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 matters and plenty of extra from the well-informed and delicate standpoint of training witch, Doreen Valiente.Arranged in alphabetical order for simple reference, the publication discusses over one hundred twenty five matters that could quandary an individual wishing to understand extra approximately this old pagan faith. different subject matters comprise 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 every one subject.Both the layman and skilled practitioner will locate this e-book relaxing and fascinating!Over 30,000 bought!
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This was realised by Henry More as long ago as 1 647. More was a Platonist and a student of occult philosophy. In his Poems (University of Manchester, 1 93 1 and AMS Press, New York, 1 878) published in that year, when witchcraft was still a capital offence in Britain, occurs the following significant passage : And 'tis an art well known to Wizards old And wily Hags, who oft for fear and shame Of the coarse halter, do themselves withold From bodily assisting their night game. Wherefore their carcasses do home retain, But with their souls at these bad feasts they are, And see their friends and call them by their name, And dance about the Goat, and sing har, bar, And kiss the Devil's breech, and taste his deadly cheer.
This is another echo of very ancient things. One of the titles of the Greek Sun-God was Apollo Smintheus, 'Apollo the M ouse' ; and sacred white mice were kept in some of his temples). So Diana went in search of counsel, "to the fathers of the Beginning, to the mothers, the spirits who were before the first spirit". Now, who were these mysterious primeval powers, both male and female ? It seems from the foregoing that they were the unmanifest aspects of Diana herself-what C. G. Jung has called the Ouroboros, the male female foundation of Nature.
An English Tem plar, Stephen de Staplebridge, acknowledged that 'there were two professions in the order of the Temple, the first lawful and good, the second contrary to the faith' . He had been admitted to the first of these when he entered the order, eleven years before the time of his examination, but he was only initiated into the second or inner mysteries about a year afterwards. The existence of an inner circle within an order or society of some kind, is a frequent means of occult organisation.