Three Essential Witchcraft Books from Copper Cauldron

Three Essential Witchcraft Books from Copper Cauldron

She was a witch long before Buffy or Charmed or any number of Hollywood versions of witchcraft exploded into the popular imagination. She is the Official Witch of Salem and author of several books on the craft going back decades, but the latest offerings, published by Copper Cauldron are her legacy and a must-have for any student of the Craft and Magick or (Majick.) People sometimes ask if witches are real. Laurie Cabot breaks the stereotype of the witch of imagination (woman, all in black, casting spells) with a living example of a priestess who not only embraces the stereotype, but embodies a Craft tradition that is rich, deep, compassionate and yes, real. She didn’t get to be the Official Witch of Salem for wearing black, but for her work with Special Needs children. Her two latest works are essential in the rich legacy of the Cabot Tradition.

Laurie Cabot's Book of Shadows - Pentacle Crow Cat Triple moon Laurie Cabot’s Book of Shadows

If you are tired of ‘witchcraft lite’ titles, this 7.5 by 9.25 inch 512 page compilation of a life’s Craft work is a deep spring to renew your practice.  The history, lore, rituals and recipes for incense, oils and more included in this opus are available for you to draw from to enhance your own craft.

If you are a working High Priestess or Priest, there’s advice on working alone or in a group. If you are a student, you will welcome the inclusion of the materials on the Science, Art and Religion of witchcraft. Available as both a Hardcover or a Paperback, Laurie Cabot’s Book of Shadows has a place on the essential witches book shelf. [Read more…]

Harrow of the Week: The Vision

Harrow of the Week: The Vision

Knowledge is power. 

This week’s Harrow card, The Vision, hits like a bolt from the blue. Quite literally, in fact. A hand is forcefully directing said bolt directly into the head of a shocked man, who has dropped his tools. The man is in obvious pain, and the force of the bolt is so great that it appears that he may have been struck blind.

Knowledge is both a dangerous and wonderful thing, as is inspiration and wisdom. For this reason, the Vision is aligned Chaotic Neutral. Wisdom is not bound by rules, and certainly not by human laws. At the same time, it is neither inherently good or evil. It just IS. It’s the implementation that has a morality attached to it. The Vision is a card of tremendous insight, but it is not concerned with how or if we can handle that insight. The 12th-century abbess and mystic Hildegard of Bingen was known for her vivid, inspirational visions, but these same visions also took a tremendous toll on her health.

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Harrow of the Week: The Twin

Harrow of the Week: The Twin

Excuse me, who are you? 

They say that everybody has a twin out there, and that’s even true for the Harrow deck. This week’s card, the Twin, is a deceptively simple-looking card that carries a great deal of meaning. On the left-hand side, we see a man, and on the right, his negative-image double. A hazy, purple energy seems to connect the two men at the head. The man on the left has a neutral, welcoming expression on his face, but his double has a decidedly more sinister countenance and a dagger hidden behind his back.

The Twin is a card of duality and of the conflicts that arise within ourselves. The card is part of the Suit of Crowns, which corresponds to the ability of Charisma. Beyond simply being a measure of our force of personality and ability to lead, Charisma is also a measure of our self-confidence, sense of self, and how we perceive ourselves in relation to the world. The Twin represents a disruption in that sense of identity, whether for good or for ill.

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