With Voodoo Dolls or Curse Tablets abound, how did one go about protecting themselves if they suspected someone placed a curse on them?
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.
Voces Magicae were mysterious words that have no obvious or immediate meaning in Greek or any other language
Voodoo dolls (or kolossoi as the Greeks called them) were also quite popular in the Greco-Roman world.
Europe underwent a number of political shifts and social transformations between 1000-1700 leading to the Protestant Reformation and the witch craze.
With corruption plaguing the Catholic Church, Reform movements, science, and the rise of literacy gradually chipped away at its power.
During the 15th-16thc. in Europe, many of the great occultists – Marsilio Ficino, Pica della Mirandola, Henry Cornelius Agrippa, and John Dee – flourished.
Mysticism is not new to Judaism. It dates back at least to the 6th century BCE with Ezekiel’s visions of the divine chariot (called merkavah mysticism) in Isaiah. In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple.… Read More »
John Dee (1527-1608) was a renown philosopher, mathematician, geographer and navigator during 16th century’s Elizabethan Renaissance.
Kabbalists believed that there is a gap between how mankind can understand God and what God actually is. This unknowable aspect of God is called Ein-Sof.