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Traditional Witchcraft: A Cornish Book of Ways

Narrated by: Tracey Norman
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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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  • 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.