Growing up I loved reading “Asterix und Obelix“And my favorite character was Miraculix.
Miraculix (fr. Panoramix) is the village’s druid in the series of Asterix, created by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo. He’s in all the albums. Miraculix may include cook the famousmagic potion that gives supernatural strength. However, he never lets Obelix drink because Obelix fell into a pot potion when he was young.
I think I would fall into that category if I would of lived in the years between 1450 and 1750. Why you may ask? I believe that nature is our pharmacy, it is there to heal our ailments. In the years before 1672 people still believed that as well and where seeking help from then called healers. Even the monks planted medicinal herbs in their Abbey gardens.
It just took one person to die and rumors began, that the person was murdered for personal gain and that the healer was in league with the devil……..
The “which hunts” began
- The classical period of witchhunts in Early Modern Europe and Colonial North America falls into the Early Modern period or about 1450 to 1750, spanning the upheavals of the Reformation and the Thirty Years’ War, resulting in an estimated 35,000 to 100,000 executions.
- Europe: The last executions of people convicted as witches in Europe took place in the 18th century.
- Scotland: The witchcraft trials in Scotland took place during the period 1561-1727.
- Kingdom of Great Britain: Witchcraft ceased to be an act punishable by law with the Witchcraft Act of 1735.
- Germany: Sorcery remained punishable by law into the late 18th century.
- Africa: Contemporary witch-hunts have also been reported from Sub-Saharan Africa and Papua New Guinea.
- Cameroon and Saudi Arabia: Official legislation against witchcraft is still found in Saudi Arabia and Cameroon.
- From at least the 1930s, the term “witch-hunt” has been used figuratively to describe activities by governments (and, occasionally, by business entities) to seek out and expose perceived enemies, often apparently as a means of directing public opinion by fostering a degree of moral panic.
- The Second Red Scare of the 1950s, culminating in the McCarthyist persecution of suspected communists in the United States, is especially associated with this usage of the term “witch hunt.”
- In India, around 2,100 suspected, mostly women, witches were murdered between 2000 and 2012. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witch-hunt)
(burning pillar: a maid was burnt here as a witch in 1553)
That is scary that even now people still have to die over believes like this.
Witch-hunts were seen across early modern Europe, but the most significant area of witch-hunting in modern Europe is often considered to be central and southern Germany. Germany was a late starter in terms of the numbers of trials, compared to other regions of Europe. Witch-hunts first appeared in large numbers in southern France and Switzerland during the 14th and 15th centuries. The peak years of witch-hunts in southwest Germany were from 1561 to 1670. The first major persecution in Europe, when witches were caught, tried, convicted, and burned in the imperial lordship of Wiesensteig in southwestern Germany, is recorded in 1563 in a pamphlet called “True and Horrifying Deeds of 63 Witches”. Witchcraft persecution spread to all areas of Europe, including Scotland and the northernmost periphery of Europe in Northern Norway. Learned European ideas about witchcraft, demonological ideas, strongly influenced the hunt of witches in the North.
Yes I do understand, that there is a fine line. But isn’t there a fine line in everything in life? Everything can be used for good or evil.
A lot of “nature healing” knowledge got lost through those which hunts. Usually daughters would go along with their mothers to learn the plants and their medicinal effect. But out of fear of being called a witch they had to go into hiding.
Nowadays there is a distinction between witches, there is white witchcraft:
White witch and good witch are qualifying terms in English used to distinguish practitioners of folk magic for benevolent purposes (i.e. white magic) from practitioners of malevolent witchcraft or black magic. Related terms are “cunning-folk“, “witch doctor“, and the French devins-guérisseurs, “seer-healers”.
During the witch trials of Early Modern Europe, many practitioners of folk magic who did not see themselves as witches, but as healers or seers, were convicted of witchcraft (Éva Pócs‘ “sorcerer witches”): many English “witches” convicted of consorting with demons seem to have been cunning folk whose fairy familiars had been demonised, and over half the accused witches in Hungary seem to have been healers.
Some of the healers and diviners historically accused of witchcraft have considered themselves mediators between the mundane and spiritual worlds, roughly equivalent toshamans. Such people described their contacts with fairies, spirits, or the dead, often involving out-of-body experiences and travelling through the realms of an “other-world”.Beliefs of this nature are implied in the folklore of much of Europe, and were explicitly described by accused witches in central and southern Europe. Repeated themes include participation in processions of the dead or large feasts, often presided over by a female divinity who teaches magic and gives prophecies; and participation in battles against evil spirits, “vampires”, or “witches” to win fertility and prosperity for the community.
And of course there is a dark side to it as well:
Black magic or dark magic has traditionally referred to the use of supernatural powers or magic for evil and selfish purposes. With respect to the left-hand path and right-hand path dichotomy, black magic is the malicious, left-hand counterpart of benevolent white magic. In modern times, some find that the definition of “black magic” has been convoluted by people who define magic or ritualistic practices that they disapprove of as “black magic”.
I believe being a “witch” or better called like in the old days, a healer , is more of a live style that is in tune with nature and the people that surround you. Being aware of the waves between animals and humans alike, living without societies restraints. Witches can tap into their intuitions and into the energy that other people send out.
My believe is that these people are just more connected to Earth and life than others and pay more attention to these things. Nothing to be afraid of.
Here is what I found on Zibbet, searching for witches, Wicca and druids:
And these are my finds from Etsy:
I wish you a wonderful connected day !