A Handbook of Saxon Sorcery & Magic by Alaric Albertsson

A Handbook of Saxon Sorcery & Magic by Alaric Albertsson

Discover the secrets of Saxon sorcery, and learn how to craft rune charms, brew potions, cast effective spells, and use magical techniques to find love and prosperity. Exploring the practices and customs of the Anglo-Saxons hidden in English folk traditions, this book shares techniques for making wands and staffs, consecrating and using a ritual knife, healing with herbs (wortcunning), soothsaying, and creating your own set of runes. The meaning and magical properties of the thirty-three Old English Futhorc runes are classified by theme, helping you in your quest to know…

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The Magickal Family by Monica Crosson

The Magickal Family by Monica Crosson

Wicca and Paganism is generally thought of as a specifically adult practice – after all, messing with magickal ritual can be a somewhat dangerous pursuit! As a practitioner of the Old Religion for many years, Monica Crosson also believed this to be the case – that was until one July evening when she found her seven-year-old son dancing around outdoors completely naked. When she asked him why he was doing this he answered “I’m dancing naked under a full moon just like you and Daddy.” Up until that point, Monica Crosson had thought…

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Spirit Conjuring for Witches by Frater Barrabbas

Spirit Conjuring for Witches by Frater Barrabbas

The conjuration of spirits is an aspect of occultism that has been somewhat in decline over the past few decades. Once the core activity in many arcane practices it no longer features as heavily as it once did in the ritual workings of occultists — even to the degree that there is risk of us losing so much of the once deeply revered knowledge and understanding of this aspect of magic. Frater Barrabas is a practicing ritual magician who has studied Magick and the occult for over thirty-five years. He is…

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Woman Most Wild by Danielle Dulsky

Woman Most Wild by Danielle Dulsky

“A communal subterranean yearning for wild woman spirituality is drumming beneath our feet, and this longing has been born of the feminine’ spiritual starvation.” With those profound words artist, teacher, and writer Danielle Dulsky reveals the essential message contained within her book Woman Most Wild. So what, you might well ask, is ‘wild woman spirituality’? In Woman Most Wild Dulsky explains that it is essentially a living, breathing tradition that can be found deep within Witchcraft. She states that it is energised by a deep sense of freedom, sexuality and inherent…

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The Hearth Witch’s Compendium by Anna Franklin

The Hearth Witch’s Compendium by Anna Franklin

Anyone who has even the slightest degree of interest in Witchcraft will probably have been initially drawn into this world of mystery by the portrayal of the old Wise Woman as she appears in old childhood stories and nursery rhymes. Coupled with images of rambling roses outside the front doors of her old stone cottage, herbs drying in the kitchen and strange brews bubbling away for days on the open fire these scenes stimulate the senses and engage the Pagan passions in all of us. Sadly, Modern Witchcraft is no…

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The Witch’s Book of Shadows by Jason Mankey

The Witch’s Book of Shadows by Jason Mankey

Of all the tools to be found in an occultist toolbox none are quite so important, or valuable, as The Book of Shadows. For Pagan blogger Jason Mankey his own Book of Shadows was his first tool of Witchcraft: a small, plain Nepalese journal that he picked up in a local hippy-style store. His second Book was a blue leather-bound journal that he purchased at a Barnes and Noble store. This one proved to be a more purpose-built affair with uniform pages and ruled lines. He still has both in…

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Betwixt and Between by Storm Faerywolf

Betwixt and Between by Storm Faerywolf

The Faery Tradition (not to be confused with the fairy tradition) in Witchcraft is seen as a comparatively recent offshoot of the traditional Gardenerian form of the Craft. Originating in the West Coast of America it is a path to personal power that actually has its roots in an ancient strain of the Craft and which today is enjoying a resurgence of interest. This is mainly due to the emerging experts in the field such as Storm Faerywolf. Hailing from San Francisco Faerywolf holds a Black Wand of a Master…

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The Magic of Trees by Tess Whitehurst

The Magic of Trees by Tess Whitehurst

Did you know that the Ash tree is an excellent protector of your home, that the linden tree is used to invoke the protection of the Goddess, or that hazel is associated with the planet Mercury? All this and many more facts and insights are featured in intuitive counsellor Tess Whitehurst’s comprehensive guide to the sacred wisdom and metaphysical properties of trees. Encyclopaedic Research In The Magic of Trees Whitehurst catalogs the ancient spiritual wisdom of more than one hundred trees. Ranging from common varieties such as beech, oak and…

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The Witch’s Book of Power by Devin Hunter

The Witch’s Book of Power by Devin Hunter

One of the most significant advances in contemporary spirituality has been the growing general acceptance of Wicca as a legitimate form of religious and spiritual expression. On the other hand one of the most regressive and emaciating aspects to contemporary spirituality has been that core Wiccan principles have become dilitued in this move towards mass acceptance of the Craft through the addition of the many wish-washy philosophies of the New Age movement. One of the more damaging elements to this change has been the sublimation of the Witches drive towards…

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Witchy Mama by Melanie Marquis and Emily A. Francis

Witchy Mama by Melanie Marquis and Emily A. Francis

For most women pregnancy is a period of intense introspection and self-examination. It is a time when the gestation process takes its natural course and a dramatic new alignment to the more natural rhythms of life begins to take over within the psyche. However, in many regards the perspective that Wiccan mothers have during pregnancy can be even more intense for the spiritual basis upon which they form their lives invariably leads to an even more complex set of decisions when it comes to bringing new life into this world.…

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Taking Sacred Back by Nels and Judy Linde

Taking Sacred Back by Nels and Judy Linde

Formal group-ritual has often been open to the criticism that it is often somewhat dull, unimaginative and uninspiring. One the years several occult practitioners have sought to address this issue in a variety of ways but at the end of the day the core framework for ritual work has remained much the same. Sacred Ritual – Community Magic Among those who have worked to improve the group ritual experience and though their efforts are inspired to advance a new generation of Pagan initiates are Nelsinho Linde and Judith E Olson-Linde.…

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Midsummer by Deborah Blake

Midsummer by Deborah Blake

Of all of the Pagan festivals celebrated through the year the most enduring one has to be the Midsummer celebration, or Summer Solstice as it is more commonly known. This is the one day of the year – generally around the 21st June, when the Sun remains visible in the sky for the longest time and when the night hours are at their shortest. It is time loved by everyone in the Northern Hemisphere for the joy and sense of fun that it brings with it. Turning of the Wheel…

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The Witch’s Mirror by Mickie Mueller

The Witch’s Mirror by Mickie Mueller

The magic mirror, as an instrument of prophecy and as a tool for peering into the inner planes has re-entered popular culture during recent times. As a mythological concept it often appeared in folk-tales and fairy stories – such as the 19th century German folk tale of Snow White and her egocentric grandmother, but more recently it has re-emerged within the stories of Harry Potter. Witchcraft has, of course, had a long and deep heritage of using reflective surfaces as a tool for skrying. These have varied greatly in style…

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The Goddess and the Shaman by J A Kent PhD

The Goddess and the Shaman by J A Kent PhD

J. A. Kent, PhD has both practiced and taught High Magic and Wicca as well as university courses in the fields of educational and developmental psychology. Kent is a natural psychic and has been trained in herbal medicine, homoeopathic medicine, and hypnotherapy and holds a graduate degree in counselling, psychotherapy as well as a doctorate in social ecology from the University of Western Australia. In her book The Goddess and the Shaman she reflects upon a lifetime of her own magical experiences whilst working within the Wiccan, magical and Shamanic mystery traditions. These…

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The Witch’s Athame by Jason Mankey

The Witch’s Athame by Jason Mankey

The word athame is believed to be a fairly recent addition to the Witches vocabulary having first appeared in the novel by Gerald Gardner titled. High Magic’s Aid in 1949. Someone who knows a thing or two about this type of ceremonial tool is Jason Mankey. As a practising Wiccan of over twenty years he has worked extensively with this magickal implement. In his book The Witch’s Athane – the third in a series of books about tools for Witches and Pagans ceremonial use by Llewellyn books, he explains that…

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Imbolc: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Brigid’s Day by Carl F. Neal

Imbolc: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Brigid’s Day by Carl F. Neal

There are eight sabbats, or holidays, in the Wheel of the Year that are celebrated in one way or another by Pagans of all persuasions. Imbolc, usually celebrated on the 1st of February, is one of the less well-known of the sabbats and the only one that is associated with a Pagan deity with an early-Christian heritage. At the point in the year in which Imbolc is celebrated, in the Northern Hemisphere at least, the ground is starting to thaw as temperatures rise slightly and this triggers an awareness of…

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The Witch’s Wand by Alferian Gwydion MacLir

The Witch’s Wand by Alferian Gwydion MacLir

Few tools are more closely associated with magick than the wand. Although it is an ancient instrument of conjuration it has, in recent years, gained almost legendary status with a generation of non-occult fans via its extensive use by all of the main characters in the Harry Potter films. There are few today who are not aware of the wand’s ability – both literal and imaginary, to focus, direct and manipulate metaphysical forces. The Crafter’s Craft It is common for magickians of all kinds to buy wand’s for ritual use…

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Yule: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for the Winter Solstice by Susan Pesznecker

Yule: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for the Winter Solstice by Susan Pesznecker

Very few days of the Great Pagan Wheel are quite so indelibly marked into the conscious of all of us than that of the Winter Solstice, or Yule. At this point in the year the days are at their shortest and the nigh-time seems, in the Northern aHemisphere at least, to last an interminable length of time. This is, nevertheless, still an important point in the magickal year for it offers us all the opportunity to pause at etc solstice, to reflect upon the passing year and to contemplate on…

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Wicca: Another Year and a Day by Timothy Roderick

Wicca: Another Year and a Day by Timothy Roderick

The modern practice of Witchcraft is no longer the closed and impenetrable system of natural magick that it once was. In the introduction to his book ‘Wicca: Another Year and a Day’, Wiccan High Priest and Craft leader, Timothy Roderick – a practitioner of over 30 years, describes the hard task that he faced way back in the 1970s and 1980s when trying to find out more about this often misunderstood aspect of occultism. As he reminds us, back then few good books were available on the subject, at least…

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Samhain: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Halloween by Diana Rajchel

Samhain: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Halloween by Diana Rajchel

In the turning of the Great Wheel the festival of Samhain marks the end of the Solar cycle and the start of the long and dark yin period of the dark goddess or, as Wiccan priestess, Diana Rajchel describes it in her book Samhain, ‘…the goddess has descended into the underworld to be with her beloved…‘ and that ‘…the now barren land gives way to the rulership of the Crone.‘ On the night of the 31st October, it is said that the veil that separates our world from that of…

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Mabon: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for the Autumn Equinox by Diana Rajchel

Mabon: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for the Autumn Equinox by Diana Rajchel

As the summer warmth and life-enhancing energies of late-September start to give way to cooler days and lengthening nights we are reminded that the turning of the Wheel of the Year brings us into a new, more reflective phase of living. Mabon is the commonly used term used amongst witches and pagans to describe the Autumn Equinox—a festival which takes place at the end of September and which is, much like the Spring Equinox, considered to be an important time for reflecting upon the year and its fecundant energies. Mabon,…

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Lughnasadh: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Lammas by Melanie Marquis

Lughnasadh: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Lammas by Melanie MarquisLughnasadh: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Lammas by Melanie Marquis

Lughnasadh (pronounced LOO-nə-sə) is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals; the others being Samhain, Imbolc and Beltane. It is said to originate as a celebration of the onset of the period of harvest. This festival, also known as Lammas, was originally held each year on the 1st August—a date which equates to a point on the solar calendar roughly between the summer solstice and the autumn equinox. Over time the day chosen for the celebration has shifted and now tends to fall on the Sunday that is nearest to…

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The Great Work by Tiffany Lazic

The Great Work by Tiffany LazicThe Great Work by Tiffany Lazic

In The Great Wheel, Tiffany Lazic explains that the intention behind writing her book …is to provide a map of the inner frontier that facilitates rescuing Essence from the dark. In making this statement, she is, of course, describing a particular process of spiritual transformation that can be initiated through the re-discovery of the fractured, isolated and disparate parts of ourselves that become trapped within that part of our inner worlds—an area most commonly referred to as the ‘Shadow Realm’. While Tiffany Lazic is a practising psychotherapist, her approach to…

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Wisdom of Birch, Oak, and Yew by Penny Billington

Wisdom of Birch, Oak, and Yew by Penny Billington

Hermann Hesse (the Swiss poet, novelist and painter) once said: Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life. There is a strong tradition of tree wisdom in the British Isles and one person who knows more about it than most is Penny Billingtom. Penny is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction books and an active member of the Order…

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Circle of Eight by Jane Meredith

Circle of Eight by Jane Meredith

In normal life, the principle of direction is one that we all use every day to determine where we are going and to guage how long it wil take to reach our chosen destination. In magick, the concept of direction means something a little different. It denotes where everything is located with relation to ourselves and operates as a more static or stationary concept. In Paganism, the eight directions are commonly referred to in connection with the primary points on a compass as well as to the turning of the…

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Everyday Witchcraft by Deborah Blake

Everyday Witchcraft by Deborah Blake

Deborah Blake has been a practicing witch for seventeen years. For ten of those, she has been the High Priestess of her own Pagan group: Blue Moon Circle. Her latest book is the follow up title to her extremely successful The Goddess Is in the Details: Wisdom for the Everyday Witch. In this second publication, she has expanded upon her earlier work as well as continuing to express her opinions on what it means to be a modern Witch in an increasingly diverse spiritual landscape. In the opening pages, she…

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Beltane: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for May Day by Melanie Marquis

Beltane: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for May Day by Melanie Marquis

Beltane is one of the eight primary Pagan holidays, or sabbats as they are also known, that comprise the solar year. Most people are aware of the four primary days marked by the Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice. Fewer people are aware of the importance of the other four dates in the esoteric calendar. Falling in between the other main festivals, these are celebrated by Pagans and Witches as Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasadh and Samhain. In Wicca, Beltane marks the point when the sun begins to grow…

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The Priestess & the Pen by Sonja Sadovsky

The Priestess & the Pen by Sonja Sadovsky

Throughout history the role of the Priestess, as an emmisary of the Goddess or Great Mother, has changed greatly. In the great civilizations of the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians she played an essential role in the function of all of the great temples and was often engaged in healing and tending to the spiritual needs of the local populace. With the advent of patriarchal religions her role diminshed and was eventually iradicated altogther until she started to make a dramatic re-appearance in the teachings of a great deal of 20th century…

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Celtic Tree Magic by Danu Forest

Celtic Tree Magic by Danu Forest

Few occult ciphers and cryptic alphabets are as fascinating or quite so old as the Ogham. This early Medieval alphabet was used throughout the Celtic regions of Britain and Ireland from the 4th century BC. In fact, they can still be found even today carved into some 400 stone monuments. In later centuries, the Ogham was dropped as a mundane alphabet and came to be used by Gaelic scholars and poets as the basis of grammar and poetry. Later sources ascribe each ogham letter to a tree and it was…

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The Book of Celtic Magic by Kristoffer Hughes

The Book of Celtic Magic by Kristoffer Hughes

Few spiritual disciplines are quite as enduring as the 3000-year-old tradition of Celtic magick. You can still see evidence of its widespread popularity within the landscape of the six primary Celtic nations: Brittany, Cornwall, Wales, Isle of Man, Scotland and Ireland. It is one of the few remaining pre-Christian religions and it continues to be so enduring since it is so closely tied to the land of its birth. Although some sources still maintain that Christianity superseded Celtic-Pagan worship, early Christian churches show evidence of their having infused Celtic myths…

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From the Cauldron Born by Kristoffer Hughes

From the Cauldron Born by Kristoffer Hughes

Few areas of Western Europe are as rich in ancient remains as the British Isles. In fact, it is difficult to explore its beautiful landscape without tripping over historical remains from one era or another. Sadly, most of the sacred sites that once dotted of this beautiful land have long since lost their intrinsic magick, leaving behind the stoney remains of a once vital sacred mystery that few of today’s scholars can comprehend. Whilst the ancient mystical heritage has long since withdrawn from the land of the British Isles, there…

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The Witch’s Broom by Deborah Blake

The Witch’s Broom by Deborah Blake

The first known reference to witches flying on broomsticks dates to 1453, when it was referred to by male witch Guillaume Edelin. Since then, broomsticks, along with black, pointed hats, cats, cauldrons and flying ornaments, have become synonymous with witches and Witchcraft. Despite the fact that broom traditions appear all over the World, there has been no authoritative examination of the broomstick or its uses in Witchcraft. At least, until now. In The Witch’s Broom, Deborah Blake reveals the history of the Witch’s broom, its ritual use and practical application in…

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The Wisdom of Hypatia by Bruce J MacLennan PHD

The Wisdom of Hypatia by Bruce J MacLennan PHD

If your experience of Greek philosophy is of sombre university lecturers, wearing academic hats, flowing gowns and covered in chalk dust, ‘The Wisdom of Hypatia’ might just change your opinion about a subject that is often seen as terminally tedious and utterly irrelevant to our modern technological age. Hypatia (c.400BC) was something of a rarity in an orthodox and masculine line of Greek philosophers that started with Pythagoras around 55BC and drew to a close, around 1000 years later, with Dionysius. Sadly, her radical Pagan philosophy eventually brought about her…

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A Witch’s World of Magick by Melanie Marquis

A Witch’s World of Magick by Melanie Marquis

The history of Witchcraft is often misunderstood. Many people believe it was eradicated during the 15th century Witchcraft trials. Others think it emerged in Britain with the publication of Witchcraft Today by Gerald Gardner in 1954 and many more see it as a commercial product of Hollywood and TV. Indeed, the Witchcraft and Magickal movements have become extremely diluted. As each new book on the subject is published, the core meaning of these ancient occult philosophies become increasingly confused. Into this lackluster stream of Pagan mishmash enters Melanie Marquis: a…

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The Wizard and the Witch by Oberon and Morning Glory Zell – Ravenheart

The Wizard and the Witch by Oberon and Morning Glory Zell – Ravenheart

Some people fall into Magick quite unexpectedly. Others read about the subject and become enthralled by it whilst many  take up the hobby to impress their friends or frighten their mothers. There is, of course, another important, but lesser known, band of individuals for whom Magick is the life-blood of their existence. It permeates every aspect of their lives, impacting every waking decision they make. ‘The Wizard and the Witch’ is an account of two such people who became America’s foremost advocates of Wicca and Paganism. Together, and in conjunction…

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