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Russian License for Faith Magick

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Witchcraft (in the general sense) seems to be alive and well within Mother Russia! Associated Press Reports: Russia licenses faith healers

Faith based magick practitioners have a chance to become licensed (legit?) which is in my opinion simply super! There are other countries that do this as well, but I’ve not researched much into it. Though I do think that if it happened in the US it would (or at least could be) a great thing, though they would need to hold all ‘faiths’ equal in such matters, including the Christian church.

For the past two years, the Federal Health Service has been issuing licenses to practitioners of what it calls “traditional medicine,” meaning anything from the use of herbal treatments to the manipulation of “auras.” His claims buttressed by officialdom, Fadkin charges patients 3,500 rubles ($150) per session.

130 people in the Moscow area have passed a voluntary government test. Currently only people within Moscow can even take the test, but they are pushing to expand it throughout Russia.

The program includes a background check, a scan of electrical activity in the brain and a committee review of the results. The agency charges applicants 10,000 rubles ($428) for the tests.

The article does go into some bad aspects of fake healers…but hey, at least once country is saying “hey, these guys MIGHT be real” so bully for them!

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?

Riding the Magick Plane

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

Nevermind the magick bus, take a ride on a magickal plane! That’s what Chikumbutso Mponda of Ntchisi did, just remember to pack a magickal parachute (something Chikumbutso forgot to do). According to according to the Daily Times (Malawi) this fine young chap, along with a friend paid for a trip on a minibus from Lilongwe to his home village They seemingly could not afford fare for the entire trip so they got off at Mponda sometime late Christmas Eve. Fearing for their lives (I guess it’s dangerous there after dark) they decided to take a magick plane for the rest of the trip.

Unfortunately, Mponda fell from the magic plane after it flew over a house at Mponela Trading Centre, which was heavily protected magically. At least that is what Kondwani Kandiado (a police Public Relations Office) said. He went on to say that the owners of the home stripped him and confiscated all of his belongings.

Of course the office also said that the people that found him were just returning from a drinking spree, so their word must be accurate. On their word, and by law, Chikumbutso Mponda was sentenced to five years hard labor without options.

It’s good that the governments around the world are making a stand against the evils of witchcraft.

Druid in Jail

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

Love Sky Dancer (yes, that’s his real name) pleaded guilty to smuggling ecstasy in some chocolate powder into the Kennedy Airport for a friend and got three years in Metropolitan Detention Center. Now he wants nothing but the finest foods in prison because he will only partake of organic/open range animals as his religion (Druidry) dictates. He is asking that if they will not allow for his religious freedoms in jail that they send him back to the United Kingdom (where he is from) because they are more suited to deal with his vegan needs. It goes a bit farther in that he is even refusing the veggies served because he claims pesticides have been used on them.

“We do not mean to diminish the charge to which Mr. Dancer has pleaded guilty, but the Bureau of Prisons must allow inmates who follow a recognized religion to have available the dietary requirements of that religion,” lawyer Robert Simels told the Daily News.

I’m all for him having his religion and all, I’m even ecstatic that the prison system does its best to bend the rules for religious reasons. Though I do have concerns for the validity of his faith. If he can not eat the processed meats that are served in jail, then why on earth was he munching chocolate laced with synthetic drugs? Even if he was not a user of what he was smuggling, why was he fraternizing and condoning the use of such things for others? I’m pretty sure if he was a stickler of faith he’d not be hauling around processed candies filled with drugs.

If he can have such double standards, then so be it… but then, if he was willing to do the crime, by the gods he should be willing to do the time. As far as I’m concerned his ‘free range’ days are over, and he should sit in the prison cafeteria pondering just what he’s done while he nibbles on his cloned beef.

I’d have more sympathy for him had his crime been more organic, or at least more in line with his faith, but as it stands, he should not have his way.

Gas from a Stone

Monday, November 26th, 2007

A woman claiming to be able to use magick to be able to produce gas from stone was given two head of cattle, three buffaloes, money, a car and a piece of land from Mugabe and other cabinet ministers, promising in return to use spells to produce the diesel. The Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe must really feel like an ass now that she was not able to give what was promised.

Rather then calling up some super natural powers to get the gas she promised, she called some oil tankers and simply had it piped in…