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Mostrando postagens de Setembro, 2013

The Devil in Witchcraft

In his book about Balkan Traditional Witchcraft Radomir Ristic gives us evocative imageries of the nature of the witch as someone who has a relationship or liaison with some spirit vested in demonic clothing. The connection with this spirit enables the spirit to make marvels and wonders, to fly out at night and behave in ways that sets him or her apart from the ordinary world. He or she is someone who sees beyond the veils of day and night and see what is. Ristic is also adamant in disclosing that at the root the idea of the witch we find a Bogomil theological concept. The Bogomils believed in One God, but they also believed in his emissary and vicar, Satanael. Hence we have the concept of the two Tzar’s, the golden Tzar of Heaven and the silver Tzar of Earth. His exposition on these mysteries also found its way to the anthology of Traditional Witchcraft, Serpent Songs where he concludes that the Bogomil influence made the ‘ways of the grandmothers’ to survive – it was this way that w…

Witchcraft Today

“... ‘witchcraft’ has become static and remote from its original purpose, which was to enlighten the follower spiritually”
- Robert Cochrane
When Robert Cochrane wrote about the concepts of witchcraft in his day and time in his 1964 article in Pentagram #2 with the title ‘Witchcraft Today’ his diagnostic is remarkably similar to what we find today. He writes: “it would appear the Craft has rapidly become an escape hatch for all those who wish to return to a more simple form of life and escape from the ever-increasing burden of contemporary society. In many cases the Craft has become a funk hole, in which those who have not been successful in solving various personal problems hide,”.
He continues this article with emphasizing the mystical dimension of witchcraft, the realization of truth as opposed to illusion. He assumes that any student of the Craft is ultimately seeking Truth and thus sees ‘magic’ as a by-product of the search for Truth, “it is an after-thought upon a much larger issue…

The Road where Two Serpents Cross

“In what generally passes as witchcraft today there is as much illusion and unresolved desire as there is in the outside world” - Robert Cochrane  (The Roebuck in the Thicket. Capall Bann 2001: 50)
It is troublesome this word; “witchcraft”. It is troublesome because it refers to a craft that essentially remains nameless. It is troublesome because the word ‘witch’ have been subject for a myriad of definitions over the ages that is still in transformation.
Until the 60’s the understanding of the nature of the witch was shrouded in some degree of danger and ‘evil’. Ambiguity was abundant in this icon tied to the craft of peasantry and the work of land and earth, this figure who knew how plants could cure and kill and could speak with the denizens of ‘the other side’.
With the popularization of Wicca the idea of the witch has been yet again reshaped and is today often understood to be someone involved with cults of fertility connected to earth. As time changes so does our concepts and ideas …

Obeah: A Sorcerous Ossuary