History of Female Magicians | Page 4

This essay was inspired by Connie Boyd and written by S├ębastien BAZOU . Thank you to Connie who helped transalte this from french to english .


For centuries women have been the stooges for men and their emancipation is very recent in our western societies . Women were seen as malicious , weak in nature , and more likely to be " corrupted " by magic . The biblical and mythological archetypes of the witch , like Eve , the sorceress , like Circe 2 and Medea 3 , or the prophetess like Cassandra , seduced men to trap them and lead them to their destruction .
In ancient Greece in the sixth century B . C , women are associated with the figures of the Sybil and the Pythia playing the role of a divinatory priestess who announces predictions and prophecies to people who come to consult her .
The Pythia are considered to be the mothers of mentalists . They were prophetesses who expressed themselves through the oracle of Apollo at Delphi . The Pythia prophetess was a woman chosen scrupulously by the all-powerful pagan priests who were the great organizers of the created " miracles ". By giving this intermediary role to women , they had full control over a very lucrative business . They manipulated the women as they chose at a time where men already decided everything !
L to R : Oreste in Delphi , the Pythia , the tripod- Greece . Ajax and Cassandra ( Johann H . W . Tischbein , 1806 ). Circe offering the cup to Ulysses ( John William Waterhouse 1891 ). Oracle consultation ,. Circe Invidiosa by John William Waterhouse - Art Gallery of South Australia ( 1892 )