At least I think it was Karen Armstrong (in The Great Transformation) who said that, back before the
In the old Levitical holiness code, "uncleanness," including such ordinary events as menstruation, wet dreams and childbirth, had to be atoned for ritually. Now, I was taught to include hyssop in many uncrossing and cleansing tricks, because of the strong Biblical association with cleansing. Note the reasons given for cleansing with hyssop: mildew, a death in the house. Uncleanness, once removed from the sufferer, transferred itself to the priest, who was unclean only until sunset.
In short, these common occurrences were "disturbances in the force," if you will, which required a trained expert (a priest); not the same thing as cackling narcissistic evil, not at all.
And yet the Holiness Code of Leviticus includes "Love your fellow as yourself."
There is more, much more, to be said about it, but I haven't digested it all yet. More later, I promise.