The Black Toad by Gemma GaryGemma Garys second book; The Black Toad - West Country Witchcraft and Magic, with foreword by Michael Howard, is now available in paperback and hardback editions.
The Black Toad explores potent examples of the folk-ceremonial magical practices and witchcraft of the south-west of England; dealing especially with Devon and the author’s homeland of Cornwall. Within the West Country, the popular belief in witchcraft and its attendant charms, magical practices and traditions continued to be observed and survived long after such ways had faded in most other parts of the British Isles.
Described within The Black Toad is a collection of some of the fascinating magical practices and lore of the West Country’s cunning folk and early modern witches; ways that have survived and evolved within the rarefied Craft of the area’s modern day witchcraft practitioners of the old persuasion. As this book affirms, these ways of the Old Craft and Cunning Arte include a belief in and working relationship with the spirit forces of the land, the Faerie, animal and plant lore, as well as the magical use of Psalms to cure or curse, the invocation of Christ and the power of the Holy Trinity.
“For all those who are interested in learning about the Old Path as it is taught and practised today by West Country witches this book of practical magic and sorcery will be a revelation. As the late Cecil Williamson, founder of the witchcraft museum in Boscastle, North Cornwall and a modern cunning man himself, said and Gemma Gary’s excellent book proves – “It still goes on today.”
Hardback edition is presented as a black case binding in Royal format with gold foil blocking to the front and spine, ‘Old Gold’ warm yellow endpapers, and black and yellow head and tail bands.
The Black Toad - West Country Witchcraft and Magic by Gemma Gary
The Black Toad: West Country Witchcraft and Magic [Paperback]
West Country Witchcraft and Magic. Published by Troy Books, UK, Limited to 83 signed and numbered copies. This is a very rare and very limited talismanic half-leather fine edition of. By Gemma Gary, published by Troy Books, in Only 83 fine edition copies were produced, each numbered and signed, and including a special magical talisman, made from a circular piece of toad-skin - which has been hand-painted by Gemma Gary, with hand drawn sigils. This talisman serves as a protective charm, and is housed inside a folded card, inside a small envelope note: the envelope is still sealed, so the talisman accompanying this copy has not been opened or touched.
Cancel anytime. First published in , this is a revised and expanded second edition of the author's well-received book on modern Cornish traditional witchcraft. As Gemma Gary says in her new preface, there is no 'set in stone' organised witch tradition in Cornwall, and folk magic practices have always been unique to their individual practitioners. However, in this excellent book she has managed to expertly draw together a workable new tradition from historical sources and the surviving rites, charms, and folk customs of Cornwall and the West Country. Weave the Liminal explores what it means to truly be a witch in the modern world. Through the accessible lens of modern traditional witchcraft, Laura Tempest Zakroff helps you formulate a personalized witchcraft practice and deepen your work with spirits, ancestors, familiars, and the energies of the liminal realm.
Instead, the title marks this out as something of an annotated grimoire, a West Country Black Pullet as it were, collecting magic and charms from that area of England. One of the specific focuses of this book is what is referred to as dual faith observance, the way in which the practices of witchcraft and magic were not always, or at all, pagan, and instead were contextualised within the prevailing Judaeo-Christian paradigm of the time. Michael Howard makes mention of this in his introduction, and Gary does likewise in hers. What this means on a practical level is that many of the longer charms included in this work incorporate biblical psalms which might sit somewhat incongruously for people more familiar, and comfortable, with the idea of witchcraft as entirely a continuation or revival of ancient pagan religion. The first of these, Old Mother Red-Cap , is a compendium of charms and spells. These spells address relatively common concerns of folk magic, protection and the healing of physical ailments, with a preponderance of methods for dealing with warts, perhaps not quite the scourge now that it evidently once used to be. The charms in the second half of this section incorporate magic squares into their formulae, including familiar ones such as MILON and NASI, suggesting some passing knowledge of The Book of Abramelin or similar texts, while the words of the famous SATOR square are expanded into a longer invocation used to attain anything you desire.
Old stories in Devon tell of the often troublesome encounters between ordinary folk and the world of witchery. Devon is a county particularly rich in folklore and mythology, in which we also often find the character of the witch, and the heady presence of Black Dog apparitions, the Wild Hunt and the Devil Himself. Many such tales weave their way around the plentiful strange stones and haunting ancient sites of this most mysterious landscape. Within this collection we find magical workings for power, spirit vision, cure charms for all manner of ailments and injuries, curse magic, protections and magical defence, love charms, good fortune, charms for animals, and traditional Devonshire toad magic. Available from Troy Books.