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 MeditationsChoosing 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.
Modern Wicca is a vibrant, uplifting nature religion practiced by hundreds of thousands of people in the United States alone. But wearing "witchy" jewelry and casting a few spells does not make one a witch, for Wicca is a lifestyle and those who walk its path have solemnly dedicated themselves to the service of the Goddess and God.
Wiccan Beliefs and Practices was written for the solitary witch or non-traditional small coven. Written by a Wiccan High Priest and retired aerospace engineer, Wiccan Beliefs & Practices includes crucial information not found in other introductory Wiccan books, including:
- Ethics of a Witch, including the Code of Chivalry
- How to write and develop your own spells and rituals
- The physically-challenged Witch
- Out of the broom closet: is it right for you?
- Know your rights: the legal protection of Wicca as a legitimate religion
Author Gary Cantrell speaks from personal experience with Wiccans of all ages and degrees of physical ability, bringing you an earnest examination of modern Wiccan beliefs and a practical guide to the Craft of the Wise.
In the following excerpt, the author explains why he chose to "come out of the broom closet."
I elected to reveal my practice of witchcraft publicly simply because I personally feel that the time for intentionally hiding ourselves has come to an end. We are practitioners of a kind, gentle, and peace-loving religion. We are not the bloodthirsty or depraved, orgiastic fanatics all too often portrayed by the entertainment and news media. The general public has been misled about witchcraft for over a thousand years, and now with our numbers reaching an all-time high, possibly in excess of one million people worldwide, we need to stand up and set that record straight.
We are out there by the hundreds upon hundreds of thousands. We are in the arts, the sciences, and the humanities. We are law enforcement officers, engineers, builders, doctors, and farmers. We are a legally recognized religion under the protection of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, and our isolation from the rest of the religious community should and must come to an end. With the phenomenal growth of witchcraft since the 1970s and with the free and easy interchange of information afforded to us by things like the Internet, that time will come to pass and it will happen soon. It may be happening now.
You can change yourself and your world with effective, focused rituals. This book by renowned Witches Amber K and Azrael Arynn K shows you how to craft powerful and meaningful rituals for your life, your family, and your spiritual community.
The authors share their vast knowledge of ritual planning and performance, providing a framework for creating your own successful rituals. They illustrate the principles of ritual crafting with stories from their own experiences as they explore a variety of topics, including rites of passage, esbats and sabbats, seasonal celebrations, rites for personal transformation, and rituals done simply for the fun of it.
You'll find information on all aspects of ritual including correspondences, timing, environment, attitude, music, meditation, altars, tools, costumes, and safety. This comprehensive book also offers worksheets, outlines, suggested themes, sample rituals, and a guide to teaching others.
Whether you're a beginner or seasoned practitioner, this comprehensive guide will help you take your own Witchcraft to new levels of significance, celebration, and personal transformation.
"This is a wonderful book, and is highly recommended to anyone doing ritual."--Lisa McSherry, FacingNorth.net
Winner of the 2007 COVR Book of the Year award
In our journey toward spiritual evolution, each of us goes through the stages of Maiden (infant to puberty), Mother (adult and parent), and Crone (wise elder). Maiden, Mother, Crone is a guide to the myths and interpretations of the Great Goddess archetype and her three faces--so that we may better understand and gracefully accept the cycle of birth and death.
From starry night rituals to garden toad totems, discover the enchanting craft of the HedgeWitch.
Transform your life with a little help from nature Working in harmony with the earth's energy is the heart of the free-spirited, simple garden magick known as HedgeWitchery. This guidebook from the immensely popular Silver RavenWolf has everything a new HedgeWitch needs to connect in a personal way with nature's creative, life-affirming energy and use it in magick and spellwork.
HedgeWitch features a fourteen-lesson, hands-on guide that you complete at your own pace, interacting with different aspects of nature in simple yet life-changing ways. The fourteen rituals, which can be done alone or with a group, culminate in an inspiring dedication ceremony.
Along with a wealth of helpful hints on using HedgeWitch magick for love, health, and beauty, this guide presents tips and recipes for soap making, tea-leaf reading, butterfly garden magick, organically growing your own herbs, and a variety of other ways to use HedgeWitchery in your hearth, home, and garden.
Praise for Silver RavenWolf:
"RavenWolf's prose is delightful and inviting...a wonderful guidebook for readers who are serious about beginning a Wiccan spiritual journey."--Publishers Weekly
The three-volume Witch School teaching series will prepare you for initiation into all three degrees of Correllian Wicca, one of the largest and fastest-growing Wiccan traditions in the world. As an additional bonus, WitchSchool.com offers many optional interactive features to enhance your textbook learning experience.
The Witch's Journey
Venture further on your journey into the magical life of a Witch. The twelve lessons of the Witch School's Second Degree, designed to be completed in the traditional "year and a day" format, build on the skills and knowledge you gained in the First Degree training program. Each lesson has four sections: an in-depth lesson, magical exercises, a spell, and a glossary. You'll round out your magical education and be ready choose your specialty within the Wiccan arts when you master the following advanced tools and techniques:
- Magical Alphabets
- Death, Spirits, and Spirit Guides
- Sex Magic
- Magical Calendars
- Advanced Chakra and Energy Work
- Ley Lines
- The Ba Gua
- Group Dynamics
Completion of the twelve lessons in this book makes you eligible for initiation into the Second Degree of Correllian Nativist Wicca.
By using the simple materials available in nature, you can bring about the necessary changes to greatly benefit your life and that of your friends. You are given detailed instructions for making and using the "gris-gris"(charm) bags only casually or mysteriously mentioned by other writers. Malbrough not only shows how to make gris-gris bags for health, money, luck, love and protection from evil and harm, but he also explains how these charms work. He also takes you into the world of doll magick to gain love, success, or prosperity.
Quiere atraer al amor? Lleve consigo una bolsa de p talos de Rosa o ra ces de Iris Florentina. Necesita dinero extra? Queme Clavo en forma de incienso. Quiere conocer el futuro? Prepare t con capullos de Rosa, t melo antes de ir a dormir y luego recuerde sus sue os. Esta es la clase de magia que encontrar en estas p ginas-f cil, descomplicada y sin rituales.
Do you want to attract love? Carry a bag of rose petals. Need extra money? Burn a certain kind of incense. Want to know the future? Prepare tea with rosebuds, take it before going to sleep, and then remember your dreams. This is the kind of magic you will find in these pages: easy and free of complicated rituals.
Witches' hats and harvest moon
Ghosts that dance to haunted tune
Apples, goodies, food galore
Halloween has this and more
Just where did the autumn gaiety begin? Let Silver RavenWolf guide you through the cobwebby corners of time to uncover the history behind Halloween. Honor the spirit of this hallowed harvest holiday with:
- Halloween magick: Prosperity Pumpkin Spell, Corn Husk Dolly, Solitary Harvest Moon Ritual
- Magickal goodies: Candied Love Apples, Witches' Brew, Sugar Snakes in Graveyard Dust
- Halloween myths and superstitions: Black cats, scarecrows, pitchforks, witches, ghosts, and haints
- Divination: Circle of Ashes and Stones, Magick Mirrors, Apple, Pumpkin Seed, and Water Divination
- Rituals to Honor the Dead: The Dumb Supper, Samhain Fire, Soul Lights, Spirit Rattles and Spirit Bowls