First Witch Killed In Satan’s Name

Agnes Waterhouse used to be a pseudo I used online several years ago, this was also my former pen name. Not once has anyone pointed out that this is the name of the first witch killed for allegedly being in league with the Devil.

In 1566 England, Agnes Waterhouse (1503-1566) also known as Moher Waterhouse, was the first witch executed for her dealings in the magical arts and also for keeping company with Satan. Mother Waterhouse was accused with two other witches, one being her 18 year old daughter, Joan Waterhouse, the other being Elizabeth Francis. All three women were from the same village, Hatfield Peverell. Mother Waterhouse confessed to being a witch and her familiar was her cat who at times turned into a toad. The familiar’s name was Satan, in the records of her case it is spelled Sathan. The familiar was said to have originally belonged to Elizabeth Francis. Agnes was brought to trial in Chelmsford, Essex, England and she was charged for using witchcraft to cause illness to a Willian Fynne, who died a year prior to her trial, November 1, 1565. She was also charged for bringing death to her husband through means of sorcery. Strangely, her daughter, Joan Waterhouse, had been accused of the same black magick crimes but in the end, was not found guilty. Joan Waterhouse’s testimony however, did help to convict her mother along with Elizabeth Francis. Agnes Waterhouse died by hanging.

Information from the trail records:

These incomplete records of the three women’s testimonies were written by a John Philips. Due to its peculiar significance, this case was deemed to be of great importance and therefore the queen’s attorney Sir Gilbert Gerard along with the queen’s justice of the bench, John Southcote, were present. The examiner was non other than the reverend Thomas Cole and a Sir John Fortescue, the seventh Chancellor of the Exchequer (1509-1603).

Elizabeth Francis was the first to be examined. She confessed to be the possessor of the familiar named Sathan whom she claimed, had received from her grandmother, Mother Eve of Hatfield Peverell. Elizabeth claimed that at the age of twelve is when her grandmother taught her witchcraft. Satan was said to be a small white spotted cat, who had been in Elizabeth Francis’s care for about 16 years before she gave him over to Agnes Waterhouse. According to Elizabeth’s statement. her familiar would do anything for her in exchange for a drop of her blood. It would speak to her in a hollowed voice and instructed her in the way of plants and other natural magicks. She admitted to stealing sheep and also to killing of a wealthy man named Andrew Byles, who refused to marry her after getting her pregnant. Her cat familiar “Sathan” helped her to rid of the unwanted pregnancy by instructing her on which herbs to drink so to terminate it. Elizabeth also admitted that in later years she did marry but became unhappy with the marriage so instructed the cat to kill her 6 month old child and make her husband lame and so it was done. Elizabeth Francis’s confessions made her the first to be accused but she called out Agnes Waterhouse on worst crimes making her own sentence lighter. This did not save Elizabeth Francis though, and in the end, 13 years after the hanging of Agnes Waterhouse, Elizabeth met her fate and also was hanged. What is extremely surprising is that several years later in 1579, a pamphlet was found, stating that Elizabeth and Agnes Waterhouse were sisters.

An exchange for cake, was the reason Elizabeth Francis gave when asked why she had given her cat familiar to Agnes Waterhouse. She reported that it was she who taught Agnes how to use witchcraft and work with the cat. It was the same witchcraft instructed to her by her grandmother Mother Eve. She told Agnes that she must call the cat Sathan and give an offering of a drop of her own blood with some milk to him, in exchange for doing her bidding or whenever he demanded it.

Agnes Waterhouse testified that she tested the cat by having it kill one of her own pigs, when she seen what the cat could do she instructed it to kill the cattle and geese of her neighbors whom she did not like. She claimed to have kept it in a pot lined with wool until one day she wanted to repurpose the wool so removed the cat from the pot and it turned itself into a toad. Agnes denied responsibility for any killing by witchcraft and placed all the blame upon her familiar.

Joan Waterhouse, daughter of Agnes Waterhouse, in her confession, stated that once while her mother was away, that she convinced the cat to take revenge upon a neighbor’s child for refusing her some bread and cheese. In its hollowed voice the cat agreed but only if she would surrender her soul to it, and she did. It is recorded that the cat turned into a dog with horns and haunted the girl. Because Joan admitted that she only used the service of the cat that one time with no deaths involved, this helped to not only condemn the other two women but also to free her.

The twelve year old, neighbor child in question, Agnes Brown was brought in for questioning, to prove or disprove Joan’s story. Her confession was the chef evidence held against Agnes Waterhouse. In her testimony, Agnes Brown described the demon that haunted her as being a black dog with horns and a face like an ape. She said it had a short tail with a chain around it’s neck that had a silver whistle hanging from it. She claimed that the demon dog would return time and again making demands from her but she would refuse. The last time it came to her it had a knife and threatened to kill her by thrusting the knife into her heart. What sealed Agnes Waterhouse’s fate was when the girl stated that she asked the dog who it’s dame was (it’s mistress) and he happily turned it’s head towards the house of Agnes Waterhouse.

Agnes Waterhouse was executed by hanging on July 29th, 1566. It is recorded that on the day of her execution that she begged God’s forgiveness which stirred up the question of her church habits. Agnes claimed to have prayed often by only in Latin because the cat forbid her to pray in English.

*This tidbit of history, brought about the first confessions of witchcraft by those being accused which then followed the first executions. in the name of witchcraft and the Devil This was the very first time anything of Satan and demons had been mentioned by those accused of cohorting with them.

What makes this case highly interesting is the fact that the women involved gave their testimonies willingly. not shy in admitting to their witchcraft. They seemed to be rather proud of it being a tradition handed down by their grandmother or grandmother figure. Agnes Waterhouse only denied responsibility for murder and placed all blame upon her trusted familiar. The cat, believed to be a demon, had been recorded within the records of this trail, to have sadly been put to death.

Overview:

There is much secrecy found within this historical story. Much to read between the lines. For some quick examples: Cats, toads and black dogs all have a long history in English folklore and each of these animals link to witchcraft and Satan. The cat named Sathan, is said to be a demon, he has a hollow (hoarse) voice and is associated with shapeshifting at will into a toad. The demon Ba’el holds these properties and according to some demonic hierarchies., he is said to reign first under Lucifer/Satan. It could very well be that this cat familiar is the demon Ba’el or one of the lower level demons from the legions he rules over. Ba’el is often associated with being the demon familiar or patron demon of witches, according to some traditional witchcraft denominations. Another bit of interesting information to ponder over, is the fact that the knowledge of working witchcraft and making use of a familiar, is handed down by the grandmother, Mother Eve. You have to question, if Mother Eve really was a blood relative to the sisters, who handed down this information to one of her grandchildren who then passed it on to the other sister. But then why did Agnes Waterhouse not know of this grandmother witch and her demonic familiar before her sister Elizabeth taught her the ways of the craft? It could very well be that Mother Eve was a high priestess of some sort who Elizabeth was an apprentice of. Or was Elizabeth part of what now-a-days would be termed as being a witch coven? Either way there is much to ponder here, a lot found within these confessions go deeper than something which would have been blurted out under torture. In fact there was not much torture if any during this case. There is much which we can associate herein with witchcraft, the demons and Satan from a historical perspective.

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14th-Century Satanic Witch

14th-Century Satanic Witch

Dame Alice Kyteler, a lady of wealth with a high social standing in Kilkenny Ireland. Her name became known in the year of 1324, during the first large witch trial to take place in Ireland. This accused witch had been married four times and had inherited 3 of her former husbands’ estates. Her 4th and still living husband at the time of her trail, Sir John le Poer, is the one who turned her in, with the help of her maid-servant who had informed him that his wife was slowly poisoning him. Sir John forcibly took possession of his wife’s keys and opened the boxes and chests that were in her room. From what he had found was enough to convince him that yes , his wife was indeed a witch under Satan. He then sent the contents he had found to the Bishop of Ossory, as evidence of poisoning and witchcraft. When this came into the spotlight, Dame Alice’s stepchildren by her previous marriages joined in the accusations against her. They claimed that she used witchcraft to kill their fathers so to gain their wealth.

Surprisingly, many of the Irish nobles supported Dame Alice and opposed the Bishop. From the recorded accounts, given by Holinshed in his Chronicle of Ireland (London,1587), states that: The Lady Alice Kettle, whom the Bishop asscited , to purge herself of the fame of enchantment and witchcraft imposed unto her and to one Petronil and one Basil, her complices. She was charged to have nightly conference with a spirit called Robert Artisson, (this name also happens to be the pen name of a present day traditional witchcraft author) to whom she sacrificed nine red cocks and nine peacocks’ eyes. Also that she swept the streets of Kilkenny between compline and twilight, raking all the filth towards the doors of her son William Outlawe, murmuring secretly with herself: “To the house of William my son, Hie all the wealth of Kilennie town“.

At the first conviction they abjured and did penance, but shortly after they were found in relapse, and Alice’s companion in witchcraft, Petronill, was burnt at Kilkenny. Oddly there is no account of what happened to her other accused companion, Basil. During the hour of her death, Alice accused her son William, as being privy to the sorceries of her and her companions. After some torture, William was imprisoned for a period of three months, in which during that time the Bishop had ordered that Dame Alice’s , now former belongings, be searched. During this search a wafer of sacramental bread was found with the Devil’s name stamped upon it in place of that of the Christ. A pipe of ointment and a greased staff were also found. During her confessions ,Alice had mentioned about such items, stating that the greased staff was used for her encounters with the Devil, also to ride upon the astral and join in to the Witches’ nocturnal Sabbat rites.

This business, about these witches, troubled all of Ireland. Troubling even more was that Lady or Dame Alice was supported by the majority of the nobles, and lastly conveyed over into England, since which time it could never be understood what really became of her.

The account above, lends us some insight into the type of magical working Dame Alice and her coven engaged in. The sweeping of the streets to her son’s door is a good example of sympathetic magick ( low magick). Compline was the last religious service of the day and to conduct magick or ritual on any Christian religious holiday or “sacred” day or time, is a practice held by many Satanists from past and up until this day. It’s considered a blasphemous rite or thing to do. It also is relevant to note, that back then and even some old fashioned types today who hold true to superstition, believe it to be so know, that using a broom after dark was considered to be an action to call upon the Devil. The staff and ointment which were among Alice’s belongings are typical within the history of witchcraft lore and myth. The staff could have been either a Stang or a broom handle and the ointment would be the famous witches’ flying ointment which would have contained psychoactive plant materials. According to folklore, witches would rub this ointment on their genitals or in some cases on broom handles and insert it into them in a sexual manner. This is where the stories of sex with the Devil and flying on brooms come into play. The effects of the psychoactive plants in the ointment would aide the witch to enter into trance and between the realms to the Sabbat. The account about the sacrifice of nine red cocks and nine peacocks eyes is not to be taken literally, it actually refers to nine tail feathers of each. Note that especially with peacocks that their tail feathers bear impressionable eye like markings. Beautiful as they might be, peacock feathers are feared by many who hold to the superstition that they bring bad luck when kept in the home. When searching further to the root of this superstition, it is believed so because the peacock is considered to hold sinister properties and is associated with the Devil/Satan. Peacocks like Lucifer hold pride. In Italy, peacock feathers are called “la penna malgina” , and are associated with witchcraft and the Evil Eye. In the Near East, the obscure sect of the Yezidis, have been accused of worshipping the Devil under the form of Melek Taus, the Peacock Angel. Many Theist Satanists follow the mythological story of Melek Taus and this is one of the names still used today for the Devil/Satan or is highly associated with Satan’s aspect of Lucifer. The spirit mentioned to have visited Dame Alice nightly, Robert Artisson, is actually another name for the Devil or sometimes translated to be “The Son of the Devil” which in this case would make him to be Cain/Qayn/Qyain On a side note: Robert shortened in Rob and the name Robin (sometimes Robin of the Arts), is another title for the Devil/Satan.

(insert from my upcoming book on Satanic Witchcraft).

Copyright Kindra Ravenmoon.

Full Moon Reflections (July)

Full Moon Reflections of the Left-Hand Path.

According to the calendar, today marks the last day of the traditional workweek (Friday), it is also the day when this month’s (July) full moon reaches its peak. There are 3 days of the full moon just as there are 3 days of its flipside, the dark moon, but more on the dark moon another time in another blog post.

While sipping my coffee after my morning meditation reflecting upon the guided full moon meditation I’ll be conducting on tonight’s Devil’s Coven podcast, my thoughts shifted towards the meaning of the LHP (left-hand path) and what it really means to be upon the Path. 

By default, Theistic Satanism falls under the umbrella of the LHP however in actuality Theistic Satanism is apart on its own, falling somewhere outside the confines of what the left-hand path and the right-hand path (RHP) are presented to be. Many who claim to be following the LHP in today’s modern occult and within the extremities of social media are not at all where Theistic Satanism lies, however as Satanists, we can associate with the core of what the LHP is by origin. 

The LHP is not a safe space to hide away from one’s problems, in fact, it is the polar opposite. Here is where you must face your traumas, face the inner demons which have been haunting you so that you may be able to rise above your former self, rise above what’s been holding you back, and forge forward.  If you are called to the path of Satanism know that Satan will not coddle you. He will test you and throw many hurdles your way, especially in the beginning.  The LHP will make you see yourself in a different way and change your view of the world. It will make you start to see things as they truly are and not all of what you come to the realization about is good. Some things you will come to find are varying facets of ugly. There is not victimization when upon this path. You don’t look for a safe space here, there are no “safe spaces” upon this path. Whatever happens to you, rather than allow yourself to be the victim or run away from whatever it is, you take it on full force. You learn from life’s bad situations, negative experiences, trauma and etc.  You indulged in the joys, love and laughter that come into your life and you learn from the pain, sorrow, and sufferings that befall you. The premise of the LHP is to allow yourself to venture into the darkness and experience it full force so that you will come out into the light. For the Satanist, you can always reach at any time reach out to Satan and He will guide you but again I repeat; Satan will not make all the bad go away, He will encourage you to endure it and make yourself rise above it.  Satan will not do the work for you.

Satanism aside, the left-hand path rituals of modern occultism, mostly those of modern Luciferianism, are designed and practiced so to constantly expose you to various traumas, to take you down so that you can rebuild yourself and desensitize in order to achieve self-empowerment and self-godhood. Satanists do not conduct such rituals nor do we buy into the concept that mere humans are equal to gods or should think that one can achieve such status. Satan is our god and no human, not even a devotee of Satan can be as powerful as He. 

With Satanism and the LHP in general, it is difficult but absolutely necessary,, especially in the beginning, to achieve and then hold a balance when it comes to studying and actually practicing. Apply knowledge rather than just soaking it in. When we apply knowledge with practice it eventually becomes a part of your everyday life, it becomes a part of your transformation. 

The LHP by origin is something rooted within the one that walks its path. It is not something that is meant for everyone nor could it be. It is a part of a certain individual’s existence and its transformation occurs within.  The LHP by origin is something rooted within the one that walks its path. It is not something that is meant for everyone nor could it be. It is a part of a certain individual’s existence and its transformation occurs within. Aesthetics plays an important role within the LHP and how you perceive the aesthetics in the world around you and finding the beauty even in that which outsiders might consider being bane. This is a natural observance within the individual and it cannot be something that is pretended or forced if it is to be authentically LHP.

The keywords which I will use to describe what the LHP is are:

Transformation, Balance, Gnosis. 

As I type this we are in the energy of the full moon in alignment with the constellation of Aquarius in What does this mean?

Full moon in Aquarius is a good time energetically for change and progress. For those who practice witchcraft it’s ideal for spells involving: freedom, creative expression, problem solving, breaking bad habits or unhealthy addictions and enhancing extrasensory abilities. It’s also good for conducting healing rituals for ailments of the calves, ankles or blood.

Traditionally according to the farmer’s almanac the full moon of July is known as the Buck Moon or the Thunder Moon. It is given these titles because it’s the time of year when male deer start to grow their antlers and it’s also known in North America as the month of Thunderstorms. Aside form whatever astrological association falls unto this moon one thing that never changes is it’s spiritual association. The Buck moon of July, Illuminates our sense of individuality and for Theistic Satanists we can associate this moon with Lucifer. Magically, use the energy of the Buck moon in rituals to obtain what you want. It’s also a great time to consecrate any new ritual tools or to change ritual tools altogether. Purchasing ritual supplies such as herbs, candles, crystals and etc. or refreshing your supplies altogether are best done during this moon.

Copyright Kindra Ravenmoon.

About:

Kindra Ravenmoon is an occult author, and Satanic Witch. Her path is Theistic and animistic with roots based heavily in Western European Folkloric Witchcraft . Having walked the Devil’s Left-Way Path since 1985 she has been and always will be, a devotee of Satanas. Part of the work that she conducts in Satan’s service is to share proper knowledge based upon her professional education and experience, to all who are called to His altar. Lending insight, inspiration, and motivation is what she wishes to accomplish for the benefit of those both well seasoned and who’s journey is new upon the Path.

Kindra Ravenmoon also hosts the podcast: ” Kindra Ravenmoon’s Devil’s Coven”, which can be found on Speaker.com. A new episode is uploaded every Friday at midnight (eastern time).The premise of this podcast is to provide a sacred space online where Theistic Satanists both spiritual and religious can congregate and be a part of the Satanic devotional current. Devil’s Coven provides Satanic prayer, sermons or topics of discussion along with Satanic meditation.

The blog posts presented within this site are a scattering of Satanic tidbits and are meant to be a compliment to both Kindra Ravenmoon’s podcast and publications. All herein is executed in Satan’s Service, in honor of Him!.