For better or for worse, red hair has always been associated with witchcraft. From the early teachings of the most well known ancient civilizations to the Salem witch trials of the late 1600s, the connection between witches and the MCR1 gene has been written in stone.
Media messaging has only continued the propagation of this cultural association through redheaded representation in film and television shows. From tenacious and sassy classics like Endora from Bewitched or Winifred Sanderson from Hocus Pocus to modern day witches running the gamut from the kind and loving Ginny Weasley from Harry Potter to the truly malevolent Melisandre from Game of Thrones, separating the witchy archetype from the hair color is not impossible, but should be classified as incredibly difficult at best.
Whether traditional witchcraft is an integral part of your life or not, I would argue that redheads and magical creatures are synonymous. The redheads that I’m referencing are not necessarily using magic of the supernatural kind. That being said, an inherent form of magic is undoubtedly present. Despite some of the misperceptions that exist, the rest of the world recognizes our strength, rarity and passion.
Not convinced? Check out 5 of the most magical redheaded phenomena:
1. We stand out from the crowd.
In a sea of people, we always manage to rise above the rest. Getting lost in a crowd (both literally and figuratively) is never a concern.
2. Our presence is immediately noticed.
You know that moment when you walk into a room and heads turn? That moment never really stops when we’re around other people. They can’t help but want to learn more.
3. We connect with others.
Redheads are so in tune with other people that they often sense how someone is feeling and know what they need before the other person knows they need it. We’re also great at expressing thoughts and feeling without words. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve locked eyes with another redhead and felt deeply connected without uttering a word.
4. We are one with nature.
Not only do neutral tones perfectly complement our fiery manes; we also appreciate the peace, beauty and solitude associated with flora and fauna.
5. We’re impossible to forget.
Your 2nd-grade teacher? The person who sat four seats behind you in science class? The server at the restaurant you went to ONE time? Yup, all of them. And so many more.
If that’s not magic, I don’t know what is.
So am I a witch? ABSOLUTELY! And so are you. Rock it like a Redhead!