Are the picturesque towns of rural Wales a hotbed of the occult? The Telegraph on a scenario recalling the late nineties Sandra Bullock classic Practical Magic:
Witchcraft is thriving in the Welsh countryside, a church minister has said, as he described stumbling upon an increasing number of effigies, users of the evil eye and exorcisms. Rev. Felix Aubel claims occult practices in rural Wales have been increasing during the two decades he has been working in the area.
The minister spoke out after latest figures in the 2011 census has revealed 83 witches and 93 satanists are living in Wales. He said there was an “unusual connection” between Christianity and witchcraft in some chapel circles in Wales.
Rev. Aubel, who is the minister of five Congregational chapels in rural Carmarthenshire, said he has called out an exorcist after a witch placed a curse on one of his parishioners. He said: “This is not a joke and I would warn people not to get involved in the occult…I have been told that a coven of witches still meet locally. There is also a witch living in a nearby village who advertises her services in the local paper.”
He said he had also battled a case of the “evil eye” during his ministerial career: “In this instance, a lady who had given birth to a baby boy was apparently wished bad luck by the “evil glance” in the eye of a childless spinster neighbour. Both mother and child were subsequently taken ill due to acute breathlessness for no apparent medical reason and had to be hospitalised.”