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
He revealed in his autobiography that a curse on a parishioner had to be
lifted by an exorcist. He said: "In folk-magic and witchcraft, a poppet is a doll made to represent
a person, for casting spells on that person. A poppet or effigy would be used with very sharp needles stuck into its
'heart' as a way of doing evil to an enemy. It was this 'evil' type of poppet that was used on a chapel member of mine
in the Aberaeron area in 1994.
"It took an experienced Anglican exorcist to 'raise' this curse, which had
been placed by a witch on the instruction of another former church member. The motivation behind this 'evil' was envy that had turned into jealousy."
The Carmarthenshire church minister, who has preached in West Wales for over
20 years, and a former candidate for the Conservative party, said witches and curses weren't simply the stuff of fairy stories.
He said he had also battled a case of the "evil eye" during his ministerial