For thousands of years, people turned to plants gathered from field and forest for their medicine. In Europe, most healers were female, and many practiced holistic methods with the assistance of their pets. Any pet lover knows an animal can provide powerful soothing and healing, simply through their presence.
Many European healers had pet cats, who facilitated healing. During the Middle Ages, the Church and State (which were not separate) practiced genocide against these healers and their pets. Nine million village healers and their "familiars" were tortured and burned in order to usher in the new wave of medicine, which only men were allowed to practice. These witches were also active against the over-logging and fencing of common land, and protested the sugar/slavery trade. They wanted the forests and fields to remain accessible to their people, and were concerned about the many who were becoming ill from this new substance, white sugar.
Cats were declared personal demons. Their extermination led to the Black Plague, during which a further 100 million people died gruesome deaths. Rats roamed the streets unchecked, spreading the disease through fleas. Fortunately, today we are recovering many of the healing methods these "witches" practiced---including Animal Communication and animal-assisted therapy.
Reisa Stone is an Expert Animal Communicator who specializes in spirit world contact. You can recover from the grief of pet loss through speaking with your pets at the Rainbow Bridge. A few hundred years ago, Reisa would have been burned at the stake. She is very proud to carry on her European heritage of Animal Communication and spiritual healing. Reisa is available for private sessions, workshops and lectures.
Read more in the Halloween issue of the Talking With Animals Newsletter!