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An amulet is a material object on which a charm has been written, or over which a charm or spell has been cast. It is carried or worn in the belief that it will protect from evil, or bring good luck. It is used frequently as a shield against evil spirits or black magic, as well as protection from disease, adversity, or danger. Amulets are worn, for instance, by women during childbirth, individuals in dangerous occupations, the superstitious (including any actors, gamblers, and Gypsies), and by some who have been magically healed.
Amulets are common throughout the world, worn by the civilized and uncivilized alike, and are of an infinite variety. The heathen wears a human finger bone or tiger's tooth, while his white cousin in the city carries a rabbit's foot, or a charm on his watch chain. Amulets are found in the form of birthstones, beads, garlic (worn to protect against the evil eye, vampires, etc.), copper bracelets, Egyptian scarabs, St. Christopher's medals, four-leaf clovers, letters of protection (carried by soldiers, for example), human hair, rings, lucky coins, the cone from a hemlock tree (a fertility charm), lucky charm bracelets (which are worn today by girls who are many times unaware of their magical associations), and countless other objects.
A charm basically means a chant or incantation recited in order to produce some good or bad effect magically (the term charm means to sing). An object may be charmed in this manner, or the charm may be written down. Such charms when worn or carried are amulets. The distinction between a recited charm and the amulet is generally overlooked and consequently the amulet itself which has been charmed is usually called a charm.
A spell may be spoken or written and involves the use of magical incantations, rituals, and symbols. The magician, charmer, or sorcerer casts a spell in order to curse, injure, harass, and bind (hence the term spellbound), or to bring to pass what he desires. Both humans and animals (as well as anything else from crops to marriage) may be charmed or have a spell cast over them in order to cure, harm, or protect, or to cause some other desired effect.
The secrets of magical charming and casting spells were revealed by Satan himself to his devotees and passed down through the ages. Satan has established his own complicated rituals for charming and casting spells, and the forces of darkness are obliged to act on behalf of the sorcerer (or anyone else) if he observes the proper formulae.
Spells and charms are cast, and amulets worn, for any reason desired: to give strength, to kill an enemy, to protect from evil, to assure success in love, or to give victory in battle. Charms and spells are used to cure diseases in humans or animals, to shield against demons, or to cause a business to prosper, and so on.
Perhaps two of the most common spell or charm works having magical import and which are familiar to everyone are: Abracadabra and Hocus-pocus. The term abracadabra is an ancient word believed to have magical power to ward off evil spirits, disease, or other adversity. The first recorded mention of the term occurs in a written remedy for the cure of disease, believed dating from the second to the fourth centuries A.D. The term was to be written on a paper in a certain manner, then folded and worn as a amulet for 9 days, after which it was to be thrown backward before sunrise into a stream flowing east, thus curing the disease. The term hocus-pocus is generally used by magicians during sleight-of-hand tricks, or in conjuring and incantations. It is believed to be a corruption of the Latin hoc est corpus (this is the body), a phrase used by a Catholic priest in the ritual of the Mass when the bread is erroneously believed to become mystically transformed into Christ's body.
The term taboo is Polynesian in origin (from tabu). Taboo signifies a prohibition placed upon some person, place, object, or action because it is sacred, unclean, or otherwise restricted for some reason, thereby making it untouchable, unmentionable, and so on. The taboo is enforced by social convention and tradition, or by superstition, whereby it is believed that the individual violating it will suffer illness, death, or some other misfortune.
Taboos may pertain to a wide variety of subjects, such as restrictions placed upon eating certain foods, climbing a certain sacred mountain, touching objects belonging to a tribal chief, violating magic ritual, a married woman appearing in public without a veil, failure to remove one's shoes before entering certain religious shrines or temples, killing a sacred animal, incest, opening an umbrella indoors, whistling on board ship, looking over someone's shoulder into a mirror, allowing a cat to enter a mine, a pregnant woman attending a funeral, stepping on a crack in the sidewalk, and so on.
Superstitions are related to magic, and are based upon the desire to have something come true, or to prevent something bad or unpleasant from happening. Satan is the ultimate source of all superstitions whether they are found in the remotest regions of Africa or come from the pages of the latest edition of an American almanac. He uses such things as old wives' tales, childish fears, dread of the unknown, and ignorance to implant worry, fear, and anxieties in the mind in order to cause illness, accident, or death, as well as to bind and oppress the lives of millions.
Superstitions delude the gullible into hoping that the performance of certain prescribed acts, or the repetition of certain words, will magically bring good fortune, or cause something desired to happen, or prevent something unpleasant from occurring. Superstitious acts range all the way from knocking on wood and crossing one's fingers to throwing rice at a wedding or the avoidance of walking under a ladder.
Superstitions have caused man to devise all manner of charms, amulets, lucky signs, talismans, spells, incantations, lucky numbers, magic rituals, and taboos in an effort to control or influence events.
Superstitions are not something which characterize only primitive societies, but are believed in and practiced worldwide. In the United States, for instance, Hollywood has its astrologers, Hippies wear their beads and amulets, hotels avoid the 13th floor, auto racers dislike women or peanuts in their pits, and brides often wear a blue garter for good luck. Farmers believe that if the groundhog sees his shadow on February 2, then winter will last 6 more weeks, while some set eggs under hens on Sunday nights to assure hatching. Finding a four-leaf clover supposedly brings good luck, while spilling salt signifies bad luck.
Hex signs to ward off evil are still painted on Pennsylvania and Indiana barns, while may Americans say, God bless you! when anyone sneezes (originally done in the superstitious belief that it would prevent the soul from departing).
Servicemen are notorious for keeping mascots for luck, and black cats, like the number 13, spell evil in the minds of millions of cultured and sophisticated people.
Superstitions are unchristian and satanic in origin, and are indicative of a lack of faith in God to provide for and protect His children from evil and harm. One report in 1974, states that 10 million rabbits' feet are sold annually in the USA, and about 4 million four-leaf clovers, while Friday the 13th costs Americans about $250 million in lost business each year due to so many superstitious people who stay home in order to avoid working, shopping, or traveling on this unlucky day.
Superstitions fall into certain classifications: taboos (it is unlucky to open an umbrella indoors); omens (finding a pin on the floor is an omen of good luck); rituals (crossing the fingers wards off evil, or insures good fortune, as does knocking on wood, since certain trees are sacred in pagan cultures); incantations (Rain, rain go away; come again another day.) amulets (charms) and talismans (Magical objects, as the rabbit's foot carried for luck, or a horseshoe placed over the door to ward off evil); and superstitious customs and beliefs (e.g., breaking a wish-bone, the person with the larger piece getting his wish; blowing out birthday candles while making a wish, or the belief that eating an apple a day keeps the doctor away).
There are innumerable superstitions of every description and the list grows longer each day. We are warned never to allow a black cat to cross our path, or else take 12 steps backwards to counteract the evil if it does occur (witches can change themselves into black cats according to legend).
Bad luck is supposedly avoided when salt is spilled by throwing a pinch over the left shoulder (doubtless an offering to appease the evil spirits as salt has magical significance in occultism). Lighting 3 cigarettes on the same match, or killing a cricket (a symbol of good luck) indoors will bring misfortune. The number 13 is unlucky; it is said because Judas made 13 at the Last Supper. Good luck is sought by gamblers by blowing on the cards or dice (breath symbolizes life energy), many golfers will not clean or change a ball when their game is going well, some fishermen spit on the bait to insure a catch (spittle and breath have the same significance), and many businessmen superstitiously believe that if they can induce the first customer of the day to make a purchase (of any amount), good business is insured for the day. It is considered unlucky to break a mirror (as mirrors are used in divination and self-hypnosis), to whistle aboard ship (it may call up a storm or summon evil spirits), to burn an old Bible (an irreverent attempt to destroy God's Holy Word), to rock an empty rocking chair (chairs supposedly rock sometimes or furniture mysteriously moves when death or adversity is at hand), or for a pregnant woman to attend a funeral (as the spirit of death will cause the helpless baby to die).
A bride is to be carried over the threshold (as an unlucky stumble will cause a bad marriage, and because the threshold is held to be sacred by some pagans, rice is to be thrown on the newlyweds (insuring fertility), and the bride must not look at herself in the mirror when fully arrayed to avoid misfortune. Good luck is assured if the bride follows the old rule: something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. An unmarried girl should never try on someone else's wedding ring, serve 3 times as a bridesmaid, or take the last piece of cake from the plate, or she will never marry. If she peels an apple without breaking the peel, and throws it backwards over her left shoulder, it will form the initial of her future husband's name. Also to catch the bride's bouquet is a sign that she will be the next to marry. Orange blossoms symbolize good fortune, as does a sunny wedding day; but a rainy day means a stormy marriage ahead. Moreover, it is unlucky to give away a wedding present, or to lose a wedding ring.
Superstitious beliefs abound. A howling dog is a bad omen, a cold hand indicates a warm heart, lightning never strikes in the same place twice (many have died by lightning believing this), two-dollar bills are unlucky, an itching nose means someone is thinking of you, and it is bad luck to see an owl in the daytime, or to put a shirt or blouse on inside out.
Red and white flowers mixed in a sick room is an omen of death; seven is a lucky number (signifying perfection in the Bible); it is taboo to whistle in a theater (as on board a ship, for it summons up the spirits); or to wash clothes on Good Friday. It is also believed to be unlucky to step on a crack in the sidewalk, to shake hands with the left hand, or to break the triangle (formed by the building, ground, and ladder) by walking under a ladder.
As stated at the outset, magic and superstition are related, and are based upon the desire to have something come true, or to prevent something (usually bad or unpleasant) from happening. This relationship is especially evident in those superstitions requiring the performance of some ritual (crossing the finger, throwing salt over the shoulder, knocking on wood), the utterance of some charm, hex, or incantation (e.g., repeating God bless you, when someone sneezes, or saying, Go out fire, come in frost to cure burns), or in the use of amulets (charms) and talismans (carrying a rabbit's foot, wearing a copper bracelet, or a religious medal for protection, etc.).
The use of magic is an attempt by some individual to circumvent the natural laws or circumstances and impose his own will in order to influence events, God, the Devil, or the mysterious unseen realm of spirits, for the purpose of bringing about either good for himself, or evil upon his enemies.
Magic is believed to effective if one adheres strictly to the correct formula, such as preparing the charm or hex properly, uttering the incantation word for word, or concocting and using the magical remedies as prescribed. There is no question but that magic many times does indeed succeed, the reason being that Satan himself has either specified or influenced the use of certain rituals and formulae. He has consented to respond to those who use these special magical formulas or rites; for in this manner he not only achieves his diabolical purposes on earth, but also gains power and influence over those who practice magic or other superstitious rite.
Magic is not merely some practice limited to the witch doctor or shaman in primitive cultures, but it has been practiced by all peoples from ancient Babylonia to present-day England and America. Britain and the United States are being plagued today by the greatest revival of black magic and witchcraft than at any time since the Middle Ages.
Witches' covens abound, blood pacts with the Devil are becoming increasingly common, the sales of magical supplies from the occult stores now surpass all previous records, and books on magic, witchcraft, Satanism, and the occult cannot be kept on the library shelves due to popular demand. Business Week reports that legerdemain is becoming big business.
Every day in America numerous magic practices are engaged in by millions, including such practices as hypnosis, remote influence of others by telepathy, magic healing of humans and animals, the casting of spells and hexes, as well as the use of magic potions, remedies, cures, candles, mirrors, and charms. Any form of magic is satanic, whether so-called white magic (employing magic to cure disease, or assure success in love or business, etc.) or black magic (using magic for personal gain, or for revenge in order to bring sickness, death, or adversity to an enemy, etc.). Black magic is usually based either upon the principle that like produces like (thus to stick a pin into a wax figure of an enemy should produce pain, sickness, or death to the intended victim), or upon the principle of contagious magic (fingernail or hair clippings, or an article of clothing belonging to the victim will cause injury to him if certain magical rituals are performed over or with them).
Of course, there is also much conter-magic performed by the superstitious to ward off intended evil. One woman who was being magically oppressed by another person confided to me that she had been advised by a witch to use counter-magic.
One of the methods involved going outside and sprinkling black pepper around the entire house to form a protective circle against the black magic directed against her. In my files are letters from Christians who were formerly witches, or from those who had practiced magic. One relates how a young woman successfully used black magic to cause serious injury to another woman whom she disliked. The victim was injured in precisely the manner the magical ritual had specified. In another instance in which black magic was practiced, a young man related to me how that a witch put a curse upon him (which included blowing salt in his eyes). As a consequence, he claimed that one night he lay paralyzed with fear upon his bed as a demon appeared as a female vampire and stooped over him biting him in the neck. An hallucination? A dream? It seems unlikely, for he showed me what he indicated were two fang marks which were quite visible. He related that the scars burn brilliantly red during the full of the moon. He was suffering severe oppression from the powers of darkness at the time I prayed for his deliverance.
In many instances I have prayed for the liberation of individuals from satanic oppression who were suffering because of involvement in some form of occult magic, such as magic charming for the cure of burns or diseases, the removal of warts (Wilburn), hypnosis, remote influence by telepathy, and casting spells. Involvement in any form of magic practice invariably results in oppression of some kind by the forces of darkness.
Furthermore, the practice by some ministers of using magic tricks in the pulpit, and attempting to justify it as merely object lessons to aid them in presenting the Gospel is a delusion of Satan. By what conceivable logic can one believe that light and truth can really be presented by using the methods of the powers of darkness such as illusion, trickery, sleight-of-hand, and deception which constitute magic practices?
In view of this, such organizations as The Fellowship of Christian Magicians is a contradiction in terms. Moreover, the Scriptures warn us to abstain from all appearance of evil, for what communion had light with darkness? And what concord had Christ with Belial? All magical practices of whatever sort have always been associated with the occult and witchcraft. Modern-day vaudeville magic, like ventriloquism, may seem harmless enough to some who do not question their forms of entertainment, but its historical origins are from the witchcraft of Babylonia and Egypt.
Based upon countless instances from my counseling experience, I have found that involvement in any form of the occult (whether for entertainment or otherwise) invariably opens the door to influence, control, or oppression by the forces of darkness. The risk is too great for a minister to allow himself to be deluded into thinking that such practices are only innocent entertainment, both from the standpoint of the occult influence it has upon those who sit under such a ministry, and upon those who practice it in the name of religion. At the time I attended the seminary, there was a student minister who was popular among the Baptist churches for his so-called Magic Ministry which he claimed aided him in the presentation of the Gospel. He too used the same argument that the end justifies the means used; and that one should preach the Gospel by all means available, even including magic. He continued this practice despite warnings, until finally the deceiving spirits, which had led him into such a contradiction in the first place, seduced him into leaving the Christian ministry altogether. Today he is a Spiritist medium totally absorbed in the occult. It should be obvious that any attempt to justify some occult practice is in itself evidence of the delusion of that individual by deceiving spirits.
CULTS AND FALSE RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS AND MOVEMENTS
There are over 250 religious bodies in the United States alone, some of which must be classified as false religious cults. The satanic origin of such groups as the Voodoo cults, the Spiritualists, or the Cult of Satan is, of course, quite obvious. The false religious cults and movements should also be considered as belonging under the classification of occult since they (along with the occult subjects) are all derived from the same source - Satan.
FORTUNE-TELLING OR DIVINATION
Fortune-telling is the ancient black art of divination practiced the world over in an effort to uncover hidden information or foretell the future. The methods of divination are numerous and practiced by amateur and professional occultist alike - cards, crystal ball, palmistry, ouija board, pendulum, planchette, tea leaves, horoscope and astrology, handwriting analysis, and so on.
Professional diviners, such as the soothsayer, will divine by the interpretation of certain signs, omens, dreams, or by natural phenomena such as clouds or the entrails of animals.
The medium may use automatic writing, a crystal ball, or divine clairvoyantly while in the trance; while the Gypsy fortune-teller frequently tells fortunes through use of palmistry, card reading, crystal gazing, or by dream interpretation, and the astrologer makes use of the oroscope.
The various forms of divination fall into two general classifications: those methods which seek to obtain direct knowledge from the unseen realm (e.g., by use of the ouija board, automatic writing, crystal ball, clairvoyance), and those methods which attempt to interpret certain signs, omens, or events (e.g., cards, horoscope, handwriting analysis, palm reading, animal entrails, the flight of birds, etc.).
MEDIUMS, PSYCHICS, CLAIRVOYANTS AND PSYCHOMETRICIANS
These terms designate those individuals who are psychic or clairvoyant, such as Jeane Dixon or Edgar Cayce, or those who act as mediums in communication with spirits, such as Arthur Ford, and those who have special psychometric power such as Peter Hurkos. No rigid distinction is to be made between the terms, however, inasmuch as a medium is also psychic to some degree, and a clairvoyant may go into a trance and receive communications from the unseen realm, or may divine by psychometric means on occasion.
Mediums are generally classed as mental mediums (those who deal almost entirely with messages from discarnate spirits), and physical mediums (those who produce various visible or physical effects during seance). Physical mediums produce such phenomena as spirit rappings, levitations (the lifting or floating of objects), apports (articles made to appear or disappear), automatic writing, materializations (supposed appearances of the dead, or other things), spirit voices (direct through the medium or through a trumpet), table tipping, parakinesis (movement and control of objects, such as furniture), as well as the psychic phenomena.
Palmistry is a form of divination which attempts to analyze an individual's character, or predict his future, by studying the line and other features of the hands. The palmist gives particular attention to four lines and seven mounts in the hand, and makes use of astrology, believing that the planetary influences upon one's life are also written in the palms.
Palmistry (also called chiromancy) has an ancient history having been practiced in Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, and in many other nations. The palmist like the card reader tells fortunes not by actually reading the anatomical lines and other features of the hands, but divines by use of psychic powers of telepathy and clairvoyance.
THE SATANIC BIBLE
A diabolically inspired work, The Satanic Bible, was written by Anton S. LaVey who in April 1966 founded the Church of Satan in San Francisco, California, assuming the office of High Priest of Satan.
Chapter titles include such demonic and perverted subjects as: Satanic Sex; An Invocation for the Conjuration of Lust; The Black Mass; The Practice of Satanic Magic; Satanic Ritual; Invocation to Satan; Invocation for the Conjuration of Destruction; and How to Sell Your Soul. The book advocated indulging in the seven deadly sins forbidden by the Christian Church (pride, envy, greed, anger, gluttony, sloth, and lust).
Due to the great increase today in Witchcraft, Satanism, false religious cults, drug addiction, and interest in the Eastern religions and occultism in general, demon oppression and possession have increased at an alarming rate. Reports of hauntings, bizarre poltergeist activity, weird psychic phenomena, and demonic possession with attempts at exorcism of malevolent spirits are increasing world-wide.
The sorcerer-priest often exorcises evil spirits in the same manner (as do also spiritualist mediums), actually becoming possessed by the demon which is then in turn exorcised from the priest by magical ritual and blood sacrifice. Exorcism is also practiced by Spiritualists, as well as by doctors, medicine men, sorcerers, and the priests of primitive religions. Their methods include such practices as the use of magical rites, seances, charms, amulets, the utterance of secret incantations, offering of sacrifices, and flagellation (beating the individual to drive the demons out).
Those who are knowledgeable in occult matters know that demons are to some degree subject to the laws of magic (when correctly applied), as well as to certain charms, rites, and adjuration, which Satan himself has established as the mean whereby he works his diabolical purposes through his followers.
This is a temporary relief from some form of oppression, which ultimately results in an even greater hold on the individual by Satan. After exorcism, evil spirits often manifest in some form or other, such as poltergeist phenomena, hauntings, or by the oppression of the individuals living there. Moreover, animals or pets can become possessed with evil spirits including spirits of disease, insanity, fear, hate, or death.
What is Occultism? Stated concisely, it signifies participation or involvement in any way with fortune-telling, magic practices, spiritism, or false religious cults and teachings. The term occult means that which is hidden or secret.
Multitudes of people, Christian and non-Christian alike, find themselves suffering physical, mental, psychic and spiritual oppression, few realizing that it is because they have allowed themselves to become ensnared in the diabolical web of occultism, which is under the influence and control of the powers of darkness.
Occult areas include palm reading; fortune telling by use of cards, tea leaves and crystal balls; ouija board; occult games; divining, water witching and dowsing; medium, psychic or clairvoyant powers; seance or spiritualist meeting; communicating with the dead or spirits; ESP, telepathy, automatic writing, table-tipping, levitation of objects or persons, yoga, PK, remote influence of the subconscious mind of others or self hypnosis; healing of diseases, burns, sickness and wart removal through magic charming, Christian
Science, Spiritualism, so-called powwow, psychic, spirit or metaphysical healing, hypnosis, Concept Therapy, the pendulum or trance for diagnosis or treatment; horoscope or astrology; occult literature: ESP, reincarnation, dreams, fortune-telling astrology, metaphysics, self-realization, magic, clairvoyance, hypnosis, yoga, handwriting analysis, religious cults or occult writings; Roaisrucians, spiritualists, Mormons, Christian Scientists, Unity, Baha'is, Theosophy, Inner Peace Movement, Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship, Association for Research and Enlightenment, Unitarians, Jehovah's Witnesses; all forms of occult media of fortune-telling, spiritism, magic practices and involvement in false religious cults and their teachings.
SATANISM AND WITCHCRAFT
Witchcraft itself, which includes the practice of magic and sorcery, as well as involvement in occult practices has an ancient history. One may be involved in the occult (such as those who visit the fortune tellers, attend seances, practice hypnosis, use the ouija board, etc.), and still not technically be involved in Satanism or Witchcraft. Of course, Satan is behind all forms of occultism. The worship of the Devil and the practice of white and black magic, as well as other forms of sorcery is Satanism.
Witchcraft is the type of Satanism found in the worship and rituals of the witches' covens. The ceremonies consist of such things as nude dancing around a bonfire, chanting, the performance of magical rituals, incantations, and other rites. Included are drunken sexual orgies, fertility rites and human sacrifice.
Satanism includes such things as magic and hexing ceremonies,
casting spells, and sex and fertility rites, sex orgies, drugs, sadism, ritual
murders, sexual perversions, copulation with animals, black magic, animal sacrifice,
obscene rituals, child sacrifice, cannibalism, dismemberment, fire dances, blood-drinking
rites, desecration and robbing of graves, Black Mass, desecrated churches, Devil
worship, children dedicated to the Devil, ritual tortures and murders, witchcraft,
summoning of demons, hexing, and masochism.
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