Saturday, April 2, 2016

The Witch's Rune - Doreen Valiente

Darksome night and shining moon
 East and South, West and North
 Hearken to the Witches' Rune
 For here I come to call thee forth.

Earth and Water, Air and Fire
 Wand and Pentacle and Sword
 Work ye unto my desire
 Hearken ye unto my word.

Cord and Censer, Scourge and Knife
 Powers of the Witches' blade
 Waken all ye unto life.
 Come ye as the spell is made.

Queen of Heaven, Queen of Hell
 Horned Hunter of the Night
 Lend thy power unto my spell
 Work my will by magick rite.

By all the powers of Land and Sea
 By all the might of Moon and Sun
 As I will, so mote it be.
 Chant the spell and be it done.

© Copyright The Doreen Valiente Foundation

Saturday, March 5, 2016

The Devil's Plantation East Anglian Lore, Witchcraft & Folk-Magic - Nigel Pearson

Taking its name from the lost ‘black book’ of a famed Cambridgeshire witch, as well as plots of land sacrificed unto the spirits and the Old One himself, Nigel Pearson’s ‘The Devil’s Plantation’ guides the reader through the traditional witchcraft, old magic and folklore of East Anglia.

This is an ancient landscape, and a melding pot for the beliefs, culture and magic of the various peoples who have inhabited it over its long history. And yet, until very recently, East Anglia has been a land ‘set apart’ and isolated amidst impassable marshes, Fens and uncleared Forests.

Thus East Anglia is a landscape in which ‘the good folk’, land drakes, land wights, meremaids, giants, spectral hounds, saintly miracles, wort Cunning, toad lore, folk magic and indeed witchcraft have been nurtured and continue to play a part in the lives of the people of what has aptly been named ‘Witch Country’.

Available in the following editions:
All editions are presented in Royal format 156 x 234mm.

Pagination: 272 pages, plus 16 pages of photographic plates plus line drawings and figures by Gemma Gary

Standard Hardback Edition; a 'Blueberry' case binding with gold foil blocking to the front and spine, 80gsm white paper stock, 'buttermilk' endpapers, with black head and tail bands.

Special Edition; a limited edition of 300 hand-numbered examples, bound in dark brown and beautifully grained recycled leather fibres, with gold foil blocking to the front and spine, light brown end papers, with black head and tail bands. 80gsm white paper stock.

Fine Edition; a limited edition of only 15 hand-numbered examples, in a full black goat leather hand binding with inset dark blue goat leather shield panel with a blind embossed boarder and dark blue title panel on the spine, silver foil blocking to the front and spine and hand marbled end papers. This edition will be issued with a blue library buckram slip-case, blind embossed to the front.

Paperback Edition; to follow