This will be short. In a previous post I quoted Dr Tom Dolphin’s dignified apology to witches for ever calling homeopathy ‘witchcraft’. Since his retraction, I have been mildly irritated by the continued references to his original description. I still keep seeing the claim that “the BMA calls homeopathy ‘witchcraft'”. Not any more! It’s now just “nonsense on stilts”, OK? (And, of course, the BMA did not call homeopathy anything. The BMA simply voted in favour of a perfectly polite and reasonably-worded motion to stop funding this batshit insanity on the NHS.)
Anyway, having seen the ‘homeopathy as witchcraft’ claim yet again today, I impulsively went off in search of witches. My purpose was to find out about witchcraft and establish the differences between it and homeopathy. I envisioned being able to present some killer argument about newts’ eyes and frogs’ toes being placed straight in a cauldron and simmered — not ‘succussed’ and diluted out of existence. Voilà la différence!
I happened on a UK-based website all about witchcraft called Children of Artemis and appropriately located at witchcraft.org, which helpfully features a ‘spell of the day’. Great! It meant I didn’t have to engage directly with any witches — my beef is not with them, after all. However, I was dismayed to read today’s spell, which I’m copying here in full, in case they make it disappear by tomorrow:
Small piece of parchment paper/Blue ink pen.
To achieve the best results perform the spell on the waxing moon.
Write on a peace (sic) of parchment paper a goal you desire in your life, hold it in your left hand and really visualise that the paper is your goal. Believe that the spell has already worked. After five minutes or more throw the paper into a running stream, river or sea, and speak the rhyme below.
Water of stream and open sea,
Tide of change
Flow of life
Wild and free,
Disperse my spell
So mote it be.
As the charm floats away, the ink and paper dissolve into the water and the spell begins to work.
Tom Dolphin should never have taken back his original description. It seems that to be funded on the NHS, witchcraft just needs to be called homeopathy. To the Children of Artemis, I say, go for it.