In the Good Wiccan Guide Part One I go into quite some detail about William Shakespeare’s famous play Macbeth. It is to show you that all the conspiracies and charlatans that you you are brand new have been going since time immortal. I am going to break this idea up into three separate posts.
Here the first excerpt from The Good Wiccan Guide – Part One: Introduction and Popular Mythology.
My whole take on the witch scenes takes more thought provocation than the usual analysis. Most Shakespearean scholars peg the witches as evil right off the bat. I see them all more like Endora character (from the TV show, Bewitched) ready to provide mischievous, albeit shadowy comic relief. They’re up to no good, but certainly not evil at all. These are typical characters in Shakespeare’s “problem plays” which shift from deep dark drama to complex comedy.
This is a layer not often talked about. Shakespeare was painting the witches as common counterfeit charlatans, no better than today’s fake psychics. From the onset, the witches were privy to the word in the forest. It was no prophecy they gave Macbeth. They knew the former “Thane of Cawdor” (a royal title) was in line to become king someday, but now that he was dead, Macbeth would be named the new Thane of Cawdor. They knew, because they overheard soldiers saying it in the previous scene!
This was Shakespeare’s joke. Just like Modern day “mind readers” prime the audience before the show and pump for existing information, they are able to make astounding magical revelations (based on logical existing knowledge). It’s known as a “Hot Reading.” Homework task for you: Watch some Derren Brown “How to be a Psychic” videos. If you think this kind of stuff does not happen, my husband and I were on a famous psychic TV show once and right before the taping, the producer came over and started asking us some questions to pass along the answers to the so-called psychic star!
Stay tuned for next week’s Macbeth post.
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