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WITCHES ~ AND THE SECRET SPELLS TO CALL UP REAL GHOSTS
Witches Could They Be "The real paranormal experts"
Hans Baldung Grien The Witches Sabbath, woodcut, 1510
By Charity Stokes
Of course we all know of the Salem witches, the people who were hanged unjustly, and how their ghost still haunt the living. And we know of the many famous witch queens of past and present who called up the dead so the living could question them. Many site the Witch of the bible that the dark lady of Endor who summoned forth the dead.
Many real witches are believed by people throughout the centuries to have powers not only to summon the dead but command them to do their bidding. Witches are believe to not only be able to have sex with devil's vampires and ghosts but are the only living beings able to become pregnant from such encounter. Stories of Devil baby births and Damphirs are often linked to these midnight haunted intercourse's.
When it witch becomes pregnant by a real ghost the offspring is believed to be a person who can openly channel the dead. They need not be bone conjurors or mediums.
Witches in general since ancient times are believe to know some secret magic spell to summon up real ghost to appear to the living.
Some Crones are believed to be able to bargain with the dead offering them freedom from hell to access into heaven for services rendered. Other secret spells supposedly are able to control the dead's actions and make them act as a witch so demands.
Often even fictional Witches Like Bewitched, Samantha, or evev Sabrina the Teenage witch give us a different perspective on how supposed real witches are and the real ghost that communicate with them. To often in a strange hexed way this gives us a little insight into what powers the witch might have over life and death.
The Witch of Endor was a woman who called up the ghost of the recently deceased prophet Samuel, at the demand of King Saul of Kingdom of Israel in the First Book of Samuel, chapter 28:3–25.
After Samuel's death and burial with due mourning ceremonies in Ramah, Saul had driven all necromancers and magicians from Israel. Then, in a bitter irony, Saul sought out the witch, anonymously and in disguise, only after he received no answer from God from dreams, prophets or the Urim and Thummim as to his best course of action against the assembled forces of the Philistines. The prophet's ghost offered no advice but predicted Saul's downfall as king; Saul calmly accepted his doom and fell in battle the next day, his sons dying with him as well.
In Judaism, some rabbis taught that the spirits of the dead hovered around the body for a year after a person died; this made the spirit of the dead person amenable to being truly summoned during this time, and indicated that the spirit so summoned truly was Samuel, and that Samuel was indeed supernaturally summoned by the witch. Saul at this time may have also believed that Samuel was called up from Sheol.
The Church Fathers and some modern Christian writers have debated the theological issues raised by this text, however. If one interprets the Bible literally, it would appear to affirm that it is or was possible for humans to summon the spirits of the blessed dead by magic. Medieval glosses to the Bible naturally suggested that what the witch actually summoned was not the ghost of Samuel, but a demon taking his shape. The modern Christian author Hank Hanegraaff argues that although it is impossible for humans to summon the dead, Samuel did appear before Saul and the witch by a sovereign act of God. Hanegraaff interprets the passage to mean that the witch was surprised by these events.
Regardless of the reality of the witch's power, the story can be seen as a satire on Saul. Once Saul was the righteous king who upheld God's law by his sword; having fallen from God's favor, he is reduced to participating in forbidden rituals. He is given no counsel from the ghost of Samuel, who instead appears to confirm his doom.
What manner of spell or incantation that was used no one is quite sure. But for certain witches uses spells to call up the dead to discern the future is often considered a big No-No!
Sybil Leek (February 22, 1917 - October 26, 1982) was an English witch, astrologer, psychic, and occult author. She wrote more than sixty books on occult and esoteric subjects. She was dubbed "Britain’s most famous witch" by the BBC.
Sybil Leek 1922-1982
Because she rose to media fame in the 1950s after the repeal of the 1735 Witchcraft Act in 1951, she had an effect upon the formation of neopagan witchcraft, namely the religion of Wicca.
Leek worked very closely with the late Hans Holzer exploring haunted houses and the many ghosts that openly haunt our world.
In April, 1964, an American publishing house wanted Sybil to speak about her new antique book ‘A Shop in the High Street’ and she was invited to appear on "To Tell the Truth" a TV programme in the States. She took the opportunity to go, and flew to New York where she was mobbed by reporters and gave many interviews. While in New York, she was contacted by Hans Holzer, a parapsychologist, who invited her to join him investigating hauntings and psychic phenomena. They went on to do numerous TV and radio programmes on the subject. Those who knew her often spoke of how she tanked to the dead as well as had to the power to command then to obey her commands. The true secrets of which she never openly revealed.
She then moved to Los Angeles where she met Dr. Israel Regardie, an authority on Kabbalah and ritual magic, and they spent much of their time together discussing and practicing the Golden Dawn rituals together.
Strong in defense of her beliefs, Sybil sometimes differed and even quarreled with other witches. She disapproved of nudity in rituals, a requirement in some traditions, and was strongly against the use of drugs, but she was at odds with most other witches in that she did believe in cursing. She was also one of the first of the modern day witches to take up environmental causes.
Sybil died at her Melbourne, Florida home on 26 October 1982.
From the writings of Homer comes these tales of ghosts communicating with the living hero of Odysseus.
The island of Aeaea, home of the witch Circe, was the next destination for Odysseus and his men. Circe gave the crew a potion to drink, which turned them into pigs, although they still had the minds of humans. Odysseus used a special herb to counter the effects of the potion, and remained unchanged. Impressed by this, the witch promptly fell ion love with him, and on the Greek crews departure she offered directions to the Underworld and explained to Odysseus how he could communicate with the dead.
Odysseus spoke to many dead Greeks in Hades, the Underworld. Most importantly, he conversed with Tiresias, who revealed that his palace was being abused to possible suitors of his wife, Penelope, who had remained faithful. Other dead kings advised him on future aspects of his journey, namely they perils of the Sirens, and Scylla and Charybdis.
Armed with this knowledge, the ship set sail once more. As the story goes into some great detail in this short form. Odysseus’s ship came to the intersections of the rivers of Acheron, Periphlegthon, and Cocytas. symbolic watery crossroads that somehow merge with the invisible river Styx.
As to how they summoned the dead. He and his crew dug a deep deep pit in honor of Hades and Persephone. He poured a number of items into the pit, and from the depth of this hell several ghosts appeared. Whether an incantation or just the procedure described was followed nothing more is given.
The ghosts included his mother, who had died while they were away. The fact that a loved one returned shows that family want to watch over the living. Also a fellow shipmate who had died and was left unburied on Circe’s island. Thus declaring those friends and comrades we hold dear come to warn and protect us. Odysseus finally spoke with the soul of Teirisias, who prophesied that all the crew would return to Ithica as long as they did not touch the immortal herds tended by the two daughters of Helius. If any animal were harmed, only Odysseus would return to Ithica but on a foreign ship. He also warned that Odysseus would return to a home filled with suitors for his wife Penelope. The ghost of Agamemnon appeared and told Odysseus of how he was murdered on his return home. He warned Odysseus and suggested to Odysseus to disguise himself and determine the situation at his home first so as to not fall into the same trap as he did.
Teirisias ghost symbolizes the fact that ghosts others then those we are aware of do watch over us in our folly. And that some of these ghosts are helpful rather then plotting our destruction or playing on our fears.
Shakespeare's tales of Mac beth's Witches and Hamlet's Fathers Ghost!
The Three Witches (or Weird Sisters) are characters in Shakespeare's Macbeth (c.1603-1607). Their origin lies in Holinshed's Chronicles (1587), a history of the British Isles. Other possible sources influencing their creation include British folklore, contemporary treatises on witchcraft, Scandinavian legends of the Norns, Greek and Roman myths concerning the Fates, and the Bard's own imagination. Portions of Thomas Middleton's The Witch were incorporated into Macbeth around 1618.
Shakespeare's witches are prophetesses who hail then-General Macbeth early in the play with predictions of his rise as king. Upon committing regicide and being seated on the throne of Scotland, Macbeth hears the trio deliver ambiguous prophecies threatening his downfall. The witches' dark and contradictory natures, their "filthy" trappings and activities, as well as their intercourse with the supernatural all set an ominous tone for the play.
In the 18th century, as Shakespearean as well as supernatural art began to become popular, the witches were portrayed in a variety of ways by artists such as Henry Fuseli. Since then, their role has proven somewhat difficult for many directors to portray, due to the tendency to make their parts exaggerated or overly sensational. Some have adapted the original Macbeth into different cultures, as in Orson Welles' performance making the witches voodoo priestesses, among others. Film adaptations have seen the witches transformed into characters familiar to the modern world, such as hippies on dope, or goth schoolgirls. Their influence reaches the literary realm as well in such works as The Third Witch and even the Harry Potter series.
The witches' lines in the first act: "Fair is foul, and foul is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air" are often said to set the tone for the remainder of the play by establishing a sense of confusion. Indeed, the play is filled with situations in which evil is depicted as good, while good is rendered evil. The line "Double, double toil and trouble," (often sensationalized to a point that it loses meaning), communicates the witches' intent clearly: they seek to only trouble for the mortals around them.
Even though the witches do not deliberately tell Macbeth to kill King Duncan, they use a subtle form of temptation when they inform Macbeth that he is destined to be king. By placing this thought in his mind, they effectively guide him on the path to his own destruction. This follows the pattern of temptation many believed the Devil used at the time of Shakespeare. First, they argued, a thought is put in a man's mind, then the person may either indulge it or reject it. Macbeth indulges it, while Banquo rejects.
"But know thou Noble youth, The Serpent that did sting thy Fathers life, Now weares his Crowne."
— King Hamlet (Ghost) in Hamlet
Prince Hamlet (held back) is confronted by his father's ghost, King Hamlet
King Hamlet appears as a Ghost three times in the play: in Act 1 Scene 1&4, Act 1 Scene 5, and Act 3 Scene 4. Each time, he strikes terror in the hearts of the others in the scene. The ghost arrives at 1:00 o'clock a.m. in at least two of the scenes, and in the other scene all that is known is that it is night.
He appears first to a trio of soldiers—Barnardo, Francisco, and Marcellus—and a visitor to Denmark, Horatio. The men draw their swords and stand in fear, requesting that Horatio, as a scholar, address the ghost. Horatio asks the ghost to speak, and reveal its secret. It is about to do so when the cock crows, signaling morning, and the ghost instead disappears. In this scene, the Ghost is clearly recognized by all present as the King, dressed in his full armour. It is also said that he had appeared to the castle guards at least twice before at exactly the same time.
In his second appearance, Horatio has talked Prince Hamlet into staying up with the guards to see if the ghost returns. At midnight, it appears, and beckons Hamlet to follow. Horatio and his friends beg him not to go alone, but he does anyway, driven by curiosity. Once alone, the ghost describes his wanderings on the earth, and his harrowing life in purgatory, since he died without receiving the ordinances of the Catholic Church, such as Extreme Unction. He tells the young Hamlet that he was poisoned and murdered by his brother, Claudius, the new King of Denmark, and asks the prince to avenge his death. He also expresses disgust at his wife, Gertrude, for marrying Claudius, but warns Hamlet not to confront her, but to leave that to Heaven. Later, Prince Hamlet returns to his friends and has them swear on his sword to keep what they have seen a secret. When they resist, the ghost utters the words "Swear" and "Swear on the sword", from below the stage, until his friends agree.
The prince Hamlet, fearing that the apparition may be a demon pretending to be King Hamlet, decides to put the ghost to the test by staging a play that re-enacts the circumstances that the spirit claims led to his death. Claudius's reaction is one of guilt and horror, and Prince Hamlet is convinced that the ghost is, in fact, his father. However, due to his over-analytical manner and the complexity of the ghost's conditions, much time passes before Hamlet can carry out his orders.
In the third appearance, Hamlet is confronted by the ghost in his mother's bedroom, and is rebuked for not carrying out his revenge and for disobeying in talking with Gertrude. Hamlet fearfully apologizes. Gertrude, however, cannot see the ghost, and thinks Hamlet is mad, asking why he stares and talks to nothing. In this scene, the ghost is described as being in his nightgown.
King Hamlet is described by other characters in the play as a warrior, as he led Denmark's forces to victory against Norway, and personally defeated its King in hand-to-hand combat. Hamlet respects him, saying Claudius pales in comparison to him, and frequently reflecting on him in an endearing manner.
The Bell Witch's Ghost
The Bell Witch or Bell Witch Haunting is a poltergeist legend from Southern United States folklore, involving the Bell family of Adams, Tennessee. The legend is the basis of the films An American Haunting (2006) and The Bell Witch Haunting (2004).
John Bell Jr. also wrote a book presenting the story as history.
According to the legend, the first manifestation of the haunting occurred in 1817 when John William Bell, Sr. encountered a strange animal in a cornfield on his large farm in Robertson County, on the Red River, near Adams, Tennessee. The animal, described as having the body of a dog and the head of a rabbit, vanished when Bell shot at it. This incident was quickly followed by a series of strange beating and gnawing noises manifesting outside and eventually inside the Bell residence. Betsy Bell, the family's younger daughter and the only daughter still living at home (Bell's oldest daughter Esther married Alexander Bennett Porter July 24, 1817), claimed to have been assaulted by an invisible force.
An artist's drawing of Betsy Bell, originally published in 1894.
An artist's drawing of John Bell Sr.'s death, originally published in 1894. In the foreground one can see a couple of men feeding the family cat with some of the unidentified liquid which was found near the body of Bell Sr..
Bell Sr., later in life, suffered frequent facial seizures, often rendering him speechless. He died on December 20, 1820. A small vial containing an unidentified liquid he allegedly ingested was found near his body. When some of the contents were force-fed to the family cat, the animal died. The vial was then disposed of in the fireplace.
Pat Fitzhugh's retelling of the Bell Witch legend concludes with a statement to the effect that some people believe that the spirit returned in 1935, the year when the witch claimed it would return ("one hundred years and seven" past 1828), and took up residence on the former Bell property. Other sources say that 1935 brought nothing out of the ordinary to the Bell descendants or the surrounding community.
The earliest written account is at page 833 in the Goodspeed History of Tennessee, published in 1887 by Goodspeed Publishing.
The most famous account is recorded in what has come to be called the Red Book, the 1894 An Authenticated History of the Bell Witch of Tennessee by Martin Van Buren Ingram, which cites the earlier Richard William Bell's Diary: Our Family Trouble. Richard Williams Bell lists several witnesses, including General (later President) Andrew Jackson. However, no mention of the Bell Witch was ever made by Jackson in any of his letters, journals or papers.
The Black Book was written much later, and published in 1934 by Dr. Charles Bailey Bell, great-grandson of John Bell.
Thirteen Tennessee Ghosts and Jeffrey by Kathryn Tucker Windham includes the story of the Bell Witch.
The Guidebook for Tennessee, published by the Works Project Administration in 1939, also contains an account that differs from Ingram's on pages 392–393.
Oneida Toups The Real Witch Queen Of New Orleans
Another very well respected Witch Queen was Oneida Toups of New Orleans. Toups and her husband Boots Toups founded The Religious Order of Witchcraft and was the first group to be actually chartered in the state of Louisiana and in the world. Close personal friend of Oneida, Psychic Mickey of Miami says that at the time the building where she lived and had her shop the Witches Work Shop was very haunted. and Oneida would often hold Dumb Suppers and Séances to communicate with them. She was also an avid ghost hunter and went on to explore many haunted locations in New Orleans, including the LaLaurie house ( the most haunted house in America) and researched the legend of the Famous Devil Baby and the American Chupacabra in New Orleans (The Grunch).
Toups' even told the story of how she in 1974 heard the Devil Baby scratching and crying in the courtyard behind her famous shop late one night. She said she saw his glowing silver eyes and watched him leap over the roof tops as he fled into the night.
Mary Oneida Toups
Mary Oneida Toups the witch queen of New Orleans once said, "The Dead walk the allies of St. Louis number1 more often then the living!
The Religious Order of Witchcraft, a non - profit organization, chartered & established on February 2, 1972. Founded by High Queen Mary Oneida Toups, New Orleans, Louisiana in the French Quarter. One strange tale of Oneida's powers and encounters is of Actor Jackie Gleason the story goes that he approached Oneida Toups for some help in dealing with a strange curse on a friend. The Story Oneida told was that it was only a curse of evil and that she could remove it and once she did it resulted in a nasty black magic war. Which in truth Oneida won. Oneida met Dr. Israel Regardie With the help of Magical Voodoo Hoodoo Musician Dr. John.
Oneida Toups has been call the Grand Witch Queen of all American Witches. Her many contributions and coven members have gone on to be very successful in the field of the occult. But if It comes to naming names you would really be surprised to who really knew her and who did not.
I had the pleasure to meet Oneidas personal secretary Karen Ellicks, who still owns the vast collection of Oneida's artifacts and personal photos. She also worked with the late Boots toups nephews and brothers. She also very well kept notes and magical diaries and books of shadows written in Oneida's own hand. "Their or many rumors and lies about Oneida that or on the internet and what people say in public" "But one day soon all the truth will be revealed." said Ellicks.
Many strange tales of Oneidas life have surfaced over the years. Some say that the war took its toll on her and the spells of a Black Magic Hoodoo Queen Killed her. " None of that is true at all," says Bianca the reigning Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. " Oneida was well respected and no one ever challenged her or her powers." " Their or even people who claim to be her children or of her coven and knew her." But in truth none of those that say they did actually did." " When your a legend as big as Oneida everyone says they knew you." I can personally attest The famous Musician Dr. John, and New Orleans and Hauntedamericatours.com's artist Ricardo Pustanio knew her well." Pustanio knew her very well before she proclaimed herself a witch." " And he is still a close friend to the Toups Family to this day." Others who knew Oneida were Mickey Of Miami and New Orleans Socialite Carolyn M. Black. All state that the woman that was the Queen of all witches knew her stuff. Mickey Of Miami states that she has come across many who claim to be the child of Oneida and Boots Toups. " The fact is Oneida had only one daughter who she personally raised and lives in Meridian Mississippi." I even had a young man claim to be her son." And if I had to count all the people who claimed to have known her and were initiated into witchcraft by her it would fill three phone books." " But isn't that what great legends are made of?" States Mickey.
Arlette Gerhold a New Orleans Realtor and a close friend of the Toups' since 1969 told me recently that Oneida's legend has changed over the years. And that many people tell her of things that supposedly happened or how they knew the real Oneida. She dismisses a lot of it as the urban legend that is Toups' legacy.
"Not unlike tales of Marie Laveau before her." "Toups the witch queen that she was is now a larger in death figure then in life. " Said Gerhold. "The Witches Work Shop" "Held Wiccan Services, Provided psychic Readings by Oneida herself, She sold herbs and items and made her own Spell Kits." " If she left the shop which was closed on Mondays she did only Cleansing, House Blessings, or appointments for one on one Spiritual Guidance, Self Help, Private Consultations." " She also held late Friday night coven meetings. Gerhold who was a personal friend states that Oneida was a very normal personal who just happened to practice witchcraft." Toups also investigated haunted houses and often had conversations with a ghost that haunted the location that she called Mr. Tommy.
Oneida often told the tale that Mr. Tommy would tell her when trouble was near. And was often know to lock the door to the shop to keep out unwanted people ghost and demonic forces thta he felt should not enter. Often Questioned about who Mr. Tommy Was Oneida would state that he is a ghost of a friend of a friends. and that he attached himself to her since she was a child in Meridian MS.
Many say the New Orleans Saints are one of the most cursed teams in NFL. The curse was said to be placed on the team by a Great New Orleans evil voodoo witch queen during the first year NFL season. Others say it was Oneida herself. Fans in New Orleans believe that Exorcists, witches and voodoo priestesses have been trying to remove or to dispel the curse. ... The main target of the curse, of course, has been the New Orleans Saints. The New Orleans Saints management even called upon Voodoo Yoruba Priestess Ava Kay Jones. And supposedly the Great Queen of all the Hoodoo's and Voodoos Bianca.
Voodoo was considered by the dominant American culture to be sinful and threatening, and strong repressive measures were taken by the authorities. From the turn of the twentieth century until about the 1960s, the practice was simply seen as a fraud from which the ignorant needed protection. By the latter half of the twentieth century,concerns with both sin and fraud had diminished, and Voodoo was looked upon as entertainment—a tourist commodity and potential gold-mine for commercial exploitation. Finally, at the end of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first, there has been a new awareness of Voodoo as a legitimate religion.
Many have tried to break the curse publicly including Witch Queen Mary Oneida Toups in 1978, and recently Reese Smith a psychic Reader from Marie Laveaus' House Of Voodoo has added his name to the list for the 2006-2007 season.
On Halloween, 1999, a local radio station asked Voodoo - Priestess Miriam Chamani to perform a ceremony outside the Superdome to help the New Orleans Saints win against the Cleveland Browns (which was interrupted by harassment from a Browns fan dressed as a dog).
Oneida is well known for her public Halloween rituals on the Lakefront. Her hurricane ritual, and for her book a rare publication Witch Craft High and Low. Mary Oneida Toups sadly died of Stomach Cancer in the late 1980's it was not by poisin or a curse or magical war as many have stated. Toups was diagnosed with it in 1970 and knew she had it long before anyone else except her close friends knew this.
Many of the famos New orleans Séances Onieda conducted were attended by her inner circle of friends which included Mickey Of Miami. " The Actual ritual she performed was more like casting a spell to call the dead then the tradtional means." "She used magic circles and also a wand." Said Mickey." " We spoke to many ghosts and spirits over the years." From 1967 - 1976 we met with a personal controlled group of 9 people and talked to the dead until the dawn broke." " We also visited many of the real haunted areas of New Orleans and found out what the paranormal and ghosts were all about."
Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a 1971 musical film produced by Walt Disney Productions which combines live action and animation and was released in North America on December 13, 1971. It is based upon the books The Magic Bed Knob; or, How to Become a Witch in Ten Easy Lessons and Bonfires and Broomsticks by Mary Norton, and stars Angela Lansbury and David Tomlinson.
The film has similarities to Mary Poppins (1964): combining live action and animation and partly set in the streets of London. It shares some of the cast, namely Tomlinson, supporting actor Reginald Owen, a similar filmcrew, songwriters the Sherman Brothers, director Robert Stevenson, art director Peter Ellenshaw, and music director Irwin Kostal.
n this musical, an apprentice witch, three Cockney war evacuees, and an illusionist conman travel on a magic bed across war-torn England and beyond, encountering various inhabitants of London, football-playing cartoon animals, and Nazi invaders.
In 1940, with the young men away at World War II, Dorset's only defence is the elderly Home Guard. Eglantine Price (Angela Lansbury) is a spinster taking a witchcraft correspondence course in hopes of somehow helping the war effort. She is serious, practical and firm. To her annoyance, she is assigned the care of three young siblings evacuated from the London Blitz bombings (she tries to refuse, but due to a government order, she is compelled to take the children in). The three, Charlie (Ian Weighill), Carrie (Cindy O'Callaghan) and Paul Rawlins (Roy Snart), discover her witchcraft and Charlie blackmails her. In exchange for their silence, Miss Price casts a spell on a bedknob which Paul pulled off Miss Price's late father's brass bed. The bed now can travel anywhere that Paul tells it.
Miss Price, searching for the substitutiary locomotion spell which makes inanimate objects move of their own accord, Many who watch the movie will excalim the armour is more so haunted by a ghosts then just animated to defend.
During the night, a German raiding party invades Miss Price's house. She and the children are taken to the village armory and museum. Mr. Browne discovers Germans at the train station, cutting telephone wires and engaging in other acts of sabotage. After foiling them, he returns to Miss Price's home. Finding it overrun, he breaks into the workshed and turns himself into a rabbit to evade capture and follows the group to the castle. Having been left alone inside the castle, Miss Price casts the substitutiary locomotion spell on the old uniforms and weapons of the castle. The spell is successful, bringing into life everything on display as medieval Knights, Elizabethan Guards, Cavaliers, Redcoats, Highlanders all march off under the command of Miss Price, routing the Germans invaders in a comic action sequence.
The Germans retreat after detonating charges in Miss Price's workshop. The explosion knocks her from the sky, where she had been directing the magical attack astride a flying broomstick. This breaks the spell, and the army collapses as though deflated. The shed in which she keeps her spells is also destroyed. Since Eglantine has a rotten memory, she will no longer be able to do magic although she has few regrets as she has been able to perform some small service to the war effort, and, in any event, she felt that she could never be a "proper witch" because of how she felt about poisoned dragon's liver. Mr. Browne enlists in the British Army, promising to return. As he departs down the road, Charlie complains that they won't have any more fun - to which Paul replies "Well, still got this, en't I?", pulling out the magical glittering bedknob.
Hocus Pocus is a children's 1993 fantasy/Halloween-themed film released by Disney, and directed by Kenny Ortega. The movie started life as a script for a special original movie for the Disney Channel, to be produced by one of the smaller studios owned by The Walt Disney Company, but the script caught the eye of Walt Disney Studios who decided that the film was strong enough to carry well-known names and to attract a cinema audience. The movie was released in the United States and Canada in July 1993. It was released in October 1994 across Australia and most of Europe and some Asian countries. The idea to cast Bette Midler was partly inspired by Midler's Golden Globe-nominated performance in a milestone motion picture for the Walt Disney Company on its Touchstone Pictures line, Down and Out in Beverly Hills.
Hocus Pocus initially opened in theaters to abysmal reviews and performed quite poorly at the box office. However, the film became popular on VHS and repeated airings on The Disney Channel and ABC Family (as 13 Nights of Halloween) and is considered a cult film.
The movie opens in 1693 Salem, Massachusetts where three witch sisters — Winifred, Sarah, and Mary Sanderson — lure a young girl named Emily to their house in the woods, where they prepare to suck out the girl's lifeforce. Her brother, Thackery Binx, attempts to rescue her, but he is caught by the witches and forced to watch as they drain Emily's lifeforce, killing her in the process. As the witches are about to do the same to Binx, he angrily calls Winifred a hag, declaring that there were not enough children in the world that would make her beautiful. This prompts a livid Winifred and her sisters to instead turn him into an immortal black cat capable of speech, punishing him for the insult by forcing him "not to die, but to live forever with his guilt". Not long after this occurs, the witches are caught by the town elders — including Binx's grieving father — and are sentenced to death for their use of witchcraft. The Sanderson sisters are hanged by the Salem townsfolk, but not before Winifred's spellbook casts a curse which would raise the three of them from the dead if and when a virgin lit the Black-Flamed Candle in the witches' home. Unable to return to his family, Binx dedicated his immortal life to guarding the Sanderson home so this curse could not come to light.
Three hundred years later, in 1993, a teenage boy from Los Angeles named Max moves to Salem with his parents and younger sister Dani. Max falls for a girl named Allison who has good knowledge of the history of the Sanderson sisters. On Halloween, Max, Dani and Allison visit the old house of the witches which has since become a museum, and Max lights the Black-Flamed Candle, which summons powerful magic to raise the three witches from the dead. The three witches attempt to absorb Dani's lifeforce, but Max fools them into taking cover from the "burning rain of death" by turning on the house's sprinkler system with a cigarette lighter and then steals Winifred's spellbook per Binx's advice. The children and Binx retreat to a graveyard where Binx explains his past. The witches appear on broomsticks and summon forth Billy Butcherson, an undead lover of Winifred who had an affair with her sister Sarah and was poisoned, his mouth also sewn shut. Billy chases the children through some old sewers and up into Salem's streets. The witches explore the new world, acknowledging they only have until sunrise to absorb the lifeforces out of children or they will die again. They ride on a bus until they wander into a street packed with children celebrating Halloween. They briefly visit a man dressed as the Devil but are chased out by his wife who they mistake for Medusa. Both parties end up in a dance hall where Winifred takes the stage and performs her own rendition of I Put A Spell On You and then enchants all of the adults present, including Max's parents, to dance until they die, literally.
The witches are trapped in a kiln at a high school by the children and seemingly burn to death, but they escape and return to their home to accept their fate. Max and Allison open the spellbook to find a way to turn Binx back into a human, but this allows the book to send a signal that the witches then track to Max's house. Once there, they kidnap Dani and Binx and steal the book, returning once again to their old house. Sarah uses her singing voice to enchant the town's children to come to their house as well. Max and Allison save Dani and Binx and escape again. With victory almost in the grasp, the witches seem close to triumph, but Winifred vengefully chases after the children. At the graveyard, the children encounter Billy who manages to talk by cutting open his mouth and allies with the children. The witches appear and fight with the children and Billy. Dani is captured again but Max drinks a formula used to suck lifeforces out of children, offering himself in his sister's place. Winifred agrees and tries to suck out his soul, but as she stands on the hallowed ground of the cemetery, she turns to stone. As this is happening the sun rises, turning Sarah, Mary, and the stone Winifred to dust. This also undoes the curse that made Binx immortal, and he dies as well. The movie ends as Binx (once again in his human form) is free to move on to the afterlife with his sister Emily as Max, Dani, and Allison look on.
Laurie Cabot The Reigning Witch Queen of Salem
Salem's most famous witch, Laurie Cabot known as the official witch of Salem. Ever since she "came out" as a Witch about 40 years ago, Cabot has been bold about making a public statement in favor of the Craft, as modern traditions of Witchcraft are known. She has campaigned against stereotypes of witches as evil-doers and has fought for the civil rights of those who choose Witchcraft (also known as Wicca) as a spiritual and religious path.
Laurie Cabot is an American witchcraft high priestess, and was one of the first people to popularize witchcraft in the United States. She is the author of such books as The Power of the Witch, The Witch in Every Woman, Celebrate the Earth, while also founding the Cabot Tradition of the Science of Witchcraft and the Witches' League for Public Awareness to defend the civil rights of witches everywhere. In the 1970s, Cabot was declared the "official witch of Salem, Massachusetts", by then-Governor Michael Dukakis, to honor her work with special needs children.
She also has been alleged to communicate openly with the dead from Salems past as well as those that have recently crossed over. But no public statements have ever been made.
Cabot's shop sold herbs, jewelry, tarot decks, and other items used in witchcraft. She later relocated her shop to an old gambrel-roofed house on Essex Street. This new shop was named "Crow Haven Corner" and was successful for a time. The store is still open, though no longer owned or managed by any member of the Cabot family (formerly, her eldest daughter Jody had operated this shop starting in 1981). Cabot still maintains a shop in Salem, on Pickering Wharf and it is a popular tourist destination as well as an important resource for all Witches. She is as well-known for her businesses, lectures and books. Cabot was a guest on both "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and on Phil Donahue's talk shows in the late 1980s.
In March 2008, Cabot celebrated her 75th birthday at a surprise birthday party attended by hundreds of wiccans, including Sully Erna of the band Godsmack for whom Cabot had appeared in the band's "Voodoo" music video shot at Hammond Castle.
Laurie Cabot is also known for her sometimes controversial behavior. There was a legal situation in the mid 1990s in which Cabot allegedly threatened local real estate agent, Janet Andrews, with her gun . Cabot denied she had ever acted in such a manner and upon further investigation all charges against Cabot were dismissed and she still retains a gun permit.
She garnered more notoriety in 2004 when Salem Police came to her home in order to remove her adolescent grandson over a custody issue between Jody Cabot and her former husband . Both incidents were covered by local and national press and even featured on CNN. A policeman claimed that during the incident Cabot ordered him to look into her eyes, telling him he was cursed once he did. Cabot denies she ever cursed the policeman, stating "I say it is a curse when you do bad things." This is a reference to the threefold law that whatever you do, good or bad, shall be returned to you threefold. She has steadily maintained that witchcraft is never meant to be employed to cause harm or destruction
She continues to reside in Salem, where she owns a shop called The Cat, the Crow, and the Crown. Cabot claims to be related to the prominent Boston Brahmin Cabot family. She is perhaps one the most high-profile witches in the world. She is a part of Salem lore, and a bona-fide local celebrity in that city and throughout Massachusetts's North Shore.
It's a path with a high price. Cabot has encountered a lot of criticism and even abuse, but she has never wavered or backed down. She has served as a inspirational figurehead to many who have joined the Craft.
In 1973 Cabot founded what has become one of Salem's most famous events — the Witches' Ball, held every year on Samhain, the old Celtic name for Halloween. People attend from all over the world.
She was given the title "Official Witch of Salem" in 1977 by Governor Michael Dukakis. She founded the Witches League of Public Awareness, a civil rights watchdog group, in 1986.
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