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

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  326 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
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
Sep 02, 2011 Ashley rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Fawn
Jun 28, 2012 Fawn rated it really liked it
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
Leslie
May 10, 2013 Leslie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
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
Jan 15, 2012 Cat rated it did not like it
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
Rusty
Mar 01, 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.
Nick Hendry
Dec 06, 2016 Nick Hendry rated it it was amazing
One of those books I own a couple of copies of. This book isn't for every practioner, but one that should be own for those who are serious on the Craft. This is not Wiccan! The author gives great information and shares wonderful knowledge, but not everything in the book is exactly as it seems so the reader needs to do some homework on their own which is good. The author does this so people don't just mess with the craft and toy with it.
Steve Cran
Feb 09, 2016 Steve Cran rated it it was amazing
Now you cannot just read a book on witchcraft and expect to master it. Such a task may involve lifetimes of work and would require the practitioner to obtain many more than one book. Of course it took me long enough to to read this work, and a meritorious work it is.

The book has a different perspective than Wicca and is different from any work by Scott Cummingham. The book starts off with discussing witch blood and who were the original watchers. Speculation is out as to whether they were faerie
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Davin Raincloud
Jan 02, 2015 Davin Raincloud rated it it was amazing
I will tell you why I am giving this book 5 stars. It's not because I give full approval to everything in the book, or the morality of certain actions, or the accuracy of what is said. I give it 5 stars because it's an excellent primer for the world of actual witchcraft. Not the theory, not the history, not all about what traditional is this or that.

If you want to know about witchcraft, as it's practised today in the west, read this book. It will open your eyes.

How can you protect yourself, if
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Christian
Jun 25, 2016 Christian rated it liked it
A dated classic, but still a classic, considering the importance of just the existence of texts on traditional witchcraft. Nowadays there are other texts to recommend for the beginner, but Huson delivers still an enjoyable, inspiring read for practical aims & actions as witchy as they can be while his metaphysics don't lack appeal but are debatable in regards of the highly questionable historical foundations he makes use of.

Apropos: At "The Used Key is Always Bright" you can find an interst
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Gryffin Veritas
Oct 12, 2014 Gryffin Veritas rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wicca
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
Oxiborick
Mar 23, 2016 Oxiborick rated it it was amazing
Este libro es dos cosas: un instructivo para newbies y un compendio de rituales y hechizos para veteranos.
Toca todos los temas básicos para un practicante de brujería: cómo crear un coven, cómo preparar un ritual, cómo hacer tu propio incienso, como exorcizar tus propios instrumentos. Dice exactamente con cuales entidades estarías codeándote, el peligro, las ventajas... Desde "Enciérrate bien en tu habitación antes de comenzar" hasta "Cómo y por qué invocar a los muertos".
La lectura es fácil, l
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Äsruþr Cyneaþsson
Aug 15, 2016 Äsruþr Cyneaþsson rated it really liked it
Huson here presents a valuable and brave guide to witchcraft. Often devalued as being 'black' by some circles, Huson's text eschews the 'airy fairy' view of witchcraft and provides a well balanced view and guide to witchcraft in many forms. It seems the inclusion of workings such as the 'black fast' are the cause of many derisory views on Huson's work, yet these are a true and valuable aspect of witchraft. The working for the summoning of Vassago is also effective in its approach to the goetic r ...more
Chris Sherbak
Mar 17, 2012 Chris Sherbak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Crystal Vassil
Jan 29, 2008 Crystal Vassil rated it liked it
Shelves: religion
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
Sep 07, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it
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!
Friday Wyrd
Feb 06, 2013 Friday Wyrd rated it liked it
Leaning toward Western ceremonial occult practices, this is a good read and a classic to round out your learning.
Rowena
Mar 13, 2016 Rowena rated it really liked it
Ah such good, raw Craft from pre-Wicca in Australia! A Beginner's Guide and more - a good couple of years' worth of work in here.
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