Jan 31, 2007

Granddaughter of Jailed ‘Witch’ Seeks Pardon

Granddaughter Seeks Pardon for a Woman Convicted of Witchcraft During World War II

My heard goes out to this brave woman who is seeking a pardon for her grandmother. She was convicted under an 18th century anti-witchcraft law during World War II, because her accurate predications and psychic counseling made the military authorities nervous.

Her granddaughter was taunted in school for having a grandmother labeled as a "witch," and now she is seeking a pardon for her grandmother.

To read the entire story, click on the link below. This woman needs to be heard.

Granddaughter of jailed ‘witch’ seeks pardon

Arabella Jolie

Granddaughter Seeks Pardon for a Woman Convicted of Witchcraft During World War II

Jan 29, 2007

Witchcraft and Scrying

Witchcraft and Scrying

Scrying is an old word for the practice of crystal-gazing or using some similar means to obtain clairvoyance. It is akin to the word "descry" which originally meant to reveal, as well as to discover by seeing. Scrying is a more general term than crystal-gazing, because it embraces all forms of developing clairvoyance by gazing at or into some object.

The object used in scrying is called a "speculum." Throughout the ages, a great many different objects have been used for this purpose. The transparent crystal globe, with the use of which most people are familiar, is only one of a great variety of such specula.

The practice of scrying is common to witches of all ages and countries. Like magick in general, it is as old as man himself; and it is still as popular with contemporary witches as it was long ago.

Witches seldom possessed a crystal ball for two reasons. First, a genuine crystal ball is a valuable and expensive object. Most so-called "crystals" are actually simply glass. The very latest development in this field is that of transparent globes of acrylic plastic. These are nevertheless described as "crystal balls" in the advertisements for them in magazines. Real rock crystal is a semi-precious stone; a ball made from it is heavy, and icy cold. It takes an expert to distinguish the real thing from imitations. Hence, valuable crystals usually round but sometimes egg-shaped or pear-shaped, became precious heirlooms handed down for generations and beyond the pocket of the poorer witch.

Second, such a possession was not only expensive and valuable, it was dangerous. To have such a thing found in one's house, immediately convicted the owner of magickal practices. In the days when witchcraft was a hanging matter, witches found it wise to improvise their speculum out of things which could be found innocently in any cottage -- a rule which they followed with many of their other tools as well.

Consequently, a black bowl filled with water is quite popular as a speculum. So also are the old-fashioned glass globes used by fishermen as floats for their nets. These often come in beautiful dark green or blue glass, and make fine specula.

Today, antique dealers sometimes sell these old fishing floats as "witch balls." They are not, although witches did use them.

Some witches use a blue glass bottle as a speculum, filling the bottle with water. A ball of black glass was particularly prized, some thinking it superior even to a genuine crystal ball. Others considered that the best speculum was a ball of pale greenish-colored beryl crystal.

In the future, I will describe how do crystal gazing.

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Arabella Jolie

Witchcraft and Scrying