Friday, March 27, 2015

A Cornish Book of Ways - an interview with Gemma Gary



Traditional Witchcraft - A Cornish Book of Ways is a 21st century version of traditional Cornish witchcraft, of the kind recorded by Hunt, Bottrell and others. This is no neo-pagan or modern wiccan manual, but rather a deep drawing up into modern times of some of the ancient practices of lore and magic practiced by the white witches, charmers, conjurers and pellars of the Cornish villages. Their presence was still current when the 18th and 19th century antiquarians and collectors recorded them, and, although the 20th century largely put paid to their activities, nevertheless their lore never completely disappeared, and it continues to provide inspiration for
practitioners today. Gemma draws on this knowledge, not only from published
material, but also from the experiences and workings of ‘wise women’ and
country witches living today.

Topics include the Cunning Path, the Dead and the Underworld (Fairy Faith), the Bucca, Places of Power in the villages and landscape, the Tools used by Cunning Folk
(working versions of what can be seen, for example, in the Museum of
Witchcraft), Village cunning, substances and charms, and Rites of the Year’s
Round. This book gathers much material together, some of which has not been
seen in print before, and thus provides a sourcebook of magical workings in
Cornwall today, which will be an invaluable reference.

Cheryl Straffon - Meyn Mamvro
Original idea and Concept by Karagan Griffith (c)2013

"On the Blackchair" Opening and Closing theme music: "Holiday Road"
by Alex Collier and Joshua Lee Somak (http://goo.gl/f2qCpr),
Executive Producer: Karagan Griffith
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