A: Because of this quote from The God of the Witches by Margaret Alice Murray that I used at the beginning of the book:
The Swedish witches had a special rite which was obviously intended to impress ignorant minds. They were given a little bag containing a few shavings of a clock to which a stone was tied; they threw this into the water, saying, ‘As these shavings of the clock do never return to the clock from which they are taken, so may my soul never return to heaven.’
Here is a piece called “Satanic Mass” that references the same terminology, from Coven’s 1970 album Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls (skip to 7:45-8:30). Yes, this is the same Coven that did “One Tin Soldier” from the Billy Jack movie.
Clock Shavings by Tracy R. Twyman, now available!
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