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...] about Night Battles: How the Benandanti Fought Witches During the Sabbath
Witchcraft & Magic
Many religions and cultures have a belief in witchcraft and magic which usually involves using supernatural forces to do one's bidding. In early modern Europe, this belief led to widespread witch hunts and has fueled contemporary pagan, witchcraft and modern magickal movements in the 20th century & modern era. Read articles on witchcraft and magic below.
I found a link via the Skeptical Inquirer (May 2000) to a bunch of humorous mass delusions throughout history. For instance: Mackay (1852, 539-540) reports that in 1639 at an all-girls' school in Lille, France, fifty pupils were convinced by their overzealous teacher that they were under Satanic influence. Antoinette Bourgignon had the children believing that "little black … [Read more...] about Mass Delusions and Satanic Mayhem
A reader comments on my previous post, How to Rid Yourself of Demons Just a quick note on 'how to rid yourself of a demon' our inner desires, fears, lusts are all catalogued in the Dictionnaire infernal by Mr DePlancy, you should see these 69 demons as maps of the mind, their true intention NOT as self empowered entities but as a guide to illustrating and identifying the … [Read more...] about Reader Q&A: Belief and the Nature of the Goetic Demons
Usually when people start out, they're very self conscious about doing rituals. They think it's silly to wear a robe, have a magic wand, light colored candles, chant in Latin, etc. The truth is that all of these things are just tools. They aren't required to perform magick successfully. … [Read more...] about Modern Magick: What’s the Purpose of Magickal Rituals?
Let me first say that I am not a member of any magickal group or coven nor do I have any desire to join one. I have studied religious and occult texts for the last 10 years and have a degree in Religious Studies. My understanding of magick comes from lots of reading, introspection and application. With any discussion of magick comes a lot of misconceptions. Most people think … [Read more...] about A Modern Definition of Magick