The Wicked Shall Decay: Charms, Spells and Witchcraft of Old Britain
This is a really neat book of folklore and traditional witchcraft. I love this kind of stuff and if you do too, you might like this.
From the publisher:
'The Wicked Shall Decay' is a collection of actual spells and magical rituals from rural Victorian England, concerned with protection from evil, gaining revenge or justice, and control over natural phenomena such as weather.
Before the witchcraft revival of 20th century popular occultism, witches and their arts of malevolent magic were recognized as real and constituted ever-present threats to the community. Spells and charms against the evil influence of witches were a common feature of rural English life, and form a unique --and sometimes sinister-- corpus of folk magic similar in its features to the baneful magical operations witches were accused of. Through the use of incantations, herbs, talismans, spirit compacts, gestures, and prayers, a practitioner of British folk-sorcery could overcome the power of magical ill-doers using time-tested and traditional methods of magic. From the forgotten archives of nineteenth century folklore and first-hand reports of the period, occult researcher Andrew Mercer has gathered a collection of the more obscure and lesser-known examples of the fascinating magical art of anti-bewitchment, expelling, binding and cursing.
Description for Sales People:
'The Wicked Shall Decay' is a collection of folk magic spells and rituals from rural Victorian England, gathered at a time when they were still practiced. The spells are divided into sections, such as those related to the devil, or to the famous magical word ABRACADBRA. Accompanying the spells are several short sections by the author, explaining the context of these spells and charms in British history. The Book is attractively printed in red and black ink, on heavy paper, with 31 illustrations.
- Stock: 2
- Weight: 9.00oz
- Dimensions: 8.00in x 5.00in x 0.50in
- ISBN: 1945147229