"The witches go to meet them flying through the air, often on horseback. In order to be able to fly, after having completely undressed and undone their hair, they go a little before midnight to an isolated spot out of sight, away from every sacred object. It is forbidden to see them, but not to speak to them. Then they anoint their bodies with the following composition, the quantity varying according to their weight: ten pounds of spirits of wine, half a pound of salt of Saturn, half a pound of Dragerio, to be left for four hours in a covered vessel. Then, saying ‘Sotto I’acqua e sotto il vento, sotto il noce di Benevento, Lucibello portami dove debbo andare.’ they fly away.”
– From J.B. Andrews’ Neopolitan Witchcraft (1897)
You bring out the witch in me
Not the haggard crone but the devotee of secrets;
the relentless forces of wind and rain who have waited for
Macbeth on the moors so they can begin to weave their esoteric plans.
You call forth the memory of Medea and Circe summoned by rhyme and rhythm in the tempestuous night.
All around, I can hear the whispers of divine muses inspiring me, illuminating.
You reveal the paths as I walk barefoot in the woods- evoking memories of hushed rites chanting under a porcelain moon.
Gods and spirits at the crossroads or the Ancestors- fathers of my father, mothers of my mother;
all standing beside me, guides and sages still teaching.
You return me to days of simplicity when tradition was the way, when times were trying, but taught deeper strengths, strength to continue the truths.
In the estranged worlds of trance and dream, I walk untrodden paths, revealed through perseverance.
You have billowed The sacred temple flames of Hekate, the Titan Witch Queen.
And the rite ends, as shadows at dawn.
"Take a fine full-grown toad ; kill him, then take three bricks and keep in a very hot oven until they are red- hot. Take one out and place the toad upon it ; when the brick is cold remove the toad ; then take the other bricks and place the toad on them successively until he be reduced to powder. Then take the toad- ashes and sew them up carefully in a silk bag one- and-a-half inch square. When one is bleeding place this bag on the heart of the sufferer, and it will instantly stay the bleeding of the nose or any wound." - Nummits and Crummits