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The Witch's Broom or Besom. The witch's broom has many uses. It is used to bless the union of a couple with fertility. At the end of the handfasting rite, the couple jumps the broom to bless their union. The broom handle represents the male and the skirt of the broom represents the female. The skirt of the broom is always kept side-up in the honor of the Goddess. The broom is also used for sweeping negativity away. Can also be used in casting the circle before a ritual or spell.