An Imp is a small demon that a witch keeps in a bottle. Imps are used for magical purposes like carrying out tasks and spells. Imps could shape-shift into rodents, toads or frogs, and insects like flies and spiders. In return for their work, they suck the blood from the witch.

Witches were checked for Witch Marks, this was a strange lump, warts, discolored skin, from which the witch would feed her Imp.
When nothing was found, it was agreed that she used her finger.

I bet they never thought of a witch spoon feeding her imp.

I bet they never thought of a witch spoon feeding her imp.

Prison cells were filled with rats and insects during the witch trials finding any animals in a suspected witch’s cell was suspicious. Guards tried to kill the animal, if it was killed, it was a normal animal, if it escaped that meant it was the witch’s Imp.

Imp and familiar were used interchangeably.

The Witches’ Cradle

Witches’ Cradle

Have you ever tried to meditate, but couldn’t?
Was it too noisy, hot or cold. Maybe where you were sitting was too hard or too soft.

No I’m not repeating Goldilocks.

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If any of those are the case the Witches’ Cradle is for you. The witches’ Cradle is a device created for sensory deprivation.

During the Witch Hunts it was used for torture.

The sack was tied closed with a string tied to a tree branch and there it hung or swung. As the swung it “rocked” giving it the name witches’ cradle.

Most witches who suffered this disorientation had hallucinations and they confessed to all sorts of things.

In modern times to a Sensory- Deprivation devices used to alter states of consciousness. It’s also popular for meditation.

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The Witches’ History

It’s time for us to join for the Witching Hour.

Have you all gathered around?
Yes, Good, this time I will offer a question….

Ponder my offering.


My question…

We have already gone over the Witch Hunt histories. Witches are portrayed as evil and in the best interest of the community to be removed.

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However, all of the histories are written by historians who were for the hunts, trials and deaths. We have no history written by the hand of the witches. We have no history written from the side of the witches.
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Is it possible….. that what we know as a true history is bias? What we know as history was a prejudice look from one side?
We have no prospective from the other side. We have a false history of witches, Witch hunts, trials and deaths. Why because those who wanted them dead are the only side we know of.

We know stories of witches causing harm, pain and death. We know of witches killing infants and children and having orgies with the Devil.
Are these stories true? We have no history from witches to confirm it.

I believe our history is wrong. I believe we have fallen into a trap the historians want. We can only believe in a history we know both sides of.


Leave me your thoughts.

Witch Hunts and Trials

The witching hour has started. Thank you for joining me tonight.

Witch-hunts a term used to refer to moral panics and or crazed persecution against perceived enemies.
Secular courts controlled Witchcraft laws until the time of the Protestant Reformation.

I won’t have info here on the Salem witch trials. I feel like everyone already knows enough of that, if I get a request for it I will go over it next time.

Ancient witch laws.
Ancient Egyptians and Babylonians killed witches. Roman law allowed execution. Things like epidemics, and damages to crops were some of the reasons the Romans killed women. The Hebrew Bible condemned sorcery by exile. In 785 AD, the Catholic Church decreed the Council of Paderborn. It condemned the death of anyone who burns a witch. The church thought it was superstitious folly.
Charlemagne (794 AD) also ordered the death penalty for anyone who burned witches. He thought witchcraft was “superstitious.”

In European and North American history the trials, tortures, and executions of tens of thousands of victims lasted for 300 years from 1480-1750. About 75% of the victims were women.

Around 1550 BC persecution rose to an all time high. “The Burning Times” it’s commonly known, was a mass hysteria of witch-hunts and trials mostly occurred in one century 1550-1650.  “The Great Hunt” in the 17the century passed as suddenly as it occurred. Trials dropped after 1650 disappearing completely after the 18th century.

During the Trials

It’s believed that the Reformation was the cause of most witch-hunts. The Catholic Church feeling the change of the Reformation were desperate to keep its control, the witch-hunts were that way. The weakest Catholic countries like Germany, France, and Switzerland experienced an infectious witch-hunt craze. Countries that were under stronger Catholic hold like Spain, Italy, and Portugal hardly had any craze. This would seem to show that belief as fact, but Protestants and Catholics both felt threatened and both persecuted witches.

The majority of witches were condemned by secular courts. In most countries, it was standard procedure to bring the persecuted before investigating tribunals to be interrogated. In some parts of Europe (England), torture wasn’t usually used. Where the hunts were more intense it was a standard procedure. Many confessions were due to the torture endured. About half of all convicted witches received sentences short of execution. The unlucky were killed in public often “en masse” by hanging or burning. It’s estimated that 20-25% of the persecuted were men.

In France, there was a difference, in the 1,300 witches whose cases were brought to parliament just over half were men, mostly peasants, artisans. In Iceland 90% were men in Estonia 60% and in Finland 80%
In Hungry, Denmark, and England 90% of the persecuted were women.

In 1645, forty-six years before the Salem witch trials. In Springfield Massachusetts Husband and wife, Hugh and Mary Parson, were the first accusations, they accused each other! At the trial, Hugh was found innocent. Mary was acquitted of witchcraft. She was sentenced to hanging, for the death of her child. She died in prison. About 80 people throughout Mass. Bay Colony were accused. Thirteen women and two men were executed in New England during 1646-1663. The Salem witch trials were in 1692-1693

When a case was brought to trial prosecutors hunted for accomplices. Magic was considered wrong, not because it failed but because it worked, and it just didn’t work but it worked well, and for the wrong reasons. When witches were called to assist in illnesses or deliver babies (along with religious ministers) when something went wrong no one ever questioned the minister or the witch’s power. They questioned the witch’s intention.

In the 300 years, it’s estimated that there were 100,000 trials, 48% (about 40,000 to 60,000) ended in death.

The Salem Witch Trials

In the kingdom of Great Britain witchcraft stopped being punishable in 1735 when the Witchcraft Act of 1735 was signed. In Germany, it remained punishable into the 18th century.

Modern Hunts
As hard as it is for some of us to believe witch-hunts still happened today where the belief in magic is still predominant. Lynching, (execution by a mob by handing or burning at the stake or shooting), happens in Sub-Saharan Africa, Papua New Guinea. Some countries have legislation against the practice of sorcery.

Witch-hunts in Africa are often by family members who want the accused land or assets.

Women who are accused, usually, in an attempt to take land away from them, settle scores or as punishment for refusing sexual advances. Those accused of being a witch usually are forced to abandon her home and family, in extreme cases they commit suicide. It’s hard for the poor and illiterate women to travel from isolated rural areas to urban cities, to document their cases and most cases aren’t documented. In 2010, it was estimated that 150-200 women were killed, less than 2% were actually convicted.

Papua New Guinea
The 1976 Sorcery Act allows a penalty of up to two years in jail for practicing “Black” magic, “White” magic or healing magic isn’t punished. In 2009, the government reported the spread of mob related torture and murder, of alleged witches’ mostly lone women, from Highland areas to cities, because villagers are moving to urban areas.

Saudi Arabia
In 2009, 118 people were arrested for practicing magic and using the Book of Allah in a derogatory manner. Seventy-four percent were female.

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