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Rites and Rituals of Traditional Witchcraft Paperback – 31 Aug 2001

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  • 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)

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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 Contains much previously unpublished material in a readable, challenging and informative text.

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If your intelligence level is such that you need to have someone explain to you that a "temple" is a place, a "coven" is a group of people, a "lama" is a Tibetan monk while a "llama" is an animal, then maybe you won't baulk at the other nonsense you will find in this book.

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.
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This book is a very interesting read and one that, in one respect seems to be a bit of a duplex, in terms of the subject Tony Steele is writing about. The Rites and Rituals of Traditional Witchcraft is a book that is a good introduction for any mystically minded individual that is researching and discovering their own witchcraft path, in the Northern Germanic tradition. The book starts as an initiatory guide for the authors organized tradition on non-wiccan, bronze age Germanic Frisian inspired Witchcraft, called the Ordo Anno Mundi or OAM for short. It works as a step by step practical guide to the practice of this witchcraft order and is very insightful when combined with the history of the bronze age Germanic people and the ancient Frisian culture. The author also takes inspiration from the Oera Linda Book, a controversial manuscript that is thought to document Frisian pagan practices more than 2000 years before Christianity took hold of Europe. The authenticity of the book is questioned as is its content but I commend the author for his objectivity when discussing the Oera Linda Book and known history of Frisian events and culture. The OAM is inspired by this manuscript but, it seems keeps an open mind to its reliability as supposed evidence for pagan/'witchcraft' continuation.

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.
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Now i like this book it has many intresting magic lore in it,some you will know if you have been working with wicca,some you will not.The workings are based on the Oera linda book which is a very old text acording to tony steele and the oam organisation.The book itself is intresting as to where the texts come from is also intresting,the history is good to look at and study.The workings are good too,it shows you how the runes work,and how they were used and are still used today in the oam.Its easy to read,and has lots to learn from it as to the workings of the craft,it talks about the seven hells we visit,hells is probley the wrong word to use if your pagan,but it does have a intresting concept on the subject and how it works
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.
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I am enjoying this book very much - I would definitely recommend it for anyone interested in this type of Witchcraft - I am a Witch, I don't feel any need to be Wiccan... I'm very proud to be exactly what I am and what my ancestors were, so this book appeals to me and my ancestors...
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