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by Raven Grimassi

  • Author: Raven Grimassi
  • ISBN: 1578635055
  • ISBN13: 978-1578635054
  • ePub: 1323 kb | FB2: 1661 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: New Age & Spirituality
  • Publisher: Weiser Books; 1st edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Pages: 272
  • Rating: 4.2/5
  • Votes: 873
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In Old World Witchcraft, noted author Raven Grimassi covers totally new territory-in his work and in the world of popular witchcraft books published in the last few decades.

Take that, scholars!) He lays out a complex schema informed by an "Old World" understanding of the sacred hallow and the use of shadow, the organic memory of the earth.

Old World Witchcraft: Ancient Ways for Modern Days

Old World Witchcraft: Ancient Ways for Modern Days. In Old World Witchcraft, noted author Raven Grimassi covers totally new territory-in his work and in the world of popular witchcraft books published in the last few decades. The Old World in the title is actually about a magical view of the Plant Kingdom and the spirits attached to it.

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Grimassi presented this material in the form of neo-paganism through his books Old World Witchcraft: Ancient Ways for Modern Days.

Grimassi presented this material in the form of neo-paganism through his books. Raven had been a practitioner of witchcraft for over 45 years and was the co-director of the Ash, Birch and Willow tradition  . Old World Witchcraft: Ancient Ways for Modern Days.

In Old World Witchcraft, noted author Raven Grimassi covers totally new territory-in his work and in the world of popular witchcraft books published in the last.

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In Old World Witchcraft, noted author Raven Grimassi covers totally new territory--in his work and in the world of popular witchcraft books published in the last few decades. This book is actually about "an enchanted worldview," one that has not necessarily been inherited from the beliefs and practices of any particular region and one which is available to us today.

The "Old World" in the title is actually about a magical view of the Plant Kingdom and the spirits attached to it. While Grimassi's previous books discuss the cultural expressions and commonality of witchcraft beliefs and practices in general, this book penetrates much deeper.

Old World Witchdraft reveals rarely discussed topics such as the concept of Shadow as the organic memory of the earth. Readers will learn rooted techniques that possess power because these ways have always been connected to it. They will learn methods of interfacing with the ancestral current and with the organic memory of the earth. Through these they can connect with the timeless arts and learn methods of empowerment directly from the ancient source.

Totally new information about familiar tools is presented. For example, the mortar and pestle is a tool for spell casting, a device that creates interfacing with plant spirits and with shadow, and a focal point for veneration of the Plant Kingdom. Grimassi also presents the art of using plant ashes for magical sigil work.

This book is for people who have had their fill of books that say the same things over and over, who want to take the next step, and who are eager for the more rooted ways that have remained largely hidden.

Beabandis
Meditate for a few moments on the image of the witch. Tell me what do you think? Chances are it is one of two images, an old hag doing evil spells or a young pretty woman dedicated to the Goddess doing benificial spells with the blief of harm ye none. The Old Witch was nothing like that at all. Noted author Raven Grimassi for the first part of this book goes thorugh ancient historical text dating all the way to Greco-Roman Times to give us an accurate as possible mental picture of the ancient witch. Tracing a definition from the Greek work pharmokote which meant worker of plants. THe witch was someone who worked with the numen or life force of plants for various aims. THe opld withc was not bound by the three fold law or harm ye none creed. They could do good just as well as malevolent. It was not until the medievil times that the image of the witch became tarnished by the Christian priests eager for an enemy and to convert the population. Witches never called upon or worked with demons. In addition to calling on the spirit of plants they also called upon rather commonly on Goddesses such as Hekate, Diana and Prosperina. There is no direct mention of a male God. Witches also called upon stars adn planets for aid as well.

The second part of the book focuses on a new paradigm that is based on Ancient principle. From myu observations it is a practical paradigm that seems to be informed from Traditional British Witchcraft in part. There is some Wiccan practices and concepts brought into the paradigm. THe God is called the o"One of the 'Deep Forest' and the Goddess is called she of the rounded white. THe tools employed are besom knifes, wands, cauldron, chalice and mortar and pestle. In the grimouire section there are rituals, spells and instruction on how to connect to the shadow and other realms. THe paradigm is called 'Ash, Birch,Willow". It is practical and useable.

Over all excellent book. Some of the rituals I am uncomfortable with as they require pricking the finger and using your own blood. That is my personal preference. Also in modern times it is difficult to find a crossroads or even do a ritual publically at the crossroad. Later on the author does give you an laternative to finding a crossroad. Another ritual calls for bringing dirt from the crossroad and having it under your pillow for three night in a sachk of course. My question is of hygiene. How safe is the dirt. The book could use a few more picture and illustrations especially of the stang and the staff for the Goddess. It give this book 4 stars out of five. Buy it as this one book you will definitely use
Frostdefender
If you looking for historical information regarding the occult and Italian witchery and earth worship this is a fantastic book! Anyone telling you this book is not connected with Italian Witchery has no idea what they are talking about. Historically speaking if you research the origins of the content described with in the pages of this beautiful work by Raven Grimassi, some if it will take you straight back to Italy. Enjoy reading my friends and debate you may! :)
Dianaghma
A lot of people are dissing Raven Grimassi for this book, and it may not be for everyone. But I loved it! It makes so much sense and opened my eyes to a lot of spiritual things that I had always wondered about. Everyone who considers themselves a pagan, witch,whatever, should read this book. It may not fit your idea of who you are or what you believe, but the manner in which Mr. Grimassi puts forth his information, you cannot deny that there is a lot of truth and common sense in this book. I loved it!
Vaua
Thought I liked this book, Grimassi had the tendency to create long paragraphs out of quotes and other paragraphs from other books to support his claims, instead of listing what he knows and his views, he list others. This would be fine don't get me wrong if it wasn't such a large portion of the book. I think that during the long history lesson I had to go back and re-read some parts because it dragged on and on, I continued getting lost.

Other than that, the book is great. The old world information, such as not believing in the Wiccan Rede and the "Harm None" factor, I think that right there made the distinction between a Pagan and a Wiccan, and this book was definitely written with Pagan flavor. Grimassi didn't say that so that we can go out and hurt others, honestly, if someone uses magick against me, I'm not going to turn to my crystals and hope they protect me, no sir. I am going to cast back at them, and the Wiccan rede doesn't allow you to. Its almost like taking your dog out for a walk with a leash, in other words its ok to practice Witchcraft as long as you follow the Wiccans code of conduct. In the past real Witches/Pagans followed no such law. That was one of the points that kept me hooked in this book.

I also loved the Grimoire in the back, it had a great set up, I thought, and I liked how Grimassi mentioned that the "Wiccan" ritual tools are not the same as the Old World Witchcraft tools.

All in all this was a great book and thought the first few chapters are very long and filled with back to back facts that would bore an English professor, the book is an overall great read.
YSOP
Raven Grimassi has a knack for explaining what otherwise would be hidden in the mists of conjecture and New Age antics. His research, and historical references are perfectly woven into his personal understanding of the "old path."
Zehaffy
Anyone wanting to understand and really feel the history of Witchcraft,should read this book.
I have most of Ravens books, and this is one of my favorites. It is packed with Information
and history. This book has wonderfully Ancient goodies inside.
Mitynarit
Great information, covered history, and current practical application for now. Must read.
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