I want to thank the good folks at Weiser Books for the free review copy. I received this book shortly after hurricane Michael and devoured it. I needed the diversion. That being said, I want to reread Besom, Stang & Sword and give it a fresh look.
Besom, Stang Sword: A Guide to Traditional Witchcraft, the Six-Fold Path the Hidden Landscape
Regional traditional witchcraft is an animistic form of witchcraft that moves away from the religious harvest festivals and fertility-minded practices associated with the more common Wiccan form of witchcraft. Very few of us in this age are farmers or dependent upon crops and harvests. Regional traditional witchcraft teaches people to find their craft in their own backyards, in the uncultivated land or urban cityscape alike, and in their ancestors rather than in ancient foreign deities or in a neopagan-styled religious form of witchcraft. It’s not about where you’re from but where you are.
The material is adaptable to any region in which the practitioner lives. Although the lack of deity worship and holy days is a significant part of the authors’ nonreligious approach, this book presents a complete system of practice utilizing ritual, chant, trance, the six paths of witchcraft as defined and explained by the text, and the practices associated with traditional witchcraft.