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Traditional witchcraft book recommendations?

Postby Ethereal Moon Rose » Wed May 25, 2016 5:36 am

Since my path has turned somewhat traditional, I've struggled to find decent reading material.

I can't seem to find anything about laying a compass. This has stopped me from doing a lot of spell work. I used to always cast a full blown circle and it always worked for me but now I'm after a more casual approach whilst still setting up a sacred space.

Does anyone have any reading recommendations regarding laying a compass and/or traditional witchcraft?

Thanks :-)
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Re: Traditional witchcraft book recommendations?

Postby SpiritTalker » Wed May 25, 2016 1:39 pm

Witching Way of the Hollow Hill by Robin Artisson has, but he uses antiquated vocabulary that can be off-putting. He also has a web site. The Crooked Path website is of the late Peter Paddon & also has a magazine. Paddon wrote Grimoire for Modern Cunning Folk. I have only just bought it & not had a chance to read it yet. And Rites and Rituals of Traditional Witchcraft by Tony Steele uses a tripple square, oddly enough when the first part of the book is about the megalith builders circles. He does not explain the why's. Grrr.

I've only just begun looking into this myself. Raven Gramassi has written Old World Witchcraft and tells of making a circle is drawing the circle of the moon. He covers the symbolic meaning of plant spirit communication, plants as teachers, connectors between the worlds. By far the most useful I've come acrossmis Nigel Pearson's Treading the Mill. It's how-to basics.

From what I'm gathering thus far, the traditional circle is not used by everyone, and when it is, it is as a barrier. Artisson used water, Grimassi uses herbs. Pearson draws in the dirt. Wherever the Stang gets set affects the nature of the contacts to be made, whether it is on the rim N,E,S,W or center, or 8 positions after the Wheel of the Year for seasonal rites. Broom can substitute as Stang. I have used the N/S-E/W X to be a cross road, with Stang at the north rim to serve as doorway to the north star, to facilitate out of body, light trance work. Shrug. Moderately useful. Stang in the center for holidays.

And ages ago I had read that the phase of the Moon dictates the direction in which the circle/compass is laid- waxing is deosil, waning is widdershins. And when contacting the underworld it is widdershins. And yet a different reference that when a compass is for spell working it goes widdershins so as to stir the land, and when it's for for moon and holidays it's laid deosil. I find this latter plan works best for me.
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Re: Traditional witchcraft book recommendations?

Postby Ethereal Moon Rose » Wed May 25, 2016 8:47 pm

Awesome, thankyou!

I just bought Peter Paddons' A Grimoire for the modern cunningfolk on kindle. Only $5! Can't wait to get stuck into it.
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