A somewhat forgotten figure of Witchcraft, Cecil Williamson was somewhat overshadowed by the creator of Wicca; Gerald Gardner. Steve Patterson has managed to piece together some of Cecil’s life with as much information that was available to him and as a result we have this absolute gem. The inspiration came from the discovery of a manuscript that was found when Graham King took over The Witchcraft Museum in Boscastle and began renovations. The manuscript that was found was simply titled Witchcraft and contained an array of occult and esoteric material. The idea for the book was born.
Although Cecil is very much associated with Gerald Gardner, the fact is that he didn’t care much for Wicca. His idea of magic and witchcraft sat within the realms of the spirit world and the “wayside witch” – these being the lone witches that performed charms and spells who could heal with sticks, stones and herbs. Not a ceremonial cloak or dagger in sight.
It is a highly enjoyable read if you have a leaning towards the more traditional ways of the witch, if Wicca isn’t quite your cup of tea then this book will be an inspiration to the academic and the wayside witch.