Besom, Stang and Sword: A Guide to Traditional Witchcraft, the Six-Fold Path, and the Hidden Landscape ensorcells witchcraft back to its primal roots, still hidden and alive beneath the surface of the dark soil of mainstream magickal traditions. The book reorients the Craft to return to the primordial forces, animism, baneful plants, folk magic, ecstasy, and hedgewitchery without gatekeeping, armchair pseudo-academia, pretension or pomposity; making it incomparable to other books in its niche. The unclouded and grounded manner in which Orapello and Maguire write displays that they not only fully understand what they’re writing about but that they are well-seasoned, knowledgeable, and insightful regarding the cosmology and praxis contained within its pages which allows them to teach it with crystal clarity.
The book’s practices, exercises, rituals, and spells are easy to follow and easy to implement in your practice or start a brand new one. Nothing within the book is too obscure or impractical as can be the challenge with some other books on Traditional Witchcraft, except perhaps the baneful plants. The beauty of this book for me was the emphasis on working with local spirits over the spirits of the region a book was written. Orapello and Maguire help you to connect with the land and the spirits that inhabit it, regardless of where you live – instead of trying to figure out why you aren’t getting fantastic results while trying to connect and work with Cornwall regional spirits while practicing in Los Angeles. Before even reading the book I made a list of what I would like to see in an introductory book on Traditional Witchcraft, and to my delight, the authors touched upon every single aspect. Because of all of this, when I recommend a Traditional Witchcraft book to seekers of that path, from now on it will Besom, Stang and Sword.
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