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1.0 out of 5 stars Mastering witchcraft, 27 Jun. 2010
This review is from: MASTERING WITCHCRAFT: A Practical Guide for Witches, Warlocks, and Covens (Paperback)
This is the worse book on the craft i have ever read. I could not believe some of the rubbish passed off as wisdom in these pages. I sent it back and would advise anyone looking for a good book about traditional craft to avoid this one. I do not believe the author is a witch nor do i believe he has even met one.
He actually states that saying the lords prayer backwards is how to take your first step on the path of witch craft, and seems to believe the only spell casting one would do would be on the dark side of things.
complete and utter garbage.
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Initial post: 3 Nov 2010 13:37:42 GMT
"I do not believe the author is a witch nor do i believe he has even met one" ......How do define a witch sir and is this something you have given a great deal of thought to ?

"He actually states that saying the lords prayer backwards is how to take your first step on the path of witch craft" ....standard lore, have you ever read any witch trial material or even such irreveranet literature as the Ingoldsby Legends?

"seems to believe the only spell casting one would do would be on the dark side of things.
complete and utter garbage." ..... have you read the Goetia?

The above remarks are rather more telling of the commentators experience (or lack of) the the authors!

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2010 18:25:06 GMT
Greenpeller says:
witch craft trial material is not indicitive of the craft as confessions and the like were forced under torture.. folk were told what to say.. the craft has nothing what so ever to do with christianity and predates it by hundreds if not thousands of years... so did pre christian witches also say the lords prayer backwards?..It most certainly is not standard lore.. it is standard mis information perpetuated by the opressive church
The Goetia is a book on high magic... high magic has little if anything to do with traditional craft.
As for your little dig at the end there is no need for that at all, unless of course you enjoy insulting people.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Nov 2010 17:06:15 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Nov 2010 17:10:16 GMT
Let me address your last point first ....Have you read your review? What about it is not insulting? People who live in glass houses.......live by the sword die by the sword etc etc. So the craft predates Christianity does it ? Just what do you really know about the history of the craft? It may well be based upon pre-Christian ideas (including eastern beliefs) but your comment falls a very long way short of the truth, if you are too credulous to have worked that out there is no point in my trying to explain it to you though. I'm sorry to burst your buble but the craft has a very great deal to with Judeo Christianity. The tarot cards most witches are wont to use are rich with Christian mythology as are many of the folk traditions inherant in accepted lore such as herblore and the attributes of gems. As for witch trial evidence not being standard lore, once again I apologise for rebutting you so entirely but witchraft today is an accumulation of the legends and mythos of withches since recorded history. The truth or otherwise of witch trial confessions is intirely irrelevant in this case, it is the general perception and mythology that is important because people can engage with it. Did pre Christian witches also say the lords prayer backwards? I doubt it because they probably didn't exist!!! As a matter of interest I presume by your mode of reasoning that you do not possess a cauldron, wand or broom as these are all derrived as being connected with witchcraft by the very method of disseminatino that you have so erroneously discredited? I suppose you will now try to tell me that cunning folk and pellars (with whom, from your nickname I assume you relate) did not use invocations to J.C. and the saints along with numerous psalms in their magick or indeed tables of planetary correspondences from the field of ritual magick. Withcraft tends to work with the mythology of the times. Why should it not.

As for the goetia being High magick, where do you suppose your degree system comes from, the magick circle, cardinal points, four elements etc? I think we can discount your objections about the distinction between ritual magick and witchraft due to your presumed acceptance of other elements from that discipline. G Gardner's first book of shadows was basically a version of the Key of Solomon for gods' sake.

As for my little dig, it was simply a valid point, and your response does nothing to bring it into doubt.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Nov 2010 18:24:15 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Nov 2010 18:24:51 GMT
Greenpeller says:
You do have some knowledge of witchcraft i will not dispute that.You are wrong to assume all modern witches are wiccan and work with Gardner's formulas.as for the circle, the cardinal points and the four elements these are still very much alive in the native american traditional ways.. do you suggest they also took these from the Goetia?
As for witchcraft not predating christianity, I believe the Golden Ass documents a pre christian witch cult..

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Nov 2010 13:24:13 GMT
Last edited by the author on 12 Nov 2010 17:37:25 GMT
How gratifying that you should recongnise my knowledge. The lineage of all modern witchraft is imbrioled with wicca and its formulas whether you like it or not. How this relates to my original point is beyond me however. I merely wished to point out that just because Paul Huson diverges from Greenpeller's accepted view of lore, it should not be dissmissed outright, or at all for that matter.

How hipocritical of you to site Native American practise when you reject ritual magic.

"I believe the Golden Ass documents a pre christian witch cult.. " Not quite correct, although I own this, I have not yet read it (it is about 7th from the top of my current list). I am sure however that what you mean is that the english translation of the Golden Ass documents a witch cult, but that the translation post dates the formation of early modern witch lore. Of course I await correction on this subject but I can't really see how this would support the idea that Paul Husons work is, in your words "complete garbage" in fact I would say to you "You are wrong to assume all modern witches are wiccan and work with Gardner's formulas". So we have come full circle, how uncanny.
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