The Black Toad. Gemma GARY, Michael Howard.
The Black Toad.

The Black Toad.

London: Troy Books, 2012. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo. Eccentrically paginated. [ 140pp + xxviii full page photographic plates ], Fine black cloth boards, with gilt toad device to upper board and gilt lettering to spine, b&w in-text illustrations, bibliography and index. From the publisher: "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." Contents include: Power and Preparation. Old Mother Red-Cap; Protections and defences, Cure-Charms and Protections against Ailment, Desires and Good Fortune Vision. Old Mother Green-Cap; Virtues of Trees, Infusions of Virtue, Curative Plant-Charms, Protective Plant-Charms, Plant-Charms for Love, Blackthorn Blessing-Ash, Plant-Charms for Animals. Old Mother Black-Cap; Curse-Magic and Blasting, Retaliation Magic and Counter-Blasting, Weather Witchcraft, Circles of Power In League with the Devil. Appears unused - thus Fine condition. (no dust jacket as issued). Item #61973
ISBN: 9780956104380

Price: $125.00

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