The benandanti were an agrarian fertility cult in Northern Italy in the 16th-17th centuries who claimed they would leave their bodies and fight witches 4 times each year.
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.
In the 1800s, Charles Mackay wrote a book on mass delusion and the stupidity of crowds. The Skeptical Inquirer provides some anecdotes to modernize his book.
Approach the Goetic demons as maps of the mind, not as self empowered entities but as a guide to illustrating and identifying the problems at hand.
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.
Anything you bring about because of your Will or intention can be considered Magick – supernatural or not.