Venefica

Venefica

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Venefica is one who practices poisoning as a secret art, or one who has a knowledge and deals in poisons. This was a source of mistranslation by King James in his version of the Bible. The original text referred to venefica (poisoner), and he mistook the term to be the same as malefica (witch), thus confusing a poisoner with a Witch. "Thou shalt not suffer a poisoner to live," made sense while "Thou shalt not suffer a Witch to live," did not. The confusion probably came about because Witches did have a knowledge of poisons, as a doctor would have, in order to be able to administer antedotes when necessary.

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And it seemeth his favor was so great, as Antonius, in a letter which is recited verbatim in one of Cicero's Philippics, calleth him venefica, witch; as if he had enchanted Caesar.
(1) The modern English term 'witch' is used here for the sake of clarity to render the Greek and Latin terms [phrase omitted], and maga, malefica, saga, strix, striga, and venefica. It is, however, necessary to bear in mind the ideas conveyed by this term do not necessarily overlap with the Greco-Roman imagery of these female practitioners of magic.
Synopsis: Written with thoroughness and clarity by Avia Venefica (a certified medium, tarotist, and dream interpreter), "Exploring Tarot Using Radiant Rider-Waite" is an insightful guide that walks the reader through the meanings of each of the 78 cards and explains how to interpret them in a spread.
(10) The unambiguously hostile saeva noverca, who persecutes her stepchildren to advance her own children, was the most common stereotype, often enhanced by cunning, witch-like aspects (the noverca venefica); in declamation, novercae were recurrently accused of plotting to disinherit their stepsons through murder by poison.
Medea, at least, was consistently following her true nature as saeva (and venefica) noverca, while Phaedra's lust, Hippolytus seems to suggest, is a willful perversion even of that.
La Corte infatti sentenzio che non fosse irragionevole una disciplina che da un lato, riconoscesse a tutti il diritto costituzionale di rifiutare il trattamento medico vitale, non voluto, e poi dall'altro proibisse a tutti (capaci e non) di richiedere il suicidio assistito, in quanto si discuteva di fattispecie diverse, sia dal punto di vista eziologico (in un caso, il decesso e causato direttamente dalla sostanza venefica, nell'altro, la morte invece, e il decorso naturale della malattia, non pio contrastata dalle terapie), sia riguardo alle intenzioni del paziente (da un lato, procurare immediatamente e direttamente la morte, dall'altro rifiutare il trattamento sanitario che non assicuri benefici nella fase finale della vita).
Another outstanding gardening book from Timber Press showcases some 300 "diminutive gems," from dainty mini-catts (Cattleyas) to the dramatic (up close anyway) Dracula venefica. Frowine, who has tended orchid collections at botanical gardens from Hawaii to Missouri, shares tips for choosing and cultivating them.
A questo proposito e d'uopo ricordare il passo plautino in cui la serva Astafio viene accusata di essere una venefica (67), oppure, nel romanzo di Eliodoro (68), la nutrice Cibele che cerca di aiutare la regina Arsace ad avvelenare Cherea, o ancora, al centro di un'orazione di Antifonte, l'avvelenamento del padrone e di un altro uomo attuato da una schiava-concubina (69).
Interessante qui e vedere quanto l'azione venefica del tempo porti ad un ingiusto appiattimento della storia, azione venefica che cancella, livellandola, ogni differenza di meriti e talenti: a lungo andare anche la fama dei piu illustri verra dimenticata sotto i colpi del Tempo.
164v-165r, "Nam etsi Medea venefica, si Circe magicas artes exercuit, si libidinosa Cleopatra, si incesta ...
Until now, 7 species of true eels (Anguilliformes) were known to exist in British Columbia based on literature records and museum specimens; Nemichthys scolopaceus, Avocettina infans, Serrivomer jesperseni, Xenomystax atrarius, Thalassenchelys coheni, Venefica ocella and V.