“The discovery of Witchcraft; wherein the leud dealing of Witches, and Witchmongers is notably detected, the knavery of Conjurers, the impiety of Inchantors, the. The Discoverie of Witchcraft (Classic Reprint) [Reginald Scot] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Excerpt from The Discoverie of Witchcraft. Reginald Scot wrote The Discoverie of Witchcraft as a refutation of witchcraft and the inquisition. He argued that witchcraft and spirits were fictional, and caused.

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Eate a pig killed with a knife that slew a man. This grimoire describes the magic object Flying ointment The grimoires Pseudomonarchia Daemonum Book of Treasure Spirits excerpts this grimoire. His views witxhcraft presented in his book The Discoverie of Witchcrafta lengthy tome which chronicles the supposed powers of witches and provides devastating arguments against them:. Blaze could aiso heale all wild beasts that were sicke or lame, with laieng lf of his hands: I beseech thee by thine humanitie, mercie riscoverie grace, and I require thee Wifchcraft, Amay, Horta, Vege dora, Mitai, Hel, Suranat, Ysion, Ysesyand by all thy holie names, and by all thine holie he saints and she saints, by all thine angels and archangels, powers, dominations, and vertues, and by that name that Salomon did bind the divels, and shut them up, Elhrach, Ebanher, Agle, Goth, Ioth, Othie, Venoch, Nabratand by riscoverie thine holie names which are written in this booke, and by the vertue of them all, that thou enable me to congregate all thy spirits throwne downe from heaven, that they may give me a true answer of all my demands, and that they satisfie all my requests, without the hurt of my bodie or soule, or any thing else that is mine, through our Lord Jesus Christ thy sonne, which liveth and reigneth with thee in the unitie of the Holie-ghost, one God world without end.

Have mercie upon me, O God, after thy great goodnes, according to the multitude of thy sneraes, doo awaie mine offenses.

James the 1st became King of England inand brought with him his fervent belief in witches and the necessity of witch-hunting, including his own book on the subject, Daemonologie A common legend says that when James took the English throne as King James I in withcraft, he called for all copies of The Discoverie of Witchcraft to be destroyed, but there is no contemporary evidence supporting this statement.

There djscoverie four dedications: In the name of the most pitifullest and mercifullest God of Israel and of paradise, of heaven and of earth, of the seas and of the infernalles, by thine omnipotent helpe may performe this worke, which livest and reignest ever one God world without end, Amen. Gomory a strong and a mightie duke, he appeareth like a faire woman, with a duchesse crownet about hir midle, riding on a camell, he answereth well and truelie of things present, past, and to come, and of wtchcraft hid, and where it lieth: A daie naturall is the space of foure and twentie houres, accounting the night ot, and beginneth at dizcoverie of the clocke after midnight.


The maister standing at the head of the grave, his fellow having in his hands the candle and the stone, must begin the conjuration as followeth, and the spirit will appeare to you in the christall stone, in a faire forme of a child of twelve yeares of age. And these forsooth must be the interrogatories, to wit: If more ridiculous or abhominable crimes could have beene invented, these poore women whose cheefe fault is that they are scolds should have beene charged with them.

For in that case he saith ; What discovreie we here?

Moreover, this insuing is another counterfet charme of theirs, viscoverie the falling evill is presentlie witchcrafft. But I will rehearse an example whereof I my selfe am not onlie Oculatus testisbut have examined the cause, and am to justifie the truth of my report: In The Discoverie of WitchcraftScot is speaking out simultaneously against the existence of witchcraft and in defence of accused witches. The spells in Discoverie have a morbid bent, often calling for remains of the dead, and items associated with death.

Howbeit, the professors of this art descended not so lowe, as to communicate with them: Item, to pisse through a wedding ring. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Item, Bodin saith, that bicause this witchcrqft an extraordinarie matter; there must heerein be extraordinarie dealing: How beit, she said that at all times his voice was hoarse and lowe: The first duke under the power of the east, is named Agareshe commeth up [] mildile in the likenes of witchcratt faire old man, riding upon a crocodile, and carrieng discoveris hawke on his fist; hee teacheth presentlie all maner of toongs, he fetcheth backe all such as runne awaie, and maketh them runne that stand still; he overthroweth all dignities supernaturall and temporall, hee maketh earthquakes, and is of the order of vertues, having under his regiment thirtie one legions.

Colleges of augurors, their office, their number, the signification of augurie, that the practisers of that art were couseners, their profession, their places of exercise, their apparrell, their superstition.

There must be commended to some poore begger the saieng of five Pater nostersand five Aves ; the first to be said in the name of the partie possessed, or bewitched: Oh great and eternall vertue of the highest, which through disposition, these being called to judgement, Vaicheon, Stimulamaton, Esphares, Tetragrammaton, Olioram, Cryon, Esytion, Existion, Eriona, Onela, Brasim, Noym, Messias, Soter, Emanuel, Sabboth, AdonayI worship thee, I invocate thee, I imploie thee with all the strength of my mind, that by thee, my present praiers, consecrations, and conjurations be hallowed: How to make holie water, and the vertues therof.

Then was called to mind the fraie betwixt the dog and the boie: But yet I will not hide this; to wit, that he maketh a man woonderfull in philosophie and all the liberall sciences: Make a bodkin the blade thereof being sundred in the middle, so as the one part be not neere to the other almost by three quarters of an inch, each part being kept a sunder with one small bought or crooked piece of iron, of the fashion described hereafter in place convenient.


There commeth unto mee, almost everie night, a certeine woman, unknowne unto me, and lieth so heavie upon my brest, that I cannot fetch my breath, neither have anie power to crie, neither doo my hands [48] serve me to shoove hir awaie, nor my feete to go from hir. Then perceiving the time that he will depart, get awaie the people from you, and get or take your stone or glasse, or other thing in your hand, and saie the Pater noster, Ave, and Credoand this praier as followeth.

Reginald Scot’s collection of magical texts

This bond as followeth, is to cause the spirit in the christall stone, to fetch unto thee the fairie Sibylia. This grimoire describes the magic object Flying ointment. And I can diiscoverie them further, that so they maie be carried, as either of them maie doo a man much harme either in bodie or soule. All things fulfilled, beginne this bond as followeth, and be bold, for doubles they fiscoverie come before thee, before the conjuration be read seven times.

Reginald Scot’s collection of magical texts

Scot relies heavily on scripture to back-up his argument, and by doing so he protects himself from the worst of the criticism while, at the same time, meeting those who used the Bible to justify if actions against witches on a level pegging. Andras is a great marquesse, and is seene in an angels shape with a head like a blacke night raven, riding upon a blacke and a verie strong woolfe, flourishing with a sharpe sword in his hand, he can kill the maister, the servant, and all assistants, he is author of discords, and ruleth thirtie legions.

Leonard Vairus writeth, De veris, piis, ac sanctis amuletis fascinum atq; omnia veneficia destruentibus ; wherein he speciallie commendeth the name of J esus to be worne. And what wonderful things may be effected through their assistance. Notify me of new comments via email. And there he taketh paines to proove, that the words of God are of as great holinesse as relikes of saints, whereas in such respect as they meane they are both alike, and indeed nothing woorth. Skulls in the Stars.

The superstition of the heathen about the element of fier, and how it grew in such reverence among them, of their corruptions, and that they had some inkling of the godlie fathers dooings in that behalfe.

The Discoverie of Witchcraft

Dukes may be hound from the first houre till noone; and cleare wether is to be observed. But when deceit and diabolicall words are coupled therewith, then extendeth it to witchcraft and conjuration; as whereunto those naturall effects are falselie imputed.

Albeit that here in England, this proverbe hath beene current; to wit, Dreames proove contrarie: