The Flame in the Cauldron: A Book of Old-Style Witchery
by Orion Foxwood
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (March 1, 2015)
Barry’s score 4 stars out of 5.
Few words entice and incite like the word witchery. Thousands of self-identified witches, pagans, and magical practitioners embrace the word, but seldom go beyond the practice of the well-accepted and learned forms of “traditional” witchcraft to explore the path of old-witchery. Orion Foxwood invites readers to walk on the path of old-style witchery, a nature-based practice that is as old as the swamps and as wild as the woods.
For the first time, Foxwood reveals some of his own deeply personal rituals and spells directly from his own grimoire of witchery; he highlights the differences (and similarities) between Wicca, “traditional” witchcraft, and old style witchery. By weaving his own path to witchery throughout the book, he gives readers examples of how to identify the way toward this path.
There is a revolution among the Pagan and Witchcraft communities, a movement away from prescribed ritual and neopagan practices and a reaching back toward what Foxwood says is in the heart of any true witch: a thundering call deep within their very blood to become a healer, a reckoner, a protector of magical arts, and a guardian of the wild woods.
I really enjoy reading about how someone, in this case Orion Foxwood, integrates his/her spirituality into his everyday life. He hooked me rather quickly with his inclusion of Gnois and I blew through the book in no time. Having said that, it is a book that I have returned to several times. I’ve also used it in discussions with esoterically minded friends.
One the downside, I wish that there was more. The book really only touches on topics and it really begs for a more indepth treatment.
Raven Grimassi’s Foreword was spot on perfect and summed up my thoughts of Foxwood’s book. I give The Flame in the Cauldron: A Book of Old-Style Witchery 4 stars out of 5 and strongly suggest adding this title to your home spiritual library.
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