- Paperback: 170 pages
- Publisher: Capall Bann Publishing (31 Aug. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1861631405
- ISBN-13: 978-1861631404
- Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 503,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Rites and Rituals of Traditional Witchcraft Paperback – 31 Aug 2001
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This book describes the magical workings and beliefs of a branch of traditional witchcraft carried out by the pagan Fryske and surviving into the present day. The construction and use of megaliths and ley lines, or lines of power; how to tap into the Dragon or Serpent power latent in the Earth; the magical alphabet, runes, lore and deities, the Oera Linda book - reputedly an ancient text of magical teaching - authentic or fake?; the magical uses of different types of rock and metals, energising and healing the earth and its inhabitants; contacting and working with elementals. The book is based upon considerable research and practical experience by the author who was taught by descendants of the pagan Fryske or water witches. Contains much previously unpublished material in a readable, challenging and informative text.
Top Customer Reviews
The supposed British Traditional witchcraft described here bears no resemblance to any witchcraft answering to that description that I have ever heard of, however you choose to interpret the words. It's based loosely on the Oera Londa book, which was known to be a fake in 1879 ..... although the Nazis apparently liked it.
It's a pity the book's cover isn't shown here, because it might give you a clue what to expect : a blonde woman who looks a bit like a 1950s debutante stands in a twee stone circle with a big brass plate on her stomach. She is an priestess (known as a "femme") and the 12" wide plate has spikes in the middle to channel energies. Hopefully the weather is cold, because magic is "most powerful when the temperature of the air is below freezing point".
You must also do your rituals in the cold, and hope that you don't get pneumonia when your self-initiate yourself and stand for an hour in the Crux Posture (arms outstretched) after which (at 1.00am) you're allowed to "collapse with exhaustion" into bed. In a later initiation you sit for three hours in the "Isis position" - very British.
If you're hoping that you'll be attired in something nice and warm during your rites, think again. As it's very difficult to get hold of Bronze Age style tunics (the author has obviously never heard of sewing machines) you are directed to go instead to your local sports shop and purchase "all in white : T-shirt, short skirt, long socks, and trainers.Read more ›
I recommend this book for those interested in a modern non-wiccan witchcraft tradition inspired by Frisian Germanic bronze age mystic practice. It is a good starting point to develop from in terms of looking for more information on the ancient Frisians and their magical religious practices and accepted history and Norse Germanic mythology. Be open minded to the validity and reliability of the Oera Linda Book. Over all a good book to branch out from and to follow either a modern traditional witchcraft practice and tradition or to develop a more Northern Germanic Frisian pagan spiritual path.
with the path workings of of the craft.The pagan gods and goddesses are good to work with,i found it much easer to connect with the serpant god than any other ive look in too.I sugest anyone to just look at this book and see the true value of the workings of the OAM,very informative,and worth looking into.