer newly enamored in your writing and I see that you are plotting a book out of this…so if you’d need someone to design it then, and maybe even illustrate, I volunteer as a tribute 🙂 My portfolio is at http://www.misul-do.com, you can take a look! In the meantime, please keep on writing, it’s sooo goood. Aaahh.

  12. I enjoy your writings! I am a granny from generations of them. It runs through the bloodlines of the mountain women, and we embrace it, all in our ways. I look forward to your writings in the future. Bless your young heart!

  13. Really excited to read about my ancestors! Lol. Love your writing. I want the book. Not ebook. Really looking forward to it!

  14. So grateful I found Appalachian Ink! I’m a westerner who refers to her aging self (78) as Granny Gerry. I have a very pretty cousin, a strawberry, who is shocked that I use that term. Very important to her to be prefect and “stay young.” I embrace the old woman I’ve become and YOU have made the term, “Granny” even more fascinating!!

  15. “Look upon the face of death, never feel your baby’s breath.” I’m Appalachian raised, and first heard this when I was hugely pregnant and asked to play “pee-anna” for a funeral. Unnerving!

  16. I love these little stories I wondered upon you on FB my question is are there books?? if so can you tell me the titles and where to find them I love this and they would be awesome presents for friends as well

    thanks diane

  17. You are truly one of the best Appalachian writers out there. I so relate to this. My upbringing was very similar, and I have to say— I love those old superstitions. I don’t believe all of them, but I sure do hold them dear. Remind me of my grandma. haha

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