History of Witchcraft
Traditional Magic Spells for Protection and Healing
Hardcover ISBN: 1620556219
An in-depth collection of ancient spells and magic practices drawn from rare and newly discovered texts • Presents more than 600 magical prescriptions for healing and protection from both pagan and Christian sources • Examines the practice of diagnosing illness through magic and explores ancient beliefs about curses and other evil spells and about devils, demons, and ghosts • Includes spells from the heavily guarded gypsy tradition of magic and healing, drawn from newly discovered materials Since the beginning of history, people have sought remedies for the many ills that have beset them, from illnesses afflicting the body to threats posed by evil and hostile individuals. In many folk healing and pagan traditions, it was believed that one must gain the assistance of the guardian spirit of a healing plant or substance through prayers or offerings before its chemical properties would be effective. The Church decried these spells and practices as pagan superstition but did not seek to exterminate these beliefs, instead transferring the responsibility for their healing powers to the apostles and saints. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of ancient texts, Claude Lecouteux presents more than 600 magical prescriptions from both pagan and Christian sources from the last 2,000 years, covering everything from abscesses and shingles to curses and healing animals. He examines the practice of diagnosing illness through magic and looks at the origins of disease according to the evolving beliefs of magic practitioners over the centuries. He explores ancient beliefs about curses and about devils, demons, and ghosts and provides an in-depth look at protection magic, including protection of health, animals, and cultivated land, protection against curses, witchcraft, bad weather, and beasts, protection of a home, and protection while traveling. He includes spells from the heavily guarded gypsy tradition of magic and healing, drawn from newly discovered materials collected by two Romanian ethnologists who lived and traveled with gypsies in Transylvania in the mid-19th century. The author also reproduces rare texts on magic healing from the 14th and 15th centuries. Revealing the vitality of these practices in the remoter areas of Eastern Europe, Lecouteux shows how the influence of this pagan worldview is still detectable in the work of modern folk healers in France and Scandinavia. He also shows how the condemnation of unorthodox methods of healing has not vanished from the contemporary world: the medieval legislation against healing by wizards and bonesetters is echoed in modern health codes that challenge the authority of naturopaths and faith healers.
The Priestess & the Pen
Marion Zimmer Bradley, Dion Fortune, and Diana Paxson's Influence on Modern Paganism
Paperback ISBN: 073873800x
This important book by debut author Sonja Sadovsky shines new light on how three captivating minds shaped the course of history. The fantasy novels of Dion Fortune, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and Diana L. Paxson influenced the image of the priestess in Neopagan and Goddess-centered spirituality throughout the world. The Priestess & the Pen shows how their work changed the way women are depicted in literature, created space for women to reclaim their power, and energized the women’s equality movement. Presenting a reinterpretation of the Goddess as fourfold rather than threefold,The Priestess & the Pen adds dimension and relevance to the traditional Triple Goddess archetype in a way that has never before beenconsidered with such compelling clarity. This book is poised to become a vital interpretation of the Pagan priestess.
Celtic Faerie Craft & Druidic Magic
Paperback ISBN: 1567188079
In Amber Wolfe's Elemental Power you will do more than just read about ancient tradition. You will actually be able to feel the ancient songs of the Celts stirring in your blood! Enter the realm of myth where the magickal and the terrestrial blend. Restore your connection to the re-emerging consciousness of the Celtic spirit. Elemental Power is your key to a greater understanding of the forces of Nature, not as an observer, but as a participant. This book unites Celtic Druidry with transpersonal psychology. It links Celtic Faerie Craft with current understanding of shamanic techniques. And just as it blends the ancient and modern in your soul, it will also -- through the use of ritual, breathwork, shamanic techniques, visualization, guided imagery, and much more -- help you to unite the various parts of your mind, giving you the power to become a spiritual warrior of the Celtic Craft: a Dragon-Rider. Elemental Power is packed with historical references, personal insights, and how-to material. It provides a progressive, non-hierarchical system for exploring and understanding the essential principles and practices of the Celtic Faerie Craft. And it truly is a springboard to self-empowerment, self-development, and self-awareness -- regardless of your faith -- simply by working with the forces of Nature. Each of the elements -- Air, Earth, Water, Fire, and Spirit -- are discussed in detail. Powerful rituals and techniques are outlined. Soon their power will be yours to control. Beginners and seasoned students of Celtic culture alike will find this book a catalyst for continued growth and spiritual development. Get your copy today.
Beyond the Basics
Paperback ISBN: 0738745537
You’ve got the basics of spellcasting down—now take your magical practice to a higher level. Discover how to add potency to your protective and defensive magic, healing work, psychic development, and divination. Cast successful spells for love and money. Add lesser-known workings to your repertoire, such as sending out etheric tendrils, creating a nocturnal servitor, and ethically practicing weather magic. With convenient “at-a-glance
Hardcover ISBN: 0316200603
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra analyzes the Salem Witch Trials to offer key insights into the role of women in its events while explaining how its tragedies became possible. Reading group guide available. 300,000 first printing.
Wicca For One
The Path Of Solitary Witchcraft
Paperback ISBN: 0806525541
A comprehensive guide to the solitary practice of Wicca through every season of life, from becoming a witch to improving your life through magic to mastering spells, rites, traditions, and celebrations. Original.
Paperback ISBN: 0875421369
If you are interested in Wicca and Witchcraft, Celtic Magic by D. J. Conway is a book you need to add to your library. Modern Wicca can be traced back to the ancient Celts. This book reveals the secrets of those ancient, pre-Christian people. In this book you will learn about the tools used in Celtic magic such as the altar, the staff, and the sword. You will also learn how to use these tools to cast a magic circle perform works of magic in it. This includes herb magic, cauldron magic, stone magic, and candle magic. With the help of this book you can do magic, and make positive changes in your life and the lives of those around you. There are also rituals of celebration. In this book you'll discover the way to celebrate the eight Celtic holidays including the solstices, equinoxes, Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane, and Lughnasadh. With the combination of ritual knowledge and magical insight you can practice the Celtic Craft of the Wise. Also included is information about the pantheon of Celtic gods and goddesses. Over 50 deities are introduced, along with more than 100 other supernatural or mortal beings and places. The simple and explicit magical rituals include methods to gain money, love, promote health, make prophecies, rid yourself of negative habits, and much more. Many experts believe that Wicca is one of the fastest growing spiritual systems in the world. Even if you don't want to practice this system, you owe it to yourself to learn about it. What are its sources? What are its beliefs? How can it be used to improve your life? The answers are right here. Already, over 225,000 people are using this book. Shouldn't you be using it, too?
The Real Witches' Handbook
A Complete Introduction to the Craft for Both Young and Old
Paperback ISBN: 0738713759
Kate West's trusted guidebooks have made her the most acclaimed Witchcraft author in the UK today. Llewellyn is proud to bring her classic The Real Witches' Handbook to US readers. What is a real Witch? With honesty and friendly flair, West sets the record straight about the life of a modern Witch. Dispelling common myths and Hollywood-inspired images, she reveals the true beliefs and practices of this nature-based spirituality: Sabbat Celebrations • The Wiccan Rede • Magic and Spells The Rule of Three • Deities • The Moon's Phases • Herb Lore Divination • Pathworking • Rituals and Meditations Choosing Your Witch Name • Craft Initiation • Coven or Solitary From seasoned practical advice to simple magical spells, within these pages you'll find everything a real Witch needs to begin practicing the Craft.
A History from Gardner to the Present
1st Edition Paperback ISBN: 0738715883
Modern Wicca is the only book on the market that gives you insider knowledge of Gerald Gardner's life and a rare look at the guarded secrets of Wicca while exploring the modern revival of the Craft. From the Museum of Magic and Witchcraft at the Isle of Man to the origins of the Book of Shadows, Modern Wicca tracks the evolution of Wicca as it spread from the United Kingdom to the United States and beyond. Also examined are Wicca's links to older forms of traditional Witchcraft, such as the Pickingill Craft. Along with a thorough history of modern neo-pagan Witchcraft, this book brings to life the various personalities who practiced and promoted it during the last sixty years, including Aleister Crowley, Alex Sanders, and Doreen Valiente. Also, practitioners will learn about the fastest growing system of spirituality today. "This is an extremely important book, representing an account of Wiccan history from somebody who has himself been a major actor in it." —Ronald Hutton, author of Triumph of the Moon