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Witchcraft Glossary Witchcraft Glossary give discussions to myth and ritual,alchemistry and other relatives,witchcraft and witchery!Witchcraft, in various historical, anthropological, religious and mythological contexts, is the alleged use of supernatural or magical powers. Historically, it was widely believed that witchcraft involved the use of these powers to inflict harm upon members of a community or their property.

 Since the mid 20th century, the term witchcraft has sometimes been used to distinguish between bad witchcraft and good witchcraft, with the latter often involving healing. The concept of witchcraft as harmful is normally treated as a cultural ideology, a means of explaining human misfortune by blaming it either on a supernatural entity or a known person in the community. A witch (from Old English wicce f. / wicca m.) is a practitioner of witchcraft.

 The "witch-cult hypothesis", a controversial theory that European witchcraft was a suppressed pagan religion, was popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Since the mid-20th century, Witchcraft has become the self-designation of a branch of neopaganism, especially in the Wicca tradition following Gerald Gardner, who claimed a religious tradition of Witchcraft with pre-Christian roots.

 Contents: Garden Witch |Genus |Gathering Basket |Glass Jars |Garden Blessing Charm |Golden Cabinet of Secrets | |

 Garden Witch:A practical,down-to-earth type of practitioner.A Witch who is well versed in herbal knowledge and its uses,and is a magical gardener.
 Genus:A genus contains one species or several related species.The name appears in italic type and is designated by a Latin,capitalized singular noun,such as the genus for yarrow:Achillea.
 Gathering Basket:A shallow and wide,flat-bottomed basket is ideal,but in a pinch,any type of wicker or wooden basket will do.Use a basket with a handle long enough that you can easily tuck your arm through it,that way make your hands free,with this style of basket,you can easily carry your shears,scissors,or sickle and still have rooms for herbal material.
 Glass Jars:a nice selection of bell jars is great for storing your magical herbs.You can always run old glass jelly jars or baby food jars through the dishwasher to sterilize them.These work nicely.You may have good luck finding colored glass jars in funky shapes and sizes in kitchen specialty stores.These tinted jars have cork tops,and the colored glass protects your herbs from direct sunlight.Plus,I will admit the different shapes and sizes help me identify the herbs at a glance.For example,in magical cabinet,the lavender buds are always in the short,square glass jar,while the dried bergamot heads are in a small eight-sided jar that remind us of a salt shaker.Be sure to keep these separate from your cooking herbs and spices.
 Garden Blessing Charm:Lovely yarrow is known as the wise women's herb,
 Element four,gather' round at the sound of my words.
 Bless this garden with growth,health,and bounty,I pray,
 Bringing wisdom,magic,and joy,day after day.

 Golden Cabinet of Secrets:This said made by Aristotle,Greek Philosopher,born in 384 B.C. and died in 322 B.C., he set down his "Golden Cabinet of Secrets" which composed,in part many formulae,recipes and customs,like many other philosophers of his day,kept many things secret because he feared that some of the information and many of the customs---if they become too widely accepted---would be misused to the consequent disadvantage of the nation.Among these formulas and recipes were certain herbs and plants which he and his fellow philosophers had studied and found to be poisonous or narcotic in their influence.Aristotle knew that this information in unscrupulous hands could cause wholesale murder or degradation of many of his people,so he withheld this general information and gave it only to a few of the more responsible of his students.
 In his pursuit of study of medicine and antomy Aristotle made many discoveries about herbs,plants and flowers.He found that some were Astringents,which had a tendency to contract tissues.Others he found were Antispasmodics,which helped prevent the recurrence of spasms and relieved muscular irritability.He found some Demulcents,which soothed irritated mucous membranes of the nose and throat and thus were good for coughs and colds,etc.
 In addition to tonics,sedatives,aromatics,laxatives and purgatives he also wrote about many which were stimulating in their action.Because of the limited knowledge and experience available Aristotle was not able to tell Why certain herbs brought about certain results.He could only tell What results could be expected.For exmaple,when he observed,that a given herb would act upon the glandular system of an aged patient in such a way as to make him or her feel more youthful,he immediately set it down as a Love Powder or Love Philtre.1

 1: See.p 11~15,chapter II,Herb Magic of the Greeks and Romans,from The Magic of Herbs,by Henri Gamache,published by Health Research Books,1972;ISBN 0787303410, 9780787303419

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