Witches were said to ride through the air on switches or
broomsticks on their nocturnal journey to the Sabbat. Various
other mounts were supposed to be used by witches, including
a cleft stick, a staff, a distaff, or even a shovel. These objects
were smeared with a special witchcraft ointment before the
flight. Other witches were believed to make their aerial journeys
on such animals as a wolf or a goat. These flights were
named transvection by demonologists.
Robbins, Rossell Hope. The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and Demonology.
New York Crown Publishers, 1959.