Witchcraft and Secret Societies of Rural England: The Magic of Toadmen, Plough Witches, Mummers, and Bonesmen

Nigel Pennick (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$16.98  $15.62
Publisher
Destiny Books
Publish Date
April 09, 2019
Pages
224
Dimensions
5.9 X 0.6 X 8.9 inches | 0.75 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781620557600

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About the Author

Nigel Pennick is an authority on ancient belief systems, traditions, runes, and geomancy and has traveled and lectured extensively in Europe and the United States. He is the author and illustrator of more than 50 books, including The Pagan Book of Days. The founder of the Institute of Geomantic Research and the Library of the European Tradition, he lives near Cambridge, England.

Reviews

"Nigel Pennick is a true initiate who can demonstrate to the reader how nature and cosmos correlate to each other. I regularly return to Nigel Pennick's books . . ."-- "Thomas Karlsson, Ph.D., author of Nightside of the Runes,"
...a curious and enlightening book about an area of England which has boasts a deeply embedded culture of folk customs and magical traditions. As Pennick points out, 'the magical view of the world, dismissed as superstition by the modern worldview, was a valid means of living under harsh and difficult circumstances.'-- "Mark Jones, SpiralNature.com"
This book reminds us that one need look no further than modern day secular cultural celebrations that survived because they are so sacred, they transcend religion. It is a reminder that magic and witchcraft need not be fraternal, hidden, or done in circle, although it certainly can be. It does not necessarily entail candles, incense, or even religion at all. Sometimes, it's just the living communing with the dead by doing what they did, and remembering events past, as the Wheel of the Year turns. It's not necessarily mysterious at all, and can be as simple as what celebrates earth, people, and nature. It can be just for fun, and fellowship, as there are times when bonding with community and family, celebrating who we are, where we have come from, and teaching the children, is the most magical practice of them all. Pennick has written not only this fascinating masterpiece, but various others. Highly recommended reading!-- "Saoirse, PaganPages.org"
Well researched and wonderfully illustrated, Pennick's telling of local history and mythology is written in an accessible, interesting and enthralling way and kept me engrossed from beginning to end. Very highly recommended!-- "June Kent, editor of Indie Shaman magazine Issue 41"
I was honestly not prepared for how amazing Witchcraft & Secret Societies of Rural England by Nigel Pennick turned out to be. I was expecting a scholarly text, or perhaps some fantastical legends, but what I ended up with was a perfect mix of both.-- "The Magical Buffet"