By Doreen Valiente
What's the dating 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 lots of extra from the well-informed and delicate point of view of working towards witch, Doreen Valiente.Arranged in alphabetical order for simple reference, the e-book discusses over one hundred twenty five matters which may difficulty a person wishing to grasp extra approximately this historical pagan faith. different issues contain Atlantis, Witches' Familiars, Dancing, hearth Magic, Flying Ointments, Horses and Witchcraft, Initiations, Love Charms, Royalty and its reference to witchcraft, etc., etc., with as much as a number of pages on every one subject.Both the layman and skilled practitioner will locate this ebook relaxing and fascinating!Over 30,000 offered!
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This explanation may sound somewhat far-fetched ; but Eliphas Levi was in touch with secret occult fraternities which pre served traditional knowledge, though he often wrote in an obscure and 34 Baphomet devious style, being anxious not to give too much offence to the Catholic Church. There is a very curious and interesting carving in the church of Saint Merri in France, which is traditionally said to be a representation of Baphomet. It is a horned and winged figure, bearded but having female breasts ; and it sits cross-legged, rather like the old Gaulish figures of the Celtic Horned God, Cernunnos.
He can, however, visit the astral plane, and perceive visions in the astral light, while still incarnate upon this earth. This clairvoyant travel is one of the attainments sought by the witch. It is the reality behind the wild stories of witches flying through the air. The flying witch is not in her physical, but her astral form. 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.
Spence stated in his Encyclopaedia of Occultism (George Routledge, London, 1 920, and University Books, New Hyde Park, New York, 1 959), that he had fou nd good evidence for the existence of a witch cult similar to that of Europe, in pre-Columbian Mexico . He remarks that this seems to indicate a very ancient origin for what he calls "the witch-religion". How could the unknown artist of a picture painted in Mexico before Columbus discovered the Americas, have possibly depicted this very distinctive figure ?