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First published in 1680, this book is an important example of the ideas and beliefs surrounding the practices of witchcraft that were used in the persecution of witches and other practitioners. The appearance and feel of the original text is carefully reproduced, alongside photo-plates of selected o..
Discover how the lore of the natural world can inform and influence your magical practice. Giles Watson explores the lives and lore of animals that are employed as motifs in witchcraft's history, such as reptiles, amphibians, and rats. He also casts light on the magical significance of birds, sp..
CALIBAN AND THE WITCH is a history of the body in the transition to capitalism. Moving from the peasant revolts of the late Middle Ages to the witch-hunts and the rise of mechanical philosophy, Federici investigates the capitalist rationalization of social reproduction. She shows how the battl..
"Appalachian folk magic and conjure are little known today, but forty or fifty years ago, just about every person you might ask in Appalachia either knew something about it themselves or knew someone who did it. These practices and 'superstitions' are at the core Appalachian culture. Wh..
From the latches on our kitchen cabinets to the magnetic strips on our credit cards, we take magnetic forces for granted every day. Magnets are a relatively new technology, although people have remarked on naturally-occurring magnets, or loadstones, for hundreds of years. Mickaharic, in his inimitab..
I really enjoyed this book. It critiques the poor scholarship in some “pagan” history like literal idea of the unbroken witch traditions while still honoring the threads of paganish folklore through history. It acts as a great primer for historical and contemporary anarchism doing a nice..
The medicinal, spiritual, sacred and ceremonial properties of nearly 200 plants - when used as fermented beverages - are explored in this text. The author explains how fermentation and plant use as medicine and psychotropics have always been companions in life's path, and are part of the explora..
An extensive look at the cartography and folklore of the afterlife worlds as seen by our ancestors
- Examines how ancient European cultures viewed the beyond, including the Blessed Isles of early Greek and Celtic faith, the Hebrew Sheol, Hades from Homer's Odyssey, Hel and Valhalla of the Nor..
From a manual for witch hunters written by King James himself in 1597, to court documents from the Salem witch trials of 1692, to newspaper coverage of a woman stoned to death on the streets of Philadelphia while the Continental Congress met, 'The Penguin Book of Witches' is a treasury of hi..
"The witch came to prominence--and often a painful death--in early modern Europe, yet her origins are much more geographically diverse and historically deep. In this landmark book, Ronald Hutton traces witchcraft from the ancient world to the early-modern stake. This book sets the notorious Eur..
Enthralling tales of the sea, rivers and lakes from around the globe.
Folklore of the seas and rivers has a resonance in cultures all over the world. Watery hopes, fears and dreams are shared by all peoples where rivers flow and waves crash. This fascinating book covers English sailor superstiti..
"With legends going back over a millennia, Wassailing is a fascinating and colourful part of the folklore and traditions of Britain. From the Apple Wassails of Devon and Somerset, to the Doll Wassails of Yorkshire, this ancient blessing tradition has adapted itself to every level of society fro..