What Makes Cats Different From Other Animals

There many differences between cats and other animals. All felines, from big wild cats to domestic small cats, have common features. Scientists claim that the cat species evolved about 40 million years ago from an animal similar to weasels. To make a comparison, human erectus, the first human being, evolved approximately 1, 8 million years ago.

The first domesticated cats are attributed to early Egyptian people who lived in the Upper Egypt area of the Nile. These first domestic cats were valued because they chased and killed small rodents and snakes. These pest animals constantly damaged the grain which was the main food source of Egyptians. Cats were an effective way for them to deal with these pests, so people kept them around.

As humans and cats got to know each other and their fear disappeared, a stronger and closer relationship between them developed. The Egyptian people were amazed by cat’s agility, their physical and hunting abilities. On the other side, cats enjoyed a safe shelter and received food from people. In addition, Egyptians were fascinated by the cat’s ability to see when it’s dark and to flexibly escape dangers. Cats’ typical indifferent behavior also contributed to their elevated status.

The high position of cats allowed them to travel up and down the Nile River on grain ships. Their presence on ships ensured the protection of the grain from animals like mice, rats and other small rodents. Under these favorable conditions, cats multiplied and spread thought the whole Nile region.

Cats’ abilities and values allowed them to be raised as high as royal members. Soon it became illegal to harm and kill cats. Egyptian people started calling cats Mau as this word resembles the meow sound. Later on this name was replaced by the word Urchat. A Cat goddess known as Pasht (similar to puss and pussy) was soon created and Egyptians worshiped it. The modern names for cats that we use nowadays have developed from the old Egyptian names.

Romans continued cats’ domestication because they also valued felines for their abilities to hunt. This allowed cats to spread across the Roman Empire. The fall of Rome marked the beginning of a really difficult time for felines. Cats, and especially black ones, were regarded as evil creations and were associated with witchcraft. Thus, they were persecuted and killed.

According to historians cats were so quickly domesticated because of their ability to eliminate pests, their physical flexibility and special behavior. Typically, cats are completely independent but they can also live in families and groups. While dogs need to be with people and require attention from people, cats can perfectly do alone. Felines are animals that don’t need special emotional closeness or approval.

The cats we know today and have as pets possess some of the characteristics of their ancient ancestors. Some people don’t like feline behavior and prefer dog pets. But there are individuals that value exactly the cat’s independence and demeanor, and are happy to have such pet at home. Cat owner and dog owners are completely different in their individuality because they value different per characteristics.

It is not easy to train cats but it is really possible. There are cat shows where you can see amazing tricks performed by felines. You can train your kitten to follow basic commands and to come when called by name. Many experts believe that cats are trainable if they want to do this and cat owners can’t make their pets do something against their will.

Another difference between cats and other animals are their agility, balance and strength. Felines can jump three times their height – something we humans can’t do. You may have heard the old saying that a cat has nine lives. This saying comes from the cat’s ability to avoid various physical harms. So, it is not surprising that felines are often able to escape from different disasters unharmed.

Cats are unique because of their ability to see at night, their physical strength and flexibility and their disability. Actually, cats don’t pretend that they don’t care. The truth is that they really don’t care. You may not like such indifferent behavior but feline don’t care about this too, so you better accept it.

Source by Banko Stoianov

Spell Casting in History

‘Magic’, in its simplest form, has been used by ancient cultures to control the elements, and bend forces of nature to the will of the user. The Prehistoric man was very much in tune with how they were placed in nature, and often felt they must give up sacrifices and offerings to their Gods in order to keep them happy. These rituals are the earliest forms of spellcasting, as their power of giving thanks helped them in their tasks of farming or gathering food.

African and Native American cultures had their wise men and women to perform their spells for similar reasons. They used wands and crystals to aid them in their spell casting, and offered gifts of thanks for the spiritual powers. They focused more on charms and trinkets, or dolls to be carried around, and could perform spells wherever they were needed. Those who performed the spells were highly revered in their society, as they had proved themselves strong enough to handle the power of the spirits.

Egyptian and Greeks were more direct in their spellcasting, with their magics being used to control the will of others, or giving healing spells direct to an individual through their sleep. The performance of the rituals had little change from previous times, as they still believed that their Gods and Goddesses wanted cleanliness from the user, and offerings or gifts in order to say thank you for the use of their powers.

However, the rise of Christianity during Roman times paved the way for other forms of spellcasting, reverting back to the prayers to God, or the use of rosary beads and the cross. While the use of magics began to be outlawed for their pagan roots, the simple spells given by the Romans gave them the peace to actively co-exist with other spellcasters from other cultures for a set time. If the prayers worked, then they would be given permission to enter their version of afterlife and their form of spells worked for them.

During the Middle Ages, the practice of witchcraft was illegal, and many people fell under the governing bodies for the accusation of casting spells upon others. Stories surrounding these times often tell of spells that caused devilish images to appear in the dreams of the victim, or spells that could alter the temperature of the person, or evil sorcery that caused the death of another. Although it was a crime for witchcraft to be used, those who followed the old path were forced underground, and the practice of spells continued. The nature of these spells were the same as their ancestors. Small rituals to give thanks for their goods, prayers to their ancestors, and also the use of herbs to cure illnesses were used in their daily lives until the re-emergence of the pagan religion.

There are many different forms of spell casting. Each depends on the cultural backgrounds of the person asking for assistance. Although the love spell is the most common, the use of spells are extremely helpful in providing the guidance we need in our every day lives.

A prayer, offered to the spirits or to the Gods or Goddesses of your religion is the simplest form of a spell. In asking those of a higher power for assistance and guidance, the follower is using the magical energies of the gods to benefit their lives. However, due to its strict religious connotations, it is rarely classed as a spell, but more a way of giving thanks to your selected deity.

The art of writing words is a relatively new phenomenon, and so written spells were often seen as being more powerful than a spoken one. Words written on different objects were kept as charms and trinkets around the person to ensure the spell continued, or to make sure nothing happened to make the magic stop. The charms and trinkets that are worn can also be blessed with spoken words, or imbued with magical power from the elements around. In addition, rituals can be performed to strengthen these powers and make the charms potent for the user.

Performing spells can be easy, but others require the use of instruments and divination tools that allow the connection between the natural world and the spirit realm. The wand is most often associated with witchcraft, especially if carved from natural wood with an offering of thanks for the use of the tree. The wand acts as a buffer for the magical power, and aids the spells by directing the power in concentrated doses. A ceremonial knife, or athame, can also be used for these purposes. The wand connects the user to the spirit realm, and ensures that thanks are given for their assistance.

Other items that can be used to create a spell include ribbons to wrap up parcels or pouches, much the same as has been passed down through the ages. Wrapping up the spells enables the power to be held tightly inside until enough time has passed for it to return to the natural state from which it came.

A small broom, often made from small twigs tied together, can be used before a ritual to cleanse the space that will be used. Ridding the area of all energies that are unnecessary has been proven to increase the effectiveness of the spell. Throughout history, there have been many rituals involving the use of a broom, most notably the notion of spring cleaning, which is used to bring in good luck for the forthcoming season.

Candles, feathers, clay, oils, incense, water and crystals are used in addition to these. They aid the spell because they represent the elements being used; the candle for fire, feathers for air, clay or soil for earth, and crystals to hold the spirit. These items are all natural substances, and have been used for many years in all cultures to aid in the creation of spells. All the tools that are used in the divination process, even the use of tarot cards, crystal balls, dream catchers and herb pouches, are designed to pass on both elemental powers and spiritual messages from the user to the gods, or to the intended recipient of the spell.

Love: The most powerful emotion a person can feel; the emotion that drives deep into the heart of the soul and causes that person to behave in ways different to their norm. In every culture, there has always been talk of ways to attract love into your life, or to keep a lover, or to improve the love that is shared, or even to end a relationship. One way to do this is through the use of a spell.

Prehistoric or ancient cultures used their shamans to find ways of altering the course of nature, by asking the spirits to bless marriages, or bring love into their lives. Popular cultures have dramatised the rituals of their times in regard to the relationships they have, with the use of omens before the marriage; for example, the weather must be checked, and prayers must be offered to the ancestors for their blessing of the unions. These spells were considered important to the custom of the time. If something bad happened, then it was considered that the spells were not strong enough, and the gods simply weren’t pleased by the unions. Since then, these people have often asked to bring the correct love into their live in order to please the spirits.

Other cultures have their own forms of love spells. Binding spells are most common in occult circles, where the object of the spell is bound to the user by the altering of their emotions to believe they feel affection for the spell caster. Performing this spell could have been mainly part of a violent nature with in the user, a latent desire to control the victim. The Ancient Greeks and Egyptians often used these curses to bring physical pleasure, and ease the suffering of the user by inflicting the same upon the victim. These forms of spells are dangerous, as many times the harmful nature of the spell comes back to haunt the user. However, there is still plenty of evidence to suggest that this magic continues.

Throughout the ages, although the use of spells and magic had to be hidden, the love spell continued. Many forms of the love spell could be found; prayers were offered to the spirits, pouches of herbs could be worn by the user, potions could be placed on the pillows of the user to dream of their loved one, and also effigies of the desired one could be carried around so as to bring their desire to them. Although this is not as noted, the wearing of trinkets, or the addition of perfumes that are in use today in order to both feel attractive, and to attract others, are all connected to the charms and spells used by witches from previous times.

After the later parts of the 19th century, and the re-emergence of many paganesque religions that were forced into hiding, many more people turned to the art of spell casting to aid them in their every day lives.

Freemasonry played a large part in the use of spell craft as a natural occurrence. They believed that it was possible to shape their own destiny and control the forces of nature by living as equals under the stars. Although their spell craft was limited, they often had with them a pentagram with a human body in the centre, to represent how grounded they were in their convictions.

African and Native Americans continued with their own voodoo practices, and their lives, while happily co-existed with Christian practices, remained largely unchanged. They used their spells to cure the sick, and to offer prayers of thanks to their ancestors or spirits. They used their dolls and other charms for protection, and completed the cycle of life with other spells and rituals to aid in both birth and death.

From the 1900s, the practice of spell craft took on more natural forms, and there was a clear shift from many spells that were used to cause harm, and more for healing powers, and to attract natural energies in order to change the self. Although spell craft by and large remained unchanged, with similar rituals being carried out, and tools remaining the same, it was clear that the popularity of the witch and the practice of sorcery meant that more people joined together. Covens appeared, and spells began to grow that included a larger number of people participating. These spells could be more powerful, although the elements of earth, air, water, fire and spirit remained the sole energies that were channelled. Charms and trinkets are still worn, and perfumes are still used to attract others and create a positive effect, and more herbs are being used in natural remedies as spells to aid the sick.

After the 1900s, with the rise of the popular media, we began to see positive images of the witch. Spell books were increasing in volume, and more information was passed to others to aid them with their own spells. Works of fiction saw the witches as heroines, or as people who used their spell crafting to aid the hero along their journey, both being invaluable to the stories. Television made a huge leap into the realm of sorcery, and magic was seen to be a powerful use of nature, and spell crafting intrigued many people.

The use of spells today have not changed in the use of the elements to alter ones life to be better, nor has it moved from the original state in being used to help others. However, it is now recognised that the crafting of spells is a way of knowing that the user is at one with the world and the natural cycles contained in it.

Source by J. Roslyn Antle

The Devil in Massachusetts – A Modern Enquiry Into the Salem Witch Trials by Marion L Starkey

The back cover of the edition of The Devil in Massachusetts I read stated that Ms. Starkey “applies modern psychiatric knowledge to the witchcraft hysteria” which plagued Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Although Starkey’s work is obviously well-researched and is historically authentic, it is neither an enquiry nor a psychological evaluation with new insights into the mass panic caused by several seriously disturbed young girls. She poses question after question to the reader yet puts none of her own conclusions or hypotheses to any of them.

The Devil in Massachusetts is elegantly written based on Starkey’s research of actual trial transcripts, historical records and publications of the time. However her penchant for asking questions, double negatives and placing subordinate clauses at the beginning of sentences does cause the reader to double-back much of the time to re-read passages to understand her message.

The absence of any meaningful dissertation on the population may be a moot point in this post 9/11 world, whatever conclusions could be drawn in Starkey’s 1949 publication. Still it would be interesting to know what caused several young girls, ages eight to eighteen, to suddenly fall into convulsing fits and claim they were being tortured by invisible imps. They ‘cried out’ members of the community, mostly women, as their tormentors.

Arrests were issued and carried out with frequency to bring the accused before magistrates who firmly believe in the existence of witches. More disturbing than the girls made-up hysterics was the courts’ complete buy-in of the ‘spectral evidence’, unseen witches and wizards observed ONLY by the afflicted girls. And they weren’t the only ones. Families of the accused disowned their relatives at the mere thought of being related to a witch, even if the woman had never shown any behavior remotely reminiscent of witchcraft. Others stood by their loved ones, bringing countless witnesses to testify on their behalf. Cooler minds did not prevail as the shrieks and howlings of pre-teen girls gave precedence over more knowledgeable and sane people.

Other towns in the Salem area such as Andover and Ipswich encountered similar episodes but by now sanity began to take hold and these cases were dismissed as quickly as they began.

The self-important Massachusetts preacher Cotton Mathers got caught up in the hysteria as well and through his own reticence and culpability, failed to rescue a man whom he concluded to be innocent. In later years, he managed to attach his name to saving the souls of condemned pirates, a crime with more tangible and concrete evidence against the accused.

Despite the lack of any new insights on the Salem witch trials, The Devil in Massachusetts is a great glimpse into the mass confusion, terror and murder in pre-colonial New England. It does cause one to recall the old adage about history repeating itself, but if Starkey did not enlighten us onto the psychological reasoning behind the panic, are we repeating it now? The days of hunting witches to hang them or burn them at the stakes are over. But what about our current ‘witch hunts’ against persons of difference race, religion or sexual orientation?

I guess the answer to the first question is ‘yes’.

Source by Alan G. Scott

Exposing The Spirit of Jezebel: 10 Characteristics of The Jezebel Spirit

Who Was Jezebel?

The bible introduces us to Jezebel as the powerful & manipulating wife of King Ahab. Ahab was the king of Israel, but the Bible says Ahab son of Omri did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, even more than any of the kings before him. Ahab also married Jezebel, the daughter of King Ethbaal of the Sidonians, and he began to bow down in worship of Baal (The male deity of power and sexuality).

First, Ahab built a temple and an altar for Baal in Samaria, then Ahab set up an Asherah (The female goddess of fertility, love and war pole). Ahab did more to provoke the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel, than any of the other kings of Israel before him. The worship of Baal and Ashtoreth included temple prostitution where both men and women would do sex acts to raise money for religious activities in the temple.

Jezebel was a Phoenician priestess who saturated Israel with the worship of Baal, Asheroth and other pagan gods. Over 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophetess of Ashtoreth served Jezebel in her abominations of sex practices during the reign of Ahab. The Jezebel spirit is a demonic spirit of perversion, lust, manipulation, mind control, witchcraft and the occult. The Jezebel spirit is a very powerful demonic spirit, but the Lord Jesus can deliver and set us free from this bondage and stronghold by bringing us into truth and light if we truly wish to be free.

The Jezebel Spirit In The Church

Whether we recognize it or not, we see the Spirit of Jezebel operating everyday in our workplaces, our families and sadly enough even in our churches! When I was a young girl growing up in the pentecostal church, I was always told that Jezebel was a woman of the world who wore red dresses, bright red lip stick and who painted her nails red. This was the image of Jezebel that many of us grew up with in our minds and the image that some of us still believe to be true.

Sadly there are so many pastors that are manipulated and controlled by this deadly spirit. The Jezebel spirit hates the prophet and the prophetic voice. She will do anything to discredit and kill the prophet with her murderous spirit. Jezebel is a witch and she uses her witchcraft to control and set up her kingdom within the church.

You will see where this spirit will come in and befriend the pastor and his wife along with others in leadership. It never deals with the people it feels has no significance, other than to use them as her puppets and eunuchs. This spirit operates and moves like a snake and operates with the spirit of python. It will seem to be very friendly. It will charm you with gifts, generous monetary offerings and it will be available for any and everything the leader needs and wants. It is just when she has the trust of leadership and has directed her aim at heart that she strikes and bites spreading her venom.

The Jezebel will always have followers or what she likes to call her children. The children are just as dangerous to the church as she is. She will use these followers to spread the venom throughout the congregation. Lies, confusion, strife, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, competition and hatred are just a few of the manifestations a church will begin to see when a Jezebel spirit is in operation a church. There have been many churches that have split and were totally destroyed by this spirit. Once this spirit has gained control over a church, it takes a tremendous amount of spiritual warfare, prayer and fasting to become free. Here are some characteristics of the Jezebel spirit that can help you to identify the spirit.

10 Characteristics of the Jezebel Spirit:

1. It seeks to gain popularity and favor with people of influential and high positions of leadership.

2. It will seek out other individuals they feel are “weaker” to become followers of them.

3. It is never humble. Whenever this spirit receives praise, it always responds in false humility.

4. It is defensive and combative whenever confronted about anything.

5. It loves to teach and seeks to gain control in every situation.

6. It wants to be seen as the most spiritual and powerful one~typically loves to pray elaborate long prayers

7. It will not submit to authority

8. It loves to pray and impart evil demonic spirits into others especially in the church

9. It hates the voice of the prophet and seeks to control and destroy those who operate in the prophetic.

10. It will never repent!

Walk In Freedom

The Jezebel spirit must be confronted and exposed in order to end the manipulation and rule. If you can recognize any of the characteristics of the Jezebel spirit in your life you can begin by humbling yourself and pray to God for forgiveness. Repent for any ways that you have yielded yourself to be used by the spirit of Jezebel. Begin to walk in the truth of God’s word and the light of Jesus Christ will begin to lead you out of those dark places and your deliverance will begin a new work in you.

Source by Kimberly M Snyder

The Night Battles by Carlo Ginzburg

Friulian society was one of superstition, a rural society in which the old traditions, many of them pre-Christian traditions died hard and were completely foreign to the non-Friulian inquisitors. Many of the people in the society were uneducated and sought to explain hard times they encountered through supernatural means, such as witches and the benandanti. The evidence put forth in Carlo Ginzburg’s book The Night Battles shows a society that is completely saturated with superstition and one that evolves its myths of the good benandanti vs. the evil witch into the idea that the benandanti are evil witches. He shows the roles of the peasants, the inquisitors, and the church in this change.

The Friulian peasants in the 16th and 17th century revolved their lives around agricultural cycles. Considering this was a rural society, agriculture was probably the most important aspect in their day to day lives. The calendar revolved around these cycles as exhibited by the Ember Seasons (22), and their very livelihood depended on a good harvest. The Friulian people attributed a good harvest to God, because they were after all a Catholic state, when the harvest was bad they attributed it to the devil. Early in their society witches were in essence the devils pawns; who did the devil’s bidding. And the benandanti literally meaning well-farers (back page) were doing the work of God by fighting these witches. Witches were responsible for most of the unexplainable negative things that happened in Friulian society. When a child experienced an unexplained illness and dies, it was attributed to witches and when the harvest was bad it was attributed to witches. Early on the benandanti were the great equalizers who fought the witches on their own turf, countering there evil deeds with good.

A key aspect to the mind set of Friulian society is that of fate. In order to alleviate the feeling of helplessness when it came to such things as a bad harvest, or the unexplained death of a child the peasants created reasons to explain them. The reasons for explaining the good were God, and early on in their culture the benandanti; the bad is attributed to witches and the devil. Witches and the benandanti were created in order to explain the unexplainable. In the minds of those who believed in them, this was the only logical explanation for the bad and hardship that was continually facing them in there society.

The major difference between the Friulian peasants and the inquisitors was the level of education they each had. The inquisitors were educated by the church usually through monasteries as is exhibited by the majority of their titles being Fra (meaning monk or brother). The peasants were educated by each other many times in the local superstitions and myths of the geographical area in which they lived. The monks were educated exclusively in Catholic doctrine and to them the myths of the peasants were completely foreign and were not sensible. Early on the inquisitors didn’t seem to really pay the benandanti much attention, they seemed to believe that there beliefs were more of a hassle and did not threaten church doctrine as much as some of the other beliefs of the period. This is exhibited by the fact that from the years 1575-1619 no trial brought against the benandanti was brought to a conclusion except the trial against Paolo Gasparutto and Battista Moduco. (71) The repression of Lutheranism was much more on the inquisitors mind at this point in history. (71)

The first description of the benandanti is given in the two trials of Paolo Gasparutto, and Battista Moduco (1575, 1580). The benandanti were chosen from birth by being born with the caul (the amniotic sac covering the child), which held a special meaning to the Friulian. Local legend said that being born with the caul was a sign that the child was to be called into the benandanti once they became older, and would have to fight the witches to ensure a good harvest. Masses were said over the caul implying that the caul was not considered a curse early on in Friulian society. The benandanti were not at odds with local church priests as can be exhibited by their willingness to say multiple masses over the caul and thereby blessing it. The caul was than worn around the individuals neck, for they could not be called into the benandanti unless they themselves possessed this sacred sign of there calling. When the benandanti are called they are called in spirit (usually on Thursdays) (151); their body stays in bed, and their soul is released to go out and fight the witches at the games (150). The benandanti fight with fennel and the witches fight with sorghum stalks. They fight over “all the fruits of the earth and for those things won by the benandanti that year there is abundance.” (155)

The witches on the other hand are the polar opposites of the benandanti; there is a constant battle continually ensuing between them early on in Friulian society. The witches participate in the sabbat, which is described as witches “dancing and sporting about, gorging themselves with food and drink, and who threw themselves on beds and publicly committed many dishonorable acts”.(108) They are said to eat children, sucking all the life out of them; destroying the harvest, and cast spells on certain people they do not like.

The evidence for the existence of agrarian cults in the Friuli is compelling as Ginzburg meticulously documents the trials of benandanti in The Night Battles. Ginzburg states that “we are not dealing with fossilized superstition, but with an actual living cult”. (84) Ginzburg believes that the extensive records kept by the Holy Office which document these trials point to an existence of a cult which was based off the ancient fertility goddess Diana. The evidence he puts forth are the similar testimonies given by multiple people at different times which virtually always contained similarities.

It is clear that this cult did in fact exist; and it was originally a pagan offshoot of Christianity. The benandanti themselves early on thought they were doing God’s work as is exhibited by their early testimony in front of the inquisitors. On the 26th of September, 1580, Paolo Gasparutto testifies that an “angel of God called him into the benandanti.”(157) The early benandanti although they knew that there activities were not accepted by the official catholic doctrine as shown by many initially denying there involvement in front of the inquisitors, still seemed to believe that they were doing the work of God, by fighting Satan’s servants the witches.

Ginzburg asserts that the elite theological opinion of the inquisitors are what transformed the original good qualities of the benandanti into what they became in the later half of the 17th century, no different than witches. This is shown as he describes the fate of the werewolves in Germany “just as with the benandanti in the Friuli, under pressure from the judges, the original positive qualities of the werewolves began gradually to fade away and become corrupted into the execrable image of the man-wolf, ravager of livestock.” (31, 32) The benandanti over a period of roughly one hundred years became transformed from “well-farers” to witches, who participated in the sabbat, kissed the devils ass and participated in infanticide.

Ginzburg’s assertion that the inquisitors wanted to root out this superstitious belief by suggestive questioning is supported in many cases; as those who appear in front of the inquisition originally state they are “doing God’s work” by being benandanti and later after questioning are convinced that the benandanti are not of God. The first and clearest example of this takes place in the trial of Paolo Gasparutto. Paolo originally testifies that he believes that the angel of God originally led him into the company of the benandanti. (157) After further questioning he recants stating “that the apparition of that angel was really the devil tempting me, since you have told me that he can transform himself into an angel.” (162) Another example takes place when the inquisitor Fra Gerolanmo tries turning Gasparo’s testimony into an admission of witchcraft. (85, 86)

The evolution of the benandanti into witches is a slow one. The benandanti go out and fight for the crops, against witches who are trying to destroy the harvest in order to bring hardship upon the town. The benandanti are the good, the witches are the bad. Than as more trials come to pass and more people are brought in front of the Holy Office different stories develop and the nature of the benandanti changes. The first such major change came in 1582 as a result of testimony from Anna la Rossa, a widow. Anna la Rossa adds a new element to the benandanti equation. She states that she is a benandanti and that she can see dead people. This brings two different types of benandanti into the picture, one which goes out at night to fight for the harvest and the other which goes out at night in spirit to see the dead. (39) There are striking similarities between these two testimonies. Anna states that if she is to talk about her experiences she will be beaten by sorghum stalks, and that when she goes out in spirit, it is as if her physical body is dead to the world. (35) There are many more similar testimonies in front of the Holy Office such as the testimony of Caterina la Guercia, in which she describes a similar out of body experience as the others (38) and the wife of a tailor, Aquilina. (37) Out of the once purely agrarian cult of the benandanti comes an element that is connected to death and the dead.

In the trial of donna Florida in 1599 it is the first in which a proclaimed member of the benandanti is accused of witchcraft and of giving the “evil eye”. (65). She states that she participates in the processions of the dead, and that she fights witches. All the same a servant who lived in her neighborhood asserted that Florida dries up the milk of nursing women, and that she eats little children. (65)

There are two characteristics of the benandanti which are prevalent in peasants mind in the early part of the 17th century; these are: 1.) The ability to heal victims of witchcraft and 2.) The ability to recognize witches. (78) This is a dangerous new development for the benandanti because the ability to heal victims of witchcraft implies that they are able to cast counter spells, which in turn implies that they are witches themselves. In 1618 during the trial of Maria Panzona for the first time a direct connection between the benandanti and the devil is established. Panzona states that she herself attends the sabbat, and that the devil presides over the witch’s games. She states the devil has given her a present which she in turn uses to free bewitched people, and she admits to having paid homage to the devil himself. (100, 101) The culmination of the transition from benandanti to witch is achieved during the trial of Giovanni Sion. He originally claims to be a benadante, describes his participation in the witch’s sabbat, and admits to worshipping the devil; after first denying these things. Soppe admits to killing three children at the devil’s command. (123, 124). Surprisingly, Soppe is saved by Rome which instructs the inquisitor to reopen his case and verify all of his claims most importantly his claims of infanticide. (125) The cardinal’s directions came directly out of a tract entitled Instructio pro formandis processibus in causis strigum sortilegiorum et maleficiorum which directed all inquisitors to use extreme caution in witch trials. This tract effectively eliminated witchcraft persecutions in Italy in the second half of the 17th century. (126, 127)

The Friulian peasants in the 16th and 17th centuries held to a set of beliefs that originated in antiquity and were later infused with Christianity. The idea of the good benadante as a counter to the evil witch was a widely held belief among the uneducated peasants of Friuli. The inquisitors who were educated by the Church found the ideas of the Friulian peasants to be strange and heretical. The inquisitors through suggestive questioning eventually changed the essence of the benandanti into that of a witch. Popular conceptions of the benandanti changed as well, and before long the benandanti themselves considered themselves to be virtually the same as witches.

by John Schlismann

Works Cited:

Ginzburg, Carlos. The Night Battles. Trans. John and Anne Tedeschi.

Baltimore: The John Hopkins University Press, 1992.

Source by John Schlismann

Love Spells and Magic Spell Casting and Why Some Spell Castings Fail – Wicca Information

Love Spells and Magic websites are everywhere. If you do a search for online Love Spell Casters you will find a great deal to choose from. Some are Wicca, some are Voodoo, some are Witchcraft etc. With so many online how can you decide what spell to actually choose?

We will share with you a few simple guides to use when searching for the best online love spell casters.

There are many ways to determine if an online Caster is Legit and if they actually. The first way is to trust your instincts. Do a complete review of the spell caster’s website and its list of services. Next, see what your initial feelings and instincts are about the website and its promises to deliver real magic spell results. Many times, your FIRST instinct is your BEST and correct instinct.

The second way to detect a legit artist fake one is to see if what they offer in terms of “Spell Castings” If there are Spells listed on their website that are literally impossible, this is a GIANT RED FLAG. If the site offers things like this you can be CERTAIN they are frauds…




Basically, if an online Caster promises things and results that are simply NOT POSSIBLE then you can be certain they are frauds and scams. A real Wicca spell caster will always cast spells for things that are possible in reality. It is just not possible to make you invisible. Use the old golden rule…

“If it is too good to be true, it most likely is!”

Again, use common sense and good judgement and you will find the best of the best.

Using these simple tools will help you separate the frauds from the legit spell casters.

Source by Alister Redding

How to Cast A Spell With Mind Power

Spell casting? No, this is not a lesson in witchcraft, new age or the occult.

And yet, it unlocks the mysteries to all of those and more. Arthur C. Clarke once stated, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

And he’s absolutely right. The ability to manipulate the air and manifest fire with the flick of a finger might be considered sorcery by anyone who has never seen a lighter.

And the same goes for working with energy, thought and intent to produce a change in reality.

Here’s a great example:

Let’s say you want to “manifest” a connection with a new person. Someone who has captured your interest for whatever reason, and you would like to establish a relationship (business, personal or otherwise) with them.

So, you perform a “spell” using your Mind Power. You write a letter to them.

The “tools” for your spell are the paper, the pen, and your intent. Your creative Will.

You perform the “ritual” of placing the paper on a flat surface, picking up the pen (your magic wand) and writing the letter by “channeling the spirits to bring forth the message.”

The message comes forth not by thinking, but by inspiration, which requires relaxation and no-thought for the inspired idea to bubble up to the surface from the abyss of the mind.

The spell is then “directed” by sending the letter to the intended recipient, and is “activated” once the person reads it and becomes “charmed” or influenced by the pattern of energy created from the spell, i.e. the letter.

The intended person responds to the letter and a connection is established. A new relationship begins and your spell is fulfilled.

This is no different than any other form of magick; anything that causes a change to occur in your reality as a result of your focused Intent (Will) is an act of magick.

Use this knowledge to construct your own “spells” to acquire anything you want.

Symbolize whatever you want to create in your reality and perform a ritual to create a pattern from the energy. Direct it to your target and let it go to obtain a result.

The conscious mind can speak to and command the subconscious by using symbols. When you look at a symbol, you don’t consciously know or remember what the symbol means, but your subconscious retains the information and runs the program. Once your subconscious believes it is true then your perceptions will shift in such a way as to become aware that the ‘thing’ you wanted to create has appeared in your perceived reality, usually through the phenomenon of Synchronicity or “coincidence.”

You don’t need any particular belief system to cause change to occur in your reality.

Regardless of your level of knowledge, skill, or your beliefs, you can cause real changes to occur in your reality using this methodic example as a template.

Source by Jason Mangrum

Spells From the Real Book of Shadows – Do They Exist?

Spells from the real Book of Shadows – do they really exist? Seeing as the real Book of Shadows inspires such fervent discussion, the answer should be straight-forward. Unfortunately it’s not and it is a subject that is as complex as it is mysterious. Some say it does exist and talk of ancient scripts and rituals that originate from it – the much coveted spells from the real book of shadows. Some claim it is a more modern concept belonging to Gardnerian Wicca. Let’s look at the truth and the myths behind this arcane article and examine sources for spells that could be just what you’re looking for.

First, a brief overview of what a Book of Shadows is. It is actually a term for the journal used by witches and Wiccans for recording their personal spells. It can also be called a Grimoire. Making notes of any progress they make, changes to spells or rituals, or even psychic experiences is an essential part of life for any spell-caster. It is a very personal collection and for the most part, for their eyes only. The exception to this would be if there is a family tradition of witchcraft or the witch is part of a Wiccan coven. Then the Book of Shadows can be past down to the next generation to use and learn from. You may have seen this in the TV show Charmed!

The book cover will often be decorated with items and trinkets of sentimental value, to give further meaning and energy to the power within the book. Sometimes, witches will go for a theme that resonates with them, such as fairies or perhaps Wiccan symbols.

The tradition of keeping a journal is said go back to medieval times when witches were persecuted for their craft. Because they didn’t want to be discovered, they wrote their notes and spells in code. However, this only led to further torture as the words became even more mysterious and therefore suspicious to their discoverers.

But what of the term Book of Shadows? Here there seems to be some controversy. The creator of the modern day form of witchcraft, Wicca, was largely developed by Gerald Gardner. In fact you will see him referred to as the ‘father of Wicca’ just about anywhere you read about him! But before he mentioned the term in his works of the 1950s, some claim that the term was not recorded as being in use. Witches had used journals but not necessarily calling them a book of shadows.

Gardner did speak of ancient scripts however, so could these be the elusive spells from the real book of shadows? Unfortunately, the jury is out on whether these are authentic too.

So sadly, it seems that there is no proof that an original piece of work exists, or ever did exist, that could be definitively called the real book of shadows. But if you are looking for something with the ancient wisdom that spells from the real book of shadows would bring you, where do you go next?

Depending on whether you are looking for a particular spell for a specific reason or want to add to your own book of shadows, there are some alternative sources that you might wish to try.

Firstly, you can simply search for ancient spells. However, be prepared to find plenty of incantations and rituals translated for the modern world, albeit for good reason. Some of the really old spells can be nigh on impossible to understand! And for this reason, they are unlikely to be effective if you are unable to fully comprehend the meaning.

You can also try to perform some authentic Wiccan spells. These have the advantage of having been practised by many others. This is not be recommended for the uninitiated as it takes practise and dedication but you may wish to try studying the ways of Wicca and build your spell work as you progress.

Last but not least, you can try turning to some experienced witches! She may divide opinions but beginners can look at the work of Silver Ravenwolf for inspiration as she is renowned in her field. She provides information on a witch’s lifestyle right through to spells for your own personal book of shadows so will almost certainly get you started on the right tracks.

Although spells from the real book of shadows may be elusive, you can still find plenty to enjoy in the modern day world of Magick, sorcery and bewitchment.

Source by Francesca Ashcroft

That Old Black Magick – Get an Edge and Get Your Ex Back – Part I!

Isn’t it really hard when you’ve been doing all you can to win that special someone back after a breakup and it’s still no luck or “close, but no cigar”? The pain can be tremendous. Destiny has brought you here. In this article I will share with you two very important things that can help you make positive gains in your situation. These two key factors are yourself (Yes, this means Y-O-U – YOU!!) and magick. I will focus mostly on magick because there is loads of info out on the web that more than adequately covers the “self-help” aspect. That said, as Inominandum (one of my recommended casters) has so succinctly and accurately stated on his website:”First comes the working, then comes the work”. That is something you must remember if you choose to use magick to aid you on your quest. Magick is about creating change in conformity to the will i.e. your will. You cannot expect anything from magick if you engage in behaviour detrimental to achieving your goal because magick worksnaturally. You will need to act in a positive manner towards your goal subject to circumstance – use your head. It is also important to remember that magick increases, often to a massive degree, your chances of achieving your goal and yet nothing is etched in stone. There are no guarantees – only higher probabilities of success. And still, it does work: there will be results whether you perceive them or not and that is because magick works on the subconscious mind and its workings are not always readily manifest to the naked eye. Sometimes, there is just too much complexity and it simply needs much more time (even years) than you’re willing to tolerate or (more likely) you do something to screw it up and then spells fail to come “full circle”. “Full Circle” is a term that means “Fully effective and manifesting the exact result desired”.

Note: This is important. Magick can very rarely make someone love you from scratch. It can fan the flames of dulled passion or attraction/interest that existed or exist, but it’s very difficult to grow love from if there was zero attraction in the first place. Also magick is very unlikely (although not impossible) to secure the desire of anyone who doesn’t know you from Adam. Lust spells can work from scratch if the target is aware of you. However, I typically don’t waste time on lust because any hot chick/dude should do and there’s no need to be specific. I’m sure some of the spell casters on my list can help you with generalised lust spells.

Okay, let’s get straight down to business i.e. what you’re really reading this article for – to find out how to use magick to get him/her back. Love spells are big business – and I mean BIG. That’s why there are way too many unscrupulous characters exploiting the misery and needs of others by making tall claims, charging high prices and delivering nothing. Of the hundreds of “spell casters” I’ve come across online, only a handful are deemed potentially honest and worth trying out. Personally, I’ve never sought their services or interacted with them because I have never faced a situation that truly demanded it (Lucky Me!). However, my knowledge and experience with magickal systems, common sense and psychic ability make it very easy for me to sift the wheat from the chaff. While I offer no guarantees whatsoever with regards to what you might experience if you used the services of the spell casters I suggest, I am very confident that you are unlikely to find out that they are scams. The results may not be what you desire but it’s my opinion that these casters are honest and authentic people. Still, do your own homework and research. The internet is growing everyday and there may be new reports/reviews or info these spell casters that might warrant careful re-consideration – and yet, I doubt this will be the case. Also, be very wary of the reports themselves because some people (maybe competitors?) slander others just to destroy their reputations.

To quickly list how I went about assessing (things I looked for) these spell casting sites:

  • Genuine knowledge of magickal systems and principles (not just attention grabbing sales talk).
  • A real online presence (independent site, relevant and active forums). Note: anybody can set up a forum and independent site; I check the site content for plausibility and the activity levels on the forums.
  • Results based customer feedback where possible. Many sellers operate via eBay, and while I know there are a few authentic craftsmen/women on that site, there are loads of sellers that seem dubious to me. I discard low priority feedback (e.g. “I know it will work!”, “Great communicator!”, “Nice person!”, “Fast delivery” and the like) unless they are negative and look only for results oriented positive feedback.
  • Opinions posted online on Yahoo Answers, unaffiliated forums (creepyhollows.com, spellsandmagic.com amongst others).
  • Domain registration information (whois.net or godaddy.com or domaincrawler.com). Jackasses who claim to live in some exotic, Eastern land but who are really operating out of Muskogee, Oklahoma (for instance) cannot pull one over me. If there is little or no information on the domain check results then I just assume they’re bullshitting unless I have other evidence that supports my belief in their credibility and this includes my psychic instinct although it is fallible to some extent.
  • Products/Services offered. Some frauds promise the moon and if you’re too fanciful it’s easy to get sucked in. Be very wary of sellers casting penis/breast/height enhancement spells and the like.
  • “Rip-Off Report” (ripoffreport.com). I do read the reports on this site and some of the spell casters on my list do have negative reports. However, I no longer take “Rip-Off Report” seriously when it comes to reviews on spell casters because it has turned into a tool for jealous competitors to trash their rivals and insane clients (who’re always panicking or screwing things up) to voice their frustrations. There are some honest reports with clients who have not yet seen results they wish for, but then spell casting is an art not a science and it might not always produce the desired outcome.
  • My psychic instincts. I trust them and you should trust your instincts too.

The list of spell casters that follows is ordered randomly. I perceive all of them to be capable and genuine practitioners in their respective paths.

1.Izabael Dajinn (izabael.com): Izabael is a Californian practitioner of High Magick (Hermeticism, Goetia, Solomonic Magic) with over 10 years of experience behind her, and appears to be a fun person to boot. It also looks like she has worked as glamour model at some point in time. She does have a few videos of herself on YouTube reading stuff from Crowley’s works and runs a forum called the “The Fool Speaks” (thefoolspeaks.com) that discusses all things magickal with an emphasis on Hermeticism. In addition, she is confident of her magickal skills (and that is vital for a mage) and is apparently very intelligent. She is also on eBay, look for seller ID: izabael_genie. Bottom line – give her a shout if you want to go the magickal route. Her prices are generally very reasonable and I hope they stay that way. Give it a try – I’m positive you won’t be disappointed by this real mage.

2. Spirited Enterprise (spiritedenterprise.com): Mother Moon and the other sisters/brothers of this “blessed sanctuary” offer genuine spell casting services amongst other things like spiritual artefacts (entity vessels, amulets), psychic readings, books and incense many of which are easily affordable. The team of Spirited Enterprise have extensive experience (some have been working the craft for over 50 years!!) and can work with both the so-called “Dark” and “Light” systems of magick. They are based in South Carolina.

Although most products/services are affordable, I find the artefacts, the entity vessels in particular, to be very expensive but then these are often jewellery that would be costly enough even excluding the effort for conjuring and binding the entity to the vessels or spell casting to imbue them with desirable energies. They claim that the entity itself decides the type of vessel it should be bound to and this is possible (magickally speaking) although I have never come across such in my experience. However, from time to time they do offer great deals with discounts and also a “Best Offer” option that is in concept similar to an auction but it is not an auction site as such. They do run a forum on which clients and guests may interact to discuss their purchases, situations, magick or anything in general provided there is respect for all parties on the forum. Again I like the fact that the seller emphasises that magickal workings: a) take time; b) may require re-working (or a boost) for complex, long-drawn situations; and c) require your conscious positive efforts towards your goal on this physical plane. Also, it’s only the entity vessels that I find expensive (although there is a range of prices depending on the item): the spell work seems quite affordable with only a few exceptions. The web-site also has some very interesting photographs that appear to capture the spiritual energies on camera. Good stuff!

3. Inominandum (inominandum.com): This is Jason Miller’s site. Jason is an honest and experienced (he started when he was 5!) practitioner of a unique blend of High Magick and Rootwork. He has travelled widely and has spent time with Eastern masters learning Tantra, European mages for High Magick and New Orleans workers of Hoodoo. He is an initiate and member of various orders from both the Western and Eastern schools of occult practice. Jason also offers courses in sorcery and conducts workshops at various locations in the United States. Despite this heavy schedule Jason does make time to work on client requests (“Sorcerer For Hire” link on his website). Jason is one of those wise practitioners who make it clear that he cannot guarantee results but merely “engineers” probability in favour of the client to the extent possible. He maintains a forum called “Inominandum – Author, Teacher, Sorcerer”. One of the very few authentic practitioners out there and someone you should consider in particular because he blends High Magick with Folk (so-called “Low”) Magick and that can be an incredibly effective magickal system.

4. Deacon Millet (fouraltars.com): Deacon is a rootworker with a hint of Catholicism (as is common in this form of the craft and Four Altars is a Gospel Sanctuary) and is a specialist in love reconciliation cases. Reuniting lovers is a bit of a personal “cause” of Deacon’s because his current partnership went through some tough times and an initial breakup and this makes reconciling lovers a job that is really close to his heart. Deacon is on the Board of Bishops at the Missionary Independent Spiritual Church. Christians who are often at loggerheads with this sort of thing might be very comfortable working with Deacon. One is relatively assured of credibility and authenticity since he is listed on rootworkers.org (Association of Independent Readers & Rootworkers) and people listed there are genuine. The Association is affiliated in some way to the legendary Cat Yronwode of the Lucky Mojo Curio company although Cat (as far as I know) no longer engages in spell work although they offer vigil candles as part of their services. I doubt you can go wrong with Deacon or anybody else on the Association although some may turn down reconciliation cases due to the challenging nature of such cases and their preferred code of conduct. Deacon is someone you should surely consider when pursuing love related spell work.

5. Fuerza Ndoki (mayombe.org): Fuerza Ndoki is a Palo priest (a “Tata Nganga” i.e. a Palo priest who has initiated others into the practice) and works as a software engineer by day. Based in San Francisco, California, Fuerza works with Palo, one of the more aggressive (but not evil) forms of sorcery that is of African origin. The Nkisi or Nganga works with the spirits making petitions on your behalf. Almost all cases will require a divination to check if the spirits are able to work on the case. If the spirits do take it on, be assured that they will pursue it with tenacity doing the very best they can to achieve the desired end provided you do the same. Going by his website, Fuerza is not into the craft just for the money but is driven also by a passion for his craft and to help people get what they want in life. His website suggests: “Nothing you do for love can be wrong.” Check him out for sure. There’s a contact form on the website where you can make your enquiry. No worries about credibility here – he’s for real.

6. Tata Doc (angelfire.com/stars3/sieterayos/services.html) Tata Doc is also a Palo Nganga who can help. Yes, he is authentic although I’m not certain if he still provides spell casting services online. If he does, you can trust his sincerity.

Tata Doc has also studied the more Western schools of the occult i.e. Enochian, Chaos Magick etc. and is a fairly devout student of the Martial Arts. He is a founding member and former head of the Black Order of Azazel that studies/practices Thelema. Again as Palo priest and leader of his Munanso Seite Rayos Tata is bound to the Palero’s code of conduct. He will do what he can to manifest your desired result.

7. Original Ninja Cat (originalninjacat.com): First up, this lady is different from Cat Yronwode of the Lucky Mojo Curio Company. Ninja Cat is a graduate of Fine Arts (with a minor in History) who actually wanted to be rock star at some point.:)

Ninja Cat is a naturally gifted psychic and rootworker who began practising at the age of 11. She is also a redhead – I like redheads:). More important and relevant, she is definitely an authentic practitioner. I can’t tell you about her as well as she can, so go to originalninjacat.com/About-Me.htm to know more. Please note that Ninja Cat adheres to strict codes of conduct with regards to spell requests and you can read about them in her FAQ section originalninjacat.com/FAQ.html

8. Master Andreas (eBay Seller: black_forest_magick): Master Andreas is a German practitioner of witchcraft of various forms and was raised in the Black Forest (Schwarzwald Region) of Germany close to the Rhine Valley. He has now moved to the United States (Olivehurst, California). The gentleman is genuine as far as I can tell. My positive psychic instincts, some definitive feedback from clients on eBay and his being mentioned on the Creepy Hollows Forum (creepyhollows.com) all give me very positive vibes about him. Check him out and I think you will find that he can do custom spell work in addition to the products he lists on eBay. My instincts say he’s genuine but if you’re uncomfortable you can get in touch with him via eBay and make some enquiries. Alternatively, check on the Creepy Hollows forum where he is a member.

Okay, so that is the list. I hope it helps you on your quest to reconcile with your beloved.

A few final notes:

a) Remember that these recommendations are based largely on my opinion. You should investigate on your own before making any purchases which, by the way, are solely your decision and responsibility. In short, what I’m saying is that if I were in your position and could afford it, I would be comfortable making purchases from any of these spell casters. Nonetheless, I cannot guarantee that you will obtain your desired result and am not responsible for anything that occurs or does not occur if you make purchases from these spell casters. It’s very important to remember that there are no guarantees with spell casting – just increased probability i.e. an edge (likely a big one!).

b)Do your part. Work on yourself, get a positive self-image, heal and have fun. Remember: mopping around does your situation very little good. There’s plenty of material on the Internet on this aspect, so make sure you read and APPLY IT. This is just as important as the working when it comes to manifesting the result onto the physical plane. Take only POSITIVE ACTION when appropriate. Yes, there are cases where a “negative” twist can work but this requires a thorough knowledge of the person & circumstances. The simple rule: ACT POSITIVELY TOWARD YOUR GOAL. Learn, focus, and act.

Remember that magick works naturally (i.e. within physical laws). In short, if your target is in Timbuktu, your spell will work but you cannot hold that person’s hand unless you get there or he/she travels to where you live. What the spell can do is convince them to meet you.

c)Keep silent. Although not everybody says this, I strongly recommend it. Don’t discuss your spells with anyone other than your caster. It’s not that the spell gets weaker (although some witches insist that talking about it could make it pick up negative subconscious vibes from others), but people you discuss it with may say discouraging things that sound like positive advice and that can create self-doubt or limited resourcefulness. Of course, never mention the spell to the target of the spell – ever. In general, keep your trap shut!! Why talk to people about it anyway?? You’ll almost always hear the same old stuff (i.e. “Move on”, “Learn to let go” etc. etc. ad nauseum) that is useful if you really want to give up but not if you’re focussing on reconciling.

This is also in line with the witchcraft codes: To Know, To Will, To Dare and To Keep Silent.

d) Spell “clash”: Multiple spells cast towards the same goal by a genuine witches do not clash or backfire, but work harmoniously towards the objective. However, you may feel some energetic shifts for a week or so as the energies sort themselves out. The reason I’m mentioning this is because I’ve seen concerns about using multiple spell casters on the same case being voiced on various online forums. When cast by authentic, experienced witches whose intents are 100% aligned with yours towards the exact same goal this is impossible even when they are unaware that other casters have worked on your case. Always clarify the intent of the witch e.g. don’t go to a Wiccan and then to a Black Magician, there may be a conflict of intent here because the Black Mage will just do the job period but the Wiccan may try to do what’s “best for you”. That’s why it is important to first know exactly what you want in terms of intent, then read through the chosen spell casters site and have a significant amount of discussion with the caster before purchase.

e) Layer complex spell work: If you do decide to order a spell casting make sure you “layer” it. Since reconciliations often involve complexity, you may want to “layer” your spells i.e. order specific spells to target different aspects of the situation. Exactly what these aspects are is something only you can know, so think it out carefully. Consult with spell casters on this issue. I very strongly recommend that you a) incorporate something that tackles your own negativity & limiting beliefs towards manifesting your goal, and b) use a combination of the so-called “dark” & “light” energies (i.e. black & white magick). I know people balk at the thought of “dark” energy but dark & light co-exist. Neither is necessarily evil or good unless you think it so, they’re merely different energies. Personally, I never classify magick into “colours” – magick is just magick.

f) Avoid obsessing: Worry is useless and merely drains resourcefulness at best; at worst, it could make you do something stupid or illegal like stalking the person. A little wise, covert reconnaissance within legal limits is fine and you’ll still need to be careful. Getting caught doing stuff like this will be a major hassle to the spell.

That pretty much winds up this article which is part of a series (maybe a trilogy:)). In part II, I’ll give you some tips on how to begin some magickal workings of your own to help with your situation.

Good luck and may all the “forces” be with you and may your desire manifest!

Source by Theodore Terence Williams

What Is The Jezebel Spirit? Ten Ways To Recognize The Spirit of Control and Defeat It

One of the strategies that the devil uses against us in spiritual warfare is the spirit of control also referred to as the jezebel spirit. The spirit of jezebel is a demonic spirit that ultimately seeks to control and rule over people, especially God’s people and the prophetic ministry.

What Is The Jezebel Spirit

Jezebel was the wicked and sinful wife of King Ahab of Israel in the Bible Old Testament. Jezebel was a Phoenician priestess and the daughter of a Sidonian king named Ethbaal. The marriage of Jezebel and King Ahab caused Israel to become saturated with the worship of Baal, Tammuz, Asheroth and other false gods. Jezebel’s desire was to seduce God’s people and turn their hearts away from serving and worship Him. Jezebel was a priestess and was very religious. Her worship of Baal was an idolatrous religion which includes the worship of false gods and idols. Jezebel caused God’s people to participate in child sacrifices, homosexual sex acts, orgies, perverted sex acts, pagan rituals and immoral priestly services to God. Jezebel controlled Israel including her husband King Ahab whom she also converted to worship Baal. Today we call this same spirit of control that Queen Jezebel used against the people of God as The Jezebel Spirit. The Jezebel spirit is known as witchcraft which is a work of the flesh and without the Holy Spirit, you will not have dominion over this spirit.

Works Of The Flesh

As Christian, we must understand that our real struggle is with our flesh. Our flesh is at constant war against our spirit and without The Holy Spirit in our lives, our flesh will rule and cause us to walk in the ways that are contrary to the word of God. When our lives are not submitted to Christ and we are not controlled by the Holy Spirit, we are being controlled by our flesh and the ways of the world. Being controlled by our flesh leaves us open and vulnerable to be controlled by the Jezebel spirit as well as other demonic forces that have the open doors. The book of Galatians describes the works of the flesh to us and how we can walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the lust of the flesh. The only way for us to defeat Jezebel and the spirit of control is for us to be controlled by the Holy Spirit.

Galatians 5: 16-21 (NLV)

16 I say this to you: Let the Holy Spirit lead you in each step. Then you will not please your sinful old selves.

17 The things our old selves want to do are against what the Holy Spirit wants. The Holy Spirit does not agree with what our sinful old selves want. These two are against each other. So you cannot do what you want to do.

18 If you let the Holy Spirit lead you, the Law no longer has power over you.

19 The things your sinful old self wants to do are: sex sins, sinful desires, wild living,

20 Worshiping false gods, witchcraft, hating, fighting, being jealous, being angry, arguing, dividing into little groups and thinking the other groups are wrong, false teaching,

21 Wanting something someone else has, killing other people, using strong drink, wild parties, and all things like these. I told you before and I am telling you again that those who do these things will have no place in the holy nation of God.

Ten Ways To Recognize The Character of Jezebel

(1) Uses other people to accomplish their goal: The Jezebel spirit is very clever and will uses other people to do their dirty work while they stay in the background pulling all the strings like a puppeteer until their agenda has been accomplished.

(2) Tells lies: The Jezebel spirit is very deceptive and charming and It will look you in the eyes and lie to you very convincingly. Her lies are so believable that she will have you second guessing what you know is true. She uses the seduction of her eyes to do this.

(3) Seeks revenge: The Jezebel spirit does not like to be wrong on any account and when confronted it will raise up like a snake and seek to attack you. As long as you agree with them on everything, you are safe from their wrath, but if you ever confront this spirit you will become their worst enemy.

(4) Extremely religious: This spirit loves to teach bible study and hold prayer meetings in their homes. They love to teach in their own homes so they are not held accountable to anyone for giving out false teachings. This spirit seeks out new babes in Christ who have no real solid foundation in the Word of God and will lead them astray by their clever and elaborate words and prayers. This is all done so the believer will become so fascinated by them that they will soon become followers of the Jezebel and not the Lord.

(5) Ignores people: The Jezebel spirit uses this tactic against someone when there has been a falling out or disagreement with this spirit. This is normally their way of punishing that a person for not agreeing with them.

(6) Takes credit for everything: The Jezebel spirit wants to be seen as having knowledge about everything. This spirit is quick to take the credit for things when it turns out wonderful and just as quick to not take responsibility when things go wrong. It always has to be right.

(7) Will not accept guilt or responsibility: According to a Jezebel spirit it is never wrong. This spirit will never repent or acknowledge that it was responsible for any wrongdoing.

(8) Volunteers for everything: The Jezebel spirit loves to control everything so it volunteers to be the leader over as much as they can. This way everything has to come through them in order for the project to take off and be successful in their eyes.

(9) Operates in confusion: Confusion will always keep the Jezebel spirit from being detected and exposed. The Jezebel spirit sends out confusion to the mind of people to maintain control and power as they continue to do their agenda.

(10) Clairvoyant: Many people who operate under this spirit of control or Jezebel spirit also have a clairvoyant spirit. A clairvoyant spirit is able to perceive or know things outside of human senses. Christians have the Holy Spirit to guide them into all truth, but the Jezebel spirit has the help of a familiar spirit feeding them supernatural knowledge and information.

Source by Kimberly M Snyder