Traditional Witchcraft

A Cornish Book of Ways

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. 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 and Magic), 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

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Available in the following editions:

Paperback Edition: gloss laminate cover

Standard Hardback Edition: The Hardback edition of Traditional Witchcraft – A Cornish Book of Ways, is presented as a claret case-binding, with black end-papers, black and red head and tail bands and with silver foil blocking to the front and spine.

Special Edition: bound in green cloth with copper foil blocking to the front and spine, black end papers and red head and tail bands. Lithographic printing on 120gsm cream paper stock with sewn binding. Limited to 250 hand numbered examples. Sold Out

Black Edition; a limited edition of 250 hand-numbered examples in Royal format 234 x 156mm, bound in beautifully grained black recycled leather fibers, with black foil blocking to the front and spine, black end papers, with red head and tail bands. 90gsm white paper stock.

Fine Edition: a limited edition of 25 hand bound copies in scarlet hand finished goat leather with gold foil blocking to the front and spine, marbled end papers, red head and tail bands and marker ribbon. Lithographic printing on 120gsm cream paper stock with sewn binding. This edition will be issued with a lined slipcase covered in red library Buckram cloth. Sold Out

Special Fine Edition: a limited edition of 5 hand bound copies in dark green fine hand polished and finished goat leather, with hand tooled raised labyrinth to the front, modelled on one of the two stone labyrinths found in The Rocky Valley, North Cornwall, gold foil blocking to the spine, marbled end papers, capped spine ends, gold marker ribbon. Lithographic printing on 120gsm cream paper stock with sewn binding. This edition will be issued with a lined slipcase covered in green library Buckram cloth. Sold Out

Size: Paperback – Demy 138 x 216mm, Hardback – Royal 234 x 156mm.

Pagination: 224 pages, profusely illustrated with new line drawings, plus 32 pages of black and white photographic plates.

In this new revised second edition much of the text has been re-written, with the introduction and the chapter exploring The Bucca being particularly expanded upon from the first edition. Of the fifty photographs presented within this book, only thirteen appeared in the first edition.

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Preface

Introduction

The Cunning Path

The Dead and the Otherworld

The Bucca

Places of Power

The Tools of Cunning
The Witches’ Compass
The Hearthside Rite
The Compass Rite
The Troyl Hood
A Ritual of Closing

The Trade
The Hand of the Wise
Planetary Virtues
Magical Substances
Charm Bags
Workings of Protection
Workings of Healing
Workings of Love
Workings of Good Fortune
Workings of Spirit Magic
Workings of the Weather
Versatile Ways 158

Rites of the Moon

The Furry Nights
Candlemas
May’s Eve
Golowan
Guldize
Allantide
Montol

Initiations on the Cunning Way

A Rite of Dedication

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