The Church did not underestimate the wise women’s influence over the people. The hierarchies laid down a law to forbid anyone to consult with a wise woman for guidance in future events. It slowly became immoral and undesirable to claim one’s witch heritage. Once the Christian Church attained power in the Western world it banned witchcraft religion or sorcery altogether. The Church preached that there was only one god who had divine title over all creation. In order for the common people to communicate to their Creator, they must follow rules which He dictated mainly to the privileged men who ruled the Church. The men drilled into the people that there was only one energy from which everything else was born. Their Creator’s power was the only power that humans should praise although they may do His work in the name of his son, Jesus.
The Catholic faith had no acknowledgement on the balance of masculine and feminine energies. The male-dominated churches placed women beneath them. Their mothers, wives and daughters were treated in a subservient manner. To be pleasing to the eye, speak when spoken to, and show respect and courtesy to the men folk at all times.
Propaganda was spread to destroy the nature religion and those who followed it. The propaganda included the seven varieties of a wise woman’s operation: to inspire love, to inspire hate, to cause impotence, to take lives, to send disease, to take sanity and to damage property. A woman was portrayed as temptress who brought kings to their downfall. The Church continued to discredit the wise woman’s way until the practice was reduced to the level of idiocy. It took time, but it came to pass that communicating with spirits who reside in the other world was diabolic. Apparitions were conjured up phantoms. The marvels performed in the magic circle were no more than mere hoaxes. The accusation of being a wise woman became an easy means to destroy an enemy. The art of magic was known as Magicism and consisted of three stages:
1) PRIMARY KNOWLEDGE OR INITIATION BY PARTICIPATION IN THE NATURE’S SECRET.
2) THE INTENTION TO TRANSFORM PSYCHIC FORCES INTO THE REALIZATION OF A PRECISE OBJECT.
3) EXECUTION OF RITUALS AND FEMALE CEREMONIES.
Children as young as seven were admitted as a witness against a suspect in many English trials. John Smith was known as the “Leicester Boy.” In 1607, at age five, he accused several women of putting a curse on his head. He went further to name nine others who were all hanged on July 18, 1616, King James I eventually uncovered the child’s lies while under cross-examination. Reginald Scot, born in 1538 in Kent, England, obtained his degree at Oxford. In London in 1584 he wrote a book entitled, “Discovery of Witchcraft.” His book pointed out that ‘childish absurdities’ were at the root of wise women. King James I ordered the book destroyed when he came to the English throne in 1603. Not until 1651 was the work reprinted. Trials and tortures multiplied and it is impossible to judge the numerous executed victims. The courts used legal proofs to uncover who was a wise woman by engineering:
Proof of Cold Water:
The right hand was tied to the left foot and the left hand tied to the right foot. The Suspect was thrown into a tank of water; if they floated they were guilty, an Innocent person would sink.
Proof of Boiling Water:
The accused would plunge their hand into a bowl of boiling water to take out a Holy ring. The hand was then bandaged and sealed. After three days the burns of an innocent human would have been healed.
Proof of Fire:
The accused was ordered to carry a bar of red hot iron for a distance of nine to twelve paces.
Proof of the Cross:
An accused person would be made to stand in front of a cross with his arms outstretched for long periods of time.
Our biggest crisis creates our greatest strengths, our trials and tribulations build our foundations, our character.
Leading you back into darkness is not easy. Past generations, through the price of indifference and contempt, constructed a society that would be mutually appealing and mutually enjoyed. The practice of the craft has lasted throughout history against the odds. Therefore, the experience had served the cause of peace. Acceptance over time softened attitudes to release the bitterness. Wise women were not put on earth to aimlessly float, bump into one another, and cause disturbances in each other’s lives. Peace, is not natural. Everyone has an opinion and will view situations differently. It is almost impossible to maintain equilibrium a hundred percent of the time. Ultimately it is a matter of personal choice.
Life is sometimes unfair, wrongs are not put right, bad things are just a fact of living. Peace is reached when there are social conditions that wildly overlap in agreement of self-restraint, individually motivated to harm none that included self.
God’s ideology is not wrong. It’s the way some clergy, monks, and church hierarchies distributed the belief of sin, heaven and hell on God’s behalf that needed to be questioned. The men in power who preached purity was the only way to be worthy of the Kingdom of God. If God’s laws were not followed He would punish them from heaven and the church would set penalties here on earth in His name. Christianity’s God is a being of infinite, all powerful, all good, all creating, all knowing, and loving, but judgmental of mankind, transcendent over, and omniscient in the world.
In the nineteenth century the rationalists argued that God was originally simply the chief over many gods and that ‘HE’ absorbed the attributes of ‘HIS’ fellow divinities. Slowly ‘HE’ became one God.
In the bible the cardinal summary of divine law given by God to Moses on Mt. Sinai follows. The Commandments that are of primary importance in the ethical systems of Christianity went as follows: One God shall be worshiped and not adored in graven images; not to profane the name of the Lord; keep the Sabbath holy; honor parents; not to kill; not to give ourselves away to lust; not to steal; not to bear false witness; not to covet a neighbor’s wife and not to covet a neighbor’s goods.
The Christian religion practices bear a great resemblance to the craft because their rituals and full rites are based directly upon Drudic Doctrine. When the womanhood was purged from the hill the Druids of Anglesy, they took refuge. The priesthood formed a unique order know as the ‘CHURCH OF THE CULDEES,’ on the Scottish Island of Iona. The “under cover” men of Christian Sanction incorporated the similarities in the two beliefs. It was a paganized Catholic priesthood.
The priesthood became known as “the GNOSTICS.” which meant ‘ONE WHO KNOWS.’ As the years passed, the church acquired great acreages of land, cathedrals, monasteries, and immense, towering abbeys were erected. The once wild country was overrun with huge watchtowers so the church could watch over people and see their investments grow. Within the walls of the sturdy buildings, the churchmen carefully studied and interpreted the works of Roman, Greek, and Celtic historians and philosophers. In their research they found everything was in its place with a function and nothing was left out. The monks defined the architecture of the Universe. Everything was put into a pattern which created a harmonious connection.
The divine power was God who sat on a throne in the heaven heights. Three orders of angels followed. The first level were beings of divine thought. The angel’s love song controlled the direction and movement of heavenly body in space. The second level of angels kept all the cycles and rhythms of the natural world in place. The third was man. He was blessed with the faculty of divine thought but also the ability to experience the earthly phenomenon by free will. Man, himself, tamed the wild world how he saw fit. Limitations were built and boundaries drawn so people could live as a harmonious whole, just as God had done in heaven. Beneath man were farm and domestic animals that were of some use to humans. Then came animal creatures like starfish or snails that lacked some form of sense. The living and growing but immobile and without sensibility came next. The lowest were all the inanimate objects like gems and stones.
The religious figures who practiced the art of wizardry found that absolute power corrupts absolutely. Power plays for instant gratification would be for short term for the joy would be overshadowed by what was to come.
Past generations, through the price of indifference and contempt, constructed a society that would be mutually appealing and mutually enjoyed. The battle to "be who we are" and to "love who we love" has lasted throughout history against the odds. Therefore, the experience had served the cause of peace. Acceptance over time softened attitudes to release the bitterness.
In the year 2016 the Pope, as well as most faiths understand and accept that when it comes to who you are and marriage - partnerships - unions LOVE IS LOVE! man + woman or man + man or woman + woman with or without children we love who we love in this world.
2016 copyright A. Skelhorn