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Book Review – Besom, Stang & Sword: A Guide to Traditional Witchcraft, the Six-Fold Path & the Hidden Landscape by Christopher Orapello and Tara Love Maguire

February, 2019

Book
Review

Besom,
Stang & Sword

A Guide to Traditional Witchcraft, the Six-Fold Path & the Hidden Landscape

by Christopher Orapello and Tara Love Maguire

*A
Special Opportunity:

Christopher
and Tara will be teaching at Delmarva Pagan Pride Day on April 28th.

Location:
The Green in front of Legislative hall in Dover Delaware

Info: FB page- https://www.facebook.com/groups/DelmarvaPaganPrideFestival/

There
is a stirring within the community of those who identify as witches
as what was old has been lovingly and carefully made new again by
those who stand at the gates of modern witchcraft. Besom, Stang and
Sword is a guide of practice that evolved from the reweaving of
Traditional Witchcraft and adding just enough of the evolved form of
that practice to create something unique, new and highly relevant to
our times.

The
authors have done due diligence in both the scholarly rationale and
the grassroots approach to the practice of witchcraft and its newer
derivative form of Wicca. What emerged was the creation of their own
path called the Blacktree Tradition…..
a modern, nonreligious form of traditional witchcraft that is rooted
in each witch’s specific region. Instead of deities, it deals with
the spirits of the land and the ancestors-no gods, many spirits…

Chapter
1
jumps
right into the discussion of what Traditional Witchcraft is at its
roots. As the authors state there are many types of practice that
have presented themselves forged from the essential of a practice
that is steeped in cultural practices such as Shamanism, Seidr and
Hoodoo and magickal traditions, such as Victor and Cora Anderson Feri
and Cultus Sabbati. All of the usual topics related to a pagan path
and in particular, that of witchcraft are given attention and
perspective that pulls together some of the more disjointed pieces of
a puzzle that is complex, rich and deep. The Devil and the negative
connotation that has come to be associated with those practitioners
of the craft is addressed and the reality of this beings energy as
being neither good nor evil, but a necessary component in the natural
order of a practice rooted in the land. Blacktree calls to the Devil
as the Witch Lord, the Lord of the Paths and is considered the
embodiment of nature itself. This is a perspective that takes us
beyond the semantics and associations accumulated around these that
prevent us from seeing beyond and more broadly as to the deeper
meanings.

You
will find within each chapter the basics of teachings that form a
solid foundation for stepping onto the path of the witch. Spell work,
Diviniation, the Sabbats, Lunations, Hedgewitchery and more complete
this instruction. Each chapter rich with theory and magickal
technique. For those who are familiar with a Wiccan or other path
that is similar to the principals of witchcraft, you will see the
variances in application and tools that are of prominence in
traditional witchcraft that have often take a side place of
importance more recently.

The
title of the book, Besom, Stang and Sword give reference to these
three tools being those closely related to the natural world. This is
further evidenced in the premise of Traditional Witchcraft and its
roots being tied to the earth and at a time when many of the
manufactured ritual items that adorn our altars and work were not
available. Use of the Besom and Stang takes us back to those cultural
roots of witchcraft and making use of and empowering all that we were
given from the land itself. We are also introduced to some
lesser-known tools, their purpose and how they may be used or
created.

The
author’s statement in the introduction nicely sums up the treasures
and value of this book..

..Our
perspective anchors itself with one foot firmly planted in the
lessons of the past and the other stepping into the boldest future,
while staying focused on the natural evolution of the craft…

I
would highly recommend this book as a required read for those new to
the craft and more importantly those who consider themselves seasoned
and working witches. My gratitude to Christopher and Tara for being
able to in such an articulate and grounded way call forth the best of
what was and the vision of a practice that evolves and grows in an
organic and natural way that we have long forgotten the simplicity,
complexity and beauty of.

For More Information about Blacktree Coven:https://www.infinite-beyond.com/blacktree-coven/

Besom, Stang & Sword: A Guide to Traditional Witchcraft, the Six-Fold Path & the Hidden Landscape on Amazon

***

About
the Author:

Robin
Fennelly is a Wiccan High Priestess, teacher, poet and author.

She
is the author of (click on book titles for more information):

The
Inner Chamber Volume One on Amazon

It’s
Written in the Stars

Astrology

The
Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry
of the Spheres (Volume 2) on Amazon

Qabalah

The
Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening
the Paths on Amazon

Qabalah

A
Year With Gaia on Amazon

The
Eternal Cord

Temple
of the Sun and Moon on Amazon

Luminous
Devotions

The
Magickal Pen Volume One (Volume 1) on Amazon

A
Collection of Esoteric Writings

The
Elemental Year on Amazon

Aligning
the Parts of SELF

The
Enchanted Gate on Amazon

Musings
on the Magick of the Natural World

Sleeping
with the Goddess on Amazon

Nights
of Devotion

A
Weekly Reflection on Amazon

Musings
for the Year

Her
books are available on Amazon
 or
on this website
 and
her Blogs
 can
be found at
Robin
Fennelly
 

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