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The three manuscripts now available online reflect the varied and complex ways that magic fit into the broader religious landscape of a shifting and modernizing West. The 17th-century Book of Magical Charms contains instructions on a range of magical practices—“from speaking with spirits to cheating at dice,” according to the Transcribing Faith website—but also includes Latin prayers and litanies that align with mainstream religious practices. An untitled document known as the “commonplace book” explores strange and fantastical occurrences, along with religious and moral questions. Cases of Conscience Concerning Evil Spirits by Increase Mather, a Puritan minister and president of Harvard who presided over the Salem Witch Trials, expresses a righteous condemnation of witchcraft.
Fletcher quickly scanned the documents before putting them online, but reading through users’ translations has reminded him of some of the manuscripts’ more fascinating and bizarre content. The Book of Magical Charms, for instance, proffers a rather unusual method for alleviating a toothache. “One of the remedies is finding a dead man's tooth, which apparently was just available in 17th-century England,” Fletcher said. “That was just really cool to see that.”
originally posted by: ThatHappened
Witchcraft and spells are a result that happened after the exit of the ages during
the flood, and when Egyptians were practicing their art, they also chanted and
was like this subject. After the Egyptians, is was practiced by people living in
the early years after it was 1 A.D. until the present day.
Personally until telekinesis and telepathy, remote viewing and crop-circles are
explained, then perhaps, I would take on this topic. Cryptozoology will always
be needed to show us the creatures we are far removed from as there is a
seemingly infinite variety of shapes, sizes and functions in animals.
I cannot believe people read this to learn how to do bad things, that is the
essence of witchcraft. I can leave it but if you do, be nice, as the grim reaper
always smiles when claiming a soul.
a reply to: z00mster
originally posted by: AkontaDarkpaw
originally posted by: randomtangentsrme
a reply to: starwarsisreal
Don't you think if they had secrets they would have released them to gain more power?
Not if it means telling every individual that they are powerful without the church. Without adherents where would the church be?
Out of an English old Manuscript called the Divine Cloud of Unknowning the 55th chapter In holy writ as often as any Angel was sent in body evermore, it was showed by his name or by some instrument or quality of his body what his maker or his message was in spirit. In the same manner it fares with the fiend; for when he appears in body he figures in some quality of his body what his servants are in spirit. An example of this may be seen in one above all others. For as I have conceived of some disciples of necromancy who have in science to make invocation of wicked spirits, and some to whom the Devil has appeared in bodily likeness, in what bodily likeness the fiend will appear evermore. He has but one nostril, which is low [on his face], and he will gladly cast it up that a man may see through it to his brain up in his head, which brain is naught else but the fire of Hell; for the fiend may have no other brain. And if he might make a man look, he will keep no altar; for at that looking, he shall lose his wits forever. But a proficient apprentice of Necromancy knows this well enough and can well [resist] therefore so that it hurts him not.