Besom, Stang & Sword

A Guide to Traditional Witchcraft, the Six-Fold Path & the Hidden Landscape

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“From this moment on, when someone in North America asks me for a book on traditional witchcraft, I will be recommending Besom, Stang, and Sword. Why? Because this book takes what I feel is the most essential truth of any real witchcraft and places it front and center: All witchcraft is local.” —Jason Miller, author of Consorting with Spirits
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Book Details

Pages

304 Pages

Size

6 x 9

Format

Trade Paperback

Pub. Date

12/01/2018

ISBN

978-1-57863-637-2

Publisher

Red Wheel Weiser

Authors

  • Author Christopher Orapello

    Christopher Orapello is an artist, witch, and animist with a background in Western occultism, ceremonial magick, and Freemasonry and has been on his journey for over 20 years. He cohosts the podcast Down at the Crossroads with his partner, Tara Maguire, and is a signature artist with Sacred Source, a leading producer and distributor of ancient deity images in North America. After a growing desire for a more locally based form of witchcraft, he and Tara founded the Blacktree Coven in 2014 and set out to forge a modern approach to traditional witchcraft for a new era of praxis.

  • Author Tara-Love Maguire

"The book returns the Craft to its primordial forces—animism, baneful plants, folk magic, ecstasy, and hedge-witchery—without gatekeeping, armchair pseudo-academia, or pretension.”—Mat Auryn, author of Psychic Witch

Regional traditional witchcraft is an animistic form of witchcraft that moves away from the religious harvest festivals and fertility-minded practices associated with the more common Wiccan form of witchcraft.

Very few of us in this age are farmers or dependent upon crops and harvests. Regional traditional witchcraft teaches people to find their craft in their own backyards, in the uncultivated land or urban cityscape alike, and in their ancestors rather than in ancient foreign deities or in a neopagan-styled religious form of witchcraft. It's not about where you're from but where you are.

The material in this book is adaptable to any region in which the practitioner lives. Although the lack of deity worship and holy days is a significant part of the authors' nonreligious approach, this book presents a complete system of practice utilizing ritual, chant, trance, the six paths of witchcraft as defined and explained by the text, and the practices associated with traditional witchcraft.

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“From this moment on, when someone in North America asks me for a book on traditional witchcraft, I will be recommending Besom, Stang, and Sword. Why? Because this book takes what I feel is the most essential truth of any real witchcraft and places it front and center: All witchcraft is local.” —Jason Miller, author of Consorting with Spirits "A beautifully wrought and immensely practical system of modern traditional witchcraft, born of personal insight, working experience, and dedication rooted deeply in the spirit of place." —Gemma Gary, author of Traditional Witchcraft

"Orapello and Maguire have done it. Besom, Stang, and Sword is as comprehensive a guide to traditional witchcraft as one could ask for." —Amy Blackthorn, author of Blackthorn's Botanical Magic

"Besom, Stang, and Sword skillfully introduces the reader to important lessons in traditional witchcraft and sets them on a path of mastery. A book that will quickly become a classic and a must-have for those who seek to discover the magic of the crooked path." —Devin Hunter, author of The Witch’s Book of Power

"Opens the doors, laying out the materials of magic for all to see. The results drive home the central point that witchcraft is available to anyone.” —Cory Thomas Hutcheson, author of New World Witchery

"An inspired foundation with workable material in the form of rituals, spells, and explorations that both novice and experienced practitioners alike will find compelling and enlightening." —Laura Tempest Zakroff, author of Weave the Liminal "Besom, Stang, and Sword is easily the most eminently practical book on traditional witchcraft available today." —Nicholas Pearson, author of The Seven Archetypal Stones

"The book returns the Craft to its primordial forces—animism, baneful plants, folk magic, ecstasy, and hedge-witchery—without gatekeeping, armchair pseudo-academia, or pretension.” —Mat Auryn, author of Psychic Witch

"Beautifully written, deeply researched, and growing from the furrows of a genuine practice . . . There’s much to learn here and much to do. Bury yourself in Besom, Stang, and Sword's evocative spirit." —H. Byron Ballard, author of Seasons of a Magical Life

"Presents traditional witchcraft in a clear, easy-to-learn manner, and it does so within the context of a complete tradition that is non-religious but filled with spirits." —John Michael Greer, The Druidry Handbook

"The authors have made the old become new and live again. Chapter by chapter, they lay out the tools and the paths of their system of witchcraft. If you do the work described, you will claim your place in a broader reality filled with majesty and power." —Ivo Dominguez Jr., author of The Four Elements of the Wise