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Pope Sylvester II and his 'succubus" Meridiana - who prophesied "Beware the witch with the blood of the lion and the wolf, for with it she shall destroy the children of night" This was the prophesy which Gerbert told to Ysabeau, and prompted her to begin massive witch hunts

A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES real-time reading, October 9 (chapter 24): "From afar I beheld a black cloud covering the earth. It absorbed the earth and covered my soul as the seas entered, becoming putrid and corrupted at the prospect of hell and the shadow of death." This image comes from the British Library's copy, Harley MS 3469, dated 1582. Via @Joo Hee Harkness facebook

Libboo - Daughters of the Witching Hill. After reading The Discovery of Witches, I'm intrigued even more by the past witch-hunts.

one of the classic symbols of alchemy - the green lion devouring the sun. As with most of the striking, and to the modern mind, somewhat 'surreal' images which populate these works, they have a bewildering range of possible meanings.

Chap 20, 'A Discovery of Witches' : “But the most battered book I’d seen yet was resting on the nineteenth-century shelves: a first edition of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species"

the Lion devours the Sun from Rosarium Philosophorum depicts one of the classic symbols of alchemy - the green lion devouring the sun. As with most of the striking, and to the modern mind, somewhat 'surreal' images which populate these works, they have a bewildering range of possible meanings. But essentially the gold/sun is being dissolved/purified in some powerful solvent/green lion in order to release the seed from which pure gold may be grown.

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Cthulhu Necronomicon page WITCH QUEEN occult horror magick Steampunk

Cthulhu Necronomicon page WITCH QUEEN occult horror magick Steampunk. $10.00, via Etsy.

The Geese Book (1503-1510). Illustration from the bottom of a page showing a wolf leading a choir of geese, with a fox standing over them. Keeping the fowl singers in line? ...I'll get my coat... New manuscript made available yesterday by the good people at the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.