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Metamorphosis

In Animal Magick, Witchcraft by PaganGreen

Metamorphosis The ability of witches, sorcerers  and other magically empowered persons to transform themselves and other humans at will into animals, birds and insects. In witchcraft trials, people testified that the accused witches had appeared before them or tormented them in some nonhuman shape. For example, in 1663 Jane Milburne of Newcastle, England, did not invite Dorothy Strangers to her …

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Can you be a Christian Witch?

In Pagan Witches, Witchcraft by PaganGreen

Can you be a Christian Witch? Can you be a Christian Witch? And, while we are on the topic: Can you be a Christo-pagan? A Christo-eclectic? or a Christian Wiccan? The simple answer is: yes. But since a simple answer never clarifies anything complex…we shall have to go on to the complex answer. The reason it is not an oxymoron …

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Types of Modern Witches

In Pagan Witches, Witchcraft by PaganGreen

Types of Modern Witches This is a list of Witch types and a brief description of each. This is not all the types of Witches out there, not even close. This list does not include all the possible religions these Witches may follow either, though some of them are considered religions as well types of Witches. Gardnerian Witch The Gardnerian …

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Imp

In Witchcraft by PaganGreen

Imp A small demon, often kept inside a bottle or ring and used for magical purposes. Imps are evoked and commanded to carry out tasks and spells. Witches were said to keep imps that assumed different forms, such as toads, rodents and especially flies, spiders and other insects. When accused witches were imprisoned, they were watched closely for any appearances …

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ill-wishing

In Spells, Witchcraft by PaganGreen

A curse that is the product of envy, revenge and anger. In earlier times, people commonly blamed their misfortune on the ill-wishing of others. If two people argued and then one suffered a mishap, became ill or had other problems, the other party was suspected of ill-wishing them. Remarks such as “You’ll be sorry” were taken seriously as a form …

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Great Rite

In Witchcraft by PaganGreen

 In contemporary Witchcraft, a powerful, magical rite of sexual intercourse that pays homage to the male/female polarity that exists in all things in the universe. The Great Rite expresses the physical, mental, spiritual and astral union between man and woman, and the union of the Goddess and God. The Great Rite is the hieros gamos, the Sacred Marriage or Holy …

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Ghosts, Hauntings and Witchcraft

In Witchcraft by PaganGreen

Hauntings by ghosts and poltergeists are sometimes blamed on witches and witchcraft, particularly in areas where fear of magic runs high. In Brazil, for example, where fear of magic is strong among the working class, many cases of poltergeist activity are attributed to witches’ curses laid on families. The notion that witches were responsible for ghosts and hauntings took root …

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Exorcism

In Witchcraft by PaganGreen

The expulsion of evil spirits by commanding them to depart. The expulsion is often done in the name of a deity, saints, angels or other intercessory figures. Exorcism comes from the Greek horkos, meaning “oath,” and translates as adjuro, or adjure, in Latin and English. To “exorcize,” then, does not really mean to cast out so much as it means …

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Evil Eye

In Magick Symbols, Witchcraft by PaganGreen

 The causing of illness, misfortune, calamity and death by the looks of strangers and by envious looks. amulets and incantations (see charms) ward the danger off. The evil eye exists around the world, dating to ancient times. The oldest recorded references to it appear in the cuneiform texts of the Sumerians, Babylonians and Assyrians, about 3000 b.c.e. The ancient Egyptians …

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Doctor John (19th century)

In Influential Witches, Pagan Witches, Witchcraft by PaganGreen

Famous American witch doctor, Doctor John (also called Bayou John and Jean Montaigne) was a free black man who owned slaves in antebellum New Orleans. A huge man, Doctor John claimed he was a prince in his homeland of Senegal, sent into slavery by the Spaniards and taken to Cuba. There he became an excellent cook and convinced his master …