We have learned to dismiss the Inquisition, to view its cases, its hundreds of years of history as a self-fulfilling prophesy gone terribly wrong. People driven by faith or greed or a bit of both, sought witches and found them. Scores and scores of women and men were imprisoned, tortured and in some cases killed, apparently for their own good. History has rejected the … [Read more...]
Witches are practitioners of magic who can allegedly call upon the supernatural to perform spells or curses. In Early Modern Europe, witchcraft associated with consorting with the Devil, leading to witch hunts in Protestant Europe and later in America. Modern witchcraft is associated with the Wiccan movement. Read articles about witches below.
The Vatican has made the news again with their university level course on Satanism, black magic and exorcism. Taught by exorcists and psychiatrists, the course ran last February and apparently was popular enough that they'll be running it again this year. The course runs four months and is open to clergy and seminarians as well as doctors, psychiatrists, lawyers and youth … [Read more...]
Here are a couple of recent articles here that show that the belief in witchcraft is still prominent in certain parts of the world. … [Read more...]
Europe went through a number of political shifts and social transformations during the period between 1000 and 1700 which played a huge role in the rise of mysticism, the Protestant Reformation, and the witch craze. … [Read more...]
Nectanebus In the Alexander Romance attributed to Callisthenes (c 370-327 BCE) Nectanebus was the Egyptian Pharaoh who claimed to be the father of Alexander the Great. He was thought of as a great magician and astrologer. In one account, he tried to seduce the Olympias, the wife of Philip of Macedon by extracting the juice from plants known to induce dreams. He then molds … [Read more...]