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Traditional Witchcraft for Urban Living |
Author: Melusine Draco [a Witchvox Sponsor]
Publisher: Moon Books (John Hunt Publishing)
Category: Traditional Witchcraft Level: Beginner
The Story Behind …
Every book has a story behind the story of how it came to be written. It may be about a life-long passion, a personal journey, the need to share an experience or knowledge. It may have been fermenting in the brain for years, or sprung fully formed from a blinding epiphany. Whether it be fact or fiction, sometimes the story behind the story is almost as important as the published book itself …
Traditional Witchcraft for Urban Living
Originally called Mean Streets Witchcraft, this first title in the Traditional Witchcraft series came from a young witchlet’s comment to Meriem Clay-Egerton, that Meriem couldn’t possibly be a real witch because she lived in a town and was confined to a wheelchair. Now Meriem loved the countryside and everything about it but a chain of circumstances had forced her and Bob to abandon rural life and to remain in a densely urbanised environment for the rest of their lives.
At the time I was also town-bound and having an awful difficulty with my magical practice since the area I was living in at the time was one of those economically depressed areas due to the mines closing two generations before, with no hope of recovery in sight. True I had a large medieval holly wood to roam and a nearby granite out crop for energy raising, but the community feeling was that of wading through molasses.
Needless to say, many of our lengthy conversations related to the effect this type of urban environment had on psychic energies and the long-term problems it could cause. In fact, Meriem thought ‘good’ town-bound witches were probably more proficient than their rural cousins, simply because in the countryside it is enough just to be! The urban witch had to conduct guerrilla warfare against the constant attack of negative energies the town-dweller encounters at every turn at the office, in the supermarket, and even when walking along the street …
And since the majority of witches don’t have the luxury of the rural dream, there was obviously a niche for a book on urban witchcraft and the differences in perspective of which we all need to be aware. There are no ‘Oh wow!’ moments in Traditional Witchcraft for Urban Living and most of the content is pure common sense, but sometimes we all need someone to point out the obvious … more like ‘Oh yeah!’
REVIEW: Claudia Loureiro goodreads March 2016
"In Traditional Witchcraft for Urban Living, Melusine Draco dedicates this small volume to address this situation. She offers a useful way to develop the Craft practice by stating the obvious inconveniences. The surprising bit is that she doesn't achieve this through the seeking of "exceptions", of "country-like" places in the city - she encourages the witch to rediscover the city, to look into it, and to change the attitude rather than getting stressed by the daily noises coming from the street. In short, she encourages everyone to make the best of what we've got. She guides us to small places in our city or our own house that may have been overlooked. In each chapter she also offers a useful exercise related to the subject. Plain, simple language and not boggled down in a lot of detail that is distracting and hard to follow."
It was Andy Lloyd Book Reviews that first put the Traditional Witchcraft series into its proper perspective: “The ‘Traditional Witchcraft’ series provides varied information about what it means to be a practising witch in modern times. In places, it feels like a guide, or self-help book. But there is much more to it than that. What strikes me is the amount of science running through the book. To understand nature is to live as a part of nature, and ultimately to become one with its changing patterns and cycles, to synchronise one’s own psychic or magical energy with natural tidal forces and the elements. So a witch, like no other religious practitioner that I’m aware of, must study her environment carefully, and attune her life to it … The learning is multi-disciplinary, and feels almost as if one was studying a textbook written by a poet … it has that sense of quiet wonder about it, supported by education, knowledge and, above all, wisdom.”
In fact, the whole series was structured along the lines of a distance learning course, so that any would-be traditional witch had a step by step guide to follow. Traditional Witchcraft for Urban Living (originally published as Mean Streets Witchcraft) is the first in the series and as the title suggests, aimed at the majority of pagans who live in an urban environment rather than insisting that a witch must live in the country before they can learn about traditional British Old Craft. The second step is revealed in Traditional Witchcraft for the Seashore that teaches us how to understand and work with those natural tides within our own environment, even if we don’t live by the sea. Step three, Traditional Witchcraft for Fields and Hedgerows, covers what most of us would think of in terms of traditional Craft, and brings us back into the comfort zone where we feel safe and secure – before step four casts us back out into the more hostile world of Traditional Witchcraft for the Woods and Forests: the magical energies differing quite considerably between these four environments.
TRADITIONAL WITCHCRAFT FOR URBAN LIVING and TRADITIONAL WITCHCRAFT FOR THE SEASHORE, Mélusine Draco (Moon Books/John Hunt Publishing Ltd www.moon-books.net £9.99/US 16.95 each. l43pp and 149pp) . The author of these books was an initiate of the late Bob Clay-Egerton’s traditional Coven of the Scales and has been a practising occultist, magical teacher and writer on esoteric subjects for over twenty years. These two books are the first in a series on modern traditional witchcraft for absolute beginners. Traditional Witchcraft for Urban Living, as the title suggests, is a guide to being a witch in a town or city environment while still connecting with the natural world, elemental forces and the land. The second book is for those who live near or often visit the coast and wish to commune with the sea and its energies. You will not find any invocations to Cemnunos and Ceridwen or the ‘Wiccan Rede’ here. Also, although the books are written in a pagan context, all the charms used are Christianised ones as found in historical witchcraft and folk magic. Both books are written in a down-to-earth style with a commonsensical approach firmly rooted in the folk traditions and seasonal lore of the British Isles. They are very much like the basic beginner’s primers written by Marian Green of Quest magazine and are recommended.
Michael Howard - The Cauldron
For the witch confined to an urban environment, regular Craft practice may often seem like a futile gesture, especially if home is a small, garden-less flat. Even the suburbs can be magically incapacitating if there is constant noise from traffic and neighbours. People work long hours, often setting off for work and getting home again in the dark during the winter months, without having the opportunity to notice the subtle changing of the seasons.
Traditional Witchcraft for Urban Living is a no-holds-barred approach to dealing with the constant barrage of psychic problems that confront the urban witch on a daily basis. Based on the teachings of a traditional Craft background, the author successfully manages to blend the Old Ways with practical contemporary practice.
Author's Notes: Melusine Draco has been a magical and spiritual instructor for over 20 years, and author of numerous popular books on magic and traditional British Old Craft.. Traditional Witchcraft for Urban Living is the first in the series - if you have any questions relating to any issues raised in the book contact the author at:
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