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Goth Craft: The Magickal Side of Dark Culture (Llewellyn, 2007)|
Goth Craft: The Magickal Side of Dark Culture
Author: Raven Digitalis
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Category: Neopaganism, Occultism, Dark Witchcraft, Level: Intermediate
"When Paganism and Gothic culture collide, a powerful blend of independent thought and magickal transformation is often the result. Raven Digitalis explores this dynamic intersection and what draws us to the dark side. Digitalis introduces many kinds of Goths and Witches, and the philosophy of each. Practical as well as insightful, Goth Craft covers the basics of magick, with special attention to blood magick, death magick, and necromancy. You'll also learn how to channel dark emotions, express yourself through the dark arts (clothes, hair, makeup, body modification) , choose appropriate Goth music for ritual, and myriad other ways to merge magickal practice with the Goth lifestyle. Also covered is vampyrism, BDSM, gender/sexuality, and the magickal-spiritual use of drugs. From working shadow magick to spellcasting on the dance floor, Goth Craft revels in the exciting convergence of two vital subcultures."
"An insightful, honest, and spiritual exploration of the intersection of Witchcraft and Goth culture not only for those who have a foot in each of these worlds, but also for those explorers on one side, seeking to know the ways of the other."
-Christopher Penczak, author of the "Temple of Witchcraft" series
"Goth Craft takes an exciting look at the meaning and uses of Witchcraft and magick within the Gothic culture. The tome discusses the wider philosophies and practices of the occultist, and thus does not limit its readership to the subculture, but it does have some fabulous ideas for 'alternative' sabbatical hair and makeup, and contains the most comprehensive explanation of Goth and its subgenres that I have ever seen. It goes on to discuss relevant topics from a magickal viewpoint, from depression and suicide to BDSM and even which Gothic bands best befit each element!
Written with practical insight and ingenious flair, Goth Craft is a darkly illuminating guidebook that will be at home on any seeker's shelf, especially if that seeker happens to have a penchant for black eyeliner, nocturnal cloaks, fishnet, and dramatic jewelry. Seeded with anthropological anecdotes and humorous asides, Goth Craft enlightens and entertains as well as offering up everything you'll ever need to know about Gothic culture today, and its ongoing love affair with the mysterious and magickal. I cannot recommend this book highly enough."
For a great many magickal folks, Hallowe'en has always been our favorite holiday; indeed, we often say that we're the kind of people who like to leave our Hallowe'en decorations up all year long! There's a reason why most of us identify so strongly with the Addams Family. We are not afraid of the dark; we are the Children of the Night--and we make such beautiful music! We love the dark spooky stuff, and Raven's "Goth Craft" is a book many of us have always longed for. --Oberon Zell-Ravenheart
I applaud Raven for tackling such a challenging topic and doing so in such an eloquent manner. "Goth Craft" will make a fine addition to the libraries of those of us who go bump in the night or are just curious to know what does!
--John J. Coughlin, author of Out of the Shadows: An Exploration of Dark Paganism and Magick
"There is an Alternative Path to the alternative path! For far too long, our modern magickal systems have avoided the darker aspects of occultism. If it wasn't sweetness and light, then it simply did not exist; and students were taught that anything that makes them 'uncomfortable' is not for them. Thankfully, this is beginning to change as a new generation of 21st Century occultists come of age. Goth Craft by Raven Digitalis is an important addition to this new generation, whether or not you consider yourself a 'Goth.'"
--Aaron Leitch, author of Secrets of the Magickal Grimoires
"Raven Digitalis' book deserves to be on the bookshelf of anyone interested or involved with magick, ritual, and the Goth subculture. 'Goth Craft' not only brings the reader the complete history of both subcultures but weaves together a fascinating dark Pagan tome that will inspire the reader to rediscover themselves by bringing their inner selves out into the open. Too often people feel they must keep portions of themselves separate, but Raven proves anyone interested in merging both halves of themselves can do so. My highest recommendations! " --Corvis Nocturnum, author of Embracing the Darkness; Understanding Dark Subcultures
"Don't let your assumptions fool you, "Goth Craft" is a lovingly written and carefully researched piece of work. It covers the intersection of Gothic subculture and Pagan spirituality from every conceivable angle, and manages to be both fun and eye-catching along the way." --Michelle Belanger, author of Vampires In Their Own Words & Psychic Dreamwalking
"Maybe not all Witches are Goths, and vice versa, but for those who are, Goth Craft is a wonderful guide to combining these two subcultures. Raven Digitalis introduces both the Goth subculture and the practice of Witchcraft in an inviting, informative manner. Even those who are a part of only one of these subcultures, or none at all, will come away with a better understanding of both. Raven also provides some unique magical ideas, from correspondences for piercings and makeup to a nice variety of rituals for respectfully connecting with the darker aspects of life. Rather than shying away from controversy, he covers sex, drugs, and gender identity with a thoughtful open mind, and reminds the reader subtly throughout the book of such issues as animal rights and sweatshop labor. I have no doubt that this book will fill a popular niche in both subcultures, and I heartily congratulate Raven on an excellent first publication." --Lupa, author of A Field Guide to Otherkin and co-author of Kink Magic: Sex Magic Beyond Vanilla
"Raven provides an intriguing cross-cultural representation of Goth and Witchcraft. He shows how elements from the Goth subculture can be successfully incorporated into everyday magical practice, while at the same time managing to be stylish. Raven also recommends some excellent sources for further reading and listening which will help the neophyte and advanced practitioner learn more about this exciting new approach to magic." --Taylor Ellwood, author of Inner Alchemy and co-author of Kink Magic: Sex Magic Beyond Vanilla
"At once a field guide to the Goth scene and a cutting-edge approach to Neopagan spirituality, Goth Craft offers a practical guide to magic for fans of contemporary dark culture as well as a glimpse of an unfamiliar subculture for those who think the word "Goth" means the guys who sacked Rome. Highly recommended. -- John Michael Greer; Archdruid and author of The New Encyclopedia of the Occult
"Goth Craft is a sexy and serious A-Z of dark culture's collective tribal identity. More than just a demented "Preppy Handbook" for a different era, Goth Craft goes beyond mere fashion, taking readers deep into the magical currents of this emerging subculture. Fascinating.�
--Richard Metzger, host of Disinformation and editor of Book of Lies: The Disinformation Guide To Magick & The Occult
Although many searchers seek the light, there is an increasing understanding that there is no light without shadow. More and more, people are looking into that shadow, not in search of evil, but seeking the deepest levels of self-understanding. Two subcultures that have been doing this�the Goth community and parts of the Pagan world�have danced around each other for the past few decades. Here, a member of both communities shows how they can combine, forming a more powerful whole. Raven Digitalis' book is sociologically fascinating and personally involving, informative and practical. It reveals everything from magickal techniques and different traditions in these communities to preferred music and dress. It is ideal for those who want to study and know more about the burgeoning Goth and Pagan phenomena as well as those who want to incorporate these beliefs and concepts into every aspect of their daily lives. GothCraft is a groundbreaking and unique contribution that fulfills what had been a crying need in both communities, showing how they can unite to the advantage of all.
--Donald Michael Kraig; Author of Modern Magick
" With Goth Craft, Raven Digitalis pierces the melancholy skin of the dark culture and unveils the beating heart of Goth. More than a fad, more than a romantic fashion statement, more than a global cultural phenomenon, Goth is a living art form whose canvas is the human body, and whose inspiration is Magick. "
Lon Milo DuQuette -- Author of The Magick of Aleister Crowley
Author's Notes: Raven Digitalis (Missoula, MT) is a Neopagan Priest of the "disciplined eclectic" shadow magick tradition Opus Aima Obscurae, and is a radio and club DJ of Gothic, EBM, and industrial music. With his Priestess Estha, Raven holds community gatherings, tarot readings, and a variety of ritual services. From their home, the two also operate the metaphysical business Twigs and Brews, specializing in magickal and medicinal bath salts, herbal blends, essential oils, and incenses. Raven holds a degree in anthropology from the University of Montana and is also an animal rights activist and black-and-white photographic artist.
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