How to Cast Magic Spells
Don't feel bad if you don't know the answer to any of these questions. Except when the Moon is full, most people don't have a clue about where it is or what it's doing. But thousands of years ago, men and women on every continent worshipped the Moon and were attentive to all its phases. In those early cultures, storytellers created a cast of lunar deities, each of whom reflected a different phase of the moon. In Greece, for example, tomboy Artemis, patron of girls, was a goddess of the New Moon Hera, queen of the gods, and Demeter, mother of Persephone, ruled the Full Moon and Hecate, a goddess of a certain age, reigned over witchcraft and the waning lunar crescent. Unlike ourselves, the people of long ago who worshipped those goddesses observed the Moon carefully and were fully aware of its location. Over time, they discovered that the monthly journey of the Moon as it waxed and waned both reflected and supported the pattern of human activity.
How many phases of the Moon are there It depends on who you ask. In India, astrologers identify 27 lunar mansions. The great 20th century astrologer (and musician) Dane Rudhyar counted eight phases New, Crescent, First Quarter, Disseminating, Full, Gibbous, Last Quarter, and Balsamic (no relationship to the vinegar). Ancient goddess worshippers, like their contemporary Pagan and Wiccan equivalents, generally acknowledged three phases waxing, full, and waning. Today, most people recognize the following four phases of the Moon
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If the Lord of the 12th be in the 6th, or the Lord of the 6th in the 12th, or the Lord of the ascendant in the 12th, or the Lord of the 12th in the ascendant, or the Lord of the 8th in the ascendant, or the Lord of the ascendant in the 8th, in a Question where suspition of Witchcraft is, it is probable otherwise not so But the Judgment succeeding I have found more certaine. If the Lord of the 12th be in the ascendant it argues Witchcraft, or that some evill Spirit doth molest the party, or that some that are neer him or about him have evill tongues, or in plaine tearmes, have bewitched him. NATURALL REMEDIES FOR WITCHCRAFT.
In this period, punishments do become more severe. There is a new element in that the repression of divination of all sorts is part of the struggle against paganism. However, what this does is to strengthen the old attitude that enquiring into the future is forbidden. Whereas before, this attitude was implicit in the emperors' efforts to ban the use of astrologers while employing them themselves, now there was a sense that it was right only for the Christian god to see into the future. It was above all the curiositas divinandi, or desire to know through divination, which is presented as reprehensible in the Theodosian Code. Constantius made his orders clear in 357 'The inquisitiveness of all men for divination shall cease forever.'3
The Inquisition also affected Peter of Abano (1250-1317). He studied medicine in Paris before returning to Padua to practise as a physician. Towards the end of his life, he was actually accused of practising sorcery by the Inquisition and was imprisoned. He was later acquitted but then re-arrested, and died in prison in 1317 whilst again awaiting trial.
The Mathesis of Firmicus is the last work on astrology in the ancient world. The reason for this may be that there was a sharpening of penalties against all non-Christian practices under Constantine and again under Valentinian (375-392). A number of mathematici were executed at that time whereas later, under the Theodosian Code (438 A.D.) astrologers were simply ordered to burn their books. Both the persecutions and the book-burning account for the dearth of astrological material in the West for the next five hundred years. Actually there is less evidence for persecution of astrology than for that of heresy and rural paganism. L.W. Laistner ( The Western Church and Astrology during the Early Middle Ages Harvard Theological Review, XXXIV, 1942, 251-75) believes that astrology died out simply because there were not enough literacy and mathematical skill to study the manuals and draw charts.
Wee must first consider if Mars Lord of the 12th afflict Mercury Lord of the ascendant, or if Mars afflict the Moon or whether Mercury be Lord of the ascendant and 12th, or if Saturn Lord of the 8th doe mischieve the ascendant for without the Lord of the ascendant or ascendant itselfe, or the Moon be afflicted by the Lord of the 12th, there's no strong Witchcraft Here finding the Moon going to Opposition of Saturn, both Planets in the 6th and 12th houses, it gave suspition of Witchcraft, and there seemed to those that asked for the Querent some reason for it, in regard
Mysterious ways they penetrated as far as India, China, and Indo-China, where divination by means of the stars is still practised at the present day, and reached perhaps even the primitive centres of American civilisation. In the opposite direction they spread to Syria, to Egypt, and over the whole Roman world, where their influence was to prevail up to the fall of paganism and lasted through the Middle Ages up to the dawn of modern times. It is this dissemination throughout the West that we shall rapidly describe in this lecture. that the gods teach to the faithful in a series of what may be called apocalypses. This recondite literature, often contradictory, was apparently developed between 50 b.c. and 150 a.d. It has a considerable importance in relation to the diffusion throughout the Roman Empire of certain doctrines of sidereal religion moulded to suit Egyptian ideas. But it had only a secondary influence. It is not at Alexandria that this form of paganism was either produced or...
Simms authored several books on astrology and Pagan spirituality, plus text for computer reports and numerous articles. Though her initial approach to astrology was skeptical, and then her specialty technical, Simms found the correspondence of astrology with spirituality to be its highest calling, and the Neopagan path a fulfilling expression of her worldview. In 1988 she began formally studying within an eclectic Wiccan tradition of Gardnerian lineage, and after initiation through third degree, was named a high priestess and began her Circle of the Cosmic Muse in 1991. Through ordination in Community Church of Religious Science (CCRS) in 1994, and also in 1995 through affiliation with Covenant of the Goddess, she holds credentials of legal ministry.
THE force of sorceries are, no doubt, very powerful indeed, they are able to confound, subvert, consume, and change all inferior thin, gs likewise there are sorceries by which we can suspend the faculties of men and beasts. Now, as we have promised, we will shew what some of these kind of sorceries are, that,, by the example of these, there may be a way opened for the whole subject of them. Of these, the first is menstruous blood, which, how much power it has in sorcery, we will now consider --First, if it comes over new wine, it will turn it sour and if it does but touch a vine, it will spoil it for ever and, by its very touch, it renders all plants and trees barrfen, and those newly set, die it burns up all the herbs in the garden, and makes fruit fall from trees it makes dim the brightness of a looking-glass, dulls the edges of knives and razors, dims the beauty of polished ivory, and makes iron rusty it likewise makes brassf rusty, and to smell very strong by the taste, it makes...
From Scot we move on to a more illustrious contemporary, Albertus Magnus (1193-1280), Bishop of Ratisbon and intellectual luminary of the Church. Ironically Albertus Magnus took almost 700 years to live down his reputation as a magician and sorcerer, finally being canonized by the Church in 1935. Since then, what is reputed to be his bones have been moved to a crypt chapel in Cologne. Although his memory has been cleared of the charge of sorcery, a number of books on the subject still circulate under his name. However in his genuine works Albertus refers to magic and geomancy (punctis terrae) whilst defending the Magi against any suspicion of unwholesome magic. He shows an intimate grasp of the subject when he states 'in the science of geomancy the figures traced from the points are of no value unless they can be made to conform with astronomical images.'15
I am well aware that critics will accuse me of luring modern scientifically enlightened men and women back to the age of ignorance and superstition. Astrological paganism deified the forces of nature to explain ordinary physical phenomenon long before simple scientific knowledge became available. Worship of the heavens was probably the oldest and widest held religious practice of the ancient world. Many older religions were cults of the sun, and human sacrifice an unfortunate part of life. It is a history that need not be repeated in our day. In my view, life, mind, soul, and spirit are terms that describe the human entity, and I don't believe that human beings will ever be content without knowledge of their ultimate source.
There are two kinds of necromancy raising th e carcasses, which is not done without blood the other sciomancy, in which the calling up of the shadow only suffices. To conclude, it works all its experiments by the c arcasses of the slain and their bones and members, and what is from them for there is in these things a spiritual power friendly to them therefore they easily allure the flowing down of wicked spirits, by reason of the similitude and property of every familiar, by whom the necromancer, strengthened by their help, can do much in human and terrestrial things, and kindle unlawful lusts, cause dreams, diseases, hatred, and such like passions to which also they can confer the powers of the soul, which as yet being involved in a m oist and turbid spirit, wandering about their cast bodies, can do the same things that the wicked spirits commit, seeing therefore they, experimentally find, that the wicked andl impure souls violently plucked from their bodies, and of men not expiated,...
But very many being present witnesses of these same wonders, did suspect some hidden sorcery, or diabolical craft for the common p eople have it for an ancient custom, that whatsoever honest thing their ignorance has d etermined not to comprehend, they do, for a privy shift of their ignorance, refer the same to be the juggling of an evil spirit. But I could never decline so far, because the remedy was supposed to be natural for neither words, ceremonies, nor any other suspected th ing, was required. For neither is it lawful, according to man's power of understanding, to refer the glory of God, shewn forth in Nature, unto the devil. For none of those people had required aid of Butler, as from necromancy any way suspected yea, the thing was at first made trial of with smiling, and without faith and confidence yet this easy method of curing shall long remain suspected by many for the wit of the vulgar being incon stant and idle, they do more readily consecrate so great a bounty of...
Selene is one of the ancient Greek gods, born of the primordial gods called the Titans. She is associated with sleep. Artemis is also ancient, and there is evidence that she was worshipped in Minoan Greece, although she must date from far earlier. She is called a virgin goddess, but this is misleading. She is properly called the unmarried maiden and governed female rites of passage such as reproductive maturation, marriage, childbirth, etc. She is called the Goddess of the Hunt and Mistress of the Animals. Her animal is the deer. If Selene is the expression of the Moon in the heavens, and Artemis is the expression in the physical world, then Hecate is the expression of the Moon in the underworld. She is a chthonic goddess belonging to the graveyard. Hecate is the goddess of the dark Moon and rules witchcraft, potions, crossroads, and death. She is Persephone's attendant during her yearly stay in Hades known as the season of winter. In all her forms, the Greek Moon goddesses are...
Ruler of the ninth or twelfth in the sixth (witchcraft). Ruler of the sixth is Mercury (witchcraft). The debate in classical medical astrology was about whether the Moon and the ascendant, or their rulers, represented the body or the mind. However, the presence of a twelfth house influence was an argument for witchcraft, which, in those days was believed to be a spiritual affliction. In modern parlance, witchcraft would be translated as involuntary coercion, a psychological affliction.
Does actually exist, as we shall clearly prove by experiment, where we fully shew the action and passion that is between natural spirits, by which means wonderful effects are produced which have ignorantly been attributed to divers superstitions, as Sorcery, Inchantment, Nigromancy, or the Black Art, &c.
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