Now on its second printing, The Charmers’ Psalter is a beautifully bound book printed in a handy pocket sized tome. Gemma Gary has created yet another wonderful collection of charms and spells. Gemma is an artist and writer based in the South-West of England and has written many books on her own personal tradition and practices. She has helped open the eyes of many people to creating their own traditions not only in themselves but to be inspired by their geographical surroundings.
The collection is a rather mysterious one as it isn’t quite clear what the date or origins of them are, it is thought that they possibly predate Judeo-Christian Scripture. What is bound within these pages has been used by those who practise the folk magic tradition and has served many cunning folk before us. It covers a vast array of both charms and curses, some of which can be muttered quietly hence the pocketbook version which can be taken anywhere you go. From love to broken bones to curses; a practitioner is certainly covered for all eventualities.
As usual, Troy Books have created a beautiful book. It is bound in gold foil-blocked rust cloth and is a very inspirational addition to a witch’s library. Use it as it is or use it to create your own charms. It is highly recommended.
You can buy it here.
As one can imagine, there will be plenty of people that would disregard the job title – witch. Not for Cassandra. She is a village witch and the Inland Revenue are fully aware of this fact.
Cassandra decided to write this book as a way of telling her story. With quite a difficult tale to tell, she opens up her life to the reader and explores the path that led her to being who she is today. The first part of the book is her personal journey from childhood and through adulthood and the second is about her approach to magic. The second half goes way above the usual books on witchcraft, she encourages you to explore it for yourself rather than just reading someone else’s work from a page. It is an encouraging book that allows you to open up your mind, to explore, educate and use your own intuition. The magic is within yourself and all around you, you wont find the answers in someone else’s words.
Paperback: 228 pages
Publisher: Mandrake of Oxford; 2 edition (21 Jun. 2013)
Photographs from villagewisewoman.co.uk
Steve Patterson is a folklorist who has brought the magic of Cornwall into the pages of this beautifully bound book. If you have been lucky enough to venture down there or even seen some snippets on their website then you may know that The Witchcraft Museum in Boscastle have set up a scene that helps its visitors have a taste of the magical life of a cunning woman. Known as Old Joan, she sits at her table surrounded by jars of herbs, tools of the trade, candles and her familiar spirit animals.
This particular display was the inspiration for Steve Patterson’s book. It features her old book of spells, a detailed guide to the Wise Woman’s Cottage and historical facts on the cunning folk of the West Country. It is a rich tome that takes you way back to when cunning folk were the pillars of the community and it teaches us the nature of the witch and her craft. A valuable piece of work for anyone studying the old British ways.
Hardcover: 152 pages
Publisher: Troy Books 2016
Graham King is the former owner and curator of the Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle Cornwall. In this book he has gathered a wealth of traditional charms and spells used in the folk-magical tradition. If you are interested in searching deeper into the historical traditions of the cunning folk then this is certainly a book that will tickle your fancy. He has included charms for love, healing, cursing and fortune and it is a collection that is rich in history.
The content of the book has been lovingly handpicked from the vast collection of literature held within museum and put together in this brilliant book. Inside you will also find photographs and illustrations that have been taken from the museum’s collection. You can purchase it directly from Troy Books and it comes in a paperback edition and a beautiful hardback too.
Publisher: Troy Books