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Hands of Apostasy: Essays on Traditional Witchcraft. Standard Edition

Howard, Michael (ed)

Published by Three Hands Press
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Old-style Craft, also known as traditional witchcraft, endures as a distinct body of archaic magical practices in present-day Britain, North America and Australia. Originally nameless, such bodies are related to a variety of historical magical streams, most notably the practices of the Grimoires or 'black books', folk-healing, and popular magic of the early modern era. Typically, such groups operate in secret, with strict means of initiatic succession, and practice sorcery characterized by a dual ethos of healing and harming. Though an internally contentious issue, the word witch is accepted as a descriptor for practitioners of this art, as is anti-witching for practices of removing curses and binding magical malefactors. Though still obscure, even in occult circles, the variety and idiosyncrasy of Old Craft traditions is remarkable. The witches of Cornwall, with their corpora of folk charms and blessings, are one such phenotype. The Pickingill Craft as described by E.W. Liddell, remains despite its controversy one of the most unique and potent Craft persuasions, as do the teachings and practices of Robert Cochrane, founder of Clan of Tubal Cain. The Manx Old Order, the Skull and Bones tradition of Pennsylvania, and the Cultus Sabbati, with the medieval Witches' Sabbath as an important organizing principle, are yet other distinctive traditions. Hands of Apostasy is a groundbreaking witchcraft anthology presenting nineteen articles written by both scholars and practitioners, addressing such crucial Old Craft topics the Devil, Initiation, the relation of witchcraft to the grimoire corpus, the mysticism and magic of herbs, folk-charming, the nocturnal flight, the Romantic movement, the witches' cauldron, and the powers of moon and tide. Representing widely-varying witchcraft traditions and perspectives, the book is a sound testament to the Craft's history, diversity and strength, as well as the characteristic marks of an evolving and contemplative tradition. A complete list of essays and authors is found below. The work is profusely illustrated with a specially-commissioned set of illustrations by renowned Finnish engraver Timo Ketola, pleasing both sensus and spiritus. In his darkly opulent style evocative of nocturnal tableaux and forlorn landscapes, Mar. Ketola's work for Hands of Apostasy is a stunningly original addition to the iconography of the witch. With 26 illustrations, 384 pages.A standard hardcover edition in full pewter book cloth, with dust jacket, limited to 750 hand-numbered copies. CONTENTSThe Magic of History:Some Considerations -- Andrew ChumbleyA Family Craft Tradition -- Douglas McIlwainKilling the Moon: Witchcraft Initiations in the Mountains of the Southern United States -- Corey HutchensonPentacles of Wood -- David RankineMoon-Raking in the Old Craft -- Cecil WilliamsonThe Cauldron of Pure Descent -- Martin DuffySpirits and Deific Forms: Faith and Belief in British Old Craft -- Melusine DracoWaking the Dead: The Ancient Magical Art of Necromancy -- Michael HowardThe Witching Hour -- Peter Hamilton GilesThe Man in Black -- Gemma GaryOrigins and Rationales of Modern Witch Cults -- Andrew ChumbleyMirror, Moon and Tides -- Levannah MorganThe Traditional Witchcraft of Ellan Vannin -- ManxwitchUnchain the Devil! -- Radomir RisticWhere the Three Roads Meet: Oneiric Praxis in the Sabbatic Craft -- Jimmy ElwingPharmakeute: Witches as the Plant People of Old Europe -- Raven GrimassiConjure-Charms of the Welsh Marches -- Gary St. Michael NottinghamThe Blasphemy of Things Unseen -- Daniel A. SchulkeRomantic Age Roots of Traditional Witchcraft -- Lee Morgan. Bookseller Inventory # THPHA

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Title: Hands of Apostasy: Essays on Traditional ...

Publisher: Three Hands Press

Binding: Hardcover with dust jacket

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