Titles exploring witchcraft, folk-magic, tradition and custom
from Cornwall and the West Country:

The Black Toad - West Country Witchcraft and Magic
by Gemma Gary
with foreword by Michael Howard

Gemma Gary's The Black Toad explores potent examples of the folk-ceremonial magical practices and witchcraft of the south-west of England; dealing especially with Devon and the author’s homeland of Cornwall. Within the West Country, the popular belief in witchcraft and its attendant charms, magical practices and traditions continued to be observed and survived long after such ways had faded in most other parts of the British Isles.

Described within The Black Toad is a collection of some of the fascinating magical practices and lore of the West Country’s cunning folk and early modern witches;  ways that have survived and evolved within the rarefied Craft of the area’s modern day witchcraft practitioners of the old persuasion. As this book affirms, these ways of the Old Craft and Cunning Arte include a belief in and working relationship with the spirit forces of the land, the Faerie, animal and plant lore, as well as the magical use of Psalms to cure or curse, the invocation of Christ and the power of the Holy Trinity.


“For all those who are interested in learning about the Old Path as it is taught and practised today by West Country witches this book of practical magic and sorcery will be a revelation. As the late Cecil Williamson, founder of the witchcraft museum in Boscastle, North Cornwall and a modern cunning man himself, said and Gemma Gary’s excellent book proves – “It still goes on today.”

Michael Howard


Traditional Witchcraft - A Cornish Book of Ways
by Gemma Gary
New Second Edition


"Traditional Witchcraft - A Cornish Book of Ways is a 21st century version of traditional Cornish witchcraft, of the kind recorded by Hunt, Bottrell and others. This is no neo-pagan or modern wiccan manual, but rather a deep drawing up into modern times of some of the ancient practices of lore and magic practised by the white witches, charmers, conjurers and pellars of the Cornish villages. Their presence was still current when the 18th and 19th century antiquarians and collectors recorded them, and, although the 20th century largely put paid to their activities, nevertheless their lore never completely disappeared, and it continues to provide inspiration for practitioners today. Gemma draws on this knowledge, not only from published material, but also from the experiences and workings of ‘wise women’ and country witches living today.

Topics include the Cunning Path, the Dead and the Underworld (Fairy Faith), the Bucca, Places of Power in the villages and landscape, the Tools used by Cunning Folk (working versions of what can be seen, for example, in the Museum of Witchcraft), Village cunning, substances and charms, and Rites of the Year’s Round. This book gathers much material together, some of which has not been seen in print before, and thus provides a sourcebook of magical workings in Cornwall today, which will be an invaluable reference."

Cheryl Straffon - Meyn Mamvro

"First published in 2008, this is a revised and expanded second edition of the author's well received book on modern Cornish traditional witchcraft. As Gemma Gary says in her new preface, there is no 'set in stone' organised witch tradition in Cornwall and folk magic practices have always been unique to their individual practitioners. However in this excellent book she has managed to expertly draw together a workable new tradition from historical sources and the surviving rites, charms and folk customs of Cornwall and the West Country. It provides a valuable resource and guide for beginners interested in practising Trad Craft. However this reviewer is sure that experienced practitioners will also learn from its contents.
Very highly recommended."

Mike Howard – The Cauldron

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Devon Witchcraft and Foolk Ways
Sarah Hewett


This fascinating collection of West Country ‘old ways’ was originally gathered by Sarah Hewett as part of her book ‘Nummits and Crummits’ first published in 1900 at a time when many of the old Devonshire folk beliefs and practices were retained by living memory or even continued.

The selection presented here forms a veritable treasure trove of West Country customs, beliefs and magical practices including Witch charms for healing and protection, the casting and countering of curses, love divinations, seasonal superstitions and customs, omens and death tokens, dream interpretation, things lucky and unlucky, evil days of the year, weather lore and ‘wise saws’ and more.

Devon Witchcraft and Folk Ways will be a worthy addition to the bookshelves of those with an interest in regional folk beliefs, customs and magic.

95 pages, illustrated with line drawings and images Paperback Edition: £8.99

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The Cornish Traditional Year
Simon Reed


Just as the language of Cornwall is crucial to the continued survival of the Cornish people, so it is equally crucial to practice and understand our distinctive Cornish calendar.

This book presents to all the people of Cornwall the full exposition of the yearly cycle that forms such an important part of our culture. Celebrating together leads to strong communities and positive sense of identity, by adopting, reviving or preserving this heritage we take giant steps towards ensuring the future of the Cornish culture into the 21st Century and beyond.

125 pages, illustrated with line drawings and photographs Paperback Edition: £9.99

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An Joan The Crone
The History & Craft of the Cornish Witch

The term "An Joan" is the traditional name once applied to a Cornish witch. In this history of the Cornish witch, Kelvin I. Jones pieces together a fascinating account of four centuries of the work and reputations of Cornish witches. The book also includes a detailed A to Z of witchcraft in Cornwall. This is the most detailed study ever attempted on the subject of Cornish Witchcraft.

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An Joan the Crone The History and Craft of the Cornish Witch
An Joan the Crone: The History and Craft of the Cornish Witch  

Magic, Witchcraft & the Supernatural in Cornwall

Because of its isolated position, Cornwall has always had its fair share of occult history. In this detailed Study, Kelvin I. Jones provides us a rare glimpse into the fascinating world of witches, wizards, magicians and exorcists in this wild and remote county. A rich compendium of magic and the supernatural in Cornwall

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Occult Cornwall Magic, Witchcraft and the Supernatural in Cornwall

Occult Cornwall: Magic, Witchcraft and the Supernatural in Cornwall  

Land of the Goddess

This book discovers a continuity of Goddess-tradition in remote Cornwall from ancient times right up to the present day, using evidence from archaeological research, folklore and legend and rural tradition and custom. Rich in information the book is also alive with photographs and artwork by Goddess celebrating women artists living in Cornwall.

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Pagan Cornwall Land of the Goddess

Pagan Cornwall: Land of the Goddess  

Titles Exploring the Wider Traditional Craft,
Folk Magic and Cunning:

Practical Craft Working
in Modern Traditional Witchcraft

This book is concerned with the traditions pre-dating the Gardnerian revival and concentrates on the practical aspects of Traditional Witchcraft. It covers such areas as creating the Compass; crafting and use of wands; sacred wines and brews and the mysteries of the cup; practical spell crafting using words, herbs, oils, salves and natural objects; trance working techniques, including instructions for soul flight; working with natural Spirits, familiars, the fetch, the ancestors and faerie realms; approaching and working with the Witch God and Goddess in various aspects. A book for the serious student of real Witchcraft. Paperback, 248pp.

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Treading the Mill
Treading the Mill: Practical CraftWorking in Modern Traditional Witchcraft  

For some fifty years, secrecy has surrounded the Royal Windsor Coven and the Regency which operated from the 1960s to the 1990s. They have played a major role in shaping modern witchcraft and paganism, not only in the U.K. but, in the USA and Australasia. The Royal Windsor Coven gave birth to what is known as the ‘Cochrane Tradition’ in witchcraft, named after the pseudonym of one of the coven’s founders: ‘Robert Cochrane’. The Regency, which was the exoteric form of the Royal Windsor Coven, was the first group to hold public, pagan celebrations, open to all-comers, in Britain and paved the way for the public pagan festivals that culminated in the Stonehenge Festivals. Together, these groups gave rise to the Clan of Tubal Cain and Y Plant Bran strands of witchcraft in Britain and the 1734 and Roebuck covens in the USA. They included amongst their members most of the famous names in witchcraft today, including Doreen Valiente, Marion Green, Norman Gills, Bill Gray, Madge Worthington, Joe Wilson and Evan John Jones.

In spite of their importance, there is very little information in the public domain about either of these groups and much of what is available is filled with factual error and invention. As leader of the Regency, the author possesses a collection of letters and documents that has never seen the light of day and sheds interesting and detailed information about the activities, beliefs and rituals of the Royal Windsor Coven and the Regency. The author also has over forty years experience and membership of the Regency, together with anecdotal information about the Royal Windsor Coven from its members who were close friends and with whom he lived for many years. This is a history of the Royal Windsor Coven and the Regency, which focuses on its members, beliefs and rituals to demystify, inform and inspire.

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An inside account of traditional witchcraft as it is practised today by several covens and clans across Britain and how it compares with modern Wicca. Subjects include the working tools of the traditional witch; the Horned God and Witch Goddess; entering the circle and 'passing the power' in Hereditary and Traditional Craft; traditional forms of magick, including healing, cursing and hexing, necromancy, shapeshifting, familiar spirits and spirit guides, working with the elementals and psychic self-protection. There are also chapters on the traditional Mythic Theme of the Wheel of the Year and the esoteric symbolism of the festivals. It concludes with a look at the relevance of the Traditional Craft in the 21st century.

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At the secret heart of the Western Mystery Tradition lies the angelic wisdom that forms the teachings of true magic. Drawing from a wide range of sources, this book presents a new and unique overview of Western magic and occultism, exploring how this secret tradition has been inherited from Persian, Chaldean, Canaanite, Egyptian, Arabic, Hebrew and Greco-Roman sources. It also records how this tradition was preserved in the symbols and beliefs of Esoteric Christianity, Gnosticism, Hermiticism, alchemy, medieval magick, the Cabbala, the Tarot, the Grail mythos, the Arthurian legends, Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism and some forms of traditional witchcraft.


The topics include: the origins of angelology; the gnostic myth of the Grigori or fallen angels; the forgotten civilisations of the giant races; the esoteric symbols within Hermeticism and Masonry that reveal the key to understanding the mythic theme of the Luciferian gnosis; the inner mysteries of the Grail; King Solomon's temple as a Goddess shrine; the real identity of the Queen of Sheba; the truth behind the myth of the Garden of Eden and the Fall; the place of the dark moon goddess Lilith in the Luciferian tradition; and, the symbolism and meaning of the previously forbidden Luciferian occult tradition concerning the Watchers, or fallen angels, and the so-called 'Prince of Darkness' - revealed to be really the Lord of Light. It also includes the topics: arcane lore that illuminates several mysterious figures in the Bible whose real significance and identities have been hidden from us for centuries; and, the real occult secrets of the sacred bloodline of Jesus and Mary Magdalene and the spiritual reality behind the worship of the goat-god Baphomet by the heretical Knights Templar.

This is a major work on a subject little known or discussed outside the inner circles of secret societies, occult orders and traditional witch covens. As we enter the 21st century, the information here may prove essential to understanding what is happening in the world today and the future destiny of the human race. It reveals that our modern civilisation is not the product of haphazard cultural phenomena, but its development has been guided and influenced by celestial intelligences who first made contact with humans in prehistory. These 'teaching angels', as they are called, are still there ready to teach and guide those who recognise their presence. This book contains several appendices that offer ritual practices for those interested in contacting the angelic forces. This is the first book to be written exclusively on the Luciferian gnosis and angelic magick which reveals the real 'secrets' within the Western magical tradition. It provides an important and essential starting point for the reader to delve further into the numinous realm of the angels. 'The voice of the angels shalt speak unto you and by their signs shall ye know them.'

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In some ways this book is a sequel to The Pillars of Tubal Cain by Nigel Jackson and Michael Howard, in another way it is a prequel in the sense that it expands on the material and themes specifically contributed by the author to that book. However it also stands on its own as a concise, popular and reader-friendly introduction to this mysterious, and sometimes obscure and sinister, subject. This book challenges the concept that the fallen angels, or OEBen Elohim' fell from grace and became demons, with their leader Azazel or Shemyaza, identified with the rebel angel Lucifer, becoming, according to the Christian texts, the Prince of Darkness and supreme principal of evil.


Topics covered include what angels are and what they represent; their ancient origins; the major differences between Lucifer/Lumiel and Satan and how the early church demonised Lumiel and the pagan deities of the Middle East; the fallen angels and their stellar lore; the belief that the fallen angels are the same as the faeries and djinns of European and Arabian folklore; the universal myth of the great flood; the Nephelim or Anakim; the female consort of Lucifer, frequently associated in mythology with the dark moon goddesses and sorcery - Lilith, Hecate, Ishtar, Astarte, Asherah, Diana, the Shekinah and Sophia.

Also, the mystical symbolism of the rose in occult tradition; the process of cosmic redemption manifesting as a series of incarnations in human form; heretical cults and secret societies through history and in modern times claiming to follow Luciferian beliefs including the Sethians, the Essenes, Knights Templars, the Yezedi, the Ophites, the Mandean, the Order of the Morning Star and the Our Lady of Endor Coven amongst others; Arabic influences on the medieval witch cult; Renaissance angelic magic; the OEteaching angels' or archangels who feature prominently in angelic magick - Michael, Raphael, Gabriel and Two appendices are included with invocations to the Lord Lumiel.

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Nigel's follow-up book to the widely acclaimed Treading the Mill is simply marvellous! This book aims to give the reader an overview of the great rhythmic tides and flows of energy that animate the Land throughout the year and the natural happenings that occur along the way, thereby giving their practice a validity that it may currently lack. "Walking the Tides" describes holy days, celebrations, Saints' days, animals, birds, herbs, trees, weather and star-lore that are featured in the natural calendar of the British Isles and the uses to which many of these things are put in traditional practice. Many books describe the so-called "Wheel of the Year", without giving any context, reason or validation for the practices described; "Walking the Tides" takes the reader on an intimate journey into the heart of the Land and shows what actually occurs, rather than what is supposed to, enabling the reader to understand the rhythms and tides of the Land around them and to formulate their own celebrations and observances of these tides and their significant points, based on a clear understanding of the world around them.

Much of the information given is taken from Traditional Craft practice, but also from old British folklore, the lore of the Farm, the author's own experience and even Church tradition, blended into a whole to give the reader a greater and deeper appreciation and understanding of the seasonal flow throughout the natural year and their place in it.

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Call of the Horned Piper

A practical Grimoire of Traditional Witchcraft. Covering the archetypes & myths of the Traditional Craft exploring the inner symbology of the old Witchcraft religion, the sacred cycle, working tools, incantations, spells, path working, spirit lines, knots & thread lore & more. The text is complimented beautifully by the author's original artwork

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Call of the Horned Piper
The Call of the Horned Piper  

WITCHA - A Book of Cunning

WITCHA presents many secrets of English witchcraft, giving details of widdershins and deosil circle casting, spell-craft, divination, spiritism, sabbats and esbats, sacrifice, entheogens, philosophy, history, and more. The focus is primarily upon ‘operative witchcraft' of ‘results' and ‘getting things done', rather than the supposedly more ‘spiritual' aspects that have been the subject of so many books of late. Illustrated with photographs detailing, with their kind permission and support, exhibits from the Museum of Witchcraft , Boscastle

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Witcha a Book of Cunning
Witcha: A Book of Cunning  

A Grimoire of the Sabbatic Craft

One of the most sought-after new magical works of our time and may be regarded as the foundation text of the Sabbatic Craft Tradition in its present phase of work. Comprised of three main parts: an exposition of preliminary magico-aesthetic formulae with detailed descriptions of working tools; the full text of the Sabbatic Rituals of Ingress, Congress, and Egress; and an eleven-chaptered Grimoirium detailing the arcana and composite practices of the Sacred Alphabet - the twenty-two lettered code of sorcerous principles underlying the practical spectrum of the Arte Magical.

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The Azoetia A Grimoir of the Sabbatic Craft
The Azoëtia: A grimoire of the sabbatic craft  

Andrew D. Chumbley

The Arcanum of the Opposer, a magical formula of the Crooked Path concerning the Powers of Self-overcoming. The book defines and illustrates the Design of Crooked Path Sorcery through a series of 72 arcane poetic verses of Qutub, Point and Axis of the World, weaving a rich tapestry to which is appended a scholarly commentary. This Illumination ultimately comprises the body of the Dragon of Eld, the Ancient Serpent of Light whose totality manifests within the miscrocosmic earth as the Great Opposer, whose Rite is included in the book.

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Qutub: The Point  


The first comprehensive examination of popular familiar belief in early modern Britain. Providing an in-depth analysis of the correlation between early modern British magic and tribal shamanism, the experiential dimension of popular magic and witchcraft in early modern Britain, and explores the links between British fairy beliefs and witch beliefs. In the hundreds of confessions relating to witchcraft and sorcery trials in early modern Britain there are detailed descriptions of working relationships between magical practitioners and familiar spirits of either human or animal form.

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Cunning Folk and Familiar Spirits
Cunning Folk and Familiar Spirits: Shamanistic Visionary Traditions in Early Modern British Witchcraft and Magic  

CUNNING FOLK - Popular Magic in English History

Local practitioners of magic, providing small-scale but valued services to the community. Mostly un-sensational in their approach, cunning-folk helped people with everyday problems: how to find lost objects; how to escape from bad luck or a suspected spell; and how to attract a lover or keep the love of a husband or wife. While cunning-folk sometimes fell foul of the authorities, both church and state often turned a blind eye to their existence and practices. In a world of uncertainty, before insurance and modern science, cunning-folk played an important role that has previously been ignored.

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Cunning Folk
Popular Magic: Cunning-folk in English History  


George Pickingill (1816 -1909) was said to be the leader of the witches in Canewdon, Essex. A fascinating collection of correspondence looking in detail at not only the differences between the Traditional Cunning Craft & modern Wicca but also exploring possible common roots, the relationship between the Hereditary Craft & Gardnerian Wicca, the influence of Freemasonry on the medieval witch cult, sex magic, ley lines, earth energy, prehistoric shamanism, the East Anglian lodges of Cunning Men & much more.

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The Pickingill Papers The Origin of the Gardnerian Craft
The Pickingill Papers: The Origin of the Gardnerian Craft

Witchcraft A Tradition Renewed
Evan John Jones with Doreen Valiente

First published in 1990, the authors delve deep into modern witchcraft, exploring the secrets of ancient rituals and its philosophy. The rudiments of the craft and nature of the rites are shown to revolve around traditional witchcraft passed down through families from earliest times, rather than the modern Gardnerian and Alexandrian versions. An essential for those interested in the Craft of Robert Cochrane and The Clan of Tubal Cain.

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Witchcraft: A Tradition Renewed

Doreen Valiente

witch songs, spells, incantations, the running of a coven, acquiring a collection of magical implements, methods of divination and other witch lore. Valiente shows how the oral traditions of witchcraft throw light not only upon the origins of the present-day witch cult and the activities of Cunning Man George Pickingill and his covens, but also upon the mystery of the founding of the famous magical order, the Golden Dawn. Also discussed is the relationship between the witchcraft of Britain and Europe with the magical belief of the Far East. Do both traditions hark back to the legendary city of Shamballah and to the shamanistic practices of Asia? And, why do the secret circles of the witches resemble those of the Tantric sex-magic of India?

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Witchcraft for Tomorrow  

Doreen Valiente

This volume, is intended to be not merely a guide to the many strange byways of witchcraft. The book seeks to be a serious contribution to the study of a subject long obscured by prejudice and sensationalism. The author sees witchcraft as being more than spells, charms, or even secret meetings and rituals; it is a philosophy and a way of life. It claims to be the oldest form of religion, that of nature-worship and magic.

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An ABC of Witchcraft Past and Present  

Doreen Valiente

This classic work is now available for the first time in paperback. Doreen Valiente, one of witchcraft's most widely known figures, was a close friend of the late Gerald Gardner,Initiated by him and for a time High Priestess of his coven, Doreen Valiente helped him rewrite his seminal "Book of Shadows". She records the break with Gardner that split his coven, the controversy surrounding Alex Sanders, "King of the Witches" and memories of many other witches whom she has known, including the lady called 'Dafo', Robert Cochrane, Leslie Roberts and Sybil Leek.

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The Rebirth of Witchcraft  

Doreen Valiente

Did you know...that the thickness of the layers in a locally grown onion will indicate the severity of the coming winter? Magic is all around us in stones, flowers, stars, the dawn wind and the sunset cloud. Doreen Valiente shows how to practice the age-old white magic which has been familiar to the Wise Ones for centuries. This book helps you tap the magic of: herbs and flowers; amulets and talismans; Water, Air, Earth, and Fire; card reading; numbers and colours; weather predicting; love relationships; dreams; birds and animals; traditional Spells; and much more. Valiente

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Natural Magic  

An Insight into Modern Traditional Witchcraft

Robert Cochrane, with Evan John Jones and Michael Howard. Robert Cochrane is still one of the most controversial figures in contemporary witchcraft nearly 40 years after his death. This books details his letters dealing with magical/Craft topics written to Joe Wilson, founder of the 1734 Tradition, Norman Gills, a traditional witch and ‘cunning man’ of the old type with Romany ancestry and William ‘Bill’ Gray, well known in the 1960s as a writer on the Cabbala and a ceremonial magician. The decision was taken to publish these letters, with notes to explain their contents and place them in their historical context - this book is the result.

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The Robert Cochrane Letters: An Insight into Modern Traditional Witchcraft  

An Anthology of the Robert Cochrane Tradition

by Evan John Jones and Robert Cochrane, edited by Mike Howard. The Roebuck in the Thicket contains information about Robert Cochrane, his coven - The Clan of Tubal Cain, their rituals, teachings and beliefs and his workings written by himself to Evan John Jones, with additional writings by Evan John Jones.

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The Roebuck in the Thicket: An Anthology of the Robert Cochrane Tradition  

Marian Green

Written for serious practitioners, Marian Green's Witch Alone: Thirteen Moons to Master Natural Magic guides those who wish to learn the "old religion" without the aid of a coven. Densely written in serious tone, Witch Alone is nonetheless an inspiring and poetic read. Exercises at the end of each chapter are designed to take a full 28 nights to accomplish, and are designed to progressively lead one on the path to success. For those committed to learning solitary witchcraft, Witch Alone is a must-read.

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A Witch Alone: Thirteen Moons to Master Natural Magic  

Nigel Jackson

A study of the Horned God in the Traditional Witchcraft of Britain and Europe. Subjects covered include the Master of the Beasts, the White Stag of Annwyn and the Horned God of Celtia; Cycles of the Midnight Hunt and the Furious Host, Riding the Stang, Saturnus and the Cult of Misrule; the Masques of Old Scrat; the Sabbat of the Sorcerers, the Red Bones of Resurrection and the symbology of the Skull and Crossbones in Witchcraft; Old Pouck, Satyrs and the God of the Goatskins, Robin Goodfellow and the Pwca: the Great God Faunus, The Horned Lord of Horsemen and Shepherds; The Horned God as Coal-Black Smith; Tubal Qayin, and much more....In addition to the theoretical knowledge, the reader is given a number of Traditional Rituals: The Rite of the Horns of Misrule, The Ceremony of the Red Bones, The Knowledge of the Green One and The Fire of Qayin, making this volume an esoteric grimoire of the inner Religion of the Horned One.

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Masks of Misrule: Horned God and His Cult in Europe  

John Canard - An English Root Magician

For centuries curses, hexes and the 'evil eye' were seen as part of daily life in rural England, resulting in a rich heritage of folklore & apotropaic magickal practices. Such charms as Witch Bottles, Witch Balls, Hagstones, Horseshoes and Brasses, Magick Squares, Abracadabra, Rowan and Red Thread, Flint Arrowheads and Pebble Charms were often made from readily available natural materials. Here English Root Magician John Canard provides insights on how to find out if you have been cursed, detecting the perpetrator through dowsing, how to destroy magickal links, nail footprints, work with Church Grims and construct the Archangel Haniel's charm. Drawing from his own extensive research of English folk magick, the grimoire traditions, witchcraft and cunning - the author shares many unique insights and rare lore never published before.

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Defences Against the Witches' Craft: Anti-cursing Charms from English Folk Magick, Traditional Witchcraft and the Grimoire Traditions  

Nigel Pennick

by Nigel Pennick A new edition of this excellent book with many new illustrations making it much superior to the original version. A rich sourcebook for talismanic magic, charms against evil, household and animal magic, folk recipes, ceremonies of protection, curative spells and recipes, offering a unique and fascinating insight into the little-known techniques and traditions of East Anglia, with emphasis on the practical, useful nature of ‘nameless art’ as a magical path to self-awareness.

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Secrets of East Anglian Magic  

Paul Huson

An enduring classic since its publication in 1970, Mastering Witchcraft is one of the best how-to manuals for those wishing to practice traditional European Witchcraft as a craft rather than a New Age religion. Starting from first principles, Huson instructs the novice step by step in the arts of circle casting, blessing and banning, the uses of amulets and talismans, philters, divination, necromancy, waxen images, knots, fascination, conjuration, magical familiars, spells to arouse passion or lust, attain vengeance, and of course, counter-spells to exorcize and annul the malice of others. "A genuine vade mecum."

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Mastering Witchcraft: A Practical Guide for Witches, Warlocks and Covens  

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