Ramblings of a modern druidess

Druids and the city, how does that work? Well, you take two ladies, drive the car to a historic place called Oudewater, set them loose and see what happens.

They will immediately be drawn to a building called the Heksenwaag, which roughly translates as Witches’ Scale.

People used to be weighed here to see whether or not they were, in fact, witches. Emperor Karel V saw to it people had a fair trial in Oudewater, it became the only place where you could count on a honest weighing. People came all the way from Germany to get their names cleared because of some wild accusation back in their home village or town.

Terrible things happened in the 16th and 17th and even the 18th century, but Oudewater made a big difference in the number of convicted people.

So in we went and a friendly gentleman showed us around and at last, we, like so many others before us, were weighed. Bit scary actually, even though no one had ever been found too light on this scale, it was still very strange to stand on the very scale that has been used over hundred and hundred of years.

We were both cleared and have the certificates to prove it!

However, the kind gentleman did warn us to be careful while being in France. Apparantly Karel V wasn’t exactly a well-loved person in this country, so it would be perhaps better for us to travel via Germany or Spain.

Now why on earth would this good man tell us that?? *grin*

Until next week peeps! If you’re ever in the neighbourhood, be sure to check it out and give it a go, you never know when you might need that piece of paper you know 😉

De Heksenwaag


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