There is a coherence beyond neural linkage. Something that persists beyond brain damage. That knows an ‘I’ without defining ‘I’. It is the bit which is left when chat stops in meditation. That is the true self.
In the movies, the witches spell can be a complex mix of elements. The witches didn’t just flip their lids and get a lot of ideas out of left field. They had a very intuitive and holistic grasp of how people relate to reality.
The witches potion is embedding the elements into a liquid so it can be transmitted? Yes, and they included elements we considered vulgar because these still have power. They would include dung in incense, because it was repulsive. Can you be very afraid when you are too distracted by a disgusting smell?
If it is the smell of death, yes. Well, a lot of spell casting is an intuitive judgment call. It’s why it’s so seasonal, and actually the smell of death at one time could drive away the fear of violence. In the dark ages, women were not afraid to walk out onto a battlefield at the end. The smell of blood and gore meant the fight was over, and they would have peace again. Also, when most people were still practicing animal husbandry, the smell of blood from an animal birth meant prosperity and even survival. You would have more food.
Our current magick has changed, but old magicks never disappear. Perhaps racial memory if nothing else.
Why have we become so much more sensitive to that now? We don’t want to know where meat products come from any more. Were there vegetarians in the dark ages? Indeed, and yes. They were often hermits and mystics, and there were more eastern vegetarians than western where it is colder, but they did exist.
People think they have left the old death rites behind. This is a wide spread social delusion. Our world now is governed by a wide spread necromancy. They just call it technology now. The idea that power could be gained from dead objects. That knowledge could be had from looking at the dead, and that desirable changes could come about from killing things. This is all necromancy.
Oh, so then biologists? And palaeontologists.
Isn’t necromancy more akin to ancestor worship? Actually, it has connections to that, but in that case it was theurgic in nature. But there was and is non theurgic necromancy. Necromancy had its advocates among the old tribal cultures. The hermit shamans and graveyard dwellers.
It seems that what was a necromancer is a medium now. Indeed, a medium is a necromancer, just wearing the social monkey suit instead of bones, skulls and skins. The mediums clothing is still very dead.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.