Archive for February 2013

Alchemist Gift and Alchemy 02-09-13

Alchemist Gift

 

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witch burning Alchemist Gift


Alchemist Gift
– Before Maria Lillo could continue, the guard had his arm around her neck and his hand over her mouth. He forced her to the ground and onto her back. He put his boot on her throat. Maria looked up at him with a serene, almost dreamy expression on her face. The guard looked to the bishop for direction. The bishop, who was still drying his face, looked at the guard then down at Maria Lillo with an intense and cruel stare. Bishop DiMars gave a chilling nod. The guard slowly brought the weight of his body down until he felt the delicate cartilage of her throat collapse with a hollow crack. He kept his foot there until the bishop gave a wave of his hand. When he took his boot away Maria painfully gasped for air. With the help of another guard they jerked her to her feet. The two took turns beating her with their fists. This drew an approving murmur from the crowd. The two men dragged the bloodied and barely conscious prisoner to the stake. They tied her so tight she could barely breathe. Eventually she passed out and her head slumped forward. Read more

Alchemist Gift and Alchemy 02-05-13

Alchemist Gift

 

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witch burning Alchemist Gift


Alchemist Gift –
The sergeant grabbed Angelina and tried to stand her up. Angelina’s head lolled back and forth and each time the guard lifted the sparrow of a woman to her feet her legs would buckle. After three attempts the sergeant laid the woman on her back, knelt down and felt her neck for a pulse. He looked up at the clergymen, the mayor and the contessa. And mouthed the word: “dead.” The bishop gave a nod and hand gesture for the body to be removed but just as quickly rescinded it. He  thought for a second and shared his epiphany: “May our heavenly father forgive this poor creature, as that coward Satan has killed her right here before us and snatched away her soul before I could grant her absolution. At her trial she admitted her guilt and I know she was repentant and eager to be forgiven. As Satan snared her soul and made her his slave, if any of you fall to your weaknesses Satan will be there waiting. It is all of our duties to be vigilant, to be on the lookout for the signs of the devil.” Read more

Alchemist Gift and Alchemy – 02-03-13

Alchemist Gift

 

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witch burning Alchemist Gift


Alchemist Gift –
As the men spoke the contessa sat aloof, not out of apathy for the poor souls at her feet but more to create an emotional distance. She bided her time and thought of when it would be right for her to leave.  She held the goblet of water and took a sip now and then. She cast a sad look on the three women. Two were standing with their heads lowered, the third, the weakest one; the one who needed help from the dungeon had already sunk to her knees and was slumped forward in the prayer position of a good Mohammedan.

The crowd started to chat and move about, some of the young people crept closer to get a better look at the three women who were already tied to the stake. Some of the boys went through a number of machinations to spy the nakedness of Monica Longo. The guards chased them back.  The disappointed boys returned to their families without even a glance. Read more

Alchemist Gift and Alchemy 02-02-13

Alchemist Gift

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witch burning Alchemist Gift


Alchemist Gift
– The bishop was visibly angered. “You will address me! It is you who were found guilty, not Luigi or Sandro.  You would be just as guilty if your neighbor was not related to the good monsignor. You were seen near Luigi’s pasture waving a willow wand in the direction of his dairy cows.  For the next six weeks the cows could only give sour milk. Luigi was almost ruined. He could make no cheese or butter. You were seen not only by Luigi and two of his workers but also by Sandro.”

“Curious I would be seen by both men. When is it the work of the devil to dowse for water? Further, if you feed your cattle nothing but scallion and garlic the milk they give will smell rancid, will it not?” Read more

Alchemist Gift and Alchemy 02-01-13

 Alchemist Gift

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witch burning Alchemist Gift


Alchemist Gift
– The bishop consulted his list and read off the second name: “Aurora Tocini! You are guilty of consorting with Satan through one of his familiars known to be a large black cat. You have also been seen summoning spirits, speaking and answering when no one could be seen.”

All the time the bishop was reading off the offenses, Aurora Tocini, a woman in her early sixties, stood with her head nodding involuntarily. She mumbled under her breath, then, called out some gibberish. Read more


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