Operative Witchcraft

A comprehensive look at the history and practices of rural English witchcraft • Explores witch’s familiars and fetches, animal magic, and the forms of witchcraft practiced by rural tradespeople, such as blacksmiths, herbalists, and ...

Author: Nigel Pennick

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1620558459

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 208

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A comprehensive look at the history and practices of rural English witchcraft • Explores witch’s familiars and fetches, animal magic, and the forms of witchcraft practiced by rural tradespeople, such as blacksmiths, herbalists, and artisans • Offers practical insight into spells, charms, folk incantations, herbal medicine practices, amulets, sigils, and tools of the craft • Details the evolution of public perception of witchcraft throughout England’s history, including the laws against witchcraft in place until the 1950s and witchcraft’s contentious relationship with the Christian church In this practical guide, Nigel Pennick takes the reader on a journey through the practice of operative witchcraft in the British Isles from the Middle Ages and the Elizabethan era to the decriminalization of witchcraft in the 1950s and its practice today. Highlighting uniquely English traditions, Pennick explores fetches and witch’s familiars, animal magic, and the forms of witchcraft practiced by rural tradespeople, such as blacksmiths, herbalists, and artisans, to enhance their professional work and compel others to do their bidding, both man and beast. He provides actual spells, charms, and folk incantations, along with details about the magical use of a variety of herbs, including nightshades, the creation of amulets and sigils, protection against the Evil Eye, and the use of aromatic oils. Pennick explains the best times of day for different types of magic, how to identify places of power, and the use of the paraphernalia of operative witchcraft, such as the broom, the witches’ dial, and pins, nails and thorns. He explores the belief in three different types of witches: white witches, who offer help and healing for a fee; black witches, who harm others; and gray witches, who practice both white and black magic. Examining witchcraft’s contentious relationship with the Christian church, he investigates the persecution of witches throughout the UK and the British West Indies up until the mid-20th century. He offers a look into the changing public perceptions of witchcraft and the treatment of its followers as well as revealing how English churchmen would offer magical solutions to the perceived threat of black witchcraft. Painting an in-depth picture of English witchcraft, including how it relates to and differs from modern Wicca, Pennick reveals the foundation from which modern witchcraft arose. He shows how this context is necessary to effectively use these ancient skills and techniques and how the evolution of witchcraft will continue harmonizing the old ways with the new.

All One Wicca

Operative and Ritual Witchcraft Margaret Murray, the much maligned and often
scholastically challenged author of The Witch-Cult in Western Europe, made a
distinc— tion between Ritual Witchcraft and Operative Witchcraft, a distinction
often ...

Author: Kaatryn MacMorgan

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 059520273X

Category: Religion

Page: 397

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Everything the rational Wiccan needs in one place.

Pop Goes the Witch

Operative Witchcraft Operative Witchcraft, or as it is known in magickal
terminology thaumaturgy, is sometimes referred to as “Low Magick.” Ceremonial
Witchcraft, or theurgy, is thus considered to be “High Magick.” I dislike these
terms as they ...

Author: Fiona Horne

Publisher: Red Wheel Weiser

ISBN: 1609258797

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 360

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Fiona Horne—bestselling author and popular media personality—has compiled the ultimate insight into modern Witchcraft. Continuing the successful, oversize Disinformation Guide anthology format, an all-star cast of Witches and Wiccans cover an amazing array of topics.

An ABC of Witchcraft Past and Present

Margaret Murray, in her famous book The Witch Cult in Western Europe (Oxford
Paperbacks, 1962), draws an important distinction between Operative Witchcraft
and Ritual Witchcraft. Under Operative Witchcraft she classes charms and spells
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Author: Doreen Valiente

Publisher: The Crowood Press

ISBN: 0719826918

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 400

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This is the only book of its kind on witchcraft that has been written by a practising witch. It is intended to be not merely a history, but a guide to the many strange byways of a vast and fascinating subject. Witchcraft is as old as the human race, and it is actively practised today, by people of all classes. To its devotees, witchcraft is more than spells and charms, or even secret meetings and rituals; it is a philosophy and a way of life. It claims to be the oldest form of religion, that of nature-worship and magic. Since the last Witchcraft Act was repealed in 1951, the revival of public interest in witchcraft has been the subject of continuous controversy. This book is a serious contribution to the study of a subject too long obscured by prejudice and sensationalism.

Witchcraft

regard witchcraft as being mainly a matter of casting spells or gaining psychic
powers . They find it difficult to regard it as being a religious faith . Nevertheless ,
this definition has always been there , in what Margaret Murray called " Operative
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Author: Evan John Jones

Publisher:

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Category: Witchcraft

Page: 203

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Revealing the secrets of ancient rituals and the philosophy of witchcraft, this book delves deep into modern witchcraft. The nature of the rites are shown to revolve around traditional witchcraft passed down from ancient times.'

Research Review

Geoffrey Parrinder ' s Witchcraft : European and African , Hughes Pennethome ' s
Witchcraft and Margaret Murray ' s Witch Cult in Western Europe are few
examples . Murray divides witchcraft into two catcgories , operative witchcraft and
ritual ...

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Category: Africa

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The Occult I Ching

... Christian Rätsch, and Wolf-Dieter Storl, Ph.D. The Real Witches of New
England History, Lore, and Modern Practice by Ellen Evert Hopman Slavic
Witchcraft Old World Conjuring Spells and Folklore by Natasha Helvin Operative
Witchcraft ...

Author: Maja D’Aoust

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1620559056

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 448

View: 899

An illustrated guide to the occult history, serpent magic, and practical application of the I Ching • Reveals how the sacred language of the original eight trigrams of the I Ching was discovered by a wisdom serpent known as Fu Xi • Explores how the I Ching formed the basis of the earliest Taoist philosophies, its complex correlation with human DNA, and its relationship with artificial intelligence • Provides new contemporary analysis of each of the 64 hexagrams, their changing lines, and archetypes of the I Ching • Includes original artwork highlighting the serpent magic within the system and tools to help you interpret the I Ching based on your own individual experience One of the oldest books in the world, the I Ching has been used in China for millennia to open a dialogue with divinity, gain insight and wisdom, and pull aside the curtain of reality to reveal the light of the heavens. Yet, despite its popularity over thousands of years, few understand its mysterious origins, symbolism, or occult connections. In this illustrated guide, Maja D’Aoust applies her significant experience as a professional practitioner and scholar of the I Ching to provide a history of the oracle, explain the mechanisms at work behind it, and offer a new experiential approach to its interpretation. The author begins by examining the discovery of the I Ching by the first mythical emperor of China, Fu Xi, a divine being with the body of a serpent. She reveals how Fu Xi’s eight original trigrams, also called the Ba Gua, provided a sacred language of symbols that allowed for communication between the diviner and the spirit world. Using the I Ching’s principles of cosmology as a basis, the shamans of ancient China developed the earliest Taoist philosophies of nature, medicine, martial arts, and mathematics as well as ecstatic practices, war strategies, birth and death rituals, agricultural systems, and alchemical studies. D’Aoust further shows how the I Ching relates to the mathematical sequences of biology and human DNA, examining the correlation between the serpent’s tail and the double helix. She reveals how the ways the oracle connects with your own inner knowing parallel the ways in which DNA repairs itself. Providing a new analysis of each of the 64 hexagrams and their changing lines and archetypes, the author explores each hexagram’s meanings in depth, alongside original artwork highlighting the serpent magic within the system and tools to help you interpret the I Ching based on your own individual experience. Revealing how the oracle holds complex networks of meaning that language alone fails to capture, D’Aoust offers a new understanding of the Book of Changes and its many hidden lessons.

In Witch bound Africa

Witchcraft must be divided into operative witchcraft and ritual witchcraft . Under
the former are classed all charms and spells whether for good or evil . Such
charms are common to every nation and country and are practised by priests and
 ...

Author: Frank Hulme Melland

Publisher:

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Category: Ethnology

Page: 316

View: 157


The Periodical

WITCHES : AN ORGANIZED RELIGION The subject of Witches and Witchcraft
has always suffered from the biased opinions of the ... In order to clear the ground
I make a sharp distinction between Operative Witchcraft and Ritual Witchcraft .

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The Superstitions of Witchcraft

Vol . III . Operative Surgery . Diseases of the Organs of Special Sense ,
Respiration , Circulation , Locomotion and ... LECTURES on SURGICAL
PATHOLOGY . By J. PAGET , F.R.S. Surgeon - Extraordinary to the Queen .
Edited by W. TURNER ...

Author: Howard Williams (M.A.)

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Page: 278

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A Treasury of Witchcraft

Author: Harry E. Wedeck

Publisher:

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Category: Occultism

Page: 271

View: 625


Co operative Index to Leading Periodicals

Witchcraft ; a Virginia Witch . ( E . Ingle ) M . | - Marine , A National Laboratory of .
Nature , Am . Hist . 10 : 425 ( N ) . 28 : 569 ( O 11 ) . CO - OPERATIVE INDEX TO
LEADING PERIODICAL EDITED BY W December , ' 83 . ] 83 SUPPLÉMENT .

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Category: American periodicals

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Information Please Almanac

... says that Spiritualism and witchcraft are the same thing . leading authority on
witchcraft , however , the late Dr. Margaret Murray , distinguishes between
Operative Witchcraft ( which is really Magic ( q.v. ) and Ritual Witchcraft which ,
she says ...

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Information Please Almanac Atlas and Yearbook

A leading authority on yama , during which certain rules of conduct must
witchcraft , however , the late Dr. Margaret Murray , be adopted , such as
cleanliness , the pursuit of dedistinguishes between Operative Witchcraft votional
studies , and ...

Author: Dan Golenpaul

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Category: Almanacs

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The British Journal of Psychiatry

London : Operative Witchcraft , which was confined to Rider & Co . spells and
incantations . “ In later mediaeval BURSTEIN , S . R . ( 1949 ) . “ Aspects of the
psychopathology of old age " . Brit . Med . Bull . , 6 , 1 - 2 , 63 - 71 . times
witchcraft ...

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Encyclopedia of Witchcraft

Many people, including many selfprofessed witches, perceive it to be an obvious
fact that witchcraft is synonymous with the ... She distinguished between what she
termed “operative witchcraft,” defined as the casting of spells or charms, ...

Author: Judika Illes

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062372025

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 887

View: 621

The author of the popular Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells and Encyclopedia of Spirits now explores the exciting magic and power of the mystical world of witches in Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, a comprehensive reference book that covers everything you ever wanted to know about this fascinating topic. Folklore expert Judika Illes introduces readers to mythic witches, modern witches, sacred goddess witches, even demon witches, male and female witches, witches from all over the globe. She takes readers on an enchanting tour through witchcraft’s history, mythology, and folklore, where they will discover a miscellany of facts including magic spells, rituals, potions, recipes, celebrations, traditions, and much more.

New Scientist

... evidence is , witches ” —and operative witchcraft conof the manner in which it
has faded away however , sufficient to dismiss the allega- cerned with spells and
incantations . It is under the influence of civilization can tions that madness or ...

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Category: Science

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Journal

THE GOD OF THE WITCHES By M. A. MURRAY . In treating of witches I draw a
sharp distinction between Operative and Ritual Witchcraft . Operative Witchcraft
consists of charms and spells by which certain effects , good or bad , are
produced ...

Author: Manchester Egyptian and Oriental Society

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Category: Egyptology

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Journal of the Manchester Egyptian and Oriental Society

THE GOD OF THE WITCHES By M. A. MURRAY , In treating of witches I draw a
sharp distinction between Operative and Ritual Witchcraft . Operative Witchcraft
consists of charms and spells by which certain effects , good or bad , are
produced ...

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Category: Egyptology

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Journal of the Manchester University Egyptian and Oriental Society

THE GOD OF THE WITCHES By M. A. MURRAY , IN treating of witches I draw a
sharp distinction between Operative and Ritual Witchcraft . Operative Witchcraft
consists of charms and spells by which certain effects , good or bad , are
produced ...

Author: University of Manchester. Egyptian and Oriental Society

Publisher:

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Category: Egyptology

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