Ancient Ways for Modern Days
A Midnight Visit in the Old Witches’ Garden
“On a journey to our magickal past in the Old World to create our future, I can think of no better guide than Raven Grimassi. His experience, scholarship and—most importantly—wisdom shine through these pages, illuminating anyone’s serious practice of witchcraft.”—CHRISTOPHER PENCZAK, author of the Temple of Witchcraft series and The Plant Spirit Familiar
I will not lure you into becoming entangled in the brambles; instead we will walk the path together for a midnight visit in the old witches’ garden…—FROM THE BOOK
In Old World Witchcraft, noted author Raven Grimassi invites readers into his garden—where plant spirits dance in the moonlight and Shadow passes into every incantation. He goes beyond the romantic notions of what witches are or should do, arguing that many of our current ideas about witchcraft are based on misinformation. Using his vast knowledge of history and herbal lore, he offers the reader simple but powerful tools to make their own witchcraft.
“Grimassi’s approach to witchcraft brings a vitality and vibrancy to this book. He writes with knowledge, the voice of experience, and the exuberance of a passionate belief.”—REV. PAUL BEYERL, author of The Master Book of Herbalism
FOR THE FIRST TIME, Grimassi introduces readers to a magical system—The Ash, Birch, and Willow—rooted in the initiatory teachings and understandings of Old World witchcraft. The use of the mortar and pestle as a spellcasting tool and using plant ash for magical sigil work plus totally new information about familiar tools such as the witch’s wand and broom are all presented here to aid the modern witch in reconnecting with the organic memory of the earth and developing their own understanding of spiritual botany.
“It is important for witches to understand our origins, especially as we facilitate the dawning of a new age. This wise book can help us appreciate who we are. Exquisitely researched, it also thoroughly refutes the ridiculous charges that have historically been made against us.”—EILEEN HOLLAND, author of The Wicca Handbook and The Spellcaster’s Reference