All Hallows Eve Witch's Holiday
Lima News - Lima Ohio
October 27, 1974
Witches traditionally observe times of the year associated with planting and harvesting. A first degree male witch we
interviewed calls this area the witch power capitol of the world.
by Liz Capriotti - News Women's Writer
At dusk this Thursday, while youngsters masquerade to collect goodies from neighbors, subscribers of the Wiccean religion, will be celebrating
one of their two major religious holidays -- All Hallows Eve, more commonly known as Halloween.
Participating in rituals, whether privately or in groups, witches traditionally observe this time of the year, which is associated with the harvest, just
as they do in the spring, the planting season, to celebrate Beltane.
All Hallows Eve ritualism involves the "casting of a circle," which is accomplished with the use of an athame, the witch's working knife
The circle begins and ends in the East and the Dread Lords are called in to protect and observe this circle. These lords include: Michael, East;
Raphael, South; Gabriel, West; and Uriel, North.
Wearing loose-fitting robes, the witches believe that the circle sets up a protective barrier for those witches inside the circle and for spectators
There are three degrees of witchcraft.
Sabilicus, a first degree male witch and student of Lady Circe, a Witch Queen who operates out of Toledo, calls the tri-state area of Ohio,
Michigan and Indiana, "the witch power capitol of the world."
He estimates that there are more occultists than Christians in the world and says his is a benevolent witchcraft used for healing or beneficial
This is not to be confused with Satanism (devil worship), black witches -- those who practice black magic, or gray witches -- those who practice
high witchery or high magik.
Lady Circe, alias Jeffery B. Cather, is one of 70 witches in the country who belongs to the Witch's Council of Elders, and is co-owner of Circe's
Treasures, "a boutique of the unusual," located at 2242 Parkwood in Toledo's old West end.
James Bauman, a non-witch but practitioner of love spells, money spells, and voodoo, is her partner.
Visitors arriving at the combination house-shop are greeted in the foyer by an assortment of symbolic manequins including one attractive lady
who peers out of a coffin and another looking distressed as she awaits the hangman's noose -- the latter a reminder of a less liberal era.
Loki, a young male witch-store clerk, explained that the manequins had bee "charged" to protect the entry way from evil spirits. The foyer also
features a stairway decorated with tombstones.
The shop itself is a challenge to the eyes, and perhaps more importantly, to the emotions. A variety of antiques, large massive pieces of
furniture, occult brass, burning and non-burning candles, Zodiacal items, generous portions of red and the thick smell of heavy incense offer a
touch of the unearthly for those who appreciate the more mysterious things in life.
Skulls, occult jewelry, literature and candles, witch robes in purple and black are among witchcraft necessities sold at the store which is open
from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. daily.
The boutique's main attraction is the dining room which houses the altar consecrated to the goddess Diana. A typical witch's altar, explained
Loki, faces the direction where the wind blows strongest.
It contains an image of the male diety, Mendes and the goddess figure with her back to the wind. Being a strictly matriarcal society, the goddess
is supreme and the male diety gives her his support.
The altar also contains a thurible or incense burner, chalice for sabbatical wine or a mixture of herbs and water, which is used to consecrate the
Small chalices sit at the four cardinal points (North, East, South and West) and a pentagram is used for blessing. Sabbatical cake is sometimes
Lady Circe, who was not available for comment at the time of this interview, calls herself a public witch and legalized witchcraft in Ohio in 1972.
It is now recognized by the Civil Liberties Union as a minority religion known as the Wiccian Church of the Sisterhood and Brotherhood of Wicca.
Sabilicus explained that Lady Circe does not belong to a coven, (a coven is comprised of 13 witches) but is a teacher. Classes such as
palmestry, Egyptology and herbology are taught at the shop.
We claims that everyone has the potential to be a witch, noting that he became one by accident.
"I went to Lady Circe for a reading and she made of lot of honest sense. The Wiccean religion is based on fact and I like facts," he says.
While witches do not worship the devil, they also don't believe in the Christian God. "I think Jesus Christ was the greatest magician that ever
live," he says.
While admitting there are some things no one can reverse, Sabilicus claims of his spells, "I'm batting a thousand so far."
Of healing spells he says, "We use the brain instead of chemistry and bring comfort until the person heals."
A successful love spell requires a personal tangible object of the spell's recipient. "Sweat of the brow is best but usually difficult to obtain. it is
the actual life power, but any personal object will do," he says.
Astarte, high priestess of the coven of Amen-Ra Isis, offers several simple love spells ranging from how to gain the love of a man to insuring his
devotion or just simply getting him to call you.
For example, to bind his love she says to obtain three long strands of his hair, three of yours, and three strands of thin red yarn. Then you
must braid them together to form one braid while saying; "His and mine, interwine. Now one, never undone."
"If you wear it as a ring or bracelet he will be compelled to love you," she says.
She also offers recipes to "keep him" which are "not like his mother used to make." They include a love potion which calls for one-sixteenth tsp.
of powdered Mandrake root added to a glass of wine.
Sabilicus noted that the most powerful spell would be to kill someone but "to think someone dead would required the skill of a very powerful
witch," he says.
He maintains that ghosts exist and are simply people who have refused to accept their own death. "They haven't accepted no longer existing
on a physical plane. They will continue to be reincarnated until they achieve perfect thought," he says.
According to Sabilicus, warlocks do not exist and witches may be male or female
"The existence of vampires is a controversial issue among witches. But we do believe that all legends are based on some truth," he adds..
Sidebar to the newspaper article:
Mendes -- The most sacred symbol of witches, the Goat of Mendes is not Satan, but a male diety. His horns represent the waxing and waning
of the moon. Center horn symbolizes the magical light of universal intelligence. His head is that of a goat, symbolizing much the same thing as
the sacrificial goat in the Bible. It also acts as a reminder that man must make certain sacrifices before he can achieve complete illumination or
"atonement." Pentagram on the forehead symbolizes light. Right hand of the goat points upward indicating the power being used is for good
while the left hand points down, showing that man's free will and power can be misused. Physical features are both feminine and masculine,
thus representing all of humanity. Caduceus represents eternal live and the scales on the body denote water. The circle surrounding the belly,
half of which is visible, symbolizes the atmosphere. Wings represent the air and man's struggle to rise above his environment. Feathers
symbolize that which is volatile and cloven hooves show that man has not yet evolved our of the beast kingdom. The goat sits on a half-spere
which represents his universe. Only half is shown because man has not yet learned how to rule his universe.