Witchcraft

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Witchcraft has never been dead ... just dormant. Its space-age awakening is demonstrated in the daily press. Besides the University of South Carolina teaching a Witchcraft course, it is also taught at the Centennial College, Toronto, Canada. The Free University of Toronto is also giving a course on Magic and the Black Arts. By this time it will be giving an "Advanced Course In The Occult." Famous folk singer Donovan has written and recorded the song "Season Of The Witch". Bewitched has been a long running successful TV show.

The University responded by closing the proceedings with the announcement that future meetings wouldn't be open to students, including student witches! At the celebrated March on The Pentagon hippies performed an exorcism and witchcraft ritual, singing, dancing, chanting, in an attempt to lift The Pentagon, to exorcise its "evil spirit".

A militant women's organization is called WITCH. In the October 1968 Vogue Richard Goldstein wrote a fashion-oriented article called "Season Of The Witch" and said: "Fire and energy can liberate as well as destroy. It is impossible to talk about even something as insular as beauty without noting that the same turmoil and insurrection that provides the terror of our time also inspires its greatest achievements. The style of the sixties is creative anarchy. In all endeavors, it is characterized by a rebellion against form, a deflation of dogma, and an assertion of self against the Establishment."

The July 1969 Beyond Magazine had an article "Is Witchcraft Good Or Bad" by Wentworth Williams about Mich Micheyl, a French entertainer who was brought into court and threatened with imprisonment on the charge of "practicing medicine without a license" because she had cured a woman of persistent headaches. She has "healing hands", is a "magnetic healer", and would be considered a "white witch." Another case was that of Mrs. Joyce Alan of Lancashire, England, who read cards without charging, read a policewoman, told her husband was playing around with another woman.
Mrs. Alan was given a summons. Charge was thrown out of court but the policewoman's husband found out, called her a witch, got her neighbors to treat her accordingly and persecuted her by throwing rocks through her windows etc. She fought back. Sued a neighbor who broke her windows. When this woman fell and broke a leg they accused her again of witchcraft and a mad crowd attacked her. Next day her house caught fire. She finally left. If Mrs. Alan was a witch her neighbors were devils!

This illustration is from a German incunabulum of 1484 Clearly seen are the positions of the Zodiac in connection with the body.
The March 21, 1969 Time Magazine reported:
"To lend a little magic to public entertainments, Los Angeles enjoys the services of an Official County Witch ... a title conferred by the County Supervisor on Mrs. Louise Huebner, a thirtyish, "third-generation astrologer and sixth-generation witch." Sorceress

Huebner, who affects clinging outfits of silver for her increasingly frequent broadcasts and public appearances, made her official debut last July at a folk festival in the Hollywood Bowl, at which everyone was supplied with red candles, garlic and chalk and instructed to repeat after her three times: "Light the flame, bright the fire, red the color of desire". The spell was supposed to increase sexual vitality, and some reported that it did.

The Midpenninsula Free University of California offers the following courses: Advanced Astrology, Jungian Astrology, Occult Things and The New Age, Out of the Aquarium and into the Aquaruin, and the Occult and Astrology Workshop. Many anti or non-establishment "free universities" across the country are offering courses in all phases of mysticism, witchcraft, black magic, astrology and the occult.
Following is the letter I received from Professor Sidney Birnbaum, who teaches a History of Witchcraft non-accredited course at the University of South Carolina:

21 May 1969

Dear Dr. Martello:
The enclosed typescript may be of some interest to you. It is a copy of a manuscript that was given to me by a student in my Witchcraft course ... in real life, a graduate student in the History Department. The writer, who is personally known by my student, is a young lady in her mid-twenties; a professed student witch who claims to be descended from a long line of witches. She is, I am told, studying the craft under a powerful witch in Madison, Wisconsin.

I don't doubt her sincerity when she says that she is a follower of the religion she describes. However, I believe that most of what she has written is just so much nonsense. It is exactly the sort of airy speculation that passed for anthropology at about the turn of the century. As a matter of fact, the religion she follows is probably no older than that and bears no relation to actual witchcraft.

The course went rather well, I think. We met about six times. For the most part the students came to listen: it was difficult getting any discussion at all going, and I lectured for well over half the time. By the way, your books were very useful in this respect. Passing them around for examination did start quite a lively discussion.

It developed that most of the students were interested in astrology and that many of them were interested in Tarot, subjects I know nothing about. One of the students mentioned a friend who followed a religion based upon reading Tarot cards. Unfortunately she wasn't able to prevail upon him to address the class.

It is difficult to make general statements about religious orientation. The more vocal students appear to have left organized religion far behind them; so far behind, in fact, that they seem surprisingly ignorant of the beliefs, the practices, and the theological posture of the major organized religions. They have not yet found a substitute, but they continue to seek. As for the others, the silent ones, I believe that for the most part they are quite happy with the religion of their parents, but are too overawed by the vocal minority to mention it.

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