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  1. Just to let members know, the member formerly known as Shekniah asked for his membership to be deleted for the following reasons



    Lots of ugly minds on this forum not compatible with my practice. Several Christian trolls lurking. Terminate my profile and membership.



    So, who's for a chorus of Kumbaya M'Lordy then ? :wink:

  2. Just an esrly heads up on some server maintenance whicch will be taking place.  The server we use will be upgraded and moved to a new location in May


    The move will take place on Saturday 24th May between midnight and 6 am British Summer Time (GMT + 1), the site will likjely be unavailable at this time so try to avoid logging in during that time period


    If I remember, I will post again nearer the time to remind people.




  3. Despite Sandy's post on the 18+ age requirement for acceptance as a member we have found, or suspect, that some people who have joined may well be under this age.


    In consequence this post clarifies what will happen.


    If the Moderators or I feel or suspect that someone is under 18, we will suspend their account and proceed to delete their posts, blogs, pictures and any personal information they may have posted. We will then delete their account fully.


    In cases where this happens there is no 'right of appeal'. We do this in order to protect both members and those who are underage, any discussion back and forth would be pointless and we will not enter into email axchanges about it. If such suspension and deletion happens to you please accept it, move on, live and grow.

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  4. Hello All,


    I was going through the members list, specifically looking at people who have joined and haven't yet posted i.e. the Lurkers member group.


    In a post Sandy made explaining how things operated she stated we would do this every three months or so. Amazingly it hasn;t been done in a lot lomger than that.


    I will start to go through the Lurkers list this week and deleting those who joined more than three months ago and who have yet to make a post (one introductory post is all that is required to automatically move new members from the Lurkers to the Seekers usergroup).


    For those new members who joined more than three months ago and haven't posted an introduction, now is the time to make that post, once your membership has been deleted you will have to register again should you wish to take part in the forum.


    Edit 15 June .. 160+ Lurkers removed who joined up to the end of January 2011.

  5. Some of you may remember that on the old forum there was a way that each member could set a default font colour for posts that they made in the forum rather than changing the colour every time you posted.


    The new software lacked this ability, however, Moderators and I have been testing a modification that does allow this which looks to work well, you set it once and forget it, no need to alter colour on every post unless you specifically want to change a part of your post.


    To set your font for posts click on the down arrow beside your username and choose My Settings. Once your control panel opens click on the Forums tab, then click iFont on the left hand menu and set your font options there. If you ever want to reset to the forum default colours etc simply choose normal or default in the options .. simples :)


    All we ask is that you don't set your font size too large or choose a colour that is hard to read, otherwise Moderators may have to ask you to limit the size of your font.


    The attached screen capture shows it in more detail


    The settings are available to Members and Seekers should they wish to use them.




  6. LOL I'm willing to bet once you all see the solution you'll have to reread it at least twice to satisfy yourself that it really is the solution. .. and I'd also hate to debate against the guy who dreamt it up!

  7. I have just posted two new documents in the Fourm Rules section which members should read and take note of. These are:


    Terms of Service posted here http://www.tradition...rms-of-service/ which shows the Terms of Service which members agree to on Registration, this sets out the general Terms of Service of the Forum. This is important and warrants posting also in the Forum Rules section so that current members can view it and be made aware of it.


    Code of Conduct posted here http://www.tradition...ode-of-conduct/ this brings together many of the basic rules developed since the forum began some five or six years ago and which govern the way Administration Staff moderate the forum, and how members conduct themselves on the forum. These are based very much on how members have used the forums over the years, but it is important that these are published .. especially for new members and people considering registering.


    Both of these posts are important and I urge members to read them. Any changes to these, or any other posts in the rule section, will be announced separately in the Announcements section so that members are made aware of them as soon as possible.


    If any member has any questions on these posts please Private Message any of Administration Staff (Moderators or Administrators).

  8. To ensure the Forum operates as smoothly as possible, we have collected many of the rules that have been posted in various places over the years into this Code of Conduct. We ask that you read and adhere to our Code of Conduct:


    Traditional Witch – Members Code of Conduct


    Before we start ….

    Use of our forums constitutes acceptance and agreement to our Forum Code of Conduct. If you do not agree to these terms, please contact a member of the Administration Team to have your account disabled. If you violate the Code of Conduct, we reserve the right to terminate all accounts belonging to you without prior notice.


    We prefer to advise users of inappropriate behaviour; however, flagrant and repeated violations of our CoC will result in a ban. Our failure to enforce this policy, for whatever reason, shall not be taken as a waiver of our right to do so at any time.


    The term “Traditional Witch” covers the forum and its Administration Team, and any communities or other hosted content related to “Traditional Witch”

    The term “Administration Team” is applied to all of the Moderators, Global Moderators or Administrators for the purposes of these guidelines


    Principle Guidelines


    26 January 2011


    We created the Code of Conduct to provide a basic understanding of what's allowed and not allowed in our forums. The following are the principle guidelines for the establishment and enforcement of our CoC:


      • Ensure a friendly atmosphere to our forum members
      • Ensure the privacy of our members and that of others
      • Comply with existing laws in the United Kingdom
      • Encourage responsible use of our forums and discourage activities which disrupt our community and reduce the value of our services to our visitors
      • Encourage the freedom of expression and exchange of information in a mature and responsible manner

    The “not allowed” list is pretty short, but it should be remembered that what can seem to be light-hearted comments and fun to one person, can be offensive to another. As this is a forum for Traditional Witches and Traditional Witchcraft. Therefore:


      • No politics;
      • No discussion of Wicca

    Don’t we believe in free-speech?

    While we are committed to the principles of free speech, certain activities may be damaging to the resources or reputation of Traditional Witch and cannot be permitted under the guise of free speech. The resources of Traditional Witch are limited, and abuse of these resources by one user has a negative impact on the entire community.


    As a member of our forum, you must participate responsibly. If you have any questions regarding our CoC, please contact the Administration Team via email on “postmaster at traditionalwitch dot net” (replace the ‘at’ and ‘dot’ as appropriate)


    Violations of the Code of Conduct

    It is extremely important for you to understand that this section of our Code of Conduct isn’t designed to cover every eventuality! We may take action — issue a warning, ban your account(s) and/or IP addresses, lower your post count, delete/edit your post(s)/thread(s), etc. — if your conduct at Traditional Witch is counterproductive to the Code of Conduct’s principle guidelines.


    Unauthorised access / Forum Security

    The following actions are strictly prohibited:


      • Accessing, or attempting to access, the accounts of other users
      • Exploiting, or attempting to exploit, bugs, vulnerabilities, or loopholes; whether they are disclosed or undisclosed
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        All intrusions will subject all your forum accounts to immediate termination, regardless of whether or not the intrusion results in the corruption, loss, or theft of data
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    Usernames must not be in violation of this Code of Conduct. We reserve the right to terminate accounts whose associated usernames are in violation of this Code of Conduct, or are otherwise deemed inappropriate and/or potentially offensive. Users may be invited to register under a new name at our discretion.


    Personal Attacks, Harassment and other abuse


    Comments or personal attacks towards anyone - staff, forum member, or a visitor who is likely to view it on the forums - is subject to the message being deleted and action taken against the user, regardless of how pertinent or thoughtful the rest of the message might be.

    This also includes comments/links/materials that refer to ethnic/national origin, ideological/religious beliefs, gender, sexist, or sexual preference in a demeaning context.


    We have no tolerance for discrimination. You are in violation of this rule if the nature of your post discriminates, promotes hate, promotes violence or advocates hatred or discrimination against individuals, groups, races, cultures or organisations because of their ethnic/national origin, skin colour, sexual orientation or culture.

    Words that carry different meanings in different countries and cultures will be examined at the discretion of the Administration Team and the appropriate action taken.


    This includes "potentially" libelous comments against companies and other organisations.




    Traditional Witch try to monitor and review all posts, discussions, chats, postings, transmissions, bulletin boards and other dialogue ("Dialogue") on its Sites, Traditional Witch is under no obligation to do so and assumes no responsibility or liability arising from the Dialogue contained in its Sites, or for any error, defamation, libel, slander, omission, falsehood, obscenity, pornography, profanity, danger or inaccuracy contained in any information within its Sites. Traditional Witch does not monitor or review the content of any off-Site pages or any other sites linked to its Sites and assumes no responsibility or liability arising from the contents of such off-Site pages or sites, or for any error, defamation, libel, slander, omission, falsehood, obscenity, pornography, profanity, danger or inaccuracy contained in any information contained therein.



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    We want to avoid spam generated by promotion teams, public-relations campaigns or any other traffic-hungry webmasters. While we vet new registrations prior to approving them, there is always the possibility of someone registering purely to advertise their own website, services or whatever. So please note that our forums aren’t the place to advertise your own site or forums or sites with similar content to ours. Traditional Witch staff don’t visit your site and spam it with adverts, so we expect the same courtesy in return. You are welcome to link your personal (non-commercial) site in your signature so long as you request permission from the Administration Team.


    Any forum member who seems to have created their account solely to promote another site will be permanently banned.


    Pirated Materials, Cracks, Keys, and Key-Generators

    Traditional Witch relies heavily on software to accomplish certain tasks – forums, blogs, articles and so on. This software is often created by individuals (and released by them under a license) who should expect the terms of their license to be adhered to, including receiving fair payment for their work if they so choose..


    For the purposes of Traditional Witch, the following definitions apply:



      • “Piracy” is the illegal copying and/or distribution of copyrighted content including, but not limited to, games, software, music, movies, pictures, ROMs, abandon-ware, and leaked software

      • “Cracks” are programs that disable copy-protection technology
      • A “Key” is a combination of numbers and letters that is required for software installation
      • “Key-Generators” are programs that generate valid Keys

    You may not encourage, post in support of, link to, or discuss activities, methods, and/or techniques involving piracy, cracks, keys and key-generators. In addition, the following are grounds for moderator action on your post and/or account:


      • Seeking help to create any of the above
      • Admitting to possess pirated materials, cracks, keys and key-generators
      • Admitting to distribute pirated materials, cracks, keys and key-generators
      • Uploading any such files to Traditional Witch

    Generally breaking this rule will result in an instant permanent ban. However a “first-offence” warning may be issued at the discretion of the Administration Team.


    Forgery or impersonation

    Attempting to impersonate any person, including staff, using forged headers, instant messenger names, similar usernames in an effort to deceive or mislead is prohibited.



    This is an Eighteen+ (18+) forum so we do not have profanity filters in place, however, we expect members to remember that the Public areas of the forum are viewable by the General Public, and to moderate their language, or confine their more profane posts to the Private areas of the forum. The Administration Team reserve the right to move, hide or delete any post which breaches this guideline.


    Sexually Offensive Materials / Other Offensive Materials

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    Illegal Use

    You may not use our forums for illegal purposes, in support of illegal activities, or encourage conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, as determined by the laws of the United Kingdom. Such activities will guarantee a ban. We reserve the right to cooperate with legal authorities and/or injured third parties in the investigation of any suspected crime or civil wrongdoing.


    Privacy / Copyright

    You may not



      • Post any form of personal information of a user unless the user has first permitted it by express consent. Examples of personal information include name, address, IP addresses, and phone numbers.
      • Distribute any form of personal information, email address, private/email Messages with intent to harass or in any demeaning manner as determined by a moderator, regardless of consent.
      • Disclose a user's unpublicised email address unless the user has first permitted it, either by actual consent or previously releasing said information.
      • Post copyrighted material unless consent from the originator has been approved (evidence of such approval must be presented when asked for), and you should always give credit to the source when posting information that is not original

    Traditional Witch will not


      • Disclose your personal information to anyone, member or otherwise, unless working in co-operation with authorities as detailed elsewhere in these guidelines

    Official Language

    English is the official language of our forums because it is the common language between our moderators and users. Because we can not moderate conversations / text in a foreign language, you may not hold a conversation in the forums in language other than English. For signatures you should get clearance from a member of the Adminstration Team prior to adding a signature in a foreign language.


    Email Addresses


      • You may not harvest email addresses from our forums for any purpose
      • You are required to keep your forum account's email address up-to-date. If a message sent to the email address on record bounces, your account will be banned and you will have to contact a member of the Administration Team to have your account unbanned

    Moderation & Bans


      • You may not evade a ban. Doing so will drastically lengthen your ban. If you believe your actions were not in violation of this Code of Conduct, you can appeal by contacting a member of the Management Team
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      • You may not post a message on behalf of a banned forum member
      • Do not include phrases such as “I will probably get banned for this...” as this may ensure your wish is granted!!

    Miscellaneous Posting Rules


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      • You may not post in a manner that is harmful to Traditional Witch. For example, “Traditional Witch sucks. Go here!” If you do, the post will be deleted and you will be banned.
      • You may not register multiple accounts with intent to violate any part of this CoC.
      • You may not link to the forum logout page, disguised or not.
      • In the event of a ban, your posts will not be deleted, even if you request them to be. Doing so would disrupt the flow of the threads in which you have posted and could therefore make them unintelligible. By signing up to Traditional Witch, you agree that your posts are stored on Traditional Witch’s servers and therefore become part of the Traditional Witch forum.
      • Remember to make use of the ‘smilies’ in posts – it can be very difficult to ascertain the tone of a post without them!
      • Don't bump your thread because no one is posting in it, let the subject matter of the thread draw the interest, not your bump.
      • Post in the correct section. An off topic post may be moved or deleted by community staff.
      • When welcoming new members in the Introduction Forum, be friendly, they're new and they may not know how the community works. Help them out if you can.

    Signature Rules


      • No more than 5 lines of text using a normal font size (not too big, not too small)..
      • No more than 2 images. Their combined vertical height (stacked) must not exceed 150 pixels, and their width must not exceed 300 pixels (beside each
        other). No one wants to scroll through a wall of signatures to get to the next post.
      • Maximum of 2 url's (but bear in mind the next point)
      • No commercial advertising in your signature unless you've been given permission from community staff.
      • No malicious, hateful, harmful, racist or insulting messages or images are permitted in your signature
      • Use of language other than English should be cleared with a member of the Administration Team
      • The Administration Team reserve the right to edit the signature of members that breach these guidelines.

    Avatar Rules


      • No malicious, hateful, harmful, racist or insulting messages for your avatar.
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      • The Administration Team reserve the right to edit or suspend the avatar of members that breach these guidelines.

    Gallery and Attachment Rules


      • You may not upload any disgusting or disturbing images to the attachment system or the gallery.
      • When uploading images to the gallery, please upload them to the correct category. If a category doesn't match what you're uploading, contact a community
        staff member for help.
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      • You are not permitted to upload any malicious, hateful, insulting, racial, discriminatory or offensive images or documents.
      • The Administration Team reserve the right to edit or delete Galleries or Attachments that breach these guidelines.

  9. Forum Terms of Service


    This site and Forum contains what some may consider to be Adult material and discussions. As such, it is suited to people over 18 (21 in some states). By registering and agreeing to these Forum Rules, you are stating that you are over 18 years of age (21 in some states) .


    Registration to this forum is free, however, We do insist that you abide by the rules and policies detailed below. If you agree to the terms, please check the 'I agree' checkbox and press the 'Register' button below. If you would like to cancel the registration, click Cancel to return to the forums index.


    Although the administrators and moderators of Traditional Witch will attempt to keep objectionable messages off this forum, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and neither the owners of Traditional Witch nor Invision Services (developers of Invision Board) will be held responsible for the content of any message.


    The information posted in threads viewable by the general public are made by members of the site and the views expressed, or information given are theirs, and unless specifically stated are not those of owners and moderators of Tranditional Witch. Visitors who use this website and rely on any information posted by members do so at their own risk and we do not accept any responsibility for loss or harm incurred.


    We have these rules in place to keep the Traditional Witch Forum a fun and friendly place for all. Every member is required to follow these rules and be respectful of the community staff (meaning Moderators and Administrators) and other members. By registering and or maintaining an account on www.traditionalwitch.net you agree to abide by these rules and certify that you have read and fully understand them.


    The Rules and Terms below are augmented by the posts in the Rules forum viewable by clicking this link http://www.tradition...rs-please-read/


    Rule Violations


    All rules will be enforced using the Warning System. Major rule violations will be dealt with by the banning system, or law enforcement where required. What constitutes a rule violation, major rule violation or act (or omission) that warrants notification to the relevant investigative authority is decided by, and only by, the community staff.




    Terms of Use Agreement


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    is a part of this Agreement.



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  10. Warn Status


    members may notice a 'Warn Status' bar in their profile. This isn't new and it shouldn't be anything to worry about. This is part of the 'warning system' employed by the forum software (our previous software used something simillar called an 'Infraction System').


    Up until now on the new software it's been hidden, however, I think it best that it's visible. Members will only see their own 'Warn Status' not anyone elses!


    So, what the hell is it?

    It's a system which Moderators can use to issue a warning for various things. Generally, a Moderator will PM a member if they have done something rather than use the warning system. However, if a member were to ignore a PM or repeatedly do something then a Moderator would use the warning system to record it and allow other moderating staff to see it.


    The warning level graph starts at 0% - meaning no warnings issued, I think every member has 0% at the moment. One warning would raise it to 10% (though it coul;d be more if something was thought serious). If you have a warning you can click on the 'Warning' label above the graph and it will show which Moderator issued it and why. You will generally get a PM when one is issued also.


    The system allows Moderators to keep track of things on the forum and discuss repeated warnings and what should be done.


    Generally if a warning is heeded the Moderators will decide to reduce (remove) the warning.


    I'd suspect the system will remain unused, in the main, since members here are generally extremely good at self censorship and are mature enough to know where and what to post and what is generally acceptable. However, it's useful to have it active in a large community with a lot of members to keep track of. It also provides transparency between any member warned and Moderating staff.


    If a member ever gets a warning and they want to query it, they should take it up with the Moderating Staff or myself via PM, not in the forum, Chat or Shoutbox.


    As I said, I don't think it's anything to worry about, but I thought you would all wonder what the hell is this when it appeared, or when you noticed it.


    If anyone has any queries on this please PM me and I'll do my best to explain it better.

  11. A new set of topics have been created which are an import of Sandy's posts from her Blog.


    These will show up in Chit Chat Public prefixed with the title [sandy's News], see her most recent post at this link http://www.traditionalwitch.net/forums/topic/6960-sandys-news-celebrate-samhain-halloween-weekend/


    You can comment on the topics as normal, or of course visit Sandy Cristel's Blog and comment there (there is also a link to Sandy's Blog at the end of each topic.

  12. Those titles are simply based on the number of posts made and are automatically given by the forum software.



    I have noticed that many of the seekers and new members who have been around a few months have a title above their picture that says things like senior member and advanced member. How does one acquire those titles?

  13. The new software allows you to change your display name. This is simillar to the added modification on the old software.


    You are allowed to change your display name up to three (3) times in a thirty (30) day period.


    To change your display name click the drop down at the top right beside your Avatar / Username. Chose My Settings in the dropdown and then click on Change Display Name on the menu down the left hand side.


    Enter your new Display Name and you must then enter your forum password to make the change.


    As previously, please post in the Username Change forum to let members know that you have changed your username, plese post your old name and new name so that members know who you were / are!

  14. The Witch hunt timeline From www.religioustolerance.org


    Prior to the 9th century CE: There was a widespread popular belief that evil Witches existed. They were seen as evil persons, primarily women, who devoted their lives to harming and killing others through black magic and evil sorcery. The Catholic church at the time officially taught that such Witches did not exist. It was a heresy to say that they were real. "For example, the 5th century Synod of St. Patrick ruled that 'A Christian who believes that there is a vampire in the world, that is to say, a witch, is to be anathematized; whoever lays that reputation upon a living being shall not be received into the Church until he revokes with his own voice the crime that he has committed.' A capitulary from Saxony (775-790 CE) blamed these stereotypes on pagan belief systems: 'If anyone, deceived by the Devil, believes after the manner of the Pagans that any man or woman is a witch and eats men, and if on this account he burns [the alleged witch]... he shall be punished by capital sentence."


    906 CE: Regino of Prum, the Abbot of Treves, wote the Canon Episcopi. It reinforced the church's teaching that Witches did not exist. It admitted that some confused and deluded women thought that they flew through the air with the Pagan Goddess Diana. But this did not happen in reality; it was explained away as some form of hallucination.


    Circa 975 CE: Penalties for Witchcraft and the use of healing magic were relatively mild. The English Confessional of Egbert said, in part: "If a woman works witchcraft and enchantment and [uses] magical philters, she shall fast for twelve months...If she kills anyone by her philters, she shall fast for seven years." Fasting, in this case, involved consuming only bread and water.


    circa 1140: Gratian, an Italian monk, incorporated the Canon Episcopi into canon law.


    circa 1203: The Cathar movement, a Gnostic Christian group, had become popular in the Orleans area of France and in Italy. They were declared heretics. Pope Innocent III approved a war of genocide against the Cathars. The last known Cathar was burned at the stake in 1321 CE. The faith has seen a rebirth in recent years.


    1227: Pope Gregory IX established the Inquisitional Courts to arrest, try, convict and execute heretics.


    1252: Pope Innocent III authorized the use of torture during inquisitional trials. This greatly increased the conviction rate.


    1258: Pope Alexander IV instructed the Inquisition to confine their investigations to cases of heresy. They were to not investigate charges of divination or sorcery unless heresy was also involved.


    1265: Pope Clement IV reaffirms the use of torture.


    1326: The Church authorized the Inquisition to investigate Witchcraft and to develop "demonology," the theory of the diabolic origin of Witchcraft.


    1330: The popular concept of Witches as evil sorcerers is expanded to include belief that they swore allegiance to Satan, had sexual relations with the Devil, kidnapped and ate children, etc.


    1347 to 1349: The Black Death epidemic killed a sizeable part of the European population. Conspiracy theories spread. Lepers, Jews, Muslims and Witches were accused of poisoning wells and spreading disease.


    1430's: Christian theologians started to write articles and books which "proved" the existence of Witches.


    1436-7: Johannes (John) Niderwrote a book called Formicarius, which describe the prosecution of a man for Witchcraft. Copies of this book were often added to the Malleus Maleficarum in later years. Some sources say that the author Thomas of Brabant; this is apparently an error.


    1450: The first major witch hunts began in many western European countries. The Roman Catholic Church created an imaginary evil religion, using stereotypes that had circulated since pre-Christian times. They said that Pagans who worshiped Diana and other Gods and Goddesses were evil Witches who kidnapped babies, killed and ate their victims, sold their soul to Satan, were in league with demons, flew through the air, met in the middle of the night, caused male impotence and infertility, caused male genitals to disappear, etc. Historians have speculated that this religiously inspired genocide was motivated by a desire by the Church to attain a complete religious monopoly, or was "a tool of repression, a form of reining-in deviant behavior, a backlash against women, or a tool of the common people to name scapegoats for spoiled crops, dead livestock or the death of babies and children." Walter Stephens, a professor of Italian studies at Johns Hopkins University, proposes a new theory: "I think Witches were a scapegoat for God." Religious leaders felt that they had to retain the concepts of both an omnipotent and an all-loving deity. Thus, they had to invent Witches and demons in order to explain the existence of evil in the world. This debate, about how an all-good and all-powerful God can coexist in the world with evil is now called Theodicy. Debate continues to the present day.


    1450: Johann Gutenberg invented moveable type which made mass printing possible. This enabled the wide distribution of Papal bulls and books on Witch persecution; the witch hunt was greatly facilitated.


    1484: Pope Innocent VIII issued a papal bull "Summis desiderantes" on DEC-5 which promoted the tracking down, torturing and executing of Satan worshipers.


    1486-1487: Institoris (Heinrich Kraemer) and Jacob Sprenger published the Malleus Maleficarum (The Witches' Hammer). It is a fascinating study of the authors' misogyny and sexual frustration. It describes the activities of Witches, the methods of extracting confessions. It was later abandoned by the Church, but became the "bible" of those secular courts which tried Witches.


    1500: During the 14th century, there had been known 38 trials against Witches and sorcerers in England, 95 in France and 80 in Germany. The witch hunts accelerated. "By choosing to give their souls over to the devil witches had committed crimes against man and against God. The gravity of this double crime classified witchcraft as crimen exceptum, and allowed for the suspension of normal rules of evidence in order to punish the guilty." Children's testimony was accepted. Essentially unlimited torture was applied to obtain confessions. The flimsiest circumstantial evidence was accepted as proof of guilt.


    1517: Martin Luther is commonly believed to have nailed his 95 theses on the cathedral door at Wittenburg, Germany. Apparently it never happened; he published his arguments in a less dramatic way. This triggered the Protestant Reformation. In Roman Catholic countries, the courts continue to burn witches. In Protestant lands, they were mainly hung. Some Protestant countries did not allow torture. In England, this lack of torture led to a low conviction rate of only 19%.


    Circa 1550 to 1650 CE: Trials and executions reached a peak during these ten decades, which are often referred to as the "burning times." They were mostly concentrated in eastern France, Germany and Switzerland. Witch persecutions often occurred in areas where Catholics and Protestants were fighting. Contrary to public opinion, suspected witches -- particularly those involved in evil sorcery -- were mainly tried by secular courts. A minority were charged by church authorities; these were often cases involving the use of healing magic or midwifery.


    1563: Johann Weyer (b. 1515) published a book which was critical of the Witch trials. Called "De Praestigiis Daemonum" (Shipwreck of souls), it argued that Witches did not really exist, but that Satan promoted the belief that they did. He rejected confessions obtained through torture as worthless. He recommended medical treatment instead of torture and execution. By publishing the book anonymously, he escaped the stake.


    1580: Jean Bodin wrote "De la Demonomanie des Sorciers" (Of the punishments deserved by Witches). He stated that the punishment of Witches was required, both for the security of the state and to appease the wrath of God. No accused Witch should be set free if there is even a scrap of evidence that she might be guilty. If prosecutors waited for solid evidence, he felt that not one Witch in a million would be punished.


    1584: Reginald Scot published a book that was ahead of its time. In Discoverie of Witchcraft, he claimed that supernatural powers did not exist. Thus, there were no Witches.


    1608: Francesco Maria Guazzo published the "Compendium Maleficarum." It discusses Witches' pacts with Satan, the magic that Witches use to harm others, etc.


    circa 1609: A witch panic hit the Basque areas of Spain. La Suprema, the governing body of the Inquisition, recognized it as a hoax and issued an Edict of Silence which prohibited discussion of witchcraft. The panic quickly died down.


    1610: Execution of Witches in the Netherlands ceased, probably because of Weyer's 1563 book.


    1616: A second witch craze broke out in Vizcaya. Again an Edict of Silence was issued by the Inquisition. But the king overturned the Edict and 300 accused witches were burned alive.


    1631: Friedrich Spee von Langenfield, a Jesuit priest, wrote "Cautio criminalis" (Circumspection in Criminal Cases). He condemned the witch hunts and persecution in Wurzburg, Germany. He wrote that the accused confessed only because they were the victims of sadistic tortures.


    1684: The last accused Witch was executed in England.


    1690's: Nearly 25 people died during the witch craze in Salem, MA: one was pressed to death with weights because he wouldn't enter a plea; some died in prison, the rest were hanged. There were other trials and executions throughout New England.


    1745: France stopped the execution of Witches.


    1775: Germany stopped the execution of Witches.


    1782: Switzerland stopped the execution of Witches.


    1792: Poland executed the last person in Europe who had been tried and convicted of Witchcraft. A few isolated extra-legal lynchings of Witches continued in Europe and North America into the 20th century.


    1830's: The church ceased the execution of Witches in South America.


    1980: Dr. Lawrence Pazder (1936 - 2004) and Michelle Smith wrote "Michelle Remembers." The concept of humans in league with Satan, which had been largely dormant for decades, was revived. Although the book has been shown to be a work of fiction, it is presented as factual, based on Michelle's recovered memories. This book was largely responsible for triggering a new Witch/Satanist panic in the U.S. and Canada.


    1980 to 1995: Two types of trials were held in North America, which repeated many of the same features of earlier Witch trials:

    • Staff at some pre-schools, day care facilities and Sunday schools were accused of ritual abuse of children. Evidence was based on faulty medical diagnoses and memories of non-existent abuse implanted in the minds of very young children.
    • Tens of thousands of adults, victimized by Recovered Memory Therapy, developed false memories of having been abused during childhood. In about 17% of the cases, these memories escalated to recollections of Satanic Ritual Abuse. Hundreds of parents were charged with criminal acts. Almost all of them were innocent. Most of the charges involved acts that never actually happened.Sanity has since prevailed. Most of the accused have been released from jail. Those held in the state of Massachusetts are an exception.
    1990's: Some conservative Christian pastors continue to link two unrelated belief systems:

    • The imaginary religion of Satan-worshiping Witches promoted by the Church during the Renaissance, and
    • Wicca and other Neopagan religions which are nature-based faiths and which do not recognize the existence of the Christian devil.
    1994 to 1996: Several hundred people were accused of witchcraft in the Northern Province of South Africa, and were lynched by frightened mobs.


    1999: Conservative Christian pastors occasionally call for a renewal of the burning times, to exterminate Wiccans and other Neopagans. One example shows the intensity of misinformation and hatred that fear of Witches can continue to generate in modern times. In 1999-AUG, Rev. Jack Harvey, pastor of Tabernacle Independent Baptist Church in Killeen, TX allegedly arranged for at least one member of his church to carry a handgun during religious services, "in case a warlock tries to grab one of our kids...I've heard they drink blood, eat babies. They have fires, they probably cook them..." During speeches which preceded his church's demonstration against Wiccans, Rev. Harvey allegedly stated that the U.S. Army should napalm Witches. One of the Christian's signs read "Witchcraft is an abomination" on one side and "Burn the witches off Ft. Hood" on the other. (Ft. Hood is a large army base near Killeen TX. A Wiccan faith group is active there.)

  15. Persecution and 'Witchcraft'

    (Laws relating to Witchcraft in the UK legal system)



    Some authors have tried to suggest that the professions of both chiromancy and astrology were particularly maligned by the State and the Church during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. However, there are any number of Kings, Queens, clergymen and Bishops of Europe who were sympathetic to both studies, not to mention those learned religious men who had actually written treatises on the subject! The assertion appears to have little basis for it and seems to serve more as a means of romanticising handreadings past, as if to augment its status by aligning it with something somehow dangerous, magical or subversive.


    However, amongst the English nobility and aristocracy, interest in subjects like astrology and chiromancy was widespread. In Elizabethan times, it was customary for the families within the upper classes to have the nativities of their children cast. Henry VIII is known to have consulted astrologers (at least!) about the sex of his forthcoming children, and Cardinal Wolsey was, by all accounts was an avid devotee of the study of astrology. Queen Elizabeth I is known to have made considerable use of the prognostic skills of the astrologer and magician Dr John Dee (1527-160) and both Sir Walter Raleigh and William Harvey (who discovered the circulation of blood) were known to be sympathetic to the study of astrology. As was even Sir Isaac Newton.


    After the Restoration of the Monarchy towards the end of the seventeenth century, Charles II is also known to have taken regular astrological advice. Indeed, during the English Civil War and the Interregnum, the services of astrologers and chiromancers such as William Lilly and George Wharton were in enormous demand by the politicians and generals of both sides. It is not going too far to suggest that their pronouncements had some considerable impact upon the course of the war itself, for at least one battle is known to have been delayed on the advice of Lilly until a more favourable moment. Such was Lilly's influence in seventeenth century society that by 1650, Lilly's almanac was selling at the rate of some 30,000 copies a year, vastly outselling even the Bible! In such a climate as this, it is hard to see that there could possibly be any truth to the assertion that astrologers and handreaders were vilified and persecuted in the maner various authors so vividly depict.


    It has also been suggested that handreaders and astrologers were as much persecuted as were those that were prosecuted for witchcraft. Witchcraft persecution in Europe grew out of the Catholic Inquisition, which was originally designed to exterminate so-called heretical versions of Christianity such as practised by the Cathars and the Albigensians in areas of Europe where the Catholic power base had become undermined. The power of Inquisition was later extended to include the trial of any persons found guilty of magic or witchcraft, which was considered the ultimate heresy since by their own definition, this was deemed to be a practice which involved a 'pact' with the devil himself.


    The persecution of so-called witches began in the late fourteenth century and became especially pronounced after the Papal Bull of Pope Innocent VIII of 1484 and the publication of 'Malleus Maleficarum' ('the hammer of evil') in 1486. However, in England the first Witchcraft Act was not passed until 1542 and it was then repealed only some five years later under Edward VI!


    It was not until the reign of Elizabeth I and the Witchcraft Act of 1563 that the mania for witch-hunting really began in this country. However, the persecution of witches in England was never on the scale of that which took place on the continent under the Inquisition. This is possibly due to several factors, not least the secession of the Church of England from the Church of Rome and the fact that the use of torture to induce confessions was illegal in England. But it was perhaps also due to the desire for peace in the land and the desire for religious freedom and tolerance propagated by Elizabeth I in the wake of the hostilities between Protestants and Catholics in the years following the establishment of the Church of England.


    In any case, despite the rantings of some religious zealots such as the Puritans and the Presbyterians in the post-Reformation period, for the most part witchcraft was considered an entirely different matter from either astrology or chiromancy. If a number of witches prosecuted happened also to be astrologers and chiromancers, then this was merely incidental, for the Witchcraft Act of 1563 did not cite anything specifically against either astrology or chiromancy.


    Given the relative sympathy towards both subjects by those that decreed the laws of the land, it would have been surprising if it had done. Astrology was not witchcraft, for witchcraft meant maleficium, the doing of physical harm to others or their property through the laying on curses or through bringing about their death. The recorded history of the witchcraft trials show that this is both what witches were accused of and indeed what witches were tried for, whilst astrologers and chiromancers were never accused of being guilty of such crimes.


    One famous example is sufficient to illustrate that the two subjects were not considered to be linked with either witchcraft or magic: in the late seventeenth century, the renowned astrologer William Lilly was indicted under the Witchcraft Act, but only on a charge of deceitfully taking money for locating stolen goods, which he had achieved through the use of divinatory astrology. He was defended by the Court Recorder who declared that astrology was in fact a lawful art, and the case was duly dismissed.


    Despite the 'official' stance of the Roman Catholic Church and some overzealous Christian minority sects, the frenzied mania of psychopathic witch-finder generals and the phantasms of an ignorant and uneducated population, it is clear that there was not really any wholesale persecution of either handreaders or astrologers at all. This frequently perpetuated story turns out to be mythology.


    Nevertheless, in these times of uncertainty it was fairly common for chiromantical treatises of this period to quote scripture, particularly Job 37:7, to demonstrate that the Bible does indeed pronounce favourably on the practise of chiromancy. Despite the fact that chiromancy was not legally deemed to be witchcraft or born of a pact with the devil, the association was preserved in the popular mind. The appeal to scripture was to give reassurance that the art was pleasing to God and indeed sanctioned by him.


    In a similar vein, the gipsy fortune teller would reassure her clients with the words 'Cross my palm with silver'. The use of silver and the making of the sign of the cross were two known ways of warding off the devil; to perform this ritual before having one's fortune told was a certain way of ensuring that there was no witchcraft or devilry taking place in having one's hands read.


    The Witchcraft Act of 1563 was amended under James I in 1604 and remained in force until 1735. The bulk of witchcraft prosecutions took place up until the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660 and after that those accused were more likely to be acquitted than sentenced. The decline in prosecutions came with the decline in the belief of magical powers in general and witchcraft in particular, and this change in world view was also to affect the fate of both chiromancy and astrology as we shall see later.


    In 1735, the Witchcraft Act was amended again, this time to include provision only for those who pretended to practise witchcraft or use magical powers - rather than for the actual crime of witchcraft itself which was no longer officially recognised as being possible. However, the last prosecution under the Witchcraft Act for such fraudulent deception was against the materialisation medium Helen Duncan as late as 1946! The Act itself was only eventually fully repealed in 1951, whence it became the Fraudulent Mediums Act. Under this act, it is still illegal to purport to use clairvoyant or telepathic powers or to purport to act as a spiritualistic medium, especially if money is taken as a reward or payment.


    The emphasis again reveals a fundamental disbelief in such abilities and the implication is that anyone who takes payment for such activities is both a deceiver and a fraud. Whilst this in no way affects the modern practice of analytical chirology, it does nonetheless affect those who claim to be 'clairvoyant' or 'psychic' palmists. Since such abilities are not recognised as being possible in law, anyone claiming to read hands by psychic or clairvoyant means must ipso facto be fraudulent. And if they receive any money for this, even if it is done in the manner of an entertainment, then they are clearly breaking the law. The simple fact is that to profess to have psychic abilities and to offer these as a service where there is payment of a fee, is still against the law.


    Here there is an echo of the distinction that was made in the sixteenth century when the laws against witchcraft were first formulated, a distinction between the serious study of astrology and chiromancy pursued by the Renaissance intellectuals and the more spurious practices of the uneducated 'witches' and 'gipsies'. Richard Saunders was but one English chiromancer who bemoaned the existence of '..those sycophants and Delusive Ignorants through whose sides this pretious science is daily wounded..' ...as much as modern cheirologists or professional astrologers might bemoan the existence of fortune-telling palmistry and newspaper sunsign astrology today.


    Witchcraft Act 1563


    An Act agaynst Conjuracons Inchantments and Witchecraftes.


    "Where at this present, there ys no ordinarye ne condigne Punishement provided agaynst the Practisers of the wicked Offences of Conjuracons and Invocacons of evill Spirites, and of Sorceries Enchauntmentes Charmes and Witchecraftes, the wch Offences by force of a Statute made in the xxxiij yere of the Reigne of the late King Henry the Eyghthe were made to bee Felonye, and so continued untill the sayd Statute was repealed by Thacte and Statute of Repeale made in the first yere of the Reigne of the late King Edwarde the vjth; sythens the Repeale wherof many fantasticall and devilishe psons have devised and practised Invocacons and Conjuracons of evill and wicked Spirites, and ahve used and practised Wytchecraftes Enchantementes Charms and Sorceries, to the Destruccoon of the Psons and Goodes of their Neighebours and other Subjectes of this Realme, and for other lewde Intentes and Purposes contrarye to the Lawes of Almighty God, to the Perill of theyr owne Soules, and to the great Infamye and Disquietnes of this Realme: For REFORMACON wherof bee it enacted by the Quenes Matie with thassent of the Lordes Spuall and Temporall and the Comons in this pnte Pliament assembled, and by thaaucthoritee of the same, That yf any pson or psons after the first daye of June nexte coming, use practise or exercise any Invocacons or Conjuracons of evill and wicked Spirites, to or for any Intent or Purpose; or els if any pson or psons after the said first daye of June shall use practise or exercise any Witchecrafte Enchantment Charme or Sorcerie, wherby any pson shall happen to bee killed or destroyed, that then aswell every suche offendor or offendors in Invocacons and Conjuracons as ys aforesayd, their Concellors & Aidours, as also every suche offendor or offendors in Witchecrafte Enchantement Charme or Sorcerie whereby the Deathe of anny pson dothe ensue, their Aidours and Concellors, being of either of the said Offences laufully convicted and attainted, shall suffer paynes of Deathe as a Felon or Felons, and shall lose the Priviledg and Benefite of Sanctuarie & Clergie: Saving to the Wief of such persone her Title of Dower, and also to the Heyre and Successour of suche pson his or theyr Tytles of Inheritaunce Succession and other Rightes, as thoughe nu suche Attayndour of the Auncestour or Predecessour had been hadd or made.


    And further bee yt enacted by thaucthoritee aforesayd, That if any pson or psons, after the saide forst daye of June nexte comyng, shall use practise or exercyse any Wytchecrafte Enchauntement Charme or Sorcerie, wherby any pon shall happen to bee wasted consumed or lamed in his or her Bodye or Member, or wherby any Goodes or Cattles of any pson shalbee destroyed wasted or impayred, then every suche offendour or Offendours their Councelloures and Aydoures, being therof laufully caonvicted, shall for his or their first Offence or Offences, suffer Imprisonment by the Space of one whole Yere, without Bayle or Mayneprise, and once in every Quarter of the said Yere, shall in some Market towne, upon the Market Daye or at such tyme as any Fayer shalbee kepte there, stande openly upon the Pillorie by the Space of Syxe Houres, and there shall openly confesse his or her Erroure and Offence; and for the Seconde offence, being as ys aforesayd laufully convicted or attaynted shall suffer deathe as a Felon, and shall lose the Privilege of Clergie and Sanctuarye: Saving to the Wief [as above].


    Provided alwaies, That yf the Offendour, in any of the Cases aforesayd for whiche the paynes of Deathe shall ensue, shall happen to bee a Peere of this Realme, then his Triall thereyn to be hadd by hys Peeres, as yt ys used in cases of Felonye or Treason and not otherwyse.


    And further to thintent that all maner of practise use or exercise of Witchecrafte Enchantement Charme or Sorcerye shoulde bee from hensforthe utterly avoyded abolished and taken away; Bee it enacted by thaucthoritee of this pnte Pliament. That yf any pson or psons shall from and after the sayd first daye of June nexte coming, take upon him or them, by Witchecrafte Enchantement Charme or Sorcerie, to tell or declare in what Place any Treasure of Golde or Sylver shoulde or might bee founde or had in the Earthe or other secret Places, or where Goodes or Thinges lost or stollen should bee founde or becume, or shall use or practise anye Sorcerye Enchantement Charme or Witchcrafte, to thintent to provoke any pson to unlaufull love, or to hurte or destroye any pson in his or her Body, Member or Goodes; that then every suche pson or psons so offending, and being therof laufully convicted, shall for the said offence suffer Imprysonement by the space of One whole yere without Bayle or Mayneprise, and once in every Quarter of the said Yere, shall in some Market towne, upon the Marcket Daye or at such tyme as any Fayer shalbee kepte there, stande openly upon the Pillorie by the Space of Syxe Houres, and there shall openly confesse his or her Erroure and Offence; And yf anye pson or psons, beyng once convicted of the same Offences as ys aforesayd, doo eftesones ppetrate and comitt the lyke Offence, that then every suche Offendour beyng thereof the seconde tyme convicted as ys aforesaid, shall forfaitee unto the Quenes Majestie her heires and successoures, all his Goodes and Cattelles and suffer Imprysonement during Lyef."



    Transcript of Witchcraft Act of 1736



    "An Act to repeal the Statute made in the First Year of the Reign of King James the First, intituled, An Act against Conjuration, Witchcraft, and dealing with evil and wicked Spirits, except so much thereof as repeals an Act of the Fifth Year of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth, Against Conjurations, Inchantments, and Witchcrafts, and to repeal an Act passed in the Parliament of Scotland in the Ninth Parliament of Queen Mary, intituled, Anentis Witchcrafts, and for punishing such Persons as pretend to exercise or use any kind of Witchcraft, Sorcery, Inchantment, or Conjuration.


    Be it enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, That the Statute made in the First Year of the Reign of King James the First, intituled, An Act against Conjuration, Witchcaft, and dealing with evil and wicked Spirits, shall, from the Twenty-fourth Day of June next, be repealed and utterly void, and of none effect (except so much thereof as repeals the Statute made in the Fifth Year of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth) intituled, An Act against Conjurations, Inchantments, and Witchcrafts.


    And be it further enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That from and after the said Twenty-fourth Day of June, the Act passed in the Parliament of Scotland, in the Ninth Parliament of Queen Mary, intituled, Anentis Witchcrafts, shall be, and is hereby repealed. And be it further enacted, That from and after the said Twenty-fourth Day of June, no Prosecution, Suit, or Proceeding, shall be commenced or carried on against any Person or Persons for Witchcraft, Sorcery, Inchantment, or Conjuration, or for charging another with any such Offence, in any Court whatsoever in Great Britain.


    And for the more effectual preventing and punishing of any Pretences to such Arts or Powers as are before mentioned, whereby ignorant Persons are frequently deluded and defrauded; be it further enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That if any Person shall, from and after the said Twenty-fourth Day of June, pretend to exercise or use any kind of Witchcraft, Sorcery, Inchantment, or Conjuration, or undertake to tell Fortunes, or pretend, from his or her Skill or Knowledge in any occult or crafty Science, to discover where or in what manner any Goods or Chattels, supposed to have been stolen or lost, may be found, every Person, so offending, being thereof lawfully convicted on Indictment or Information in that part of Great Britain called England, or on Indictment or Libel in that part of Great Britain called Scotland, shall, for every such Offence, suffer Imprisonment by the Space of one whole Year without Bail or Mainprize, and once in every Quarter of the said Year, in some Market Town of the proper County, upon the Market Day, there stand openly on the Pillory by the Space of One Hour, and also shall (if the Court by which such Judgement shall be given shall think fit) be obliged to give Sureties for his or her good Behaviour, in such Sum, and for such Time, as the said Court shall judge proper according to the Circumstances of the Offence, and in such case shall be further imprisoned until such Sureties be given."


    Fraudulent Mediums Act 1951



    An Act to repeal the Witchcraft Act 1735, and to make, in substitution for certain provisions of section four of the Vagrancy Act 1824, express provision for the punishment of persons who fraudulently purport to act as spiritualistic mediums or to exercise powers of telepathy, clairvoyance or other similar powers.


    Be it enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:


    (1) Subject to the provisions of this section, any person who-


    (a) with intent to deceive purports to act as spiritualistic medium or to exercise any powers of telepathy, clairvoyance or other similar powers, or


    (B) in purporting to act as a spiritualistic medium or to exercise such powers as aforesaid, uses any fraudulent device, shall be guilty of an offence.


    (2) A person shall not be convicted of an offence under the foregoing subsection unless it is provided that he acted for reward; and for the purposes of this section a person shall be deemed to act for reward if any money is paid, or other valuable thing given in respect of what he does, whether to him or any other person.


    (3) A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding fifty pounds or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding four months or to both such fine and such imprisonment, or on conviction on indictment for a term not exceeding five hundred pounds or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to both such fine and such imprisonment.


    (4) No proceedings for an offence under this section shall be brought in England and Wales except by or with the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions.


    (5) Nothing in subsection (1) of this section shall apply to anything done solely for the purpose of entertainment.


    2. The following enactments are hereby repealed, that is to say


    (a) the Witchcraft Act 1735, so far as still in force and


    (B) section four of the Vagrancy Act 1824, so far as it extends to persons purporting to act as spiritualistic mediums or to exercise any powers of telepathy, clairvoyance or other similar powers, or to persons who in purporting so to act or to exercise such powers, use fraudulent devices.


    3. (1) This Act may be cited as the Fraudulent Mediums Act 1951

    (2) This Act shall not extend to Northern Ireland

  16. Ravun there's good advice from others in the thread, you might want to look at some books on the subject.


    A reasonably good one is Adventures Beyond the Body by William Buhlman, it has a number of exrecises to train your mind to control things and to recognise things when you are dreaming .. that recognition is the starting point to being able to control your dream or out of body experience. The exercises are basic mind and body training which you can get from meditation, there is no 'religious' overtones which some authors put in!


    He details a number of different techniques in his book, which is good, as everyone has different ways to gain control and you can mix and match methods until you find one that works for you.

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