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Witchcraft beliefs have always flourished amoung superstitious, ignorant peoples and among our very learned men and women of our species. One might think that with the great advances in education and science in the United States, witchcraft in this country, as well as the rest of the planet, would be at least critically ill if not completely dead. Far from it. No one knows how many covens of witches exist in the U.S. today.
In medieval times churchmen used flowers to spread the gospel, there were others who employed them to less holy means. Throughout the Middle Ages, and certainly to date in many parts of the world, a few discrete questions to the right people in the right places could lead one to a witch. Witches have been known to be good as well as evil; and the reputation of a "good witch" often stemed from the ability to come up with herbal brews that satisfied people's wants and needs. "White witches", those who profess to do only good with their witchcraft are often healers. Now only in yore do "white witches" tip to herbal patches hidden deep in the woods, to gather forbidden plants.
Many of the witches' herbs herbs were poisonous plants now recognised as containing potent drugs and toxins. The familiar henbane and mandrake were witches' standbys. Too, by special treatment, witches tried to endow these old herbal servants with new powers.
Thus, the witches preffered to harvest mandrake from beneath a gallows tree. The hanged man had to have a "pure youth." That meant a kindrid spirit that had devoted his whole life from conception to death, to a life of crime. Even so, the newly harvested root had to have special treatment. It had to be bathed in wine, clothed in silk and velvet, and given sustenance, preferably with sacramental water or a wafer stolen during communion.
Circe, mistress of the ocult wiled the heart of Odyseus by giving him the "juice of magical herbs," most likely mandrake or henbane. Jupiter's Bean, or henbane was another favorite herb of the witch. Harvested at night when the moon was in the proper phase, this deadly member of the nightshade family served the witch as an ingredient of her flying ointment. After blending the herb with such ingredients as a bat's blood, vipers, toads, and the fat of a dead children, the witch would rub the mixture into her skin. Soon the witch would start to hallucinate, imagining that she was soaring through the air or dancing with demons. Later her recollections gave rise to tales of magical flights and black Sabbats.
A related species of the (belladona) henbane was thorn apple, used in a concoction for love; "love will", wich was supposed to make the object of one's desires lose all powers of resistance and become, against his or her will, passionately aroused.
A Less repulsive mimetic is a "Love Oil" used with a "Braided Love Spell." The love oil, wich will help to draw companionship and a partner who is intrested in a long-term relationship is the mix that follows:
For the BRAIDED LOVE SPELL, you will need three nine foot sections of cord; one pink, one red, and one white (your love colors).
Cast a circle and invoke the elements. Invoke the God or Goddess you are working with.
Pick up the red cord. This represents passion. Run it through your hands and think of the passion you would like to have in a relationship.
Now pick up the pink cord. This cord represents companionship. Run it through your hands and think of the companionship you would like in a relationship.
Pick up the white cord. This cord represents trust. Run it hands and think of these qualities and how they relate to the relationship you would like to have.
Tie the tops of the three cords together and firmly secure the knot to a broom handle or chair. Braid the three cords, visualizing that you are braiding passion, companionship, and values together. While you braid the cords, Chant:
When you have finished the braid, knot the end with a triple knot and hang it in your bedroom next to your bed or next to your front door.
Some other useful items in the same pursuit are:
The following is a short compendium of Herbs for Witches' Workings.
DIVINATION: Anise, camphore, hibiscus, lemon, and lilac.
BANISHING: Basil, copal, dragon's blood, frankincense, and myrrh.
HEALING: Angelica, calamus, cedarwood, eucalyptus,and lemon balm.
LOVE: Jasmine, lotus, orange, rose and vanilla.
LUST: Clove, ginger, grains of paradise, patchouli, and tuberose.
LUCK: Allspice, fern, heather, nutmeg, and vetiver.
MONEY: Basil, chamomile, cinnamon, dill, and vanilla.
PEACE: Gardenia, lavender, meadow sweetgum, rosemary, and violet.
MAGICK (MAGIC): Carnation, ginger, mastic, tangerine, and vanilla.
PROTECTION: Bay, black pepper, heather, petigrain, and rose geranium.
PURIFICATION: Benzoin, fennel, lemon, pine, and vervain.
SPIRITUALITY: Cassia, heliotrope, lotus, sage, and wisteria.
I have a garden on the land,
Well-cultivated and well-planned-
Neat rows of vegetables and greens,
With vines of grapes to form a screen.
The fencerow boasts hybrid sweet paes,
While hollyhocks nod with the breeze.
Dwarf marigolds and lines of phlox
Mingle whith blue forget-me-nots.
I have a garden in my heart-
With verdant soil my thoughts impart;
I watch for prejudice and greed
That choke as surely as a weed.
A furrow of kind deeds is there,
And flourishing in sun and air,
A row of hope, a courage crop,
And vines of wisdom creep on top.
All this is nurtured with great care
By thoughfulness and faith and prayer.
Each day on bended knee I toil,
In gardens of heart and soil.
...Guess what we're saying, is that you should use the above information
with some compassion in your heart.
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Glossary of Witches Terms
AMULET: A magically charged object, often used to deflect negative energy.
ASPERGE: To sprinkle with water during or preceding ritual, to purify with water.
ATHAME: A double-edged dagger for ritual use.
AURA: The energy feild existing around all living things.
BALEFIRE: A fire lit for magicakal purpose. Tradditional fires were lit on hills during Beltane and Samhain.
BANE: That which is dangerous or destructive.
BELTANE: May 1 Sabbat celebration of life and sexuality.
CIRCLE: A spere created by a witch, constructed of energy. Sacred space.
DEOSIL: Clockwise (sunwise).
ELEMENTS: The four buliding blocks of the universe. Earth, air, fire, water. Major forces used in natural magick.
FUTHARK: The Norse Rune system/alphabet.
GRIMOIRE: A magickal workbook.
PENTACLE: A ritual object or piece of jewelry with a pentagram inscribed or woven into it.
SCRY: To gaze into or at an object while in a trance, to open oneself to visions from the future; to discern hidden motives and energies behind an event or situation.
VIRGIN: A woman who is not controlled by a man.
Bet the last one supprised you! There are many more witchcraft terms you may obtain from your local library, or at a book store which sells books on the subject.
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