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Mastering Witchcraft: A Practical Guide for Witches, Warlocks & Covens

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An enduring classic since its publication in 1970, "Mastering Witchcraft" is one of the best how-to manuals for those wishing to practice traditional European Witchcraft as a craft rather than a New Age religion. Starting from first principles, Huson instructs the novice step by step in the arts of circle casting, blessing and banning, the uses of amulets and talismans, ph ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 5th 1980 by Perigee Trade
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mark monday
an early childhood favorite! the copy that i own was published in 1970, the year of my birth, and this perhaps encouraged my intimate connection to this handy field guide for beginners. Huson writes in a candid, engaging style, and is open about the problems that face the modern witch. such as the need for simple privacy, elucidated on page 31:

"...now supposing at just that precise moment the door to your place of working were to open and your husband or maybe your mother-in-law were to confront
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Ashley
This book started out with a lot of very interesting history and the author has a very unique voice (and a good sense of humor).

It wasn't bad, i didn't dislike this book, but a lot of his opinions and rituals were off-putting to me, and from the recitation of "The Lord's Prayer" backwards to some of the chapters on demons and the strictness of his rituals, FOR ME - I felt like this book represented "The Dark Side of the Wiccan Coin." In a nutshell, most of the things I dislike about Wicca were s
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Ruby Hollyberry
I love the hard-core-ness of this book most of all. No fluffiness here! It is witchcraft of a brand I personally refer to as "decadent", no offense intended. I like that brand most of the time. What I mean by that is it dates from a time before Wicca mainstreamed and became a major contender in the pc-er-than-thou competition (along with Buddhism, etc.). Before Wicca became a branch of Unitarian Universalism and the Peace movement. But long after the hereditary traditions had died down to near n ...more
Leslie
I actually bought this book twice because I lost my first copy. I practiced Celtic Wicca for years but I was inherently dissatisfied with the sweetness and light outlook because I'm a dark person by nature. My interest in witchcraft initially started in grade school with movies and books that featured medieval themes and, predominantly, the medieval idea of witchcraft (which included the recitation of the Lord's Prayer backwards). What really grabbed me about this book was the fact that it seeme ...more
Cat
I really did not agree with alot of the things said in this book. I joined a Pagan book club and we decided that this was to be the first book we read. First off it said to recite the lords prayer backwards to break with a Christian upbringing. In my thinking rather than break with my Christian upbringing wouldn't it be better to just commit myself to honoring the God and Goddess by being initiated. To me this book focused on what lead me away from being a Christian. It focused on the negative a ...more
Fawn
Being a ‘newbie’ to witchcraft these days seems NOT to be something worthy of boasting; not that I am in any way, shape or form new to this path. It seems everybody is either an amateur historian/psychologist or been at it so long they know EVERYTHING. Far be it for a curious individual to be drawn to this way of empowerment, either through a natural tendency already inherent or a genuine passion developed over time, people come to the witches’ path with a thirst for knowledge. I remember when t ...more
Rusty
Mar 02, 2013 Rusty marked it as to-read
Good read for someone who has been studying this subject matter for a long time. Not good for a beginner.
Gryffin Veritas
The interesting thing about this book is that many would never recommend it to a prospective student, and yet, for those of us from a certain generation, this was an important, early influence. I still like the book a lot, but would only recommend it for an advanced practitioner to show what things were once like. Huson was a student of Alex Sanders, hence the includion of several ceremonial aspects, such as the conjuration of Vassago and Flauros from the Goetia. It's not really Alexandrian or G ...more
Chris
An influential and still recommended book despite being published 40 yrs ago. An interesting presentation of modern witchcraft that contains Wiccan and Solomonic elements, but doesn't hold back on material and content. I was especially pleased to find a whole chapter on the art of necromancy with a ritual provided. This book offers a lot of great material!
Crystal Vassil
Funny how I got this book. My friend's mother was working in a nursing home and found it in the common library, she gave it to my friend after checking to see if it was ok to take (the story she told about what the director said is hillarious!) and my friend then gave it to me. An oldy, but goody. Quite useful for learning Theban Script. (Aka the Witch's Alphabet)
Chris Sherbak
Seminal, along with Bonewits' "Real Magic." An eyeopening review of magical theory, practice and lifestyle. His no nonsense approach would be derided by many of today's "fluffy bunnies." No exposure to worship or the NeoPagan revival so (in tone at least) comparable to LaVey's "Satanic Bible." A bit more humor however.
Friday Wyrd
Leaning toward Western ceremonial occult practices, this is a good read and a classic to round out your learning.
Katherine Brashear
It gave me a new understanding of how magic works. A must-have.
Cat
This is a fun book, but do take it with a grain of salt.
Les
Thé classic book on WC imho :)
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