The Lady of the Green Kirtle (Part II)


Green Kirtle = green scales = reptile = poison = poisonous intent, poisonous sexuality, poisonous philosophy.

The Green Witch is all about poison. Green-yellow is the color of pustulence, of unhealthy phlegm, pus, the eruptions of an infected wound; it’s the color of insects, snakes, lizards, certain larvae, caterpillars, and amphibians, and centipedes. Creepy-crawlies that in the majority are not poisonous, yet you wouldn’t want to touch them. It’s wise to err in caution. Green is the color of unripe fruit that might irritate the stomach. Being so symbolized with poison, it’s no wonder The Green Witch gets such a poisonous, messy death.

The power to bewitch men is evident is evident in the Tarot card image above and in  the Roberto Ferri painting to the left, which I had to judiciously crop because of explicit male nudity and stuff. Neither is the Green Witch, but they could be.

OTOH, if it’s a comic version you want, the pic above, of some Pokemon creature, will fulfill that role. Save for its dolorous expression.

Digital art by Alon Chou

This isn’t the Lewis character either, but her clothing is spot-on.

Francesca and Her Lute, by Charles Edward Halle

The woman playing the lute here is closely aligned to the Green Witch in her pre-Raphaelite aesthetic. I always pictured the witch’s eyes as large and luminous as those of the woman’s in the painting, seemingly innocent, yet full of lies.

Character design by Olga Prozorova

If The Green Witch had ever become Queen of Narnia, she might have looked like this. Notice the smug expression.

Queen of Wands, by Elric2021

This is about the nuttiest Green Witch I’ve come across. It’s some kind of photo collage, like those Lavazza Coffee used to do for their annual calendars, and resplendent with sunflowers, green and brown brocade, and a Narnian lion throne and tapestry. The Queen is as regal and royal as a figure from a Tudor portrait, where the subject’s head is too small and hands too large. She’s part of a Tarot deck, where images of witchy women  abound. In fact, there’s even a whole deck of them, The Green Witch Tarot. To be a Green Witch has positive connotations in the present day; yet Lewis, through his skill, displaced his villainess from the  healthy associations with nature, associating her with dark, hidden places — a spring that comes out of the earth, a snake’s burrow, the Underdark,

This creature might be the female version of The Green Man, a stock mythological being representing  the return of spring and new plant growth.  But she has her hair styled in two horns, which might allude either to a Medieval headress or Batman’s enemy Poison Ivy, who is also a Green Witch of sorts,  drawing her power from plants and mesmerizing men with mind-controlling pollens and poisons. Like Poison Ivy, the Green Witch uses a powder to beguile and hypnotize, and her power comes from poisons. They are the anti-Green Man.

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