“Witch, Warlock, and Magician: Historical Sketches of Magic and Witchcraft in England and Scotland” by W H. Davenport Adams from 1889 was recently added to Project Gutenberg and might be something to check out.
“An extremely rare documentary about Witchcraft aired once in the UK in 1971. Featuring contributions from Eleanor Bone, Cecil Williamson, Alex & Maxine Sanders, Doreen Valiente et al. Very much of its time and with some very rare footage, also includes reference to the famously unsolved murder of Charles Walton on Meon Hill.” at The Power Of The Witch – British Witchcraft documentary, 1971
“The king was silent. None of us would stir.
I sat, struck dumb, a living sepulchre.
For—hear me! in my heart this thing became
My sacrament, my pentecostal flame.
And with it grew a fear—a fear of Her.
What Her? Shame had not found itself a name.
Simply I knew it in myself. I brood
Ten years—so seemed it—O! the bitter food
In my mouth nauseate! In the silent hall
One might have heard God’s sparrow in its fall.
But I was lost in mine own solitude—
I should not hear Mikhael’s trumpet-call.
Yet there did grow a clamour shrill and loud:
One cursed, one crossed himself, another vowed
His soul against the quest; the tumult ran
Indecorous in that presence, man to man.
Stilled suddenly, beholding how I bowed
My soul in thought: another cry began.
‘Gereth the dauntless! Gereth of the Sea!
Gereth the loyal! Child of royalty!
witch-mothered Gereth! Sword above the strong,
heart pure, head many-wiled!’ The knightly throng
Clamour my name, and flattering words, to me—
If they may ‘scape the quest—I do them wrong;
They are my friends! Yet something terrible
Rings in the manly music that they swell.
They are all caught in this immense desire
Deeper than heaven, tameless as the fire.
All catch the fear—the fear of Her—as well,
And dare not—even afraid, I must aspire.” [via]
“By working herself into a diabolic ecstasy the witch can achieve success in her schemes. She is willing to sacrifice her first-born, a usual price demanded by the demon, or sell her soul.
BBC is reporting that a ‘Witch’s cottage’ unearthed near Pendle Hill, Lancashire. You may have seen this, since it has already made the rounds. But, if not, here it is again.
“Engineers have said they were ‘stunned’ to unearth a 17th Century cottage, complete with a cat skeleton, during a construction project in Lancashire.”
Photograph: Lorne Campbell/United Utilities/PA Wire
“Simon Entwistle, an expert on the Pendle witches, said: ‘In terms of significance, it’s like discovering Tutankhamen’s tomb.
‘We are just a few months away from the 400th anniversary of the Pendle witch trials, and here we have an incredibly rare find, right in the heart of witching country. This could well be the famous Malkin Tower — which has been a source of speculation and rumour for centuries.”
There’s a video on the BBC page, so you may want to check that out.
“a true story of paranoia and persecution”
Update 2011dec11 @ 3:08pm
Just thought I’d post a couple links to some critical reception to the announcement about this. Basically, the cat burial is probably evidence of cunning practice, but not evidence of cunning folk having lived in that structure.
“Most of the press coverage slips uneasily between historical facts and sensationalism.” [via]
“Author and Pendle Witch expert Mary Sharratt, author of the novel Daughters of the Witching Hill, noted to me that a ‘mummified cat was a common country charm to ward off evil so it doesn’t necessarily follow that cunning folk lived in the cottage, but it’s still an interesting discovery.'” [via]
There’s a project you might be interested in called “Grand Guignol II: HÄXAN – Satan + The Women who love Him” [also] which is for an art catalogue of symbolist and macabre art from and inspired by the Grand Guignol featuring “artworks of WITCHES and SATAN from 1870-2011.”
This is a project of Century Guild, founded by Thomas Negovan. So, if you’re in the Chicago, IL area, you could actually sign up to check out this invitation-only exhibition, schedule for Oct 22, 2011.
Hermetic Library visual pool contributor Rik Garrett has recently started a kickstarter campaign for a solo exhibit in London of his Earth Magic series. You may be interested in helping get this going.
“I’ve called Earth Magic my ‘witch’ project, as I’ve been inspired by a lot of the old literature regarding witchcraft – books such as Compendium Maleficarum and Malleus Malificarum. With Earth Magic I’ve envisioned a matristic, nature based world; a female-centric, ritualistic community completely apart from the rest of society. This is a history of ‘witchcraft’ devoid of ‘witch hunts,’ a race of women who draw their energy and inspiration from the Earth itself. What if there were a truth to the myths of Amazons and the books like Aradia, Gospel of the Witches? What if these truths were presented faithfully? “
“A London art gallery has graciously invited me to have a solo exhibit of my photographs, on one condition: I have to attend the reception. In addition, I have a lot of artwork to finish in order to have a great exhibition, so here I am on Kickstarter trying to make it all work.
The gallery would like me to show my body of work called Earth Magic. This is a series of photographs taken with the wet plate collodion process – the photographic negative is a piece of glass treated to be sensitive to light. It’s a long, labor intensive process that lends the series its unique look. “
The Hermetic Library visual pool is a visual scavenger hunt for images of a living Western Esoteric Tradition.
Images of your ritual or ritual space, images of sigils or tools, showing off your own library or special volume from the restricted stacks, sacred spaces and places, esoteric artefacts and installations, inspired paintings and people – these and much more are part of the culture and practice of magick.