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In England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland a succession of Witchcraft Acts have governed witchcraft and provided penalties for its practice, or (in later years) for pretending to practice it.
June 1st - Witchcraft Act of 1563 takes effect in England.
Until the year of 1951, English laws were strictly prohibiting witchcraft and other similar practices like acts of magic, or consulting with the spirit world. The most important act in the history of England’s witchcraft laws and penalty is without a doubt, the one that came into action on the 1st of June 1563. So, on this day all Wicca and Paganism followers mark the beginning of a long history of accusations and penalties for all of those found guilty of witchcraft and spiritualism in the UK.
There has never been a single law in the U.S prohibiting acts of witchcraft. In 1692, when the Salem witch trials took place, the United States were still a part of the British colonies.
Witchcraft Act 1542
Religious tensions in England during the 16th and 17th centuries resulted in the introduction of serious penalties for witchcraft. Henry VIII's Act of 1542 (33 Hen. VIII c. 8) was the first to define witchcraft as a felony, a crime punishable by death and the forfeiture of the convicted felon's goods and chattels. It was forbidden to:
... use devise practise or exercise, or cause to be devysed [sic] practised or exercised, any Invovacons or cojuracons [sic] of Sprites witchecraftes enchauntementes or sorceries to thentent [sic?] to fynde [sic] money or treasure or to waste consume or destroy any persone [sic] in his bodie membres, or to pvoke [provoke] any persone to unlawfull love, or for any other unlawfull intente or purpose ... or for dispite of Cryste, or for lucre of money, dygge up or pull downe any Crosse or Crosses or by such Invovacons or cojuracons of Sprites witchecraftes enchauntementes [sic] or sorceries or any of them take upon them to tell or declare where goodes stollen [sic?] or lost shall become ...
The Act also removed a right known as benefit of clergy from those convicted of witchcraft, a legal device that spared anyone from hanging who was able to read a passage from the Bible. This statute was repealed by Henry's son, Edward VI, in 1547.
An Act agaynst Conjuracons Inchantments and Witchecraftes
Scottish Witchcraft Act 1563
Under the Scottish Witchcraft Act 1563 both the practice of witchcraft and consulting with witches were capital offences. This Act stayed on Scottish statute books until repealed as a result of a House of Lords amendment to the bill for the post-union Witchcraft Act 1735.
Witchcraft Act 1563
An Act agaynst Conjuracons Inchantments and Witchecraftes.
Witchcraft Acts Wikipedia
This is an Anglia Television film, broadcast in 1985, investigating the activities of the witch finders Matthew Hopkins and John Stearne in East Anglia, England, in 1645.
Web credit http://www.alanmacfarlane.com
For years now many people have been obsessed with this question, especially since oriental religions, notably Buddhism and Hinduism, started becoming more popular in the west. Followers of these religions, as well as ordinary folks like you and me, are asking themselves about the possibility of reincarnation, which literally means a ‘‘return to the flesh.’’ This faculty of reincarnating a number of times in successive existences is the basis for the belief in previous… and future lives!
A Question That Could Change the Course of Your Life
This kind of self-interrogation is much more important than it may seem, because the ‘way’ in which we die, and whether or not we survive after death, has a direct impact on the way we choose to live our present life.
If you adopt the position of one of the great monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) you tend to think in a linear fashion. You’re born, you live, and then you die. But if you embrace a belief in past lives, then you think in a more cyclical fashion. You’re born, live and die, then you’re reborn, live again, die again, and so on.
You can see you will not live your life in the same fashion if you think you only live once, then die and disappear. In this case, you believe that after death comes either nothingness, or your entry into Paradise or hell (or their equivalents).
How Many Lives Can We Have?
If you think in terms of reincarnation, then you believe you have many lives. But how many, and until when?
In principle, the number of times you can be reborn and return to Earth is not infinite. It depends on your ability to attain what is called enlightenment – Nirvana, Samadhi, the body of light, the clear light, etc. In short, a state of absolute perfection, where you are completely liberated from all human conditions. When you reach that point of spiritual evolution, there’s no need for you to reincarnate and return to Earth, unless you choose to come back voluntarily, out of compassion. That is the choice made by some, among them saints and other great spiritual masters, to help their fellow human beings who are still on the road to perfection.
Do We Live More Than Once? The Answer: Maybe Yes, Maybe No!
My own opinion is that we have many lives, but I would never try to force anyone to accept that point of view, since the answer depends on each one of us.
Any opinions we may have on this question are a matter of faith and belief. If you believe we only have one life, you’re right! If you think we have many, you’re also right!
As with any belief, nothing (or almost nothing) about it can be proven. It’s simply a matter of personal conviction.
The most important thing: believe in something!
It isn’t important to give credence to any one theory over another. But it is crucial to believe in something, something that helps you live better, make progress, improve yourself, and do good to others.
Both hypotheses (one life or many) are acceptable, as long as they help you improve your life-experience, and be happier here on Earth. Our most precious possession is the life we have now. Whether we live many lives or just one, we can be sure of only one thing: we are alive right now! The past is over, the future hasn't arrived yet, and only the present moment counts.
Whatever you believe in, live your life as best you can right now. Always try to improve yourself, be happy, and help others. In other words, you should try to lead a merry, tranquil existence, sheltered from material need. Live this life as if it were your last or the only one.
Proving the Existence of Past Lives
As far as past lives are concerned, there are a number of disturbing facts. Over the centuries many people have claimed to have lived other lives, and provided various disconcerting but verifiable facts to prove it.
These people say they had one or more lives here on Earth, usually in different countries and in different eras, with different families. Either they earned a living doing something very different from what they do now, or there is a continuity with their present life. Some even claim to have belonged to the opposite sex – men said they’d been a woman, and vice versa!
What Do You Believe In Now?
I’m not forcing anyone to believe anything. It’s up to you to form your own opinion. Whatever you finally choose to believe, the most important thing is what it brings you. If a conviction helps you live better, adopt it. You’ll have all the time you need to verify whether it’s true or not… once you reach the Other Side!
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!
May 20th Day Two of Severed Ties Blog Tour arranged by Read Between The Lines Blogger Anna Dase. Thank you Katie for the awesome review :-) Blog - Amazing Books Come To Life.
May 21 today's Severed Ties Blog Tour is stopping by http://ajwiliamsromanceauthor.blogspot.com/2013/05/rbtl-presents-severed-ties-by-angie.html to read an excerpt. (Some adult content on this blogspot )
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.
Just found out that Severed Ties recieved 4 spiders out of 5 from Nikki at Close Encounters with the Night Kind.
Stop by and read Nikki's review and see why you should grab a copy :)http://networkedblogs.com/LsYmO
May 23 RBTL Blog Tour Severed Ties - Thank you so much MaryLynn, at The Many Muses of MaryLynn for understanding the story I wanted to tell. Happy Dance!!!
May 24 I appreciate Brianna Lee of Brianna Lee reviews for being part of RBTL Blog Tour - Severed Ties, and her kind words about my book cover :)
I appreciate Over The Road and Le' Book Squirrel blogspots for hosting
my book Severed Ties :)
May 25 OTR Book Reviews
May 26 Le' BookSquirrel
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 :)
May 27 RBTL Book Tour - Stop by Larissa's Life to catch the latest review!!!
May 28 Read Between The Lines Blog Tour - Thank you Carin for taking the time to read my book Severed Ties and the kind review :)
May 29 RBTL Blog Tour Reviewer Lauren gave Severed Ties fabulous review!!! Stop by Confessions of the Paranormal to catch the latest review and read a NEW excerpt. http://networkedblogs.com/LGlsg
Happy Reading :)
May 30 RBTL Blog Tour - A Little Bit of R & R. Ren is book blogger and book review blog geared to YA and Adult with the occasional children's book. Visit www.alittlebitofrnrreviews.blogspot.com to view Severed Ties Spotlight.
May 31 Thank you so much As You Wish Reviews for ben part of Severed Ties RBTL Book Tour!!! http://asyouwishreviews.blogspot.ca/2013/05/tour-stop-severed-ties-by-angie-skelhorn.html I truly appreciate Julia for the marvellous review.
June 1 Stop by http://www.crystalsrandomthoughts.com/2013/05/severed-ties-book-tour-review-and.html to read the lovely review from Crystal's Random Thoughts. I am so pleased with her thoughts on the story I wrote.
June 2 Thank you Tiffany for being part of Severed Ties RBTL Book Tour. I appreciate your taking the time to read my story and for your kind review :)
Even though Severed Ties Read Between the Lines Book Tour has come to an end, Keep the Magic Alive, Keep Reading!!!
I want to thank all the Bloggers for all the hard work in helping Anna Dase
attract all the exposure you could.
Smiles and Sunshine :)
May 12, 2013
Book A Spotlight/Promo YA magic realism, paranormal Severed Ties giveaway on Fae Books -
Congratulations Deborah Gerrald, she is the winner of a pdf copy of my book Severed Ties from my giveaway on Fae Books . Thank you all so much for your participation. Keep the Magic Alive!!!
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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 :)
Today, I am answering the question that has appeared more and more in my emails. What spell book do I endorse? Good Witch Bad Witch by Gillian Kemp is my most favourite. The spells are simple and affective.
The two types of cards represent the balance of opposites within nature - day and night, summer and winter, good times and bad times. This is something witches respect as they honour the seasons of the year and all aspects of life. We might prefer to only have happy days but we can't avoid every misfortune and there are valuable lessons to be learnt from the sad times of grief and hardship.
Good Witch Bad Witch by Gillian Kemp
Sweet Spells and Wicked Witchery
Includes 52 Enchanting Cards and a 64 page Spell Book.
With this beguiling set of 52 cards and accompanying book, you can revel in delicious devilment against your enemies, or weave good white magic around you and your loved ones.
In Good Witch, Bad Witch there are two suits of cards: 26 Good Witches and 26 Bad Witches. Simply shuffle and lay them like tarot cards, then look up the prediction in the book and cast the spell. Remember, the good witch spells turn toads into princes and
the bad witch spells turn princes into toads. All you need is this charming kit and a little hocus pocus.
About the Author
Gillian Kemp is a clairvoyant and medium who prophesies the future using astrology, tarot cards, a crystal ball and tea leaves. She appears regularly on television and radio as an astrologer, writes a weekly column in Baby magazine and is the author of books including The Good Spell Book, The Romany Good Spell Book (published in the US by Little, Brown), and The Love Spell Box (Cico Books, 2000).
Let me, oh Spirit Guide, this day
Make someone happy
By what I do
Or what I say
And when my thoughts
To irritation roam
Spirit Guide let me remember
Charity starts at home.
Let your head soar
Let your dreams have air
Let them spread far into the future
Let them stir your heart
Let them in riches abound
- But keep your feet on the ground.
Let praises sing in your ears
Let the reviews be as balm your ego
Let the success give you a feeling of power
Let adulation like music sound
- Only keep your feet on the ground.
Remembering always, what goes up must by Newton's 'Law of Gravity' come down. Perhaps the only way to reach the stars is to come down to earth!
Author Catherine Cookson
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Thank you Kami and Christy for your kind words :)
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Wishing you the joys of spring!
At last! On the Edge, originally published by Club Lighthouse Publishing in May 2010 has been completely revised. Now titled "AT THE EDGE."
This week I posted an exclusive excerpt for my readers to get glimpse of the YA, magic realism, paranormal book. I'm leaving this excerpt up for only a few days, and then will be taking the read down. I'm excited to search for aYA book publisher to discover the best home for the new and improved story.
About the Book "AT THE EDGE," - Real people developing relationships; while Carm is struggling to pick up the pieces after the death of her husband.
Two Quick Questions -
1. How important is it to you to create likeable characters?
I portray the characters inner characteristics and emotions as they struggle with issues of their own. The characters are realistic that the readers will believe. Tough and practical Paige takes command; Roxy under a watchful eye intimidates; always helpful Lizzy goes with the flow and Carm is consumed with sorrow and mental anguish. Gretchen, a witch is a welcome relief from life's pressures. To add support and conflict to the story are Thomas a friend everyone wants to deserve and Philip is certainly not safe to trust.
2. What do you most hope that readers will take away from the book?
In this book I provide a unique insight into the drug world and mysticism – addiction and the belief that direct knowledge of ultimate reality is attainable through intuition and the unseen world. I hope the reader will begin to believe if you change your choices while guided by Spirit you can change your life for the better.
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About the book:
By the use of divination and magic, some ties can never be severed.
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.