The videos you are about to watch gives a good description of the history as well as explain how the leaders have changed what and when people worship and celebrate.
Witch City: Places of Mystery - Paranormal Documentary
In 1626 Roger Conant and the first settlers arrived in this country with strong hopes of religious freedom. They named their new home Salem, a word related to the Hebrew word shalom and the Arabic word salaam, both meaning peace. Only 66 years later, March 1692 would mark the beginning of 14 months of shame for a parish in Salem Town, Massachusetts, then known as Salem Village. The strange, unexplained behavior of two young girls, Abigail Williams and Betty Parris, set to motion an era of hysteria that ended in the death of twenty four people accused of witchcraft. The Salem Witch Trials and persecutions only lasted fourteen months but town believers were convinced that subsequent years of struggle were retribution for the sins of their forefathers. Years of problems; famines and crop failures, the fall of the Salem shipping industry, the Great Salem Fire of 1914 and the decline of the tanning industry were all believed to be Salem's condemnation for the witch trials. Not until 1850 did public interest start to pique favorably toward the historic town. The mystery of Salem, captured in the acclaimed novels, The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne, fed on Salem's history of witchcraft and strict Puritan values. Soon popular city folklore added to mystery by laying claim to various hauntings: the House of the Seven Gables, the Old Town Hall, the Customs House, and by a vengeful ghost, Giles Corey, a man who had been pressed to death during those infamous witch trials.
In 1890, dry goods merchant Daniel Low, recognizing a good sales pitch successfully sold witch-stamped spoons as souvenirs of the "City of Witches." This began the use of witchcraft as a commodity. In 1957 the Massachusetts Legislature exonerated many of the accused Salem witches and in 2001both the accused and the convicted witches were finally cleared of all charges. This act finally allowed the townspeople of Salem to move forward Commercialism took firm hold in 1970 when the television comedy Bewitched filmed several episodes in Salem. This publicity was a giant boost to Salem's economy.
It took more than 280 years before the curse of the witch hysteria of 1692 would be lifted. The city of Salem is now known as a city of serious historical significance as well as one that doesn't take itself too seriously.
Demonstrating Salem's positive attitude; Police cars display witch logos, school teams call themselves "The Witches", and Gallows Hill, where many convicted witches were hanged is now used as a public park. In 1981 the city added an official "Haunted Happenings" celebration during the October tourist season. The yearly celebration has become a great success a thousands watch the massive fireworks display that kicks off the festivities on Halloween night. The event turned a $200,000 profit for the city in 2007. The Salem witches' story regularly brings curious visitors from all over the world, a sign that perhaps even history has finally forgiven the black deeds of 1692.
Published on Feb 21,
This documentary explores the devices humans have developed to understand mystifying phenomenon and make sense of the universe. Tarot -- used for centuries to predict the future and make sense of the present -- is the focus of this feature, which chronicles its history.
Title 17 U.S.C. section 106A-117 of the U.S. Copyright Law: This video is fair
use under U.S. copyright law because it is (1) noncommercial (2) educational
purpose only (3) transformative in nature, and (4) does not compete with the
original work or have any negative effect on its market.
Merry We Meet Everyone,
May 19th Severed Ties, blog tour has begun. Stop by between May 19, 2013 - June 2, 2013 to enter to win a copy of Severed Ties and meet a new Blog Host gracious enough to promote my story.
I truly appreciate Anna Dase of RBTL reviews time and commitment to organise Severed Ties Blog Tour. She is a promoter every writer would want on their team!
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I'm smiling today! I'm thrilled because Severed Ties has been garnering some
wonderful reviews. I'm so pleased that reviewers are enjoying the story.
May 22 RBTL Blog Hop Severed Ties organised by Anna Dase.
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I am so glad I signed up with Anna Dase of RBTL book tour. My book Severed Ties isn't for everyone but so far the reviews have been beyond my exceptions. Thank you everyone for your participation :)
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Merry we'll meet and merry we'll part and merry may we meet again. And merry will be the company :)
The Law of Power -
1. The power shall not be used to bring harm, to injure or control others. But if the need rises, the Power shall be used to protect your life or the lives of others.
2. The Power is used only as dictates.
3. The Power can be used for your own gain, as long as by doing so you harm none.
4. It is unwise to accept money for your use of the Power, for it quickly controls the taker. Be not as those of other faiths.
5. Use not the Power for prideful gain, for such cheapens the mysteries of Witchcraft and Magic.
6. Ever remember that the Power is the sacred gift of the Goddess and God, and should never be misused or abused.
7. And this is the Law of the Power.
Energy flows where your intention goes, is the basic premise of magic. What you send out will return to you 3x3, so mote it be. What goes out comes back. By being generous you open yourself to accepting generosity into your life. That doesn't mean you need to suffer with fools glady.
Thirteen Goals of a Witch
1. Know Yourself
2. Know your Craft
4. Apply knowledge and wisdom
5. Achieve balance
6. Keep your words in good order
7. Keep your thoughts in good order
8. Celebrate life
9. Attune with the cycles of the Earth
10. Breathe and eat correctly
11. Exercise the body
13. Honor the feminine and masculine
Blessed Be My Feet,
Which Takes Me On My Path,
Blessed Be My Knees,
Which Support Me Before You,
Blessed Be My Womb,
Without I Would Not Be,
Blessed Be My Lips
Which Speak Their Sacred Name,
Blessed be My Brain
To hold The Knowledge.
"The Principles of Wiccan Belief," which many Witches continue to endorse, and which many Witches continue to endorse, and which were later incorporated into one or more editions of the handbook for chaplains in the U.S. Army. In adopting the thirteen principles, the Counsil stated:
In seeking to be inclusive, we do not wish to open ourselves to the destruction of our group by those on self-serving power trips, or philosophies and practices contradictory to those principles. In seeking to exclude those whose ways are contradictory to ours, we do not to deny participation with us to any who are sincerely interested in our knowledge and beliefs, regardless of race, color, sex, age, national or cultural origins or sexual preference.
Shortly after this landmark action, the Council disband, due in part to continuing differences among traditions.
The Thirteen Principles of Wiccan Belief
1. We practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rhythm of life forces marked by the phases of the Moon and the seasonal Quarters and Cross Quarters.
2. We recognize that our intelligence gives us a unique responsibility toward our environment. We seek to live in harmony with Nature, in ecological balance offering fulfilment to life and consciousness within an evolutionary concept.
3. We acknowledge a depth of power far greater than that apparent to the average person. Because it is far greater than ordinary it is sometimes called "supernatural," but we see it as lying within that which is naturally potential to all.
4. We conceive of the Creative Power in the universe as manifesting through polarity-as masculine and feminine-and that this is the same Creative Power lies in all people, and functions through the interaction of the masculine and the feminine. We value neither above the other, knowing each to be supportive of the other. We value sex as pleasure, as the symbol and embodiment of life, and as one of the sources of energies used in magickal practice and religious worship.
5. We recognize both outer worlds and inner, or psychological, worlds sometimes known as the Spiritual World, the Collective Unconsciousness, inner Planes, etc.-and we see in the inter-action of those two dimensions that basis for paranormal phenomena and magickal exercises. We neglect neither dimension for the other, seeing both as necessary for our fulfilment.
6. We do not recognize any authoritarian hierarchy, but do honor those who teach, respect those who share their greater knowledge and wisdom, and acknowledge those who have courageously given of themselves in leadership.
7. We see religion, magick and wisdom in living as being united in the way one views the world and lives within it-a world view and philosophy of life which we identify as Witchcraft - the Wiccan Way.
8. Calling oneself "Witch" does not make a Witch - but neither does heredity itself, nor the collecting of titles, degrees and initiations. A Witch seeks to control the forces within her/himself that make life possible in order to live wisely and well without harm to others and in harmony with nature.
9. We believe in the affirmation and fulfilment of life in continuation of evolution and development of consciousness giving meaning to the Universe we know and our personal role within it.
10. Our only animosity towards Christianity, or towards any other religion or philosophy of life, is to the extent that its institutions have claimed to be "the only way" and have sought to deny freedom to others and to surpress other ways to religious practice and belief.
11. As American Witches, we are not threatened by debates on the history of the Craft, the origins of various terms, the legitimacy of various aspects of different traditions. We are concerned with our present and our future.
do not accept the concept of absolute evil, nor do we worship any entity known as "Satan" or "the Devil," as define by Christian tradition. We do not seek power through the suffering of others, nor accept personal benefit can be derived only by denial to another.
13. We believe that we should seek within Nature that which is contributory to our health and well-being.
Taken from The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft, Publisher Facts on File, Inc.copyright 1989
I would like to thank my readers who rushed out to bookstores to read my paranormal book Severed Ties.
Till Death and Beyond - The bond of love can bring two forbidden opposites together.
Till Death and Beyond opens with a teenage girl named Zoe, inexperienced in witchcraft, in the woods on a Full Moon cast a spell for a love she feels is lost to her. The teenager new to magic, is careless of her words for her desire. The spirit of a maiden witch appears. At first the teenager is afraid of the ghostly figure, and then her curiosity calms her nerves.
The Spirit tells the tale how she and the love of her life were separated by ignorance. Zoe, the teenage girl experiments with magic to reunite the Spirit with her long lost love.
As a direct result of the long hours I spent reading the history of witchcraft my novella Till Death and Beyond was created.
The main conflict in the short read is the Puritans attempting to keep evil from tarnishing their community and the witches strong belief based on the oneness of self an nature. Puritans against the witches. What happened and what it meant.
Historically the Puritans and witches were two very different groups of people with two very different belief systems. Puritan America was based on clear roles between men, women, and God. Witchcraft served as a system of explanations for the ways of nature and a method by which one could gain control over their life. Witches were considered enemies to their God.
Puritans linked witchcraft with the devil and hell because their first responsibility was to serve one God. The Biblical regulative principle of worship and commandments was the puritan blueprint toward that duty. Witchcraft became a crime against the church to rid those who did not dedicate themselves to their faith. They became known as immoral and wicked people even though their faith exsisted long before the Purtian's belief system did.
I had a very specific idea in mind when I wrote Till Death and Beyond a love story between Emery a Puritan and Frye a witch and the petty rivalry connecting the two faith driven neighbors. The main conflict between the Puritans and the witches' belief systems is the the theme of the romantic story. I wanted to tell the important elements that are in the traditions and of the similarities and difference among them. I hope to say to the reader the story isn't strictly romantic; it will have some history.
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February 2nd is known as Imbloc. The day marks the beginning of the Time of
Dawning (Feb.1-April 30). Daylight hours are gradually lengthening. The light
from the Sun begins to grow in power until fully born again at Beltane, May 1st.
Imbloc, Feburary 2nd, we welcome the first stirrings of spring, and to say farewell to the cold and welcome the warmth. The day's focus is to open our mind, soul, heart, and body to the changing season, to connect with the waxing solar year. The things in life that we all wish for: financial security; a trusting, loving partner; and true peace of mind knowing that you are living the life you were meant to lead.
Sometimes we all feel a little lost. We feel that we can move mountains and we use all our energy and enthusiasm to do so. But a few moments later we feel that our efforts will be vain. This is one of the hard facts of life:" Nothing is for granted". You shouldn't let that refrain you from trying to makes things change for the better around you.
On the eve of Imbloc sweep away the negative vibe from each room of your home, then rest the broom at the side of your alter. Carry a brown colored candle through each room and say a few words to banish negative energy; to attract and encourage good. Imbloc translates as "in milk". Add a drink of milk in ritual. The day of, outside pay close attention to the snow covered ground for a bird's feather that would foretell what the future would be.