Dictionary of Witchcraft
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Dictionary of Witchcraft is a must-have resource for anyone interested in witchcraft, pagan religions, and the occult. This historical dictionary was the first reference work to seriously document superstitions, manifestations, magic, and superstitions. The author’s interest was to compile a vast amount of matter that would interest, entertain and instruct others. This dictionary was consulted by some of the greatest Romantic writers, notably by Hugo. Collin de Plancy followed the tradition of many previous demonologists of cataloguing demons by name and title of nobility, as it happened with grimoires like Pseudomonarchia Daemonum and The Lesser Key of Solomon among others. It is considered a major work documenting beings, characters, books, deeds, and causes which pertain to the manifestations and magic of trafficking with Hell; divinations, occult sciences, grimoires, marvels, errors, prejudices, traditions, folktales, the various superstitions, and generally all manner of marvelous, surprising, mysterious, and supernatural beliefs. This edition was translated and introduced by occultist Wade Baskin. Collin de Plancy (1794–1881) was a French occultist, demonologist, author, and translator. His best-known work, Dictionary of Witchcraft (Dictionnaire Infernal), was published in 1818 but didn’t receive wide acclaim until 1863 when a set of 69 illustrations by Louis Breton were added. Later in life, de Plancy converted to Catholicism and focused his studies on Catholic histories and mysticisms.
century. The devil is said to have appeared to him one day while he was reading a book on magic. They struck up a conversation and became acquainted with each other. The priest, seemingly charmed by his horned majesty’s good qualities, made a formal pact in which he surrendered his soul to the devil in exchange for the power to seduce all the women and girls of his choosing by simply blowing on their faces (instead of having to flatter them). He fell in love with the daughter of a nobleman,
participation in the celebration of the sabbat. Natural magic is the art of predicting the future and producing extraordinary effects through natural means... . Black or diabolical magic, taught by the devil and practiced under his influence, is the art of invoking demons ... and performing supernatural things. Mallebranche Remarkable story of the woman’s ghost that appeared . . . five years after the woman had died. On Tuesday, December 11, 1618, a man named Mallebranche heard a noise outside
. marked in the left eye by one of Leonard’s horns. Those ... who show no promise are fried. Sabbat Chalice Pierre Delancre reports that when sorcerer priests say mass at the sabbat, they use a black host and a black chalice, and that at the moment of the elevation they pronounce these words: “Black crow! Black crow!” Sabbat Dance Pierre Pelancre maintains that sabbat dances make men lose their minds and cause women to have miscarriages... . The demons dance with the prettiest witches, either
practiced in the villages of France. The practices described here are still popular, and ... we live but a short distance from poor peasants who have their fortune-tellers, their sorcerers, their soothsayers, and who, fed on devilish superstitions, tremble at the thought of marriage. Spirits The ancients believed that spirits, which they called demons or jinni, were semi-gods. Each nation, says Apuleius, even each family and each man has a spirit to serve as his guide and to watch over his
wives. Thou One night in 1598 President Thou was awakened in the town of Saumur ... by the weight of an enormous mass that was pressing down on his feet. The president shook off the weight and heard it strike the floor. He opened the curtains ... and saw a big white figure walking through the apartment. Imagining that thieves had entered his room, he asked the white figure approaching his bed: “Who are you?” To which the specter solemnly replied: “I am the queen of heaven.” The next day ... he