A catalog of information pertaining to witchcraft. A sort of grimoire. Side Note: Much of the information I post is taken from various books, resources, history, pre-established folklore, and my own associations. Thank you and enjoy.
The medieval term for a witch’s ability to cause infertility in men, animals, and crops.
The accusation of blasting is dates back as early as the 2nd century C. E. and are supposedly quite common for witches as fertility was directly linked to prosperity.
Many pagan rituals celebrate and enhance fertility, so blasting is the opposite of that.
According to folklore, witches blasted crops by taking a flayed cat, toad, lizard, and viper and lay them on hot coals until completely incinerated. A powder was to be created from the ashes and sown into the soil of the witch’s victim.
Placing snakes underneath the threshold, house, or barn was said to cause miscarriages, still births, infertility in the home, and birth defects.
Another way witches were said to disrupt sexual acts was to cast an illusion spell o men so they could neither feel, nor see their penises.
Ironically, the Inquisition used blasting as a technique to fight pagans and enemies of the Church.
Blasting was most likely used among all types of people, not just witches, including farmers to snuff out competition.