Why Witch's Love Riddles:
Witches delight in those “ah ha” moments of discovery and wonder. To be tickled by a new insight or a new way of thinking is among our greatest pleasures. Riddles are excellent tools to provide this tickle, this moment of awe. They also help to stimulate the mind, helping us to view ideas from a variety of perspectives. This flexible thinking keeps one's mind sharp and one's magic more focused and precise.
How Do Witches Use Riddles?
Riddles are gifts that provide others with new ways of thinking, new perspectives, and new insights on common subjects. They are posed at Yule (and to a lesser extent Midsummer) as a treat for the spirit, and as tasty morsels for the mind to chew over. Riddles are not presented in the spirit of competition or one-upmanship; they are gifts to encourage cunning and cleverness,
When Do Witches Exchange Riddles?
The Winter Solstice draws us together around candle-light, bonfires, Yule logs and decorated trees. The long nights around Yule are classic times to exchange “Winter's Tales”, oral traditions, stories and of course riddles.
The Summer Solstice draws us together for revelry and companionship, and in some areas the weather permits outdoor gatherings. These gatherings often wind down with celebrants gathered around the circle or fire. No one is ready to go home, but everyone is too physically tired for more dancing, drumming and revelry. This again is the perfect time to exchange riddles, while our minds and spirits are filled with energy and we let our bodies rest and ground.
30 Mind Teasing Riddles for All Ages
Herein is a collection of favorite riddles, along with their intended answers. Note that some riddles have no exact answer, the joy is in pondering the question and many possible answers.
You see me where I never was and could not be. And yet within that very place my face you often see.
Reaching proudly for the sky, I bare my fingers when it is cold. In warmth I wear an emerald gown and in between I dress in gold.
Every morning I appear to lie at your feet. All day I follow you no matter how fast you run, but I nearly perish in the midday sun.
Imagine you are in a dark room that is slowly filling with water. There are no windows or doors. How do you get out?
I am a vessel with no hinge, lock or lid, but within my center a golden treasure is hid. What am I?
Who makes it has no need of it. Who buys it does not use it. Who uses it cannot see or feel it. What is it?
My life can be measured in hours. I serve by being devoured. Thin I am quick. Fat I am slow. Wind is my foe.
If you drop me I will crack, but give me a smile and I'll always smile back.
Three lives have I: Gentle enough to soothe the skin. Light enough to caress the sky. Hard enough to crack rocks.
Water. (Liquid, Vapor, Solid)
You answer me but I never ask you a question. What am I?
A doorbell or a phone.
What travels around the world but stays in a corner?
What runs but never walks, murmurs but never talks, has a bed but never sleeps, has a mouth but never eats?
John's mother had three children. The first is named Sarah, the second is named Pat, what is the name of the third child?
Some months have 31 days, some have 30 days, but how many months have 28 days?
All of the months have 28 days.
What occurs once in every minute, twice in every moment but never in a thousand years?
The letter “m”.
What is orange, red, purple and green, but not one can reach it, not even a queen?
There are three apples in a basket. You take two, how many apples do you have?
Two. You just took two.
This is a word that contains six letters. When you take away one only twelve remain.
You have me until you share me. Once you share me no one has me. What am I?
I am the beginning of the end, and the end of time and space. I am essential to creation and I surround every place.
The letter “E”.
They come at night without being called and disappear in the day without ever leaving.
What is black when you buy it, red when you use it and white when you are done with it?
I am so delicate that if you say my name I break.
What word is always spelled incorrectly?
I grow when I eat but die when I drink.
The more it dries the wetter it gets.
You can create your own riddles, and even use them to pass down traditions and Mysteries. There are many riddles in movies and literature to inspire you. This one is from The Hobit by J.R.R. Tolkien when Bilbo Baggins and Gollum are conversing:
“Voiceless it cries, Wingless flutters, Toothless bines, Mouthless mutter.
No discussion of riddles is complete without including perhaps one of the oldest; The Riddle of the Sphynx, or Sophocles' riddle for Oedipus Rex:
What walks on four feet in the morning, two in the afternoon and three at night?
Man: as an infant, he crawls on all fours, as an adult he walks on two legs and in old age, he uses a cane or walking stick.
Harry Potter is challenged in J.K. Rowling's The Goblet of Fire. He encounters a sphinx in the Triwizard Tournament maze and this riddle is posed:
First think of the person who lives in disguise, Who deals in secrets and tells naught but lies. Next, tell me what's always the last thing to mend, The middle of middle and the end of end? And finally give me the sound often heard, During the search for a hard-tp-find word. Now string them together, and answer me this, Which creature would you be unwilling to kiss?
The riddle that may predate the sphinx is sometimes attributed to Sumerians:
There is a house one enters blind and comes out seeing. What is it?
A School House.
Once you get a feel for riddles, you will begin creating your own more easily. You will find additional inspiration from scientists and mathematicians such as Einstein's Riddle (which may have actually been posed by Lewis Carrol” and Raymond Smullyan's riddle featured in the movie Labyrinth. Start a few searches online, or look around your home and community. Riddles will come to you throughout the year, and you can record them in your Book of Shadows to share with others later.