Friday, September 14, 2012

Vendredi: Chthonian Histories

A witch or hag is she which being deluded by a league made with the devil through his persuasion, inspiration and juggling, thinketh she can design what manner of evil things whatsoever, either by thought or imprecation, as to shake the air with lightnings and thunder, to cause hail and tempests, to remove green corn or trees to another place, to be carried on her familiar - which hath taken upon him the deceitful shape of a goat, swine or calf, etc. - into some mountain far distant, in a wonderful short space of time, and sometimes to fly upon a staff or fork, or some other instrument, and to spend all the night after with her sweetheart in playing, sporting, banqueting, dancing, dalliance and divers other devilish lusts and lewd disports, and to shew a thousand such monstrous mockeries.

~ from Simboleography by William West c 1594

Header: Witch by Mahlon Blaine via American Gallery


Timmy! said...

Sounds like fun to me, Pauline... So I say, bring on the witches!

Pauline said...

What I like about this is that the piece starts out by saying it's all a delusion and than goes on to tell you what witches, though deluded, actually do because of the Devil. It's very bipolar to say the least. I'm glad those days are over. Oh, wait...