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Not everyone who reads this book will be familiar with what a ritual is, so I hope those that know will forgive my explaining before we 48 move on. A ritual can loosely be described as a previously thought out set of actions and statements within a tradition and established by precedent. Often rituals are used for religious and magickal purposes, although this isn’t always the case (rituals are part of many non-religious and non-magickal fraternities and societies, even the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides have rituals).

They make the salve by mixing these with quite a lot of birds’ blood, and also animal lard. I do not write down details, so as to harm no one. Whenever they want to, they rub it on benches or chairs, rakes or oven forks and fly away. This is nothing but necromancy, which is strongly forbidden [18]. Not only was flight supposedly possible, but for a long time in Europe the art of shape-shifting was attributed to Witches. E. work, The Golden Ass by Apuleius: On a day Fotis came running to me in great fear, and said that her mistress, to work her sorceries on such as she loved, intended the night following to transform herself into a bird, and to fly whither she pleased.

For example, henbane had long been used by Germanic peoples to make their ale more intoxicating [20] until it was eventually banned as an ingredient of beer in early sixteenth century Bavaria. Deadly nightshade, or belladonna (which means beautiful woman), was used throughout Renaissance Italy in the form of eye drops designed to dilate pupils and make women more sexually attractive. And mandrake (Mandragora officinarum), perhaps the most famous plant associated with Witches, was frequently used for its medicinal purposes.

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