Archive for March, 2008

Witches In History

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

I found this on some Taiwan news site, so I’m not sure it’s all that accurate, but thought it was worthy of being shared none the less…

On March 1st, 1692, three women were brought before local magistrates in Salem, Massachusetts, accused of witchcraft. This marked the beginning of the infamous Salem witch trials.

In other witchcraft history…

When the battleship Barham was torpedoed by the Germans in November 1941, with the loss of over 800 lives, the Admiralty delayed announcing the news to maintain morale.
But the secrecy was ended within a few days when medium Helen Duncan told a couple during a seance that their son, a sailor on the ship, had appeared from the spirit world to tell them it had sunk.  (source)

Which makes me wonder why, if Witchcraft works, why all the fear? Maybe it’s jealousy over the fact that so many prayers from God go unanswered, those that pray lash out at those who follow different gods that do answer prayer. Blah, but I’m not here to sound bitter, just trying to spread some historical knowledge.

In other witchy news, I found this…

Since 2003, 35 pits at the site in a valley near Truro have been excavated containing swan pelts, dead magpies, unhatched eggs, quartz pebbles, human hair, fingernails and part of an iron cauldron.

The finds have been dated to the 1640s, a period of turmoil in England when Cromwellian Puritans destroyed any links to pre-Christian pagan England. It was also a period when witchcraft attracted the death sentence.

So it seems, that no matter how hard society tries, witches, pagans, and magicians will be around, in the open, hidden, or what have you. Maybe in a hundred years my alter out back will be found and I’ll get an article about me written, then again, if my alter is found in a hundred years it’ll look like a brick and two patio stones stacked up, lol, so I guess that’ll likely not happen… but what about your altar?