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"First published in 2008, this is a revised and expanded second edition of the author's well-received book on modern Cornish traditional witchcraft. As Gemma Gary says in her new preface, there is no 'set in stone' organised witch tradition in Cornwall, and folk magic practices have always been unique to their individual practitioners. However, in this excellent book she has managed to expertly draw together a workable new tradition from historical sources and the surviving rites, charms, and folk customs of Cornwall and the West Country. It provides a valuable resource and guide for beginners interested in practiscing Trad Craft. However this reviewer is sure that experienced practitioners will also learn from its contents. Very highly recommended." (Mike Howard, The Cauldron)

"Traditional Witchcraft - A Cornish Book of Ways is a 21st century version of traditional Cornish witchcraft, of the kind recorded by Hunt, Bottrell and others. This is no neo-pagan or modern wiccan manual, but rather a deep drawing up into modern times of some of the ancient practices of lore and magic practised by the white witches, charmers, conjurers and pellars of the Cornish villages. Their presence was still current when the 18th and 19th century antiquarians and collectors recorded them, and, although the 20th century largely put paid to their activities, nevertheless their lore never completely disappeared, and it continues to provide inspiration for practitioners today. Gemma draws on this knowledge, not only from published material, but also from the experiences and workings of 'wise women' and country witches living today. Topics include the Cunning Path, the Dead and the Underworld (Fairy Faith), the Bucca, Places of Power in the villages and landscape, the Tools used by Cunning Folk (working versions of what can be seen, for example, in the Museum of Witchcraft), Village cunning, substances and charms, and Rites of the Year's Round. This book gathers much material together, some of which has not been seen in print before, and thus provides a sourcebook of magical workings in Cornwall today, which will be an invaluable reference." (Cheryl Straffon, Meyn Mamvro)

©2008 Gemma Gary (P)2015 Circle of Spears Productions

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fab book

absolute pleasure to listen to.
Great as a reference book.
excellent indepth chapters with brilliant narrative

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I really enjoyed this, Tracey Norman's style of narration is fantastic. Quite enlightening especially for the likes of myself with general curiosity.

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Truly fantastic

I love this book, Gemm has a real way with words. It's just enough information that guides you but not enough to make her word on the subject the final one. It encourages you to look, learn and study further creating your own path. The voice of rhe reader was well suited, rhe Cornish speaking parts are perfect. It's easy to understand and enjoy. A truly remarkable book. I have this in hardback black edition and this really helped bring that hook to life.

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  • Nick
  • 28-11-18

Surprisingly well done

I had high expectations for the content of this book, since its generally one of the more recommended books within traditional witchcraft circles, but I wasn't expecting the narration to be good. I figured the quality would suffer since it was almost certainly a low budget production. Books this niche aren't known to be money makers. Honestly, I wasn't expecting an Audible version to exist at all; that never happens with magic books.

Tracey Norman did an excellent job with narration. Her voice is clear, easy to listen to, and over all enjoyable. Sometimes the cuts and transitions between sections, especially transitions to the male narrator who reads quotes, feel sloppy, EQ may change drastically for example, but these are minor issues.

Gemma, of course, wrote a great overview of a living trad-craft practice. Some of it we find in similar books from other Cochrane inspired authors, but the Cornish folk practice and mythological lens is a valuable one that needed to be documented in a practical way. The book certainly succeeds there. If I had one complaint, it would be that this is indeed an overview. Few topics within the books are explored in great depth. There are more in depth books out there on just about every topic covered here. I suppose the real purpose of the book then is the synthesis (or re-synthesis?) of all these little pieces into one unified tradition.

I applaud the author and publisher for making the effort to bring this title to audible, and I really hope more of the occult publishing world follows suit soon.

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  • Bryan S.
  • 28-11-18

I RECOMMEND THIS TO ALL

it kept me wanting more. as someone who has moved away from new age spirotualism, im planting my roots in this.

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  • Nicholas Noell
  • 27-07-20

Very interesting

A very interesting read with very detailed explanations on spells and rituals. I really enjoyed the narration from Tracey and listening to the rituals really feel like I’m right there at the circle. The book is rich in history, I believe if you are studying this would be an essential book. Learned a lot about the land and the light and dark traditions of the Cornish people. Interesting read indeed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-11-20

highly recommend

easy to listen to, full of information - I return to this book again and again!

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  • Just a woman
  • 19-10-20

My honest opinion:

* First off please keep in mind that this is just my personal opinions, and don’t decide to not read it just because of a random person’s opinion. Also keep in mind that this book was written on the view of Cornish ways...hence the name *
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It had some interesting information, nice tid bits of history on the Cornish ways, a look into how the Cornish folks of witchcraft do things. ANY book on witchcraft is useful in its own way.
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The book is written on the ways that they do witchcraft locally in their own town. ( ( Example: she talks about a certain Rock that even the ancestors used to walk around, and to go there and walk around it 9 times /or/ go to the other side of the town to the rock that has the hole thru it, and pass thru the hole ) that type of thing. The rights, rituals, and craft itself seems to only be of her immediate local town.
Lots of words that I didn’t exactly understand what she was even talking about. She lost me several times, it would have been better if she could have clarified more, as a person not from Cornish ways/area...yea no clue.
If you do your craft solo, this will be a waste of complete time, this whole book is based off of her being in a local coven. She only speaks once of solo.
A few parts kind of reminded me a lot of gardnerian practices, especially the coven initiation, but I know that a lot of Wicca practices has a hint of Traditional Witchcraft in it.
I can appreciate the effort that she put into this book, however, the interspersed parts of group chanting was irritating more than anything.