Friday, March 9, 2012
E is for Evil, Which I Am
Back in the days of the Witch Trials and Inquisition there were specific tests that were done to determine if you were in fact E-Vil - Like the Fru-its of the Dev-il.... These tests turned into superstitions, many of which (no pun intended) continue to have energy today.
Here are some of those markers:
Weight Test - If an accused witch was weighed against a metal bound bible and was found to weight more. She was guilty of Witchcraft.
Dark Marks - The accused would have her naked body scoured over, if any strange birthmarks were found, this was often considered a sign of her being in league with Satan. Especially if there was a mark on the back of the neck.
Black Cats as Pets - Having a black cat was a clear sign of having a demonic familiar and therefore, being in league with the devil.
Lefty - Writing with the left hand was considered a sign of demonic possession.
Red Hair - People with red hair were considered more likely to fall prey to the devil and should not be trusted.
The reason that I am bringing this up, is because I actually fall into all of these categories above. Yes, I weigh more than the bible. Yes, I have several birthmarks and one on the back of my neck. Yes, I have a black cat. Yes, I am left handed. Yes, I have red hair.
I don't think that it is a secret that I have rather enjoyed assigning these "evil" traits to myself. I relish that in some circles of the world people would automatically assign me as a demonic minion. Since discovering Witchcraft I have many times enjoyed the shock factor of telling people that I am a Witch.
I guess I am writing about this because the more that people believe in something the more power it has. I don't believe that I am evil anymore than I believe drowning a woman will prove her innocence, but assigning this energy to myself has helped to shape who I am. And I like the thought of people perceiving me as evil.
I find it silly, but then again, as I have already said the more people believe something the more power it has. So does that make me evil?
These are the things I am pondering this week.