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The Candle and the Crossroads
A Book of Appalachian Conjure and Southern Root-Work
Orion Foxwood
ISBN: 9781578635085
Book (Paperback)
Weiser Books
6 x 9
256 pages
December 1, 2012


“Orion Foxwood holds the beacon of light at the dark crossroads where magic and mystery meet. I've been a guest at many of his workshops on conjure, folk magic and Witchcraft, and I'm delighted to see this book in print, sharing his knowledge and experiences. I'm sure, like me, you will find him simultaneously colorfully charismatic and deeply soulful, and soon, without realizing it, you and your magic will be changed for the better. That is the inspirational alchemy that Orion works on his students, readers and friends if you are open enough to listen, see and feel.” —Christopher Penczak, founder of the Temple of Witchcraft and author of The Plant Spirit Spirit Familiar

"Richly garnished with the knowledge and wisdom of personal experience, and offered in the conversational tone of a chat with an old friend, Orion Foxwood's The Candle and the Crossroads serves the meat and potatoes of Southern Root Magic so deliciously, you'll savor every morsel—and anxiously await a second helping!" —Dorothy Morrison, author of Utterly Wicked

“...a fascinating adventure into the spiritual path and work of Conjure as seen through the eyes of one of its modern practitioners, a soulful teacher of great depth and wisdom. Foxwood offers the reader practical and powerful tools of blessing and transformation that have universal application while still being grounded in an original American path. This book is a crossroads itself, inviting you to connect with one of America's own root spiritual traditions.” —David Spangler, author of The Laws of Manifestation, Apprenticed to Spirit, and Subtle Worlds: An Explorer's Field Notes
Learn the ways of magic and healing from the living, oral tradition of Appalachian Conjure in The Candle and the Crossroads. Orion Foxwood offers a primer on the real magic and techniques of Southern root magic, knowledge he learned first-hand growing up in rural Appalachia.

Foxwood explains magical techniques including:
  • Spirit Sight
  • Working by the Signs (the ability to synchronize work such as farming, fertility of humans and animals, orcharding)
  • Conjuring
  • Faith Healing
  • Settling the Light (candle magic)
  • Doctoring the Root (the ability to use herbs, roots, stones, or animal parts—bones, claws, fur, etc. for magic or the clearing, cleansing, and blessing of the spirit of a person, also known as his or her root)
  • Praying or Dreaming True (Blessings of spirit/God to a person, place, or thing as well as prophetic or predictive dreaming)
  • Blessing or Cursing

The Candle and the Crossroads shows how to create magic in today’s world with the old ways and traditions of Appalachia.

Orion Foxwood is a conjurer in the American southern folk tradition, a traditional witch and a Faery Seer. He is the founder of Foxwood Temple of the Old Religion in Maryland and a co-founder of Conjure Crossroads and the annual Folk Magic Festival held in New Orleans and Conjure-Con. He was born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia and is the author of The Tree of Enchantment and The Candle and the Crossroads both published by Weiser Books.
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