Tuesday, April 12, 2016

2016 7/30

(28.) BERITH. - The Twenty-eighth Spirit in Order, as Solomon bound them, is named Berith. He is a Mighty, Great, and Terrible Duke. He hath two other Names given unto him by men of later times, viz.: BEALE, or BEAL, and BOFRY or BOLFRY. He appeareth in the Form of a Soldier with Red Clothing, riding upon a Red Horse, and having a Crown of Gold upon his head. He giveth true answers, Past, Present, and to Come. Thou must make use of a Ring in calling him forth, as is before spoken of regarding Beleth.17 He can turn all metals into Gold. He can give Dignities, and can confirm them unto Man. He speaketh with a, very clear and subtle Voice. He governeth 26 Legions of Spirits. His Seal is this, etc.

In the year 1609,
Madeleine de Demandolx de la Palud , a 14 year old nun
prone to fits of melancholy and petulance
returned to her family's care for just such an episode
met a friend of the family,
Father Louis Gaufridi
a priest of a lower class, but witty
twenty years her senior
Soon, rumors began circulating
Gaufridi had spent an hour and a half closeted with the girl
they were prone to intense conversation

Madeleine admitted to Mother Catherine de Gaumer
at the Ursuline convent of Marseille
that the handsome priest had his way with her
and the mother superior sent her to the convent
at Aix en Provence, far from his touch

and for two years, nothing happened.

Madeleine became subject to shaking fits
her face convulsed and writhed
she shouted obscenities
and before Christmas, at confession
she smashed a crucifix.
Father Romillon, her confessor, attempted an exorcism

Three other nuns caught her malady
and began convulsing, crying out
Madeeline claimed Gaufridi
had been given intoxicating breath by the devil
had given her a green devil as a familiar
that he had first had intercourse with her
when she was nine
and that he had given her a charmed peach
that he had denied god, and given her a powder
that any offspring she bore
would not bear his face

Louise Capeau, another nun
spoke in the voices of a demon named Verin
convulsed and screamed like a flock of parrots
claimed she would not be free until Gaufridi was killed

Romilon reached out, in despair
to the grand inquisitor, and then another exorcist
Verin spoke, in a deep voice
blamed Gaufridi for 6,660 demons in her body
Astaroth, Ba'al Berith a host of black birds
for the ecstasies that racked her body

Gaufridi was sent for to exorcise Capeau
Verin claimed Gaufridi had eaten human flesh
and every tangle that bodies can do
claimed he was marked of the devil
Gaufridi did not know the rite of exorcism
and the nuns, drunk on the devil
called him magician, witch, fumbler

Gaufridi said, exasperated
“If I were a witch, I would certainly give my soul to a thousand devils!”

Gaufridi was taken into custody
his body searched for the devil's mark
his quarters searched for black books,
for tapers of baby fat
nothing was found

Released, he petitioned the pope to clear his name
took legal actions to suppress the convent
in her cell, Madeleine neighed like a horse
sang love songs, vomited froth
laughed and cried, disrupted mass
her bones cracking, her bowels unsprung
she crooned of sabbats, of blood libel and sodomy

Gaufridi was brought to court
and the devils allowed to testify against him
the girls writhed and had orgasms in his presence
shouted out that all was false, then showed their
devils marks under their breasts

Madeline's maidenhead was inspected
in despair, rat bitten and shaved
Gaufridi said the truth did not matter anymore
confessed to eating babies
sorcery, magic, idolatry, and fornication

He was strung up, dropped,
his bones delocated
weights were attached to his feet
and he was dropped again
he refused to indict Madeline in anything
and was finally dragged through the streets of Aix
in a sled for five hours
then by merciful dispensation of the bishop
strangled, before being burned atop a pile of bushes.

Madeline was cured and exhibited no more signs
though the posession burned through two more convents
and condemned a blind girl to the pyre

In 1642 Madeline was accused of witchcraft
and spent her inheritance on her defense
again in 1652, when witches marks were found on her body
after ten years in prison, she was released
and died in the care of her family, at 77

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