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Reading Witchcraft

Author : Marion Gibson
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In this original study of witchcraft, Gibson explores the stories told by and about witches and their 'victims' through trial records, early news books, pamphlets and fascinating personal accounts. The author discusses the issues surrounding the interpretation of original historical sources and demonstrates that their representations of witchcraft are far from straight forward or reliable. Innovative and thought-provoking, this book sheds new light on early modern people's responses to witches and on the sometimes bizarre flexibility of the human imagination.

The Witchcraft Reader

Author : Darren Oldridge
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The excellent reader offers a selection of the best historical writing on witchcraft, exploring how belief in witchcraft began, and the social and context in which this belief flourished.

Reading the Salem Witch Child

Author : Kristina West
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This book discusses the role of children in the Salem witch trials through a close reading of the many and varied narratives of the trials, including court records, contemporary and historical documents, fiction, drama, and poetry. Taking a critical theory approach to explore both what we might understand as a child in 1692 New England and to consider our adult investment in reading the child, Kristina West explores narratives of the afflicted girls and the many accused children whom are often absent or overlooked in histories, and considers how the trial structure is continually repeated in attempts to establish the respective guilt and innocence of these and other groups. This book also analyses later manuscripts and fictional rewritings of the trials to question the basis on which assumptions about the child in history are made, and to consider why such narratives of Salem’s children are still relevant now.

Witchcraft The Basics

Author : Marion Gibson
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Witchcraft: The Basics is an accessible and engaging introduction to the scholarly study of witchcraft, exploring the phenomenon of witchcraft from its earliest definitions in the Middle Ages through to its resonances in the modern world. Through the use of two case studies, this book delves into the emergence of the witch as a harmful figure within western thought and traces the representation of witchcraft throughout history, analysing the roles of culture, religion, politics, gender and more in the evolution and enduring role of witchcraft. Key topics discussed within the book include: The role of language in creating and shaping the concept of witchcraft The laws and treatises written against witchcraft The representation of witchcraft in early modern literature The representation of witchcraft in recent literature, TV and film Scholarly approaches to witchcraft through time The relationship between witchcraft and paganism With an extensive further reading list, summaries and questions to consider at the end of each chapter, Witchcraft: The Basics is an ideal introduction for anyone wishing to learn more about this controversial issue in human culture, which is still very much alive today.

The Witchcraft Reader

Author : Darren Oldridge
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The Witchcraft Reader offers a wide range of historical perspectives on the subject of witchcraft in a single, accessible volume, exploring the enduring hold that it has on human imagination. The witch trials of the late Middle Ages and the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries have inspired a huge and expanding scholarly literature, as well as an outpouring of popular representations. This fully revised and enlarged third edition brings together many of the best and most important works in the field. It explores the origins of witchcraft prosecutions in learned and popular culture, fears of an imaginary witch cult, the role of religious division and ideas about the Devil, the gendering of suspects, the making of confessions and the decline of witch beliefs. An expanded final section explores the various "revivals" and images of witchcraft that continue to flourish in contemporary Western culture. Equipped with an extensive introduction that foregrounds significant debates and themes in the study of witchcraft, providing the extracts with a critical context, The Witchcraft Reader is essential reading for anyone with an interest in this fascinating subject.

Wizards Witches and Dragons Drawing and Reading

Author : Ann Becker
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Learn Basic Art Techniques And Interesting Facts While Drawing Wizards, Witches, And Dragons.

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe Close Reading and Text Dependent Questions

Author : Kristen Kemp
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Students analyze The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe using key skills from the Common Core. Close reading of the text is required to answer text-dependent questions. Included are student pages with questions as well as suggested answers.

The Witchcraft Reader

Author : Peter Haining
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Short stories about witches, past, present, and future, on this planet and on others.

Witchcraft and Sorcery

Author : Max Marwick
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Part One looks at the different approaches to the topic, and includes an extract from Evans-Pritchard's classic study of the Azande. Part Two samples the rich ethnography of witchcraft, and contains papers on the European and Salem witch-hunts. Part Three looks at theories of witchcraft and particularly at how witchcraft and cultist movements are often indicators of social strain. Part Four looks at the urbanization of modern witchcraft and Part Five at the way in which witch-beliefs throw light on other problems.

The Salem Witch Trials Reader

Author : Frances Hill
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Against the backdrop of a Puritan theocracy threatened by change, in a population terrified not only of eternal damnation but of the earthly dangers of Indian massacres and recurrent smallpox epidemics, a small group of girls denounces a black slave and others as worshipers of Satan. Within two years, twenty men and women are hanged or pressed to death and over a hundred others imprisoned and impoverished. In The Salem Witch Trials Reader, Frances Hill provides and astutely comments upon the actual documents from the trial--examinations of suspected witches, eyewitness accounts of "Satanic influence," as well as the testimony of those who retained their reason and defied the madness. Always drawing on firsthand documents, she illustrates the historical background to the witchhunt and shows how the trials have been represented, and sometimes distorted, by historians--and how they have fired the imaginations of poets, playwrights, and novelists. For those fascinated by the Salem witch trials, this is compelling reading and the sourcebook.

The Ultimate Guide on Wicca Astrology and Tarot Cards

Author : Julia Steyson
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This book is a comprehensive guide on New Age and Divine topics. It covers in detail Astrology, Tarot Card Reading and Wicca/Witchcraft and Spells. You will learn about all three topics in extensive detail, full of pictures! It is a collection of Julia Steyson's books! Included in this collection are the books: Astrology Uncovered: A Guide To Horoscopes And Zodiac Signs AND Wicca Spell Book: The Ultimate Wiccan Book on Magic and Witches : A Guide to Witchcraft, Wicca and Magic in the New Age with a Divinity Code AND Astrology Uncovered: A Guide To Horoscopes And Zodiac Signs. You will discover how astrology works. This book is written by an expert on astrology. This book will teach you the meaning and significance of the planets in astrology, how to read the astrological chart and a detailed breakdown of each birth sign, horoscope and zodiac sign. In the tarot card book you will go from not knowing a thing about tarot cards to understanding how they work and how to read them. The Wicca/Witchcraft book is thorough and descriptive, it focuses on everything a Wiccan just starting out needs to know. You’ll learn about spells, sigils, the five Wiccan elements -- and most importantly for a Wiccan, you’ll learn about developing and nurturing your spiritual connection with the natural world. All Wiccan practices are tied to the nature, from astrology to tarot. This is the perfect read for a beginner witch or anyone curious about the lifestyle of Wiccans. --

Magic Ritual and Witchcraft

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Witchcraft Myths in American Culture

Author : Marion Gibson
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A fascinating examination of how Americans think about and write about witches, from the 'real' witches tried and sometimes executed in early New England to modern re-imaginings of witches as pagan priestesses, comic-strip heroines and feminist icons. The first half of the book is a thorough re-reading of the original documents describing witchcraft prosecutions from 1640-1700 and a re-thinking of these sources as far less coherent and trustworthy than most historians have considered them to be. The second half of the book examines how these historical narratives have transformed into myths of witchcraft still current in American society, writing and visual culture. The discussion includes references to everything from Increase Mather and Edgar Allan Poe to Joss Whedon (the writer/director of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which includes a Wiccan character) and The Blair Witch Project.

Witchcraft in the Thames Valley

Author : Tony Barham
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Gammel og moderne heksekunst i Thames Valley i England

Wicca Witchcraft Mastery

Author : Gemma Foster
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Just as the journey of a thousand miles begins with getting proper shoes, the journey to mastery begins with reading the right book. No man sets out to build a worthy superstructure without first laying a solid foundation. Do you have interests in Wicca and witchcraft mastery but have absolutely no clue on how to begin? Do you seek a proven and working knowledge of witchcraft, tarot reading, and astrology? Then this comprehensive bundle is a worthy read. Many elements of nature carry tremendous power but are often overlooked or trivialized. You can harness that inherent power for your benefit if know-how to do it. Imagine being able to cast candle spells, perform crystal magic, astrology, or read and interpret the position of stars. This compilation can help bring that imagination to life. It does not matter if you do not have any prior knowledge on the Wiccan arts and witchcraft, you don't need to be a part of any magical ancestry, this book is a complete guide to harness and master the Wiccan power. Learn how to perform Wicca spells the right way while connecting with faith and your inner magic. This book offers you: A detailed overview of the history of witches (what was considered a witch in the middle ages, what witches believe in, why were witches feared) History and use of crystals and stones as elements of power for Wiccans Five examples of candle spells and a step-by-step process on how to carry them out (from when to light the candle, whether to wait for the candle to burn itself out to the effects of extinguishing the candle) The positive and negative characteristics of the 12 Zodiac signs What the Natal Chart is, how to calculate and interpret it. Differences between sun, ascendant, and moon signs and how to understand each one The relationship between numerology and astrology Three exercises with numerology and how to interpret the results Nothing can be compared to getting results from applied knowledge. Learning Wicca and Witchcraft can be fun, practical, and rewarding. Get right into exploring!

Perspectives

Author : Richard Deutsch
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Rediscovering Renaissance Witchcraft

Author : Marion Gibson
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Rediscovering Renaissance Witchcraft is an exploration of witchcraft in the literature of Britain and America from the 16th and 17th centuries through to the present day. As well as the themes of history and literature (politics and war, genre and intertextuality), the book considers issues of national identity, gender and sexuality, race and empire, and more. The complex fascination with witchcraft through the ages is investigated, and the importance of witches in the real world and in fiction is analysed. The book begins with a chapter dedicated to the stories and records of witchcraft in the Renaissance and up until the English Civil War, such as the North Berwick witches and the work of the ‘Witch Finder Generall’ Matthew Hopkins. The significance of these accounts in shaping future literature is then presented through the examination of extracts from key texts, such as Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Middleton’s The Witch, among others. In the second half of the book, the focus shifts to a consideration of the Romantic rediscovery of Renaissance witchcraft in the eighteenth century, and its further reinvention and continued presence throughout the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including the establishment of witchcraft studies as a subject in its own right, the impact of the First World War and end of the British Empire on witchcraft fiction, the legacy of the North Berwick, Hopkins and Salem witch trials, and the position of witchcraft in culture, including filmic and televisual culture, today. Equipped with an extensive list of primary and secondary sources, Rediscovering Renaissance Witchcraft is essential reading for all students of witchcraft in modern British and American culture and early modern history and literature.

Little Witch Learns to Read

Author : Deborah Hautzig
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Little Witch's family is not at all helpful when she is learning to read, so she hides her books and reads by flashlight until late at night and becomes so sleepy that she cannot stay awake during the day. Simultaneous.

The Ultimate Guide on Wicca Witchcraft Astrology and Tarot Cards A Book Uncovering Magic Mystery and Spells A Bible on Witchcraft

Author : Julia Steyson
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The Ultimate Guide on Wicca,Witchcraft, Astrology and Tarot Cards A Book Uncovering Magic Mystery and Spells: A BIBLE on Wicca and Witchcraft. This is your BIBLE on Witchcraft and Wicca. It is the ONLY and ULTIMATE GUIDE you will ever need on this subject. It is made up of five books written by witches. It is also a comprehensive guide on New Age and Divine topics. It covers in detail Astrology, Tarot Card Reading and Wicca/Witchcraft and Spells. You will learn about all three topics (with a focus on WITCHCRAFT/WICCA) in extensive detail, full of pictures!&; It is a collection of Julia Steyson's books! Included in this collection are the books: Astrology Uncovered: A Guide To Horoscopes And Zodiac Signs AND Wicca Spell Book: The Ultimate Wiccan Book on Magic and Witches: A Guide to Witchcraft, Wicca and Magic in the New Age with a Divinity Code AND Astrology Uncovered: A Guide To Horoscopes And Zodiac Signs. ALSO INCLUDED is Practical Magic by Glenda Blair AND Witch Book by Glinda Abhraham. You will discover how astrology works. This book is written by an expert on astrology. This book will teach you the meaning and significance of the planets in astrology, how to read the astrological chart, and a detailed breakdown of each birth sign, horoscope, and zodiac sign.&; In the tarot card book, you will go from not knowing a thing about tarot cards to understanding how they work and how to read them. The Wicca/Witchcraft book is thorough and descriptive, it focuses on everything a Wiccan just starting out needs to know. You'll learn about spells, the five Wiccan elements -- and most importantly for a Wiccan, you'll learn about developing and nurturing your spiritual connection with the natural world. All Wiccan practices are tied to nature, from astrology to tarot. This is the perfect read for a beginner witch or anyone curious about the lifestyle of Wiccans. Inside this collection of books you will find: How to read the tarot cards strong Getting to know your tarot deck – some simple exercises How to do a Tarot Card Reading How to read an astrological chart Being able to read your horoscope with a lot of detail Information deities The Wiccan Rede How to identify and create your unique blend of magick How to set up your Pagan or Wiccan altar How to use magickal tools (safely!) How to manifest the energies you most desire in your life How to celebrate Pagan and Wiccan holidays. How to perform the right spells for the occasion. A full Gardnerian ritual to use as a solitary The Horned God explained The Universal Spirit of Wicca explained And yes, MAGIC! This is the Ultimate Guide on Astrology, Tarot Card Reading, and Wicca/Witchcraft (with spells). You will learn everything you need to know about these mystic arts. This is a great book for gaining knowledge, for your library, or the ideal gift.

The Witch s Pack

Author : Roger J. Horne
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Fifty-two the pages count in the devil's picture-book, thirteen signs within four suits of blood, knife, stone, and crook... Exploring the common playing card deck as a book of magic authored by Old Scratch himself and drawing on cartomantic and folk-magical texts from hundreds of years in the past, The Witch's Pack offers readers a concise, well-sourced, and practical guide to the witch's card-based arts. Innovative approaches to old traditions in this volume include unique spreads, such as "the witch's table," advanced reading techniques, and rarely detailed methods of cartomantic craft, including Leland's Aradian spirit conjuration, card-based sigilization and incantation formulae, and ritual card pairings for sabbats and seasons. In addition to a solid introduction to divination and magic using playing cards, this volume includes a brief essay exploring the inherent pairing structure in the trump sequence of the Marseille tarot. The sound approaches in The Witch's Pack seek to offer a corpus of transferable lessons that can be utilized with any playing card deck or old-style tarot deck alike, emphasizing skillful pattern discernment over keywords and memorization. From the Introduction: The slim volume you now hold in your hand is inspired by the tradition of chapbooks from the mid-1800s detailing cartomantic operations, including works such as Mother Bunch's Golden Fortune-Teller (1857), The New Fortune Book or Conjurer's Guide (1850), and The Spaewife or Universal Fortune-Teller (1827). In the age of these concise books, now long passed, the reader could explore a variety of cartomantic methods and rhyming mnemonics without spending a fortune. Their methods were simple and accessible to all, designed for use by common folk. Anyone could pick up a deck of cards and begin to explore the subtle arts of cartomancy. In the spirit of this tradition, this work is intended to be both concise and practical. Today, one can find any number of oracle decks in a variety of themes and art styles, so why should the modern witch bother to train in the discipline of old folk cartomancy? Put simply, folk cartomancy offers us a connection to our past and to arts that are skill-based rather than product-based, cunning rather than consumerist. By learning these methods and approaches, the witch can read with cards in a variety of styles, including the elusive tarot minors in unillustrated decks like the Marseille tarot. The history of folk cartomancy is old and rich indeed. In fact, evidence suggests the existence of diverse folk-magical practices involving cards long before the tarot rose to its now prominent position. Huson (2004) notes that La Spagna Istoriata, published in 1519, makes reference to making a circle and "throwing the cards." Pierre de l'Ancre (1622) notes the use of cards to forge pacts with devils. In Witchcraft and the Inquisition in Venice, 1550-1650, Martin (1989) describes alleged witches Angela and Isabella Bellochio, who supposedly used cards extensively in their rites. Leland's (1899) collection of Italian folklore published as Aradia: The Gospel of the Witches of Italy lists the ability to "divine by cards" as a gift given to those who follow the path of witchcraft. Unfortunately, the practitioners who belonged to these currents of cartomancy were not so fortunate as to bequeath their work in the form of a cohesive tradition. Instead, it is up to us to reconstruct their wisdom from the fragments we collect like jewels...