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Witchcraft And Medicine

Modern medicine has greatly improved and saved lives of millions across the world. The innovation of new and improved medicines is all thanks to the advanced technologies that exist today. However, what is interesting is that modern medicine originated from the time when witchcraft was used to cure ailments and save people’s lives. Here is how witchcraft has influenced modern medicine.

The Origin of Witches and Witchcraft

The image of the green goo brewing in a black pot is used as a symbol for witches. The real reason for this is that during the Middle Ages, witches both male and female, were allowed to practice medicine or midwifery. There were not many doctors, and the lower class in Europe needed local healers to cure their ailments. However, by the 13th century women were not allowed to study medicine at universities. Women who continued medicine or midwifery were often labelled as witches, and were hunted down or tried for the illegal practice of medicine.

How Witches Actually Procured The Power To Fly

The myth of witches flying on their broomsticks actually originates from the “flying ointment,” that they used to produce and use. Psychotropic plants such as nightshade, mandrake and hemlock were compounded to form the ointment. The reason it is associated with flying is because the salve they produced could causes hallucinations and delirium, which gave witches the illusion of flight.

The Use of Tropane Alkaloids: Then And Now

The use of these psychotropic plants was proven to be poisonous if consumed at a high dose. However, some of these plants contained a tropane alkaloid that is known as hyoscine. Thorn apple, which is rich in hyoscine, was used by Native Americans as a local anaesthetic. During religious rituals it was also used to induce hallucinations. Hyoscine was the component that basically induced the hallucination that witches were flying.

Atropine, another tropane alkaloid, is also found in these plants, which was used as a muscle relaxant by 19th century chemists to calm patients during surgery.

Hyoscine is still used in low doses today, mainly to treat motion sickness, as it helps to relieve stomach cramps and nausea.

The Witches Brew

Most of the ‘brews’ or potions that witches produced were probably ineffective or lethal, however some of the ingredients they used for healing purposes are still used today:

  • Willow bark was used as a treatment for inflammation. After research it was found that willow bark contains salicin, which is now the famous treatment for acne known as salicylic acid. Salicin was also used to create aspirin.
  • Garlic was used in witches’ brews to treat many things, such as ulcers and snake bites. Now, garlic compounds are proven to act as blood clotting inhibitors.

Of course, most of the components they extracted were for a reason, and their benefits were thoroughly researched, tested and thus proven through modern medicine. We definitely have witch doctors to thank for these cures.

Haunted Places in New Orleans/Louisiana

New Orleans has a rich history, filled with stories of love, war, conquest, slavery, witchcraft, and voodoo. Many of the most haunted places in New Orleans originate with some of the historical events that have happened here, and many do not. Some of the hauntings are just ordinary houses that have spirits residing in them. For the sake of this article, let’s pluck two of the juiciest hauntings from among the multitude available to acknowledge.

One of the most well-known hauntings takes place in a building located at 734 Royal Street and is known as the Haunting of the Octoroon Mistress. At its base, the story seems familiar – a mistress waits in vain for her lover, wandering the house forever. But it’s darker than that.

 A Frenchman kept his mistress in this house and while she was madly in love with him, he would not marry her because of her heritage (⅛ black, which is where the term Octoroon comes from) and the fact that Octoroons and Creoles did not intermarry. In an attempt to placate her, he told her that if she would wait naked on the rooftop one evening while he was entertaining friends, he would indeed marry her. The story goes that he didn’t believe that she would take his request seriously; but hours later, he found her naked, frozen body on the rooftop, exactly where he told her to wait. It’s said that the Frenchman died a few months later of a broken heart and he also wanders the premises, although his ghost is said to impart a sad feeling while hers is playful, often heard giggling.

The LaLaurie Mansion is rumored to be The most haunted place in New Orleans, and it’s no wonder why when you learn the history of the house and its original owner, Delphine LaLaurie.

Madame LaLaurie’s was seen as intelligent, and one of the most influential French-Creole women in New Orleans during her day. She was also known for throwing lavish parties at her mansion situated at 1140 Royal Street, and people who were lucky enough to be invited were awed at the splendor they witnessed decorating the interior of the manor. The lesser-known side of Madame LaLaurie was her propensity for torturing her slaves.

After the house caught fire in 1834 (rumored to have been started by the cook, who was perpetually chained to the fireplace in the kitchen), firemen found a secret room in the attic where a number of slaves were found chained to the wall in horrible condition, there were some slaves bound to homemade ‘operating tables’, and even some in dog cages. There were body parts strewn about the floor and there were buckets filled with organs next to paddles and whips, all in haphazard fashion. It seems that Madame LaLaurie was in the habit of torturing and killing her slaves at will.

After the fire, the LaLaurie’s were run out of town and the house sat abandoned for many years, but people say you can hear screams and the sounds of tortured souls as well as catch a glimpse of slaves in chains.

Occult influences on Hitler

While Adolf Hitler was planning the largest race purification movement in recent history, his cohorts and close associates were making their own plans and using their occult religious ideas to justify their actions.

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Heinrich Himmler was Adolf’s second in command and led the infamous SS in their quest for racial purity. He was also a mighty influence in Hitler’s life. Hitler looked up to Himmler, especially admiring Himmler’s participation in WWI, so it should come as no surprise that Hitler would at the very least be perceived as having similar interests as his close confidant.

But Himmler wasn’t the only occult presence in Hitler’s life. Dietrich Eckhart was even more so an influence on the young Adolf, even before the development of the Nazi party. Eckhart met Hitler when Hitler spoke at a DAP meeting, the DAP would later involve into the NSDAP, better known as the Nazi movement.

Not only was Eckhart one of the founders of the DAP, but he was also involved with the Thule Society, a loosely organized group of occultists. The Thule Society had a notion that Germany would soon have a messiah, someone to cleanse the country and raise it up after its less than glorious defeat in WWI. After watching the young Hitler speak in 1919, Eckhart was convinced that he had seen the German savior and began to invest his knowledge into Adolf Hitler.

Eckhart spent countless hours and days dedicated to the tutoring of Hitler. Adolf and Dietrich’s conversations and expressed ideas would become the basis for the Nazi party believe system. Eckhart died not long after, in December of 1923, but it is clear the influence he left on Hitler, as the second edition of Mein Kampf was dedicated to Eckhart.

While Hitler may have tried to hide his fascination with the occult, rumors abounded. Most of the claims surrounding Hitler’s association have never been infallibly proven, but there are so many rumors that we must wonder how someone could have been painted so without anyone having solid proof.

Some claim that Hitler was possessed; August Kubizek, a close friend of Hitler’s since childhood even alluding to a remark Hitler made and his claim that it sounded as if some other voice had spoken from Adolf’s mouth.

The way he was able to capture the attention of any audience was sometimes thought to be the work of possession as well, some dark gift from a dark lord. The other side of that coin is a rumor that he spent some time studying with Erik Jan Hanussen, a clairvoyant performer who supposedly taught Hitler things to do with “occult techniques of mind control and crowd domination”.

Among Hitler’s private book collection was said to be a book titled Magic: History, Theory, and Practice, containing many pages which had been notated on by Hitler himself. The man who wrote this book, Ernst Schertel, was also purportedly involved with the occult. Hitler’s copy of the book was ostensibly sent from and dedicated by the author directly to Adolf.

So many of the rumors surrounding Hitler’s power revolve around the occult. But it seems from the historical studies that there isn’t much solid evidence to back up any of the claims made on the Fuhrer’s religious beliefs or lack thereof.

Aileen Wuornos – Female Serial Killer

Born in Michigan in 1956, Aileen Wuornos is quite possibly the most infamous female serial killer in America’s history. Aileen murdered 7 men in just under a year, at first claiming that these men had raped her. She had been a sex worker at the time and maintained for some time that all of the killings were committed in self-defense.

Aileen’s life was troubled from the start and some people have laid the blame for her actions on her fractured upbringing. Her parents were married quite young and divorced not long after, leaving both Aileen and her younger brother with their very young, now single mother. After just a couple of years, her mother abandoned both children with their maternal grandparents and they were soon adopted by them. Both children believed that the grandparents were their birth parents, possibly due to their youth at the time.

At age 11, Aileen was told by her grandmother that she was not, in fact, her ‘mother’, severely damaging the relationship between the kids and their adoptive ‘parents’. Added to this grave injustice, was the fact that Aileen had been both physically and sexually abused by her grandfather, and he was known to make her strip before beatings. She was later raped by a companion of her grandfathers, which resulted in a pregnancy when Aileen was just 14.

After the birth of her son, and his consequent adoption in 1971, Aileen dropped out of school. She began to prostitute as a means of supporting herself shortly after, taking up residence in the forest near her old house. Just 3 years later she would face her first arrest on charges of disorderly conduct and DUI including unlawful use of a firearm.

Despite the horrid upbringing she had faced as a child, Wuornos showed psychopathic tendencies when she was tested by psychologists after her arrest for murder. It has also been reported that she was borderline personality disorder and antisocial personality disorder as well. Some of this may have well been in her nature, as it was known that when she was a child, she had an explosive temper and had a hard time making and keeping friends.

After meeting and supposedly falling in love with a hotel maid, Tyria Moore, sometime around 1986, the pair began living together. It was after this that Aileen began to murder men, some say in cold blood, although Aileen gave varying reasons for her killing spree. Between 1989 and 1990, she killed a total of 7 men, all in Florida, shooting all of them at close range in the face.

After witnesses gave descriptions of the two women to the police following a car accident involving the last victims’ vehicle, there began a manhunt for the women. Media outlets became highly involved in reproducing their images and fielding tips from concerned citizens. In January of 1991, Aileen was arrested on an outstanding warrant in a bar in Florida.

In an attempt to clear the name of her professed female lover, Wuornos confessed to the murders of all 7 men, although she was only convicted of 6 of those as the body of one of the victims was never found. She received a total of 6 death sentences and was executed by lethal injection on October 9th, 2002. 

Hitler’s Obsession With the Occult

To begin to understand the perceived view of Adolf Hitler’s obsessions with the Occult, one must first examine and understand the intellectual environment of the upper classes of Germany in the earliest years of the 19th century.

Prior to WWI, Germany was a place of rural communities and old-world beliefs. After the end of the Great War, there was a certain nostalgic emotional tinge to life for the wealthier and more educated of the German population. There was a desire to return to the old ways, honoring nature and believing in natural remedies for physical ailments.

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Many people turned to the teachings of occultism in an attempt to regain some of those ‘lost’ ways. Hitler, having been born to a Catholic mother and an anti-clerical father, tended to lean on the side of anti-clerical, choosing to believe that church and organized religion had no place in politics or matters of state.

While he publicly touted the positive nature of the German Christian ideology, in private he often complained about the church and its influence, even going so far as to suggest that Christianity would one day be completely banished from Germany.

As Hitler rose into power, he began to be surrounded by people who believed that he was the Saviour of the German country and that he would bring back racial purity. The idea of racial impurity and the plans to change the future of the Third Reich came from none other than Himmler himself, who was a follower of the occult as well.

Believing in the Hidden Elect, a subversive idea believed to be brought to Germany by an early leader of the occult societies that sprang up before and just after WWI, Himmler proclaimed that the Aryan race was the only pure race of humans on Earth and that all others were sub-humans and had tainted the blood of those meant to rule, the German aristocracy.

Himmler created his SS to model chivalric orders such as the Knight’s Templar, the Knights of the Round Table, and the Freemasons. Both Hitler and Himmler adopted vocabulary and ritualistic ideas from the Catholic church and these other groups in an attempt to create a new religion for the new Aryan race.

The idea that Hitler was completely obsessed with the occult has been popularized by mainstream entertainment, most notably in the film The Raiders of the Lost Ark, but in actuality, it was sometimes the wording that he used that gave this idea to the world at large. Claiming that the search for the Holy Grail would be his crowning achievement, Hitler did not mean he was really searching for a jeweled cup, in fact, he was referring to the actions he and Himmler were undertaking to purify the German race.

This being said, he was surrounded by many people who believed very strongly in the occult, people who wouldn’t make a single decision without first consulting their horoscope, or who wanted to see Nazi Germany eventually rule the entire planet and cleanse all nations of sub-human races.

A Little Town Called Mercy – Out Today

A Collection of Short Stories.

6.1 Daughter of Fire.
Life in Mercy begins to settle down after the momentous events the night the Hell Book revealed itself. Olivia and Theo still concerned for their missing friend Sam attempt to come to terms with their new reality. When the birth of Olivia and Theo’s children bring some unexpected visitors once again to Mercy, it becomes clear to them that finding the Hell Book was only just the beginning and that everything is far from over.

6.2 The Salted Bone.
Jackson Murphy didn’t want much from life, just to raise his adopted son, Miller and run the pub he loved so much in peace. Okay, so maybe he would add his best friend and long-time employee Shelley to that list, but some things were not meant to be. That is until, strange things start happening.
When once again spirits begin flooding into his pub and setting up residence, Jackson suddenly finds himself the owner of the most haunted pub in North America, worse still, he has an inspector coming to review the pub and no way to hide all the dead residents.
Before he knows it, Jackson is trying to juggle, the inspection, a crazy British medium, his son’s 1st birthday party and his growing feelings for his best friend, proving once again that life in Mercy is never dull.

6.3 Storyteller.
After spending the summer on a small Caribbean island with the Goddess Calypso, Jake and Roni return home to Mercy.
Obsessed with the idea of tracing her own family history, Roni realizes that her family do in fact have ties to Mercy and that it was no accident that she was offered the job at the museum.
When bodies start dropping and strange killings begin, Jake and Roni discover there is a new supernatural creature in Mercy, one who has the ability to turn fiction into reality.
Together they must discover the identity of the Storyteller before they are pulled inside a story themselves, one with fatal consequences.

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