Besom, Stang & Sword: A Guide to Traditional Witchcraft, the Six-Fold Path & the Hidden Landscape

September 12, 2019 - Comment

Regional traditional witchcraft is an animistic form of witchcraft that moves away from the religious harvest festivals and fertility-minded practices associated with the more common Wiccan form of witchcraft. Very few of us in this age are farmers or dependent upon crops and harvests. Regional traditional witchcraft teaches people to find their craft in their

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Regional traditional witchcraft is an animistic form of witchcraft that moves away from the religious harvest festivals and fertility-minded practices associated with the more common Wiccan form of witchcraft. Very few of us in this age are farmers or dependent upon crops and harvests. Regional traditional witchcraft teaches people to find their craft in their own backyards, in the uncultivated land or urban cityscape alike, and in their ancestors rather than in ancient foreign deities or in a neopagan-styled religious form of witchcraft. It’s not about where you’re from but where you are.

The material is adaptable to any region in which the practitioner lives. Although the lack of deity worship and holy days is a significant part of the authors’ nonreligious approach, this book presents a complete system of practice utilizing ritual, chant, trance, the six paths of witchcraft as defined and explained by the text, and the practices associated with traditional witchcraft.

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Anonymous says:

A New Era in “How-To-Do-Witchcraft” Books Modern witchcraft in general does not lack for beginner’s books. What we have lacked forever, however, is a practical book that (1) teaches solid witchcraft rooted in one’s own land, (2) bases its praxis on the increasingly-popular Cochranesque style of Crafting instead of Wiccan-based ceremonial practices, and (3) emphasizes spirit contact over Deity reverence or mystery-school mythos.Not that there is anything wrong with Deity reverence, mystery schools, or Wicca; there isn’t, but…

Anonymous says:

Couldn’t get through it The way this book explains difficult topics like trance states is very accessible and easy to understand. It’s a good general overview of the practices and tools of traditional witchcraft, and the authors encourage the reader to adapt their suggestions to their own personal practice.The reason I couldn’t get through the book is I was expecting tips on a spiritual practice that was connected with and honored the earth, with a focus on the local ecosystem. The authors’ suggestion to…

Anonymous says:

A no-nonsense guide to Witchcraft, and it’s super good! A clearly explained and well done guide to modern Witchcraft as seen through the eyes of authors Christopher Orapello and Tara Love Maguire’s Blackthorn Tradition. Besom, Stang & Sword covers topics such as necromancy, hedgewitchery, herbs, divination and more. The book itself had a no-nonsense “we’re just going to jump right in” feel to it, which as both a witch and the reader I really appreciated.I found a great many arguments made in the book as to how they came to their…

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