The history of magic and witchcraft in Wales will inspire any modern-day witch. Written by a Welsh practitioner, this book shares the magical traditions of the land of the red dragon, exploring deities, fairies, folklore, charms, plants, and magic with dozens of exercises for hands-on practice. Explore the history and terminology of Welsh magic and methods for honoring the land. Learn to connect with Cerridwen, Rhiannon, and other deities as well as fairies and mystical creatures. Discover how you can incorporate traditional Welsh folk magic into your modern witchcraft practice, with exercises for honoring those who came before, connecting with the spirit of your home, protecting against adversity and malignant spirits, changing the weather, and much more.
" "In this new edition Charles Alva Hoyt updates his research and offers fresh interpretations of the fascinating history of witches. Among his "Second Thoughts" are cautious examinations of the possible implications of the space-time continuum of Einstein s special theory of relativity and the "Many Worlds" interpretation of quantum mechanics to the observed phenomena of witchcraft. Hoyt, a descendant of Susanna Martin who was hanged as a witch for walking through a Salem rain without getting her feet wet, carefully sketches the background and history of this least understood of supernatural phenomena as it has evolved from antiquity to the present. He identifies seven distinct schools of witchcraftorthodox, skeptic, anthropological, psychological, pharmacological, transcendental, and occultand thoroughly analyzes each of them. He explores witchcraft s increased influence resulting from the New Testament s personification of evil as Satan. Especially enlightening are the ways that the nonwitch world has perceived and treated witches. Witches were often victims at the lower end of the social order, scapegoats for the misfortunes of neighbors, town officials, and family members. Many of them suffered decapitation, hanging, burning and torture, dismemberment, and removal of skin with red-hot pincers for their alleged witchcraft. Dietrich Flade, Rector of the University of Trier, for example, was burned on 18 September 1589 after having been "mercifully and Christianly strangled." He had been found guilty of causing "plagues of hailstones and snails." "
The fifteenth to eighteenth centuries was a period of witchcraft prosecutions throughout Europe and modern scholars have now devoted a huge amount of research to these episodes. This volume will attempt to bring this work together by summarising the history of the trials in a new way - according to the types of legal systems involved. Other topics covered will be the continued practical use made of magic, the elaboration of demonological theories about witchcraft and magic, and the further development of scientific interests in natural magic through the 'Neoplatonic' and 'Hermetic' period.Amongst the topics included here are Superstition and Belief in high and popular culture, the place of Medicine, Witchcraft survivals in art and literature, and the survival of Persecution.>
The history of anthropology is, to a large extent, the history of differing modes of interpretation. As anthropologists have long known, examining, analyzing and recording cultures in the quest to understand humankind as a whole is a vastly complex task, in which nothing can be achieved without careful and incisive interpretative work. Edward Evans-Pritchard’s seminal 1937 Witchcraft, Oracles, and Magic Among the Azande is a model contribution to anthropology’s grand interpretative project, and one whose success is based largely on its author’s thinking skills. A major issue in anthropology at the time was the common assumption that the faiths and customs of other cultures appeared irrational or illogical when compared to the “civilized” and scientific beliefs of the western world. Evans-Pritchard sought to challenge such definitions by embedding himself within a tribal culture in Africa – that of the Azande – and attempting to understand their beliefs in their proper contexts. By doing so, Evans-Pritchard proved just how vital context is to interpretation. Seen within their context, he was able to show, the beliefs of the Azande were far from irrational – and magic actually formed a coherent system that helped mould a functional community and society for the tribe. Evans-Pritchard’s efforts to clarify meaning in this way have proved hugely influential, and have played a major part in guiding later generations of anthropologists from his day to ours.
This book combines two classic topics in social anthropology in a new synthesis: the study of witchcraft and sorcery and the study of rumors and gossip. First, it shows how rumor and gossip are invariably important as catalysts for accusations of witchcraft and sorcery. Second, it demonstrates the role of rumor and gossip in the genesis of social and political violence, as in the case of both peasant rebellions and witch-hunts. Examples supporting the argument are drawn from Africa, Europe, India, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia.
Blending storytelling, witchcraft, and warm advice, Jennie Blonde (the @comfycozywitch) offers recipes, rituals, and spell work, to nourish yourself and your family. For author Jennie Blonde, witchcraft is, in and of itself, comforting. Sure, there are not-so-comfortable parts as well—working with the shadow, coming face to face with that which holds you back. Jennie’s witchcraft is about connecting with the magic of nature, your higher self, and something beyond—a deity, deities, Spirit, the universe—and being comfortable with your true self in all aspects of your life. “In times of anxiety,” Jennie writes, “I turn to my practice. When I need a moment of calm and reflection, I retreat to my sacred space for quiet meditation, pulling tarot cards, and journaling to nourish my soul. When I want to nourish my family, I turn to my garden and herbs and cauldron (my stockpot) for a bit of kitchen witchery. When I wish to nourish my body, I turn to mindful movement, self-care rituals, and spell work. And throughout the day, every day, there are small rituals I perform to keep me connected to my practice. It’s all of those things together that are the heart of my craft.” Hearth and Home Witchcraft explores the following topics: rituals for protection and cleansing the hearth and home kitchen witchery, creating a kitchen altar, and recipes and rituals for nourishment the witch’s altar, tools, and spells, and creating a sacred space, no matter the size of the home herbs and plants, grounding rituals, and meditations to connect you with the earth witchy self-care, complete with rituals and recipes for ritual bath salts, oils, balms, and more
Wicca, Witch Craft, Witches and Paganism: A Bible on Witches This book is the bible on witches and paganism by experts on this secretive and underground world! It is finally unlocked for you. Discover and learn everything there is to know about witchcraft, spells, and witches. This masterpiece is a collection of the best works of Wicca experts Julia Steyson, Glenda Blair, Glinda Abraham. This book is a collection of the following books written by them: Wicca Spell Book: The Ultimate Wiccan Book On Magic And Witches A Guide To Witchcraft, Wicca And Magic In The New Age With A Divinity Code by Julia Steyson, AND Practical Magic: A Witchcraft Supplies Book of Wicca, Spells, and Runes by Glenda Blair AND Witch Book: A Definitive Guide To Witch Craft, Paganism and Everyday Magic by Glinda Abraham. This bible on witches and magic and spells is hundreds and hundreds of page long with many illustrations and will teach you so much on this magical subject including: Information deities The Wiccan Rede Holidays A full Gardnerian ritual to use as a solitary practitioner or in a coven setting Correspondences for crystals, herbs, flowers and more… The moon phases and what they really stand for Ritual explanations Spells for abundance, love and health Sabbat recipes and crafts Multiple ways on finding your magickal name Ways to connect with Goddess and God energy The Goddess explained The Horned God explained The Universal Spirit of Wicca explained How to identify and create your unique blend of magick How to set up your Pagan or Wiccan altar How to use magickal tools (safely!) How to manifest the energies you most desire in your life How to understand and use tarot cards and other divination methods How to celebrate Pagan and Wiccan holidays. How to perform the right spells for the occasion. AND MUCH MUCH MORE..... This is the most in-depth and detailed guide on wicca, witch craft, paganism and spells you can find. It ls all here! This is a BIBLE!
The writers of Practising the Witch's Craft 'provide deep insights for newcomers and for experienced witches into what it means to be a contemporary witch and how witches practise their art and integrate their magic with everyday life. Vivianne Crowley, author of Wicca: The Old Religion in the New Millennium and The Natural Magician Practising the Witch's Craft tells the stories of ordinary people who have discovered that life is enchanted and that Witchcraft works for them. Much more than a book of spells, it shows how Witchcraft celebrates the pleasure and mystery of life. Leaders of the Witchcraft movement and practitioners with many years of experience talk about what real Witches actually do. They describe powerful rituals and moving magical encounters, and discuss how they work with natural forces, including sexuality and the seasons. They also explain how to do spells, create personal rituals, use incense and herbs, and find a coven. Witchcraft is a living spirituality that gives meaning and purpose in life and helps practitioners cope with hard times. With insights from many different traditions including Wicca and Paganism, Practising the Witch's Craft invites you into the world of contemporary Witchcraft.