The Affair of the Poisons (L’affaire des poisons) was a major murder scandal in France which took place in 1677–1682, during the reign of King Louis XIV. During it, a number of prominent members of the aristocracy were implicated and sentenced on charges of poisoning and witchcraft. The scandal reached into the inner circle of the king.The affair proper opened in February 1677 on charges of forgery and murder.
Authorities rounded up a number of fortune tellers and alchemists who were suspected of selling not only divinations, séances and aphrodisiacs, but also “inheritance powders” (poison). Some of them confessed under torture and gave authorities lists of their clients, who had allegedly bought poison to get rid of their spouses or rivals in the royal court.
The Poison Affair implicated 442 suspects: 367 orders of arrests were issued, of which 218 were carried out. Of the condemned, 36 were executed; five were sentenced to the galleys; and 23 to exile. This excludes those who died in custody by torture or suicide.
Hæxan do not celebrate December 25th as Christmas. Hæxan, and especially the Zuyverah, celebrates the winter solstice as midwinter (Hæxan : Midwinthar) around December 21th. The solstice itself may have been a special moment of the annual cycle of the year even during neolithic times. Astronomical events, which during ancient times controlled the mating of animals, sowing of crops and metering of winter reserves between harvests, show how various cultural mythologies and traditions have arisen.
Another name for midwinter is Yule of Joel. Yule or Yuletide (“Yule time”) is a Pagan religious festival observed by the historical Germanic peoples, later being absorbed into and equated with the Christian festival of Christmas.
So for Hæxan December 25th Christmas and 1st January New Year are one and the same and celebrated around December 21st as Midwinthar.
Hæxan celebrate Midwinthar with the Midwinthar ritual. The Midwinthar ritual is all about the rebirth of Sonah (Sun).The rituals starts at dusk with the funeral of the old Sonah and ends at dawn, with the celebration of birth of the new Sonah.Young Hæxan like to jump through fire to welcome the new-born Sonah.Most Hæxan practice solitary of in small family groups, but on Widwinthar, we try to meet secretly, deep in the woods.
On Christmas and New Year Hæxan pretend they celebrate these holidays, to mislead the others.
Tuesday, 17 December (Deysendagh, 17 Desambar) : Eykanmoanah (Oak Moon in December is also known as the Cold or Long Night Moon).
During December, the winter has come and the cold fastens its grip, giving the Cold Moon its name. The term Long Night Moon is a doubly appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long, and because the Moon is above the horizon for a long time. The midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low Sun.
The oak is a common symbol of strength and endurance and has been chosen as the national tree of many countries. When the winter is in full reign over the Earth, it is important to remember the oak’s endurance. To survive the trials of winter, people must find within themselves the oak’s great strength.
Oak wood has a density of about 0.75 g/cm3, great strength and hardness, and is very resistant to insect and fungal attack because of its high tannin content.
In Greek mythology, the oak is the tree sacred to Zeus, king of the gods.
In Norse mythology, the oak was sacred to the thunder god, Thor. Thor’s Oak was a sacred tree of the Germanic Chatti tribe. The Chatti (also Chatthi or Catti) were an ancient Germanic tribe whose homeland was near the upper Weser. The Chatti successfully resisted incorporation into the Roman Empire.
Hæxan like the Eykanmoanah. Because the nights are so long now, the darkness is much stronger. We like the walk in the cold night, under the full moon. It is a challenge for our strength and endurance, but it prepares us for a new year.
The Witch trial of Nogaredo (Hæxan : Nogareit ) Le streghe di Nogaredo took place from 24 November 1646 in Nogaredo in Italy.
During torture, Maria Salvatori pointed out the widow Domenica Camelli, and Domenica’s daughter, Lucia Caveden, as witches. Salvatori claimed that she had given a host to Lucia Caveden, who used it to cast the spell on Marchioness Bevilacqua. She named Delaito Cavaleri was a necromancer and a worshipper of Satan. Necromancy is a form of magic involving communication with the deceased – either by summoning their spirit as an apparition or raising them bodily – for the purpose of divination, imparting the means to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge. The term may sometimes be used in a more general sense to refer to black magic or witchcraft.
Domenica Camelli, Lucia Caveden, Domenica Gratiadei, Catterina Baroni, Zinevra Chemola, Isabella and Plonia Gratiadei, and Valentina Andrei were condemned to death. Maria Salvatori, and Maddalena Andrei, both died in prison. The condemned were beheaded and their bodies burned on 14 April, 1647.
Le streghe di Nogaredo - Stregheria is sometimes referred to as La Vecchia Religione (“the Old Religion”).The word stregheria is an archaic Italian word for “witchcraft”, the modern Italian word being stregoneria.
Sunday, 17 November (Sonahdagh, 17 Novambar): Snyemoanah (Snow Moon also known as Beaver, Mourning, or Tree Moon, Frosty Moon, Dark Moon, Dark Dead Moon, Fog Moon, , Oak Moon, Blotmonath (Sacrifice Month), Herbistmanoth (Harvest Month), Mad Moon, Moon of Storms,…
The Snow Moon heralds the season of sleep and reflection and at this time we are at a crossroads with intermittent warm days growing less and less frequent as the fiercely cold nights take over the land. It is a time to stock up for the winter, count your abundance and prosperity, be grateful and plan for the winter. Also keep in mind that winter, just like every other season, will pass. This is a good time of the year to look to divination to help with your plans. This moon gives us the opportunity to descend within ourselves and find the inner realm.
It is time to write poems and songs and rehearsal your talents and gifts. To prepare yourself and (re)shape yourself.