Srpen 2018

TW books recommendation

25. srpna 2018 v 12:45 | ellen |  tips
** A Witch Alone (Thirteen Moons to Master Natural Magic) **
by Marian Green

This book carries on the tradition of the solo village witch emphasizing white rather than black magic. It is a practical manual of instruction for those who choose the solo path of study and particularly stresses the importance of being in tune with nature.


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


The Crone's Book of Words
by Walerie Worth

The author has created from her studies these poems that are more than poems: instructions, incantations, and spells for every purpose. This is the magick incarnate in each of us who knows the power that is within.


Traditional Witchcraft A Cornish Book of Ways
by Gemma Gary

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 practiced by the white witches, charmers, conjurers and pellars of the Cornish villages.


The Charmers' Psalter - 2nd Edition
by Gemma Gary

The Psalms, mysterious in their origins and possibly far pre-dating their appearance within Judeo-Christian Scripture, have a long history of magical use. We encounter the Psalms within the rites and talismanic magic of the grimoires, and their prolific employment within Charming, Cunning and folk-magical tradition. Herein the methods of their use are varied and incorporate magical acts of utterance, inscription, bottling, burning, sprinkling, pouring and burial in conjunction with various substances and materials.


** Treading the Mill: Workings in Traditional Witchcraft **
by Nigel G. Pearson

Hallowing the Compass; Tools, Calling the Directions, Content of the Rite, Closing Statement & Thanksgiving, Honouring the Directions, Opening/Dismissing the Compass, Place of Working, Examples. Wand Crafting; What is a Wand? Aspects of Traditional Tree Lore, Dryads, Types of Wood, Some Native Trees, Cutting Wood for Magical Purposes, Creating your Wand, Finishing Off your Wand, A Hallowing Rite. Spell Crafting. What is a Spell? and more ..


** The Long Hidden Friend **
by John George Hohman

Instructing the practitioner in such matters as the arts of the circle, the conjuration of spirits, angels and demons, the performing of divinations, the crafting of magical tools, charms, amulets and talismans, and the magical properties of plants, the grimoire has had a profound influence on the practices of magic in the modern period.


The Flame in the Cauldron: A Book of Old-Style Witchery
by Orion Foxwood

Foxwood reveals some of his own deeply personal rituals and spells directly from his own grimoire of witchery; he highlights the differences (and similarities) between Wicca, "traditional" witchcraft, and old style witchery.


Authentic Witchcraft: The Historical Tradition Revealed
by Grayson Magnus

Its purpose is to introduce new and potential students to the authentic, historical Witchcraft tradition. Authentic Witchcraft is defined by three essential characteristics. First, Witchcraft is not religious. It has no gods, no prayer and no worship. Instead, it is based in a spiritual world-view called Animism. The second defining characteristic of authentic Witchcraft is that every Witch has a Familiar-Spirit who is a primary source of his or her power. This relationship takes the form of a courtship and romance. The final characteristic of authentic witchcraft is a subject long shunned by Wiccans and Neo-Pagans; The Devil. It is important for real Witches to understand what our ancestors believed about him and why.


Fifty Years in the Feri Tradition
by Cora Anderson

This book explains the Andersons' work and teachings in the Fairy Faith of the Old Religion-its theology, physics, and social structure.


The Black Toad: West Country Witchcraft and Magic
by Gemma Gary

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.


A Deed Without a Name: Unearthing the Legacy of Traditional Witchcraft
by Lee Morgan

A Deed Without a Name seeks to weave together some of this cutting-edge research with insider information and practical know-how. Utilising her own decades of experience in witchcraft and core-shamanism Lee Morgan pulls together information from trial records, folklore and modern testimonials to deepen our understanding of the ecstatic and visionary substrata of Traditional Witchcraft.


Výsledek obrázku pro Carmina GadelicaCarmina Gadelica
by Alexander Carmichael

Collection of folk poetry from the Western Isles of Scotland. Carmichael spent years collecting folklore from the vanishing cultures of Scotland. The poems in this volume include prayers, invocations, blessings and charms.


Výsledek obrázku pro The GaldrabókThe Galdrabók
by Stephen E Flowers

This book is a grimoire translated by Stephen Flowers that dates back to the 1600s, but is believed to contain spells and rituals that come from as far back as the 1400s. The grimoire contains 47 spells and sigils/staves that originate from the old witchcraft traditions of Iceland.


Výsledek obrázku pro The PicatrixThe Picatrix
by Hashem Atallah

This grimoire contains nearly 400 pages with a large focus on astrological magic that relates to everything from creating talismans to conjuring spirits.


Go Away Powder

25. srpna 2018 v 11:34 | ellen
"A famous powder traditional to witches in the South of Britain. It is highly potent and is employed to banish anything undesired either by scattering it over a representation of that which is to be banished or else throwing it into a fire, into the ebbing sea tide or into the wind whilst naming the undesired thing. This finely ground powder is made of the following:
Benzoin - 3 tsp
Blackthorn Thorns - x2
Mullein - 1 tsp
Salt - 2 tsp
St John's Wort - 1 tsp
Wormwood - 2 tsp

(Traditional Witchcraft - A Cornish Book Of Ways by Gemma Gary)

A Witch Bottle For Healing

25. srpna 2018 v 11:33 | ellen
Place within a bottle good amounts of Bay Leaves, Benzoin, Juniper Berries, Lavender and Rosemary. Then add some Hair and Nail Clippings of the patient and Nine Bent Pins to drive away the illness.

(Traditional Witchcraft - A Cornish Book Of Ways by Gemma Gary)

Rowan (Aka Mountain Ash)

25. srpna 2018 v 11:33 | ellen |  herbs
"The Rowan is a most potent protection against ill-wishing; both in the form of personal charms and household protections. For either use, both the prepared twigs and the red berries may be employed, traditionally together with red thread.
Small bound crosses of Rowan twigs and the threaded berries may be carried as pocket charms, or hung within the home at the portal points.
The Rowan's berries would in Cornwall be threaded to form protective necklaces, and the tree's planting near doorways imparts upon the building a protective virtue to avert the power of the "black witch" and evil spirits, as does the ritual affixing of red thread bound rowan branch and twig bunches above doorways upon the potent eves of May and November."

(The Black Toad by Gemma Gary)

Traveler’s Talisman of Protection

25. srpna 2018 v 11:31 | ellen
Get a stone with a large flat surface (Obsidian, Tiger's eye, onyx, etc). Make sure that the moon is in its waxing phases (or even full if possible).

On Saturday, you will bury the stone on your property. Upon Monday night when the moon is visible, retrieve the stone to create the talisman. Quickly, you must place it upon a written charm of power: the third pentacle of the moon, (the sigil of Gabriel, symbol of Cain, sigil of Lucifer, symbol of Diana, or another symbol that is associated with the moon and protection can also work as well).

Alternatively: you can paint the symbol upon the stone as well.

As the stone sits in the moonlight, mutter a charm or prayer over it. The prayer or charm can be whatever you like, as long as it fits the situation.

Some examples
"Oh, Jesus of Nazareth, King over the whole world, protect me [name] during this day and night, protect me at all times by thy five holy wounds, that I may not be seized and bound. The Holy Trinity guard me, that no harm or disaster may be set upon me. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Amen."

"Empower this, MOON. Strengthen this, MOON. Consecrate this, MOON. Let no harm or ill befall the one that carries this stone. As Tana was rescued by you, I too shall be protected by you, MOON."

Oh moon, my lady, please do not abandon me.
I pray to thee, please do not forget me.
Grant me passage down these roads,
For I seek your garden filled with sweet relief.
Guide me through the darken ways,
So that I may find thy grove of green and red.
Let me take from it the lonely rose,
And let it be filled with your light and touch.
Let thy blood splattered rose take my heart,
So that I might hear your voice.
Soothe my spirit, quench my thirst, end my hunger
Comfort me with your bewitching words.
Oh moon, my lady, please do not abandon me.
I pray to thee, please do not forget me.
Grant me passage down these roads,
For I seek your garden filled with sweet relief.

State the charm several times as needed, until the moment is right. You will then place the stone into a bag and keep it on your person when you are traveling. You can also leave it in your car.

The Red Smoke

25. srpna 2018 v 11:27 | ellen
To awaken the Serpent, Sprowl, Witch Fire, and raise the Power.

Grind the following in a mortar and pestle until you get a roughly even mix. Add a drop of raw honey to stick your plants together. Burn on a charcoal disk.

- 1 part **Myrrh**
- 1 part **Dragon's Blood**
- 1 tbs **Hibiscus Flowers**
- 1 tbs **Hawthorn Berries**
- 1 tbs **Juniper Berries**
- 1 tbs **Cinnamon**
- 1 **Red Rose**
- 3 **Cloves**

The Witch’s Whisk

25. srpna 2018 v 11:26 | ellen
The witch's whisk is a traditional piece of West Country witchery.
They are bundles of blackberry twigs, traditionally bound on one end, and lit to be used as a cleansing smoke.
The process of making one is rather simple. The witch goes to a blackberry bush and harvests a handful of twigs, then binds the end they will hold. The open end will be lit aflame and blown out, producing a wood-smoke that clears out a space or a person of ill-influences.
The witches in the West Country were said to light them and weave around and about to make an area ready for witch work.
The blackberry in England has a lot of folklore, each pointing to a common piece of wisdom. Blackberry was the bane of all evils, from misfortune to illness. It was used to release people and animals from illness, misfortune, and witchery. There are tales that the Devil was thrown out of Heaven and into a blackberry bush, and such avoids and hates them.
If you're like me, you tend to individualize these pieces of lore. In my own method, water taken from a holy place and flicked/sprayed about with the ends of the whisk can achieve the same effect as the above, especially if it's directly after using the whisk in its original method

Conjuring Smoke

25. srpna 2018 v 11:13 | ellen
To meet at the threshold, a traditional blend of powerful plants aiding in spirit work and communication. A strong incense to draw spirits to you, sing them awake, and help in manifestation, or simply to burn as an offering with a fine alcohol drink.

Grind the following in a mortar and pestle until you get a roughly even mix. Add a drop of raw honey to stick your plants together. Burn on a charcoal disk.

  • 1 tbs Mullein
  • 1 tbs Dittany of Crete
  • 1 tbs Mugwort
  • 1 tbs Dandelion Root
  • 1 tbs Cypress
  • 1 tbs Lavender
  • 1 tbs Fine Tobacco
  • (Optional) (1) pinch of Graveyard Dirt

Traditional ways of crafting a wand

25. srpna 2018 v 11:10 | ellen
To start, you must find a suitable tree. Different species of trees have various magical virtues in folklore and correspondences. Is there a certain tree to which you are drawn? Has there been Aspen shaking outside your window every night, lulling you to sleep? Perhaps you are drawn to slender Hazel and her soft leaves? Or are you attracted to Rowan's bright, red, bitter berries? Are you brave enough to approach Grandmother Elder and claim one of her limbs?
Traditionally wand is crafted from Hazel wood when her nuts are just about to pop. Hazel is a strong wood, easy to carve, and grows in lovely straight lengths so it is easy to cut a good rod. The rod should be, traditionally, cut on a full moon on the day Mercury at midnight. According to traditional texts, the rod should be of a year's growth, and a length approximately from the crook of the elbow to the longest finger of the dominant hand. Though, I have also read that the length should be from the tip of your nose to the longest finger! Use what is comfortable, I think. Though, of course, if you are following the procedure for a specific working, the author may have a reason for the length! For a general wand for general witchcraft, elbow to fingertip is a fine length of wood. Remember, it's not the size that matters, it's how you use-
Anyway! So, now you have your rough wand. Now what you want to do is strip the bark off. Some people like to leave part of the bark on for a handle, others like to strip it entirely bare, and that is up to you. Then you should leave it in a dry place to cure. It should take about a month per inch of thickness, I believe is the general rule. While this is happening, I like to sketch out what I plan to carve into the wand. In traditional texts, you'll find names of god, runes, Hebrew letters, and so on. Modern wands have various designs carved into them, such as serpents, stars, swirls, leaves, animals, birds, plants, et cetera. If you are not a skilled wood carver, that's okay! I've seen many beautiful simple wands that work just fine. And! If you can practice with some other dry pieces laying about, then you won't have to worry about ruining your wand. Also, woodburning can take so much of the struggle off.
Traditionally in witchcraft, the tip of the wand is carved into a phallic shape, or at least is pointed. Sometimes a pine cone is carved onto the tip. This is to represent the male principle in witchcraft, as the wand is the phallic instrument of directing energy in its more gentle aspect (as opposed to the dagger which is more aggressive). However, if gender polarity is not your thing, you don't have to attribute any gender symbolism to this at all! I like to think of the wand as a rod of command, and don't attribute any gender associates with the wand. (Though, I have seen a wand which is basically a giant wooden penis, and it is just my absolute favorite). I am not much of a woodcarver, so I keep the tips of my wands unadorned and just go a nice tapered point. Or you can go the more modern route and affix a crystal or sacred stone to the tip.
The butt of the wand, or the heel (the end that faces you) can be carved into a hoof if you like, or a ball, or you can even embed a hole in the butt of the wand to place scrolls, magical powders, oils, et cetera depending on the spell you are using. Some writers add that you can seal up your blood and hair to personalize the wand. Or it can be left unadorned. Remember, this is your wand, and you can carve it however way you like.
When you're done with the carving and decorating, and sanding to smooth it down, you'll need to polish it to keep the wood free from dust and to keep it preserved. There are many different polishes out there. Gemma Gary recommends using either boiled linseed oil, or bees wax polish. I'm opting for the latter because I like to make my own stuff. She says if you're using bees wax polish: Once a day for a week, once a week for a month, once a month for a year, once a year for life. This way your wand will be nicely preserved and the wood won't crack.
When you get to the polishing stage, you can consecrate the wand. There are many ways to consecrate magical instruments from the very elaborate consecrations given in the grimoires, to the simple. From what I have read, the wand should be laid out in ritual space, exorcised of all phantasms contrary to the working, and then a blessing is said over the wand to dedicate it to the service of witchcraft. Then, a bit of blood or spittle is crossed three times upon the surface. The instrument is then slept with for three nights as a consummation of the instrument's baptism. After this, it should be used immediately in a magical working. Traditionally, the wand, as with all instruments of the Art, should be kept wrapped in black silk and kept out of the way until it is used.

This was a really quick blurb, and I hope to go into more detail about the wand in a later post. I just need to gather my research materials! There are many ways to craft wands, and there are different wands for specific purposes (such as blasting rods!), and different consecration techniques. You should also be mindful about the proper way to harvest wood for a wand (I gave a small insight into this in an article here).