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Apocalyptic Witchcraft gives a compelling and profound account of the Sabbat and Wild Hunt as living experiences. These are the core of our ritual practice. Dream, lunar and, critically, menstrual magic are explored as a path to this knowledge. The wolf, the Devil, and the Goddess of witchcraft are then encountered in a landscape that ultimately reveals the witch to her or ...more
Paperback, Bibliotheque Rogue Edition, 182 pages
Published 2013 by Scarlet Imprint
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Kevin Whiteneir
Apr 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
I did not finish this one because within the first 20 pages, Grey compared the radicality of Witches to the radicality of Tupac, describing him as an “n-word thug” railing against the racism of the American system. I’m quite disappointed in Peter Grey who decided that he would unambiguously evoke a violent slur that would risk alienating his audience because there is no way around the fact that many Black folks really don’t want to see that word casually thrown around and wholly uncontextualized ...more
Corvid_charm
Jan 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
Grammatical errors, inane use of words that used to be Hebrew before the author got his hands on them, florid prose that made me laugh out loud about once per page... I mean these are all serious issues, but kind of par for the course when it comes to manifestos written by young, able-bodied white men who perceive themselves to be violently persecuted by the guitar-strumming female pastor/divorcee at the neighbourhood church.

There's also a great moment where he humblebrags about not calling him
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Lee Tempest
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: esoterica, eso-owned
This book, whilst being something that needs slow digesting, is very poetic, but is also not without punch. It discusses mythology, history, nature and man and how we are linked through this Apocalyptic Witchcraft,threaded with references to the goddess Inanna, in an Age where the Apocalypse itself has inexorably begun, with some asleep, without noticing. It touches on how out of touch we all are as a Species when it comes to what is happening to Nature, which in turn, is a reflection of ourselv ...more
Gaze Santos
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very engaging look on what it means to be a practicing witch in the modern age. Peter Grey draws from many different sources for inspiration (which you can see for yourself in the Select Bibliography included at the end). And it is Grey's wide sense of inspiration that helps imbue the text with relevance. Although not as revolutionary as I was led to believe, there is still a lot of food for thought contained within. Each chapter seems devoted to dissecting an idea or concept associated with w ...more
Steve Cran
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Impassioned is the call for nature. This is no spellbook or pie in the sky philosophy. Rather it is a call for Magical action to defend nature. Right now corpoarate greed is shrinking our forests, polluting our water, and wiping out animal life.this is not the time to shrink into our own little fantasy world it is time for action and that is what the path of the witch is about.

Corporate greed is taking over nature and it also taking over our mind. They tell us what we should be dreaming and thin
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Zoe M
Mar 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: magic
this book is well written and weaves myth, history, and ritual into a rich story with many threads. it has some really beautiful moments, but a lot of it wasn't really my thing.
the excellent premise that we depend on the earth, magic arises from specific land bases, and we therefore must defend the last bits of intact-ish land from being destroyed by industrial capitalism, while i absolutely agree, did not blow my mind or make up for the long sections about menstruation, the hunt, ted hughes, an
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Passenger
Wow. So this was pompous. I hope there are those who appreciate the neverending, endless, infinite, boundless, eternal stringing together of synonyms, adjectives and adverbs in one sentence. Kinda like I just ironically did, because this writing style is not cute!
DNF but truly, if I want to read about witchcraft, I don't want to read something that reads like pseudo-witchy philosophy on acid.
Mat Auryn
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Apocalyptic Witchcraft by Peter Grey is a book where the pages all but turn themselves on their own. I read it in one sitting, only to immediately re-read it. The book is poetic, inspiring, thought-provoking, and challenging. I truly believe that this is a book that will stand the test of time and represents the emerging heart of the spirit of the age. Grey writes, “Apocalyptic Witchcraft is written in the twilight of an age. It is a book which dares to prophesy. It is a new vision of an old way ...more
Brent Reichenberger
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We need witches now more than ever.
Aaron Meyer
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: occult
When I first got this book I was hoping it was a continuation of things that were explored in The Red Goddess, in a sense it touched on some of it but overall it goes on to other things. My first impressions when I started reading it, particularly when I came to the manifesto, was how much it seemed like I was reading Anton Laveys Satanic Bible back when I was a kid. Not a bad thing at all because it is forceful in its presentation and it makes you think. The whole book makes you think, about yo ...more
Gabriela Ventura
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: magia
A verdade é que, como poeta, Peter Grey é um excelente black bloc. Eu não exatamente gosto da aura ~poética~que ele tenta dar ao texto (e falha de um jeito meio constrangedor).

Mas.

Eu estou muito interessada nas implicações entre magia, política, ativismo e movimentos sociais. A parte histórica também é bem boa. Mas o manifesto da bruxaria apocalíptica é, de longe, a melhor coisa do livro.

"Witchcraft is the recourse of the dispossessed, the powerless, the hungry and the abused. It gives heart a
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Jerianne
May 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
It takes some pretty big balls to center a book on witchcraft around the work of known abuser Ted Hughes, but I guess inspiring speculation about the size of his balls was probably Grey's motivation in the first place.

I know a lot of people really love this book, and I agree that it makes some very insightful points, but the gems are thoroughly embedded in comically overwrought and pretentious prose, and encrusted with archaic attitudes towards sex and women masquerading as empowerment.

I have
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Gabriel Clarke
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Or perhaps 3 and a half. It's not life changing and not half as original as it thinks it is but it's a welcome antidote to "fluffier" writers. Genuinely inspiration sections are followed by slightly toe-curling passages and vice versa. The chapter on Ted Hughes, however, is wholly excellent and sets a benchmark in balancing polemic and attentive, visionary reading that I wish the rest of the book could have matched. A curate's (witch's?) egg, then.
John
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Poetic Witchcraft. “The Wild Hunt as living experience". This is a war manual for these troubled times. This books is getting into a mindset and establishing a mood. Play suitable music while listening. Even if you are perhaps too "rationale" this take it fully--it's still an headspace once should try and enter every once and a while.

2016 was shit for many people and some of us see this as the end times. Witchcraft and magick was typically a tool that gave power to those oppressed. 'If the land
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Sceox
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The bookending chapters are both more manifesto than anything & they are brilliant. The middle passages have their worts, as others have mentioned; I may delve into them in other forums, but really what would a book of witchcraft be without some anomalies of the flesh? Anyway, while I often found myself outside of the intended audience (or am I a weird inversion of it?), the fact is that I'm happy as hell to know this will be the handbook of the next generation of witches. So just read it alread ...more
Edric Unsane
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Apocalyptic Witchcraft is a superb piece of work with its look at history and how that history pertains to modern witchcraft. I honestly feel this should be required reading for those interested in, or involved with, modern witchcraft. Definitely check this one out.
Catherine
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
this book is unreal, connects anarchy to political fire to witchcraft. plus the typesetting is stunning. perhaps my top book in 2019. i read this in like 4 sittings in a cabin by a lake. you're gonna love it.
Marysia
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love this series of books by Peter grey. Very inspirational.
Lee Tempest
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Timeless.
Scott Rossi
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A game changing book for magick practitioners
Bryan
May 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes and No

It has some truly interesting ideas couched in often obscure language, run-on sentences, and spelling errors. There is a lot of hand waving going on.
Serge ♆ Neptune
The book has imperfections but the last chapter is so beautiful and heartbreaking that I am just gonna give it five stars. Overall, a must have.
Jessie Hartley
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A manifesto on what it means to be a practicing witch in the modern age of apocalypse. Grey weaves together myth, legend, poetry, history and popular culture in this treatise of authentic living. Very inspirational.
Christian
Peter Grey has written a manifesto, a polemic, a lucid dismembering of our modern times, evoking the alternative: witchcraft. I am usually not well suited to such writings, since they tend to lack factual evidence and go off into the solipsistic dream-clouds of the author. However, Peter manages to balance this by delivering a truly inspiring text, from where you can dive deeper into its sources, both literal and literally. I certainly don't share all of his views, but admire the vista from some ...more
Mustafa Al-Laylah
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
A fine manifesto of sorts regarding the importance of experiential witchcraft in the age of spectral capital, panopticonography, and various odious "isms". It is a call to arms not a grimoire so don't expect to find any practical instruction between its covers. What you will find is plenty of bardic fire to stoke the anemic scented candle that passes for a lot of witchcraft in America today.
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Peter Grey is the co-founder of Scarlet Imprint with Alkistis Dimech. He is a devotee of Babalon and the author of The Red Goddess, which has become the standard work on the Goddess of Revelation. A deliberately provocative telling of her story, this has become essential reading for many.
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