Back in the fall of 1996 I presented an academic paper at an international symposium on the Reformation. The conference took place in Augsburg, Germany, and I already knew that one of the participants, a professor at the local university, was going to be brutal. Who is this American graduate student to tell us of our history? I was a bit nervous, as my German wasn’t up to snuff. I was staying at the apartment of a friend, Helmut, who told me to see a buddy of his. “Wolfgang can help you with your problems,” he assured me. “Yeah, is he a therapist or what?” “You could say that. He’s a healer.” I had one free day before the conference started, so I figured I’d see what he could do for me. It turns out that Wolfgang was a witch, that is to say, a neo-Pagan practitioner of ritual magick with the gift of healing. His preferred method was a combination of aromatherapy and gem healing. He had me lay down on a couch and placed amber, topaz and jasper on my head for about a half hour. He was talking about the Mother Goddess the whole time, but I couldn’t really understand him because he spoke in a thick Swabian accent. “What brings you to Germany?” he finally asked. I didn’t want to tell him that I’m studying the Reformation, because most pagans take a dim view of anything pertaining to Christianity. After the session was over, he looked at me squarely in the eyes and said, "Vertraue niemandem (trust nobody)!"