In this lecture we’ll take a look at the pre-historic roots of Paganism and witchcraft, their beliefs, rituals and practices, and how they were influenced by the rise and spread of Christianity. We will examine the concepts of the diabolical pact and maleficium in medieval times, and the rationale of the Christian Church used to justify the persecution of witches and heretics. We will also focus on the on gender of the witches and one so called witch or vampire in particular – Elisabeth Bathory. We will also look at the dawn of the age of enlightenment and the industrial era that led to the consequent decline of witch beliefs –only to be followed by a popular revival of witchcraft and gothic novels in literature of the 19th Century.
Riell was born in a country that is sometimes still called Transylvania in Central Europe – and no, before you ask, she is not related to the Count.
Or at least not very close.
Anyway, she is almost a vegetarian..
Riell came to the UK in the 1990’s and gained a BA in the Abrahamic Religions, Philosophy and Ethics. She has specialised in Christianity and Islam, as they seem to be – in this century – the religions that tend to cause the most heartache and tragedy.
However, it soon became apparent that Riell’s heart lies with the Old Ways of Paganism and Witchcraft. When she could no longer resist the call of the Moon, she returned to her roots and admitted who and what she really was.
For a couple of years Riell worked in the College of Psychic Studies in Kensington, London, where she taught Tarot and Psychic Development for Beginners and at an Advanced Level.
She has also lectured in London for The Pagan Federation on various subjects within Paganism, taught at Auckland University in NZ and has taken an active part in the Goddess Movement at home as well as abroad.
She practices in her own ways, in her own tradition and makes apologies for none of it. She loves teaching and currently she is the Head of Philosophy in an independent school in the West Country.