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 have broken this idea up into three separate posts.
The first one is here: http://www.goodwiccan.com/macbeth-1/
Here the second excerpt from The Good Wiccan Guide – Part One: Introduction and Popular Mythology.
In another scene, the witches confront Macbeth’s buddy, Banquo. It’s all doublespeak, what’s known as a “warm reading.” Here, you say something neutral (known as “Barnum Statements”) and let people fill in their own blanks to make it all come true.
Like, “You’ll be…”
Lesser than Macbeth,
Not so happy,
yet much happier.
When a guy actually comes in to announce Macbeth’s new title, he buys into their alleged psychic powers… And then jumps to the conclusion that he should be king, too. He uses the witches’ fake prophecy as justification for his dastardly deeds from thence forth. But this is not a tale of prophecy. This is a tale of a disturbed man with a disturbed wife who give themselves permission to do bad things, because the ‘psychic’ said it would happen anyway.
P.T. Barnum was a top notch salesmen and circus showman and he knew how to get crowds riled up and sell tickets. That is why ‘Barnum Statements’ are named after him.
Please be wary of hearing things and assuming they must be true just because you ‘want’ them to be true. And never use a psychic’s prediction to anything unless it is something positive and life uplifting.
Stay tuned for my third and final installment regarding my notes on Macbeth. http://www.goodwiccan.com/macbeth-3/