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The Black Toad: West Country Witchcraft and Magic. Foreword by Michael Howard (Used)
by Gary, Gemma
Book ID: 9780956104380, 095610438X
Gemma Gary's second book, The Black Toad: West Country Witchcraft and Magic, with foreword by Michael Howard, explores potent examples of the folk-ceremonial magical practices and witchcraft of the south-west of England; dealing especially with Devon and the author’s homeland of Cornwall. Within the West Country, the popular belief in witchcraft and its attendant charms, magical practices and traditions continued to be observed and survived long after such ways had faded in most other parts of the British Isles.
Described within The Black Toad is a collection of some of the fascinating magical practices and lore of the West Country's cunning folk and early modern witches; ways that have survived and evolved within the rarefied Craft of the area's modern day witchcraft practitioners of the old persuasion. As this book affirms, these ways of the Old Craft and Cunning Arte include a belief in and working relationship with the spirit forces of the land, the Faerie, animal and plant lore, as well as the magical use of Psalms to cure or curse, the invocation of Christ and the power of the Holy Trinity.
"For all those who are interested in learning about the Old Path as it is taught and practiced today by West Country witches this book of practical magic and sorcery will be a revelation. As the late Cecil Williamson, founder of the witchcraft museum in Boscastle, North Cornwall and a modern cunning man himself, said and Gemma Gary’s excellent book proves – "It still goes on today."" -- Michael Howard
The hardback edition is presented as a black case binding in Royal format 234 x 156mm with gold foil blocking to the front and spine, 'Old Gold' warm yellow endpapers, and black and yellow head and tail bands.
Pagination: 224 pages, plus 28 pages of photographic plates (50 photographs by Jane Cox), 28 line drawings and figures by the author
Power and Preparation
Old Mother Red-Cap
Old Mother Green-Cap
- Protections and defences
- Cure-Charms and Protections against Ailment
- Desires and Good Fortune
Old Mother Black-Cap
- Virtues of Trees
- Infusions of Virtue
- Curative Plant-Charms
- Protective Plant-Charms
- Plant-Charms for Love
- Blackthorn Blessing-Ash
- Plant-Charms for Animals
- Curse-Magic and Blasting
- Retaliation Magic and Counter-Blasting
- Weather Witchcraft
- Circles of Power In League with the Devil
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