It's Thursday, nearly a week since my last update to the blog. I apologize to those who check in on a regular basis. It's been a terribly busy week for me at home and at work. As for writing; rather than update the blog, I've been working on the final book of Amber. Additionally, I've been polishing up the final copy of How to Get with Jenny Robin. Does everyone remember my mention of compiling last year's series of Cableman stories into a book that's all about his quest for Jenny Robin? Well I'd say this book is long overdue!--wouldn't you.
I discovered this interesting video a couple of weeks ago on Facebook. Perhaps you've been exposed to the news story about a woman who confessed on camera to stabbing her mother because she suspected her of being the ring-leader of a satanic cult. The woman argued that for a number of days she had horrible Satanic spells placed on her. But now her mother's reign of terror is no more. Check out the video and see just how crazy this young woman is! View Video
All of this can be summarized by an interesting essay written by my fictional character of Mapleview, Dr. Millheimer. You see, in Sex Magick, one of the characters is experiencing some strange effects brought on by some nasty magick spells being placed on him. He attributes it to the wicked old witch, Ekaterina.
Or is he just experiencing delusions of witchcraft?Dr. Millheimer just so happens to be the character's doctor. We let him discuss what might actually be happening to the character in the essay below.
Delusions of Witchraft--essay by fictional Dr. Millheimer
When talking with the man, one can clearly see that Dr. Millheimer is a man of science with not only the credentials and years of experience as a physician, but a wealth of understanding into the human psyche. He once treated a patient whose wife was tragically killed in a car crash; but suffered the horrible hallucination of seeing her alive, conscious and well in the hospital room while signing the death papers.
To this, Dr. Millheimer advised the patient some days later, "The mind has been a mystery for countless ages, and it continues to baffle us. I'm afraid the more we try to understand the human psyche, the more we will realize how little we know of it."
And what answer does Dr. Millheimer give us with Jim's new perceptions? As he says, "There are many clinical papers written that address what is typically described as delusions of witchcraft. This phenomenon can be broken down into two classes: passive and active. Patients exhibiting symptoms of passive witchcraft delusions typically feel that some known or unknown, mystical force that was generated by a witch caused harm or even damaged the patient. In an active case, the patient is under the delusional belief to possess the abilities of performing witchcraft.
Now we need to be careful not to assume that everyone who speaks of or believes in witchcraft to be delusional. There's an entire religion, Wicca, that utilizes witchcraft, and these followers can be deemed normal. As far as believing in the imposed will of others (believing that harmful or beneficial spells are being casted onto one another): magick can be seen as an extension of the psyche. There is nothing wrong with believing in magick and using it as a vehicle to unlock the potential of the human mind—provided this is done in moderation.
So where do we draw the line? When should these so-called delusions of witchcraft concern the doctor? It's when the patient exhibits signs of paranoia and suddenly develops the strange perception of a surrounding population of witches who wish to inflict harm.
There's a clinical study currently in the works with results not yet published for it needs more clarification. There appears to be a correlation of young to middle-aged men who are so attracted to the opposite sex that they begin to believe that certain women are witches. Such men become confused from their overwhelming supply of the chemistry of attraction, and conclude that a particular woman casted some sort of love spell. As the delusional male further concludes; if his woman of desire causes such intense feelings simply by walking in the room, then surely she must be a witch who casted a spell for either causing him to fall in love, or simply as a means for telepathic tracking with purposes of consecrating her victim into magick.
We are also discovering that this delusion is extremely impacting by older women in their late forties and even beyond menopause. Naturally, older women do everything in their power to remain beautiful and young-looking. Are they not creating a slight illusion for the purpose of encouraging people to see them for who they wish to be?—young and beautiful. Could this be considered a mild form of witchcraft? Younger men are naturally attracted to older women as they represent the long-forgotten oedipal stage of being fascinated with Mother. Later in life, a man finds himself nearly mystified with the awe, beauty and allure of an older woman. An older woman is different than a younger woman. She possesses a certain 'sexiness' or charisma that a younger woman cannot emulate as an older woman has much more life experience.
It isn't uncommon for a man who suffers from delusions of witchcraft to place conscious emphasis on noticing items such as unique jewelry, application of makeup or unusual items of clothing. If a woman happens to wear, for example, a pendant of a geometric shape such as a circle or triangle; this is immediately interpreted to represent something mystical. Makeup is a complicated art—too complicated for a man to understand. When done properly, the application can place the woman in a certain framework that tends to draw out emotions or desires. Historic paintings of witches often portray these women painted with unusual designs of makeup. A man suffering from delusions of witchcraft immediately associate a suspected witch of applying her makeup in such a way to cast a spell.
Clothing worn by a suspected witch represents much more to such a delusional man than festive colors of the season or that sporty, new fashion. Jackets or sweaters of a particular color suggest that she is wearing these to enhance a spell or even subconsciously communicate an idea to her victim.
Through time, the patient develops the notion that his master witch is telepathically connected to him and can sense his thoughts or events throughout the day. He might imagine her seated before a crystal ball and watching all his activities. Through spells or magic, she can play a hand at influencing his day; either to inflict harm or to provide little magick lessons to further induct him into the art of witchcraft.
In the final stage of these delusions, the patient experiences momentary slips into psychosis in which his master witch can manifest herself in other people. Some report actually seeing her face or certain facets of her smile in another woman.
And then there are interesting accounts of what could be described as a telepathic network of cooperating witches. This, as perceived by a man under the delusion of witchcraft, is a network of witches who assist the master witch in passing on information or communicating with the patient. There could be thousands in this theoretical network who wait for the patient to arrive at work, school, the library, the grocery store or even in his own neighborhood for nothing more than to subconsciously communicate an idea or even give physical items needed to receive a spell. What's interesting is that the patient feels as though he were subconsciously programmed by his master witch and instructed to seek out these other women. He actually looks for witches! He becomes obsessed in finding them!
If a female coworker happens to have a quartz crystal on her office desk that is nothing more than a decorative centerpiece obtained on vacation, the patient immediately concludes this to be an item of witchcraft. He might try to befriend her, form a relationship or at the very least carefully study her behavior for subconscious clues to reveal mysterious truths.
If she collects seasonal items of nature for decoration such as autumn leaves, cat tails, stones from a creek to place in a jar; these items—under his delusion—are used for spells. If she has a hobby or some activity involving the arts, this is actually her way invoking mystical powers to use in magick."