Witchcraft from Non-Witches

One of the myths prevalent in paganism today is that only witches used witchcraft.

In the 16th century, the Bishop of Glasgow made a curse-stone against reivers (cattle-rustlers) and the stone is still there today. The curse can be found at : http://www.bbc.co.uk/cumbria/features/2003/07/restoration/the_curse.shtml (sorry, but I can’t get links to work in WordPress, I seem to do all the right things and it comes up blank)

He got away with it because he was a bishop and according to popular myth, bishops don’t do magic. As you can see from reading the wording of the curse, that is a load of rubbish.

Druids also used to curse enemies. They would stand on one leg, raise one arm and close one eye. Unfortunately we have no records of what words they used.

Then there is folk magic. Ordinary people would use witchcraft to effect a cure against a disease. They would do this by invoking Jesus, Mary and Joseph in the spell, so they weren’t witches because in the popular mindset (which unfortunately prevails today) witchcraft was evil and Satanic.

So you see, there was a lot of witchcraft going on, only under a different name and disguised as other things.


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