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Black Horse, White Horse: Power Animals in Traditional Witchcraft |
Author: Melusine Draco [a Witchvox Sponsor]
Publisher: Moon Books - John Hunt Publishing
Category: Shaman Pathways series Level: Intermediate
The Story Behind …
Black Horse, White Horse; Power Animals Within Traditional Witchcraft by Melusine Draco
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 interesting as the published book itself …
Originally published as White Horse by Rupert Percy (ghost written by Melusine Draco) as a follow on to Coarse Witchcraft: Craft Working in 2003, the copyright passed back to the ghost writer and was subsequently re-written and extended before being published by Moon Books in 2013. The original cover blurb was: ‘Written from a professional horseman’s perspective, White Horse reveals how the dynamism of equine energy can be harnessed in magical rites of protection and conjuration. Here are first-hand accounts of the traditional Horse ~Whisperer’s skill and the famous ‘Blacksmith’s Curse’.
As a stable-mate of Aubrey’s Dog, Black Horse, White Horse was intended as a series on power animals within witchcraft but unfortunately wires were crossed when this book was submitted for publication. Like Aubrey’s Dog, it landed up under the ‘Shaman Pathways’ listing instead of ‘Pagan Portals’ and as a result many witches have missed out thinking it had been written for shamans. It also has the distinction of being described by the late Michael Howard as the worst book cover he’d ever seen! Nevertheless, it is hoped that the content will compensate for these short-comings …
The term ‘power animal’ was introduced into contemporary language in 1980 by anthropologist Michael Harner, in his classic work The Way of the Shaman, and refers to a broad-based animistic and shamanic concept where the animal is conceived as a tutelary spirit guide that helps or protects individuals, lineages and nations.
Horses and humans became companions a long time ago, and the horse adopted as a power or totem animal represents power, speed, courage, nobility, freedom and chthonic energy. Black Horse, White Horse: Power Animals Within Traditional Witchcraft guides your footsteps on this most ancient of paths…
"I like earthy books. Big fan in fact. Also a big horse fan it being one of my own animal companions as it must be for others. Lots of interesting information and research. It's a good reference book but also has rituals and practical exercises."
Author's Notes: Mélusine Draco originally trained in the magical arts of traditional British Old Craft with Bob and Mériém Clay-Egerton. She has been a magical and spiritual instructor for over 20 years with Arcanum and the Temple of Khem, and writer of numerous popular books on traditional witchcraft and ritual magic. Further details of her highly individualistic teaching methods and writing can be found at melusinedracoattempleofkhem.blogspot.com/ or www.covenofthescales.com
Her Traditional Witchcraft series is published by Moon Books, an imprint of John Hunt Publishing: Traditional Witchcraft for Urban Living, Traditional Witchcraft for the Seashore Traditional Witchcraft for Fields and Hedgerows and Traditional Witchcraft for Woods and Forests. The Dictionary of Mystery & Magic, By Spellbook & Candle: Cursing, Hexing, Bottling & Binding and The Atum-Re Revival (Axis Mundi Books) are all due for publication in 2013.
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