The power of witches
Spells and the use of them
A spell is any written or spoken formula which is intended to bring about magic or used as divination with the intent of changing events. For various religious and magical practices spells are an integral part and date back thousands of years, spells vary from country to country but they all rely on some kind of ritual activity.
The spell itself can be words or they can include the use of runes or charms with the ritual being actions which are performed while the spell is being recited. The use of spells is divided into two kinds, those of white magic where only good comes from them and black magic where only harm befalls the intended victim.
The purpose of spells are limitless and include love spells, success, fertility, healing, protection against disaster and those that bring misfortune, illness, loss of belongings and property and even death. A good or positive spell can be cast by the witch for herself or it can be directed at someone else.
A spell of this type is generally called a blessing, a bad or black magic spell is usually called a hex or curse with what is known as a binding spell being used to prevent someone from committing a particular act such as murder or something as inoffensive as spreading gossip.
Spells are thought to be like prayers in that they both rely on asking a deity for help with regards to a particular outcome, they are also closely related to methods such as creative visualisation and positive imaging.
These methods are used to help the person casting the spell to form a clear mind and goal, the person focuses his attention on achieving a particular outcome and combines it with the projection of will and the invocation of a particular deity.
Well-known spells of the past
The magic shot - this was the name given to any projectiles which supposedly caused sickness and death, they were thought to be in the form of bullets, insects, clouds or deadly vapours.
Knife milking - a knife would be stuck into the wall and from the handle milk would flow from someone else's cow, it is thought that if the witch used this method for too long the blood would turn to milk and the cow would die.
Seidr - this was thought to be a particular malevolent form of black magic which was used in order to rob the unsuspecting victim of his/her sanity, health and even cause death. This particular spell was associated with feminine magic and the god Odin was called to help.
Troll cat - witches used to go around stealing from their neighbours and rather than show their true selves they were thought to use a familiar which came to be known as the troll cat, milk rabbit or troll ball.
Whirlwind - whirlwinds were thought to show as manifestations of the witches power, it was thought that the witch also travelled in the whirlwind with the intent to inflict harm on people and to steal babies and cattle.
The power of witches
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