An ABC of Witchcraft Past and Present by Doreen Valiente

By Doreen Valiente

What's the courting of the Bible to Witchcraft? What are Fairies, and Magical Alphabets? What have been the hyperlinks among Druidism and Witchcraft? An ABC of Witchcraft covers those topics and plenty of extra from the well-informed and mild point of view of training witch, Doreen Valiente.Arranged in alphabetical order for simple reference, the publication discusses over one hundred twenty five matters that could problem a person wishing to understand extra approximately this historic pagan faith. different issues contain Atlantis, Witches' Familiars, Dancing, fireplace Magic, Flying Ointments, Horses and Witchcraft, Initiations, Love Charms, Royalty and its reference to witchcraft, etc., etc., with as much as numerous pages on each one subject.Both the layman and skilled practitioner will locate this ebook stress-free and fascinating!Over 30,000 bought!

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Whether thou be god or goddess ! " Mithras was sometimes referred to as androgynous ; and the Greek Dionysus even more frequently so . One of his titles was Diphues, meaning 'double-sexed'. The Orphic Hymns sing of Zeus, the supreme god of nature, in the same way ; as man and as virgin eternal. Goddesses, too, were sometimes regarded in the ancient world as double-sexed ; in particular, the most supposedly feminine of them all, Venus or Aphrodite. In Cyprus, a strange image of Venus was wor­ shipped, bearded and masculine, but dressed in female attire.

Today, however, we know that the ancient matriarchy underlies all the later religions and social structures that have grown above it, as the deep dark earth itself underlies all, whether forest or city. The actual text of the Vangelo was too short and fragmentary to make a book of. So Leland supplemented it with some similar stories, involving witchcraft and the worship of Diana, which he had gathered during his travels in Italy, and which are additional evidence of his central thesis. This is, that witchcraft was still surviving in his day, as a living though clandestine religion ; and that it was not, as the Catholic Church asserted, the invocation of Satan, but something much older, namely the cult of the moon goddess Diana and the semi-religious, semi-magical practices associated with her.

The boys were so terrified at the sight of this image that they went mad. Once a year the Spartan boys contended before the image of Artemis Orthia, as to who could bear the most blows of ritual scourging. This is probably connected with the ancient magical idea that scourging was a means of purification, and the driving out of evil spirits, which were long believed to cause madness. It is not so very long ago in historical time that whipping was a regular means of treating 'lunatics', so called because their affliction was believed to be connected with the influence of the moon .

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