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At 500 annually, making the frightful total of 40,000. (Mackay. Op. cit.) It must be remembered that this total applies to Britain alone, and takes no account of the terror that was raging on the Continent, and had been continuing for years. 1644. Matthew Hopkins started up in business as Witch-finder General. He made a profitable career of it, claiming twenty shillings a head for every witch found, and lavish Expenses from the authorities who employed him. He has a number of imitators,...

Sassenach Stray By Ross Nichols

Celebration of Lughnassad (Lammas) ensured plenty of corn, milk, etc., throughout Ireland. If the rites were poor the crops would be poor, and temporary marriages seem to have been a great feature of the rites. To this day a Tailltenn marriage is the word for the type of union when you do not bother the priest with your private affairs. Lughnassad means the marriage of Lugh, and he was supposed to take the land as his bride. The King of All Ireland was ceremonially married to the goddess,...

Dr Leo Louis Martello

Gardner's biography has been published many times, including a chapter on him in my own Witchcraft The Old Religion. For the record his first Craft book was High Magic's Aid published in 1949, a self-published work. His second was Witchcraft Today in 1954 and his last was The Meaning of Witchcraft, 1959, five years before his death. Prior to these he had written A Goddess Arrives, 1948, and Keris and Other Malay Weapons, 1936. The latter and High Magic's Aid were published under his...

The Stone Age Origins Of Witchcraft

I have endeavoured to tell as much as I can of what witches know and believe about themselves and their history. Now I am going to discuss the probable origins of the cult, and to do this I shall try to show the various influences which may have been brought to bear upon it in Britain. I hope this may encourage others to investigate along similar lines in this and other countries. When you begin to examine the origin of witchcraft, it is like excavating one of those prehistoric caves in France...

Witchcraft In Roman And Saxon Times

The position of the cult in Roman and Saxon times seems rather a puzzle. The great question is, were the witches and the Druids members of the same cult The witches have no exact traditions on the subject. Personally, I think they were not the witch cult was the religion of the soil, as it were, and the Druids were the more aristocratic religion, much as things were a thousand years later, when the witch cult was the religion of the peasants, but the Roman Church was the dominant power. The...