Gemma Gary The Black Toad

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The Black Toad explores potent examples of the folk-ceremonial magical practices and witchcraft of the south-west of England; dealing especially with Devon and the author’s homeland of Cornwall. Within the West Country, the popular belief in witchcraft and its attendant charms, magical practices and traditions continued to be observed and survived long after such ways had faded in most other parts of the British Isles.

Described within The Black Toad is a collection of some of the fascinating magical practices and lore of the West Country’s cunning folk and early modern witches;  ways that have survived and evolved within the rarefied Craft of the area’s modern day witchcraft practitioners of the old persuasion. As this book affirms, these ways of the Old Craft and Cunning Arte include a belief in and working relationship with the spirit forces of the land, the Faerie, animal and plant lore, as well as the magical use of Psalms to cure or curse, the invocation of Christ and the power of the Holy Trinity.

“For all those who are interested in learning about the Old Path as it is taught and practiced today by West Country witches this book of practical magic and sorcery will be a revelation. As the late Cecil Williamson, founder of the witchcraft museum in Boscastle, North Cornwall and a modern cunning man himself, said and Gemma Gary’s excellent book proves – “It still goes on today.”

Michael Howard

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"For all those who are interested in learning about the Old Path as it is taught and practiced today by West Country witches this book of practical magic and sorcery will be a revelation. As the late Cecil Williamson, founder of the witchcraft museum in Boscastle, North Cornwall and a modern cunning man himself, said and Gemma Gary's excellent book proves - "It still goes on today." Michael Howard

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Gemma Gary is a British 'Old Craft' initiate, an author and illustrator of books on witchcraft, magic and folklore. Gemma's areas of interest and experience encompass traditional witchcraft, British wicca, folk magic and charms. Gemma's books focus on a practical and 'hands on' approach to witchcraft and magic, and her published works include 'Traditional Witchcraft - A Cornish Book of Ways', 'The Black Toad - West Country Witchcraft & Magic', 'The Charmer's Psalter', 'Wisht Waters', and 'The Devil's Dozen - Thirteen Craft Rites of the Old One'.

Michael Howard (1948-2015) was an author, folklorist and publisher. An authority on witchcraft, Michael Howard edited and published 'The Cauldron', a journal of witchcraft, paganism, and folklore since the 1970s. He authored over 30 books on subjects such as witchcraft, wicca, the runes, folk-herbalism, traditional festivals, ceremonial and angelic magic and freemasonry.

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