Witches and ancient rituals

Why, for centuries and centuries have we loved and been fascinated by magic?

From what we know since the birth of human beings, every ethnic group, every people and every time has been marked by the belief that there is more, to accompany our life, after the same life, another unknown life.

Truth? Or just smoke in the eyes for the most gullible?

Yet the same Christian religion believes and has established a true empire in the world of the past and also in that of today, precisely on the basis of this belief.

If we remember that in the year 1000 the fatal arrival of the imminent end of the world was preached, we discover that eternal salvation was being sold, that is, certain paradise through the payment of a donation, the current currency of the time.

Obviously a scandalous request, for the church and obvious and unlikely, was salvation, obtained by paying a donation and not taking care of one’s soul, staying away from sins, or from actions deemed such.

Have we always been a strangely unintelligent kind of being, or is there really something that prompts us to believe in something divine?

Obviously this is the question of the questions.

To which I don’t know how to answer.

But I know that if we ask ourselves questions, and perhaps it is because there are signs, sensations that push us to seek, to discover new truths.

Yet there was a very black and aberrant period in which women, mostly midwives or healers through medicinal plants, tried to heal or pursue their beliefs.

But they were persecuted, precisely because of their own beliefs.

They were the witches.

During the fifteenth century the Church took care to provide an intellectual baggage to fight those accused of witchcraft and thus allow the authorities to identify the culprits of such a serious crime. If in the course of the thirteenth century Pope Gregory IX had tried to provide a theoretical definition of the accusation of witchcraft, in the course of the fifteenth century texts were spread that dealt with witchcraft and to define the category of witch. At least two are the works that can be investigated in this sense:

1. The Formicarius of the Dominican theologian Johannes Nider, written in the second half of the thirties of the fifteenth century, was also published several times during the sixteenth century. This text, structured as a dialogue between two characters – a man expert in theology and a pupil – it was the basis of several treatises on demonology, that is, the discipline that investigates everything concerning demons. The dialogue helped to fix in the imagination some characteristics considered proper to witches, characterized by the sexual bond with the devil, by the will to harm Christian and innocent individuals, by secretly using supernatural powers to impose one’s own evil will.

2. The Malleus Maleficarumsigned by Institoris And Sprenger, two Dominican theologians who compiled this text at the end of the 1580s. This treaty achieved a very wide fame. It became the privileged tool to be able to classify all those behaviors considered out of the norm as a consequence of a bond between women and the devil. On the basis of this text the inquisitors were formed throughout the sixteenth century.

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Therefore, on the basis of illustrious theologians and high-ranking personalities, the greatest persecution in history was given to women, especially free women, who aroused fears.

Through unprecedented torture they were made to confess, and then burned alive on the pyres.

Therefore the behaviors “out of the norm” were pointed out as a consequence of a pact in solidarity with the evil one.

But then who was this evil one?

The one who tortured and killed? Or the women healers and midwives of the time?

But then who had, and still gives today, this power and these beliefs to mankind?

It is assumed that all of this exists.

That there are good and bad, and yes in a sense they exist.

But remember that no one has ever really seen God, or the Devil, yet we have millions of people who believe and pray to their God every day.

So why can’t witches exist?

And why, but above all, who decides which are the right beliefs or the wrong ones, not to be pursued, to arrive at an absolute condemnation?

Surely, at that time, it was the forces created by the inquisition that decided.

Who are today’s witches actually?

They are those people who still look at the moon today, thinking that there is a strong influence on every living being on this beautiful planet.

They are those people who have different beliefs, love trees and everything that is untouched nature.

They create benevolent spells.

So there is magic? But why not, luckily for us today we can believe in what we want and in what is closest to us.

Of course, talking about magic today as a tool for positive or beneficial action or transformation in our life may seem anachronistic.

In fact, we live in an essentially concrete universe, a material world, in which success is measured on the scale of who we are socially, of the people we associate with, and of what we accumulate as wealth or possessions.

In spite of our way of perceiving the world and the things to which we are anchored, one day or another, it happens to everyone to imagine that there are other unknown or rather unrecognized energies, which we could use to improve our life, our own. “Fate”.

Small gestures, like superstitious gestures that are lost in the mists of time.

For example, it is said that breaking a mirror is equivalent to drawing seven years of unhappiness upon oneself.

This superstition would draw its origin from the ancient premise that the reflection of a man’s image in the water would reveal his soul and that the ripples on the liquid surface could destroy it.

There are thousands of other superstitions, such as the black cat, salt or horseshoe, bearers of happiness or misfortune, whose origins are lost in the mists of time and which we are unable to explain, even if we continue to practice them.

Magic and superstition are not inseparable.

We are unable to explain everything and especially the outcome of an event based on cause and effect.

And this is the mood of our time, in which everything must be able to be analyzed, like a body under the hands of a coroner.

Practicing white magic today means using the energies we perceive, the properties of herbs, plants, phases of the moon, stones, metals and colors.

It means accepting to use all the properties of the universe around us.

It means taking our destiny in hand, rather than letting others decide for us, what to believe or not to believe.

Looking closely at the history of religions, we note that Christianity has triggered all the most important holidays on some pagan holidays and this to the obvious purpose, the origin of those ancient rites.

Like that of the mistletoe at Christmas or the decoration of hard-boiled eggs at Easter derive from pagan traditions.

In fact, there are many reasons for this enmity between Christianity and the ancient religion, based on a matriarchal system.

So of a social order.

Christianity is in fact based on a patriarchal system, man controls, dominates and occupies a prominent place.

In fact, repressions were often made against free women who did not want to marry and who did not want to submit to the wishes of their husbands.

In ancient religion it is the female aspect that dominates nature, ensures the fertility of the earth, and by extension, gives life.

This is why under Christian authority, the figure of the woman was demeaned, and in banning the practice of magic, the goddess, substituted with satan, the most despised creature, was also demeaned.

The ancient religion today is called Wicca, and is in fact a collection of ancient cults.

All Wicca adherents are deeply convinced that human beings are made to live a life of joy, love and pleasure, respecting their fellowmen and living in harmony with nature.

To each their own beliefs.

Witches and ancient rituals