The Witches' Ointment: The Secret History of Psychedelic Magic

Ƭ recommended The Witches' Ointment: The Secret History of Psychedelic Magic to read ჼ By Thomas Hatsis ᄵ Ƭ recommended The Witches' Ointment: The Secret History of Psychedelic Magic to read ჼ By Thomas Hatsis ᄵ Introduction A woman, alone at night, pulls a small ointment jar from a chest hidden beneath her bed Opening the container, she scoops a handful of the foul smelling goop the witches ointment lamiarum unguentum into her palm She turns to an ordinary broom in the corner, the kind her neighbors foolishly believe has no further use than sweeping or maybe killing a mouse at present, this woman intends to do neither Grasping the besom from the shadows, she smears the long, wooden handle with her witches ointment straddling the oily broom, she is instantly lifted into the ether Out the window to join scores of women who have similarly anointed implements, she soars aside demons that fill out the entourage As they glide over rooftops and clouds, dotting the moon in their wake, all are careful not to mention the name of God or Christ, lest they plunge to their death They are traveling to a faraway meadow leagues beyond the watchful eyes of the clergy and their neighbors where they will join others already assembled, reveling and worshipping Satan the Sabbat Should any newcomer wish to join Satans congregation, she must pay homage to him by renouncing her Christian faith and trampling upon a large cross conveniently placed before her feet Finally, she must solidify her devotion by planting the obscene kiss osculum infame on the Devils derriere Now a full member of the sect, she will join the others in a fine banquet of murdered children They will feast heartily only to discover that the food lacks all taste, and oddly leaves the diners still hungry Afterward, she would engage in such wicked debauches as dancing backward and fornicating with demons Satan had conspired to rule the world and conscripted gullible witches to help carry out his nefarious plans He would eventually send his flock away, but not before instructing them in the malefic arts maleficium, or evil magic , which included preparing ointments and potions from the remains of dead children These mixes were used to inflict harm or death upon the populace, raise storms and disease, and stir hatred between pious Christians The above, or less, is what demonologists believed witches practiced during the Burning Times ca 1550 1650 , when tens of thousands of women and men burned for their supposed diabolic crimes The Sabbat itself was a composite idea, fueled by the literate classs appropriation and redefinitions of numerous templates Indeed, all of these acts associated with the Sabbat night flying, demonic congregation, Satan worship, wild orgies, cannibalism, and celestial insurgency were quite separate ideas once, deriving from folklore, ecclesiastical ideas regarding heresy, common ideas about magic, and demonology that had been developing over the preceding centuries Scholars largely agree that the Sabbat first appeared in Europe within the texts of ecclesiastics writing between the years 1430 1450 These components were tampered with and eventually amalgamated into the diabolical witch, preforming her maleficia, within the larger witch cult One of these offenses, though, was a newcomer to the stereotype of the witch While all those other ideas evolved over the eleventh to the fifteenth centuries, the notion of an ointment used to fly through the air only started appearing in records around the early fifteenth century, at the cusp of the theological formation of the witch stereotype Witches ointments were magical drug veneficium pastes, ointments, and oils that women and men were said to smear over their bodies those anointed would then fall into a deep sleep soporatum , experience fantastic visions, and upon waking claim to have traveled great distances and copulated with others Contemporary reports have led some modern scholars to theorize that the so called witches ointments contained soporific, hallucinogenic, or otherwise psychotropic ingredients mostly culled from the Solanaceae family of plants and that the effects of these drugs were the cause of such bizarre delusions This theory is not without evidence most historians of medieval European magic agree that several kinds of medical folk magic existed and were practiced by low strata women and men There is little doubt that this folk magic involved the use of plants and herbs in remedies and potions Mostly when ointments and potions are mentioned in trial records, they are used to heal cause insanity incite love, harm, or death in people and or cause harm and death to animals This theory is rejected by others who believe that the ointments were a product of either harmless folklore or demonological theory not effective mind altering substances However, there is previously overlooked evidence indicating that the witches ointment, like other aspects of the witch stereotype, had a foundation in real folk sorcery intentional drug use Although trial dossiers are terse on the modes of folk magic, we can nonetheless get a taste of local magic by the practices that inquisitors and others of the literate class documented Some of these arts involved weather magic, lot casting, invocation, image magic, medical magic, murder through magical means, poison magic, and love magic Other forms of veneficium specifically dealt with ingesting poisons and elixirs of various types, the contents of which comprise the present study This book is the story of how veneficium got swept into the witch stereotype and became a tool of diabolical witchcraft in the opinions of the authorities It is the story of an early medieval canonical belief, outlined in the famous canon Episcopi It is the story of how the canons original condemnation of a specific folk belief that of night riding with ancient goddesses was reinterpreted by theologians centuries later to prove that witches really did exist It is the story of folk magic and the knowledge of poisons some people used to practice those arts Finally, it is the story of how, within this theological redefinition of the witch in the early fifteenth century, the witches ointment was used to explain how witches flew to the Sabbat.The Witches Ointment is, remarkably, the first full length treatment of a topic that is central to our understanding of European witchcraft Did the witches use psychoactive substances or not This has long been debated but often on the basis of prejudice or inadequate information We are fortunate that Hatsis has written an authoritative account, drawing deeply on primary sources and pursuing original lines of thought Entertaining and highly readable, this book seems destined to be the definitive work on the subject No doubt it will inspire others to see the witch cult in a new light Highly recommended to all those who are interested in witchcraft, the history of drugs, and the unusual byways of culture A fascinating book Richard Rudgley, author of The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Substances Hatsiss treatment of this woefully neglected area in the body of drug history scholarship is sublimely applied and will no doubt become an important fixture in the canon of pharmacography Superb Robert Dickins, publisher and editor of Psychedelic Press UK Tales of witches and toads, broomsticks and belladonna documented herein are the exotic herbal potions and demonic flights of fancy that terrified and confounded the religious authorities of the Middle Ages Exquisitely written and meticulously researched, Hatsis clears the supernatural mists of yore and roots out the various psychoactive agents lying at the heart of European witchcraft A remarkably informative and wholly compelling read Simon G Powell, author of Magic Mushroom Explorer and The Psilocybin Solution In this remarkable book, Thomas Hatsis reveals the hidden truth behind historys most legendary ointments the medieval bewitching potions that supposedly lubricated broomsticks and fueled extracorporeal mystical journeys and hallucinogenic night flights, setting the stage for strange entity encounters and unholy copulations, animal transformations, and miraculous healings as well as diabolical poisonings, dangerous delusional deceptions, and harmful black magic In this impeccably researched and compulsively readable volume, Hatsis recovers the lost history of these magical medicinal brews and psychoactive formulas that have been hidden for centuries and hinted at in the mythic portrayal of witchcraft and sorcery Hatsiss scholarly research shines an illuminating spotlight on what is actually known about these visionary and sometimes deadly herbal mixes, and he expertly blends his meticulous studies with keen intuition in this uniquely envisioned volume, overflowing with rare historical treasures and fascinating speculations as well as the secret psychedelic ingredients for re creating the legendary ointments This book will appeal to anyone interested in herbal folk remedies, entheogenic medicine, the relationship between alchemy and science, and how heretical notions of healing influenced Western religious systems and modern medicine A few words of caution history compels you to use this book wisely or you may get burned at the stake David Jay Brown, author of The New Science of Psychedelics and Frontiers of Psychedelic Consciousnes This wonderful book brews up a heady potion of folk herbs and psychedelics to intoxicate the conspiracy theorists and passionate disbelievers alike With his objectivity and beautiful writing, Hatsis shines a light on the destructive Christocentric misogyny of the medieval world, whose holistic pagan medicine was certainly no diabolical than our own modern Pharma Industry Ben Sessa, MBBS, MRCPsych, author of The Psychedelic Renaissance A Historian of witchcraft, magic, Western religion, contemporary psychedelia, entheogens and medieval pharmacopeia, Thomas Hatis is well qualified to describe dozens of psychoactive formulas and recipes gleaned from rare manuscripts from all over the world as well as the practices and magical incantations necessary for their preparation He also examines the various forms of sorcery such as poison magic and ecstatic trance, and explores the connections between the ointments and spells for shape shifting, spirit travel and bewitching magic New Dawn, Robert Black, December 2015 This book is fascinating and reads like a well written novel But it is not a novel it is a meticulously researched history, based on primary sources that were not easy to find It is the beautiful fruit of a long, arduous scientific investigation that is presented in a light, easily readable style Giovanna Serenelli, Journal of Folklore Research Three Witches Wikipedia The Three Witches, also known as the Weird Sisters or Wayward Sisters, are characters in William Shakespeare s play Macbeth c They hold a striking Facts About 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    • Format Kindle
    • 1620554739
    • The Witches' Ointment: The Secret History of Psychedelic Magic
    • Thomas Hatsis
    • Anglais
    • 21 December 2016
    • 304 pages

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