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Old Craft Discussion Group with Steven Posch
Age Range/Type: Adult
Located in: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Key Contact: Steven Posch
Spiritual Path: Old Craft
Status: Established Group
Community Support: None Offered
Group Overview: NOTE: This is not a coven or circle, but rather a Discussion Group centered on the Old (or Traditional) Craft, the B.G. (Before Gardner) indigenous witcheries of Old Europe, rooted in the Land and ancestral tradition. We meet on the third Tuesday of every month at the Eye of Horus Metaphysical's new location at 3012 Lyndale Avenue South in Minneapolis. (Store phone listed below.) The link to the store's calendar below lists the monthly theme and gives more information. Please note that a donation is requested to cover the cost of room rental.
The "I Can't Believe It's Already Legendary" Third Tuesday Old Craft Discussion Group has been breaking old taboos and new ground since June 2008, taking on the topics no one else will touch: Sacrifice, Cursing, and Old Hornie, to mention only a few of the more pungent. Every month we meet, a group of visionary elders and inspired neophytes, wholly committed to questioning everything, diving in deeper, and crafting for ourselves and our people the Witcheries of the future.
Our regular attendees constitute a virtual "Who's Who" of the Elders of Paganistan; at any given session, it's not unusual for us to have several hundred years of collective Craft experience to draw on. This rich variety of viewpoints yields deep and often surprising insights into what it means to live the Craft today, yesterday, and tomorrow.
If you already know everything there is to know about the Craft--
If you've read everything Silver Ravenwolf ever wrote--
If you figured everything out in 1986 and haven't entertained a new thought since then--
this is DEFINITELY not the group for you!
Top Thirteen+ Old Craft Witch-Reads (Non-Fiction)
Robert Cochrane and Evan John Jones, The Robert Cochrane Letters: An Insight into Modern Traditional Witchcraft. Capall Ban, 2002.
The Old Man himself in proprio voce. Brilliant, infuriating.
Alain Daniélou, Shiva and Dionysos. East-West, 1982.
Brilliant, sweeping study. For “Shiva” and “Dionysos”, read “God of the Witches.”
Hubert J. Davis, ed., The Silver Bullet and Other American Witch Stories. Jonathan David, 1975.
A must-read for every American witch: how the Craft naturalizes.
Edred [Thorsson], Witchdom of the True: A Study of the Vana-Troth and the Practice of Seiðr. Rûna-Raven, 1999.
Revisionist mythic history by heathendom’s “love-to-hate-‘im” bad-boy, Stephen Flowers. The Craft’s supposed Germanic (surprise: not Keltic) roots.
Carlo Ginzburg, Ecstasies: Deciphering the Witches’ Sabbat. Pantheon, 1991.
The folkloric roots of the sabbat, and witchcraft’s shamanistic roots. Great mythic (if not historic) history.
Robert Graves, The White Goddess. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1948.
The single best book about the witches’ Goddess. Indispensible.
Ronald Hutton, The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft. Oxford, 1999.
The chapter “The Man in Black” is the best introduction to Cochrane’s life and work.
Nigel Jackson, Call of the Horned Piper, Capall Ban, 1994.
The single best introduction to Old Craft.
Nigel Jackson, Masks of Misrule: The Horned God and His Cult in Europe. Capall Ban, 1996.
The single best book about the witches’ God.
Nigel Jackson and Michael Howard, The Pillars of Tubal Cain. Capall Ban, 2000.
Anthology of articles on the Luciferian Craft, for those so inclined.
Nigel Jackson, Compleat Vampyre: The Vampyre Shaman, Werewolves, Witchery, & the Dark Mythology of the Undead. Capall Ban, 1995.
More on the Craft qua shamanism. The Wild Hunt from the inside.
Evan John Jones and Robert Cochrane, The Roebuck in the Thicket: An Anthology of the Robert Cochrane Witchcraft Tradition. Capall Bann, 2001.
More on Cochrane & Co.
Margaret Murray, The Witch-Cult in Western Europe: A Study in Anthropology. Oxford, 1921.
In the beginning was Murray.
Elliot Rose, A Razor for a Goat: Problems in the History of Witchcraft and Diabolism. University of Toronto, 1962.
More mythic history: his account of the Goliards and witch-masters is bang on.
Doreen Valiente, The Rebirth of Witchcraft. Hale, 1991.
A personal account of Cochrane by a student.
Emma Wilby, Cunning Folk and Familiar Spirits: Shamanistic Visionary Traditions in Early Modern British Witchcraft and Magic. Sussex Academic Press, 2005.
Academic study of witchcraft as shamanism; the single best study on familiars.
Emma Wilby, The Visions of Isobel Gowdie: Magic, Witchcraft, and Dark Shamanism in Seventeenth-Century Scotland. Sussex Academic Press, 2010.
Academic study; the single most thorough study of the single most interesting historical witch trial. You’ll wish you could have been a member of Gowdie’s coven.
Stephen J. Yeates, A Dreaming for the Witches: A Recreation of the Dobunni Primal Myth. Oxbow, 2009.
Academic study seeking the origins of witchery in ancient Keltic tribal religion. Reads poorly, but great mythic history.
Stephen J. Yeates, The Tribe of Witches: The Religion of the Dobunni and Hwicce. Oxbow, 2008.
Academic study seeking the origins of witchery in ancient Keltic tribal religion. Poorly-written, but more great mythic history. Winner of the Golden Broomstick Award for “Best Witch-Book Title of 2008” (well, the first half, anyway) .
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