Welsh Witches and Wizards; Witchcraft of the British Isles series, Book I. Michael HOWARD.

Welsh Witches and Wizards; Witchcraft of the British Isles series, Book I

Richmond Vista, CA: Three Hands Press, 2009. First Edition, limited. Hardcover. Octavo. 182pp. Deep navy cloth with gilt titing to spine and device to upper board. Black endpapers. Title page llustration, bibliography. Deluxe hardcover of an edition limited to 300 hand numbered copies. The first in what was to be a four book series, the author looks at the widespread belief in witches and wizards in Wales, which reflects a land steeped in legend and myth since ancient times. This popular belief in witchcraft bears little relation to modern neo-pagan Wicca, and there is little evidence of its linkage to a nature religion based on a pre-Christian fertility cult. This book describes the historically-attested Welsh practitioners of folk magic and witchcraft –the Dark Sisters and the Toadmen, the Druids and Wizards, the Cunning Men and Faery Doctors – and the charms and spells they used. Also examined are surviving pagan beliefs associated with holy wells and the cult of the sacred head, and the mysterious and sometimes sinister ‘creatures of the night’ such as faeries, lake monsters, dragons and Black Dogs. The author, London-born Michael Howard (1948–2015), was active in British occult circles from his late teens onwards, and was a member of various occult groups including the Cultus Sabbati. He was a prolific author on Witchcraft and other esoteric subjects, and from 1976 until his death was the editor of the well-known British journal of traditional witchcraft, magic and neo-Paganism, "The Cauldron." "As new", thus a tight bright copy in near Fine condition. (no dust jacket as issued). Out-of-print. Item #68847

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