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What We Knew in the Night
Reawakening the Heart of Witchcraft
Raven Grimassi
ISBN: 9781578636518
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Weiser Books
$21.95
by Deidra Catero
September 1, 2019


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With What We Knew in the Night, "Raven Grimassi shares the heart, soul, and wisdom of the Old Craft elders with his readers, drawing from things half-forgotten and never written, inviting us to know what they knew, and incorporate it into our own Craft. This book is a treasure for future generations." --Christopher Penczak, award-winning author and co-founder of the Temple of Witchcraft

“In What We Knew in the Night, Raven Grimassi shares his legacy of witchcraft. This book will serve as a classic treatise on witchery for many years to come.” —Judika Illes

“Raven Grimassi’s work is a treasure trove of knowledge and practice that he has won not only by study and synthesis, but through his decades of personal practice in the Craft. His teachings, timeworn, tried and true, are a gift to us.” - Timothy Roderick, author of Wicca: A Year and A Day, Dark Moon Mysteries, and other books.

“The insight and sagacity provided within the pages of What We Knew in the Night are unparalleled and invaluable to any earnest witch seeking to dive deeper into the heart of the spirit of witchcraft.” - Mat Auryn, author of Psychic Witch: A Metaphysical Guide to Meditation, Magick, and Manifestation

“Raven Grimassi’s work is a treasure trove of knowledge and practice that he has won not only by study and synthesis, but through his decades of personal practice in the Craft. His teachings, timeworn, tried and true, are a gift to us . . .” --Timothy Roderick, author of Wicca: A Year and A Day, Dark Moon Mysteries, and other books

Explores the roots of witchcraft while providing an integrated magical system to serve the modern witch

Raven Grimassi is among the pioneering authors of the modern witchcraft renaissance. In What We Knew in the Night, he presents a cohesive and complete system of witchcraft based on traditional sources. The author’s premise is that, beginning in the 1980s, with the rise of modern metaphysical publishing, authors began presenting very personal witchcraft practices. In the process, traditional and formerly well-established practices fell into obscurity, which potentially lead to confusion.

What We Knew in the Night uncovers and clarifies those buried gems for a new generation, assembling and integrating key components of witchcraft, past and present. Grimassi lays out key mystical and practical foundations of witchcraft and restores their important role.

Sharing lessons and advice from his own almost 50 years of personal study and practice, Grimassi explores what he describes as the “heart of the old rites.” He also offers practical instructions and a clear 5-step process of empowerment—one chapter for each step —for anyone who wants to walk the path of witchcraft:

  1. Virtue of the Moon
  2. The Wafting
  3. The Witch’s Blade
  4. The Clay Pentacle
  5. The Witch’s Ring

Having accomplished these steps, the reader will possess the “quintessence of witchery” and be firmly grounded in the arcane art of witchcraft.

Raven Grimassi was a neo-pagan scholar and award-winning author of more than 12 books on witchcraft, Wicca, and neo-paganism. He was a member of the American Folklore Society and was a co-founder and co-director of the Crossroads Fellowship, a modern Mystery School tradition. Photo credit: Peter Paradise, Raven Wolfe Photography

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