Witchcraft and the Inquisition
"When you come into the land which the Lord your
God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those
There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or
his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a
soothsayer, or one who
interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a
shaman, or one who calls up the dead.
For all who do these things are
an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God
drives them out from before you. " - Deuteronomy 18:9-14
"There was a certain man called Simon, who
previously practiced sorcery in the city and astonished the people of
'This man has the great power of God.'
They heeded him
because he had astonished them with his sorceries.
When Simon saw that
through the laying on of
apostles' hands the
Holy Spirit was
given, he offered them money, saying, 'Give me this power also, that
anyone on whom I lay hands may receive
the Holy Spirit.'
But Peter said to him, 'Your money perish with
you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money!
You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not
right in the sight of God.
Repent therefore of
this your wickedness, and
pray God if perhaps the thought of
your heart may be forgiven you.
For I see that you are poisoned by
bitterness and bound by iniquity." - Acts 8:9-11, 18-23
Saint Hildegard, Sibyl of the Rhine, is a German Benedictine abbess, herbalist,
philosopher, Christian mystic and polymath.
One of Hildegard of Bingen
works, the Ordo Virtutum, is an early example of liturgical drama and
arguably the oldest surviving morality play.
In her work Physica, a text
on the natural sciences, Hildegard dedicates a whole chapter to the uses and
applications of medicinal cannabis.
"Hemp is warm and grows where
the air is neither very hot nor very cold.
Its seed is sound, and it is
healthy for people to eat.
It is gentle and useful in the stomach since
it takes away the mucus.
It is digested easily; diminishes bad humors
and makes good humors strong.
Cloth made from the hemp heals weeping
wounds." - Hildegard of Bingen
Innocent the VIII issues a proclamation that decrees all cats as involved with
Satan as the Egyptians
As result anyone seen talking to a cat was charged with
and burned at the stake. Any cat found was
Pope Innocent VIII labels cannabis as an
unholy sacrament of the satanic mass and issues a papal ban on cannabis
The bull is written in response to the request of Dominican
Inquisitor Heinrich Kramer for explicit authority to prosecute witchcraft in
Germany, after he was refused assistance by the local ecclesiastical
During what is known as the Little Ice Age, there was
freezing weather, failing of crops, rising crime, and mass starvation.
All of this is blamed on witches.
Death, the bubonic plagues
that swept Europe, were caused by the systematic extermination of cats.
Bubonic plague was spread to humans from the bites of fleas that rode
in on the backs of rats from the Mongolian steepe.
Without a stable cat
population to control the rats, the fleas spread everywhere and carried the
infected fleas with them.
The King James
version of the New Testament the words "witch", "witchcraft", and "witchcrafts"
are used wherever the masoretic text, from which it is translated, has kashaph
or kesheph and qesem, and the Septuagint has pharmakeia in the
underlying Greek text.
Kashaph literally means
herb user (a compound word
formed from the roots kash, meaning herb, and hapaleh, meaning using).
Pharmakeia of the Septuagint translates as
The potion preparer,
the one skilled in the use of herbs, is considered to be a practitioner of
Under this definition anything steeped, both tea and coffee,
manufactures prepare potions = witchcraft practitioners!
1487 Pope Innocent VIII appoints the infamous sadistic Spanish
friar Torquemada as Grand Inquisitor.
Under Torquemada's authority,
thousands of traditional female healers, users of forbidden plants, Jews, and
other "heretics" are viciously tortured and killed during the "witch-hunts" of
the Spanish Inquisition.
Malleus Maleficarum ("The
Hammer of Witches" or the "Hexenhammer") is considered by many to be the
classic Roman Catholic text on witchcraft.
Condemned by the Inquisition
in 1490 it was never officially used by the Catholic Church.
published in 1487, the book is notorious for its use in the
witch hunt craze of the fifteenth to
The work was originally prefaced by the papal
bull Summis desiderantes issued by Pope Innocent VIII on December 5, 1484, the
main papal document on witchcraft.
In Christian demonology, the
diabolical birthmark was an indelible mark that especially Satan, or any other
demon, made on the body of those who had made a
pact with him.
All witches and warlocks were said to have that
birthmark, because the diabolical pact was a necessary condition of such a
It was believed that this birthmark was made in a hidden place
of the person's body, i.e. the armpit, under the eye lip, in the genital zone,
inside the mouth.
It often looked like a scar or a spot with a special
shape (all this subject to interpretation by the judges that
examined the accused).
The other form of the diabolical mark (always
present in every accused according to the tribunals that used this test) was a
small zone of the body in which the individual could not feel a prick.
To establish the proof of the needle the person's body was stung lanced
a needle until that area was found.
It has been proven that every
person has an insensible area in his/her body, so every person put to this
'test' was found guilty of practicing witchcraft.
"At one time - not so very long ago - it
was considered monstrous wickedness to maintain that old women ought not to be burnt as
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