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A Deed Without a Name: Unearthing the Legacy of Traditional Witchcraft

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The field of witchcraft studies is continually over-turning new information and research about traditional witchcraft practices and their meanings. A Deed Without a Name seeks to weave together some of this cutting-edge research with insider information and practical know-how. Utilising her own decades of experience in witchcraft and core-shamanism Lee Morgan pulls ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published January 16th 2013 by Moon Books
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Peregrin Wildoak
Feb 09, 2013 Peregrin Wildoak rated it it was amazing
Lee Morgan has delivered a corker of a first book; easily read, engaging, intriguing, poetic and deep. I have no hesitation in recommending it highly. Lee is clear in her intention:

"It is my aim to make the practical implications of this [new] witchcraft scholarship available through the lens of my own occult experience, namely in Traditional Witchcraft."

Since of course there is precious little evidence that any traditional religious Witchcraft existed in pre-modern Europe, this is an interestin
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Naomi
Oct 13, 2013 Naomi rated it it was ok
I was excited to read this book and learn more about traditional witchcraft. However, while the author has drawn on records of witchcraft trials and other factual evidence, he has gone in very fantastical directions with them, creating a myth rather than talking about real history. The author is involved in 'core shamanism', and this is where he is really drawing his ideas from - not from any history of witchcraft. I don't think that witchcraft needs more myths - it has Margaret Murray and ...more
Steve Cran
Jun 27, 2013 Steve Cran rated it it was amazing
What can I say this is a great book for those who feel a calling for traditional witchcraft of a non-wiccan variety. I would say that the book gives a great overview for those just starting on the path. As for those who have read a lot of material and are practicing on their own without a mentor this book will teach you a few things as well. Several notable author's are referred to which will give one further fuel to continue their quest. Such greats as Emma Wilby, Carlo Ginzburg,Claude Lecoeux ...more
Gaz
May 15, 2016 Gaz rated it liked it
The author very clearly states their intention right from the beginning of this book; that is, to help the reader to find ways of integrating scholarly texts on historical witchcraft into a practical, working framework. I think in some ways this is accomplished very elegantly and on a few occasions I feel the author ignores the historical context and overlays the sources with a type of personal 'pagan' ideology, which leads to a debased historicity.

I really enjoyed some chapters and felt really
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Trunatrschild
This is a compilation of good books with some Clan of Tubal Cain thrown in. It isn't really usable stuff for crafting, but is a little historical jaunt into books like Carlos Ginzburg's "Ecstasies" and "Night Battles" with a little neopaganism thrown in, like this quote "And whilst Benandanti favored Thursday for their meetings (betraying a Jupiterian current to their magic and association with protective warrior gods like Thor), Friday has always been associated with witchcraft" Page 111. Not ...more
Arietta Bryant
Oct 26, 2013 Arietta Bryant rated it it was amazing
A Deed Without A Name: Unearthing the Legacy of Traditional Witchcraft
By Lee Morgan

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I was unsure what to expect of this book....
As a Wiccan, I was worried that this book might just be a dig at those of us whose traditions do not have an unbroken lineage to trace back though. However, thankfully and surprise, my fears were unfounded, and this book turned out to be a real find!

"A Deed Without A Name" is in fact a delightful mix of historica
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Amie
May 02, 2013 Amie rated it it was amazing
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This is quite a good book on the topic of traditional witchcraft. The author uses many examples and has compiled tons of information from authors such as Eva Pocs, Emma Wilby, Carlos Ginzburg, and Claude Lecouteux among others. Good info and practicum on fetch beasts, hedge riding and some necromancy.

I enjoyed this book but I do not believe a beginner would. I think they may end up feeling lost and possibly freaked out a bit.

There is a sizable appendix of references and list of books for furthe
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Laura Perry
Jan 26, 2014 Laura Perry rated it it was amazing
If you are interested in European traditional witchcraft (which is not the same as Wicca) this book is an excellent starting point. It bridges the gap between the scholarly study of Renaissance-era and earlier magical works and actual practice as it comes down to us through blurred and broken traditions. As author Lee Morgan writes,

“To access what some people call the ‘tradition’ of witchcraft we need to first understand that witchcraft as we know it today is a myth. But this is not to say it do
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Jan 19, 2016 J rated it really liked it



The aim of the book is, says the author, is to go beyond the “do this, do that” witch craft writing by using personal experience and the research of others, and in the opening section she explains the desire to look at the dark places with the light of understanding and shared experiences, using witch trial records amongst other written records as starting points for further investigation

Throughout the book the author tries to give advise and explanation to some of the more common ideas of witc
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Rachel Patterson
Jan 25, 2013 Rachel Patterson rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating book digging into the history and fact behind the different myths and legends that make up the legacy of Witchcraft.

Giving insight and interesting details on many of the facets of the Craft that we use now such as hedge crossing, fetch beasts and familiars and hag riding.

I found myself nodding as I read this book, agreeing with so many of the statements and also learning some history along the way.

To be honest the author had me hooked with one line in the first few pages
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Asha Maria
May 11, 2016 Asha Maria rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent text for those wishing to encounter the sorcerous roots of witchcraft. This is not a scholarly text nor is it written with that intent. A Deed Without a Name is a straightforward and effective handbook for cultivating the power of traditional witchcraft. You will find no simple love spells or 'space clearing' here. You will find lore passed down to the author from his practise and his own lineage of donning the mask, spirit flight, creating relationships with familiars and ...more
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Lee Morgan is a dual citizen of Britain and Australia, and oscillates between which country he wishes to be associated with based on fluctuating political embarrassments. A lifetime interest in the occult and poetry led to seven years at university studying wildly vocational topics like Literature. Fully assured of a likely career in the fast food industry, Lee began to pursue publication of a ...more
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