History of Witchcraft
A Little Bit of Wicca
An Introduction to Witchcraft
Hardcover ISBN: 1454927127
From an acclaimed author on witchcraft, an easy-to-use, informative introduction to Wicca. Wicca is growing in popularity, and Cassandra Eason—much admired for her writing on spiritual subjects—takes a look at its origins, its uses in everyday life, and its gods and goddesses. She explains how magick functions; how to create an altar and what tools you’ll need; how to make your own spells, rituals, and chants; how to find a coven, and so much more!
Mad About Mead!
Nectar of the Gods
Paperback ISBN: 1567186831
Savor the flavor of the nectar of the gods as you learn the history, lore, and techniques for brewing a variety of honey wines inMad about Mead by Pamela Spence. You may have heard about mead, but have you ever tasted its many varieties? If you hold a goblet of mead under your nose and breathe in its honeyed fragrance, you will almost hear the bees and smell the flowers that gave birth to this divine drink. Mad about Mead begins by sharing the lore of this wine. You'll discover its ancient history and how it has been used in a wide variety of rituals around the world, including puberty rituals, marriage rites, and baptism practices. If you like mead, just reading about its history isn't enough. You need to know how to make mead yourself. That's whereMad about Mead excels. If you want to make mead, this book is a must. It features: ·Complete home-brewing directions ·Recipes for different meads for every season ·What equipment you'll need and how to use it ·Step-by-step illustrations and easy instructions to make delicious, traditional meads ·Resources to find the supplies you'll need ·Expert tips from the founder of the American Mead Association Even if you've never brewed wine before, you can make delicious mead on your first try. After you drink one mead, you'll want to try the other flavors (more than a dozen) from the recipes included in this book. If you like mead or are ready to be enchanted by its divine flavor, you can learn to make your own delectable batches of this fermented honey elixir by readingMad about Mead.
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.
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?
Paperback ISBN: 0738702552
As the rest of the world goes to sleep, the nightkind - those who prefer to explore the mysteries of the night - prepare for their rites. Whether you are new to the practice of nocturnal magick, or a seasoned dark mystic, this companion to the popular Nocturnal Witchcraft is sure to bring new levels of power to your nights. Expand your connection to the dark ether and the unseen world with this collection of techniques and rituals taken directly from the author's personal magickal notebooks. Explore the Nocturnicon - a collection of rites designed to overcom the unique obstacles that appear in the life of the nightkind. Commune with the Dark Gods and Goddesses of the Night with nocturnal rituals for the sabbats. Examine advanced astral workings, including astral travel, working with thoughtforms, and banishing unwanted energies and entities. Connect with the positive side of the darkness within and without as you learn. Not for the meek, the magick you'll encounter in these pages will help you transform yourself, and change the way you perceive reality from this night forward.
Persuasions of the Witch's Craft
Ritual Magic in Contemporary England
Paperback ISBN: 0674663241
Profiles the surprising number of otherwise "normal" people who practice magic and witchcraft in England today, detailing how they became involved in witchcraft, the history and tradition of magic, and other fascinating details
A Witch's 10 Commandments
Magickal Guidelines for Everyday Life
2nd Edition Paperback ISBN: 1593375042
While the art of witchcraft is uniquely personal, an underlying code of ethics and principles binds its serious practitioners together. For the first time, this code is defined in terms everyone can understand. In A Witch's 10 Commandments, renowned Wiccan author Marian Singer uses the ubiquitous biblical rules to frame the 10 tenets witches should live by. These tenets incorporate aphorisms common to the New Age, Neo-Pagan movement, such as: Thou art God/Goddess As Above, so Below; as Within, so Without Spirit abides in all things; Names have power; Maintain an attitude of gratitude; Honor the ancestors, your elders, teachers, and leaders; All life is sacred; All acts of love and pleasure are sacred; Whatever you send out, returns three fold; Love is the law Love under will Work for the greatest good; and harm none. Accompanying each commandment are practical spiritual exercises for everyday issues, such as controlling an over-heated temper, supporting elders and teachers, giving back to the earth, and more. With A Witch's 10 Commandments in your library, you have a solid blueprint for ethical practice, allowing you to walk the ancient path of the witch in today's world.
Aradia or the Gospel of the Witches
Paperback ISBN: 0982432356
If Gerald Brosseau Gardner is the father of the religion that calls itself Wicca, then Charles Godfrey Leland is the grandfather of Witchcraft as a religion in the English-speaking world, and his small book, Aradia, is that religion's birth-announcement. It is the first work in English in which Witchcraft is portrayed as an underground old religion, surviving in secret from ancient Pagan times. Until now Aradia has been a work more often cited than read. Its first edition (1899) garnered only one review, and sank from sight like a stone cast into murky waters/ it sold poorly and is now a rare book. By chance a copy fell into the hands of Theda Kenyon, who devoted a few pages to it in her sensational Witches Still Live (1929), thereby calling it to the attention of many readers. By the 1950s Doreen Valiente had read Aradia, and she incorporated some of its most beautiful passages into the Wiccan rituals that she wrote. In the '60s and '70s it was reprinted four times, but always from a defective copy of the first edition that had lost its last page. Only in the '90s did another reprint finally restore the missing page. Aradia has always been a controversial work, among Witches and scholars alike. Scholars have questioned whether it may be a fiction or a forgery by Leland or by his principal informant, Maddalena (Margherita Taludi). Witches have objected to it on theological and ethical grounds, since some of the myths that it tells are about Lucifer and Cain as well as Diana and Aradia, some of its spells work by threatening or coercing the Deities and spirits, and in its revolutionary fervor it does not shrink even from teaching that the poor and downtrodden should use poisons to destroy their feudal overlords. Despite all that, it remains a beautiful and compelling work. This edition has brought the format and typography up to date, while keeping the text unchanged. A modern reader will undoubtedly find this new edition of Aradia much easier to read than the original or any of its facsimile reprints.
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.