The elements, the guardians, the spirits and gods; these are all things beginner Witches are taught about and trained to work with. We learn about correspondence and how to associate symbols with their mysteries. But what are the real mysteries behind the symbols? What lives at the very heart and core of these teachings? In the Deep Heart of Witchcraft, we seek the teachings and ways that might lead us to look beyond the surface and into the depths of the Craft. In this book, we ll look at the tools and spirits of the sacred elements to connect us back to the power of nature. Through ritual, we turn and face traditions both new and old to enrich our practice and feed the soul. And through the wheel of the year, we connect with the ebb and flow of the cycles of time and space.
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This book is for everyone who wants a better understanding of the fundamentals of witchcraft that create an authentic spiritual practice. It is interactive and prompts you to live in daily ritual no matter what you know or don't know, just do it! A beginner or a seasoned witch will find themselves exploring the paths of their own being through the practice of clear intent, practical application and responsible action. David Salisbury begins early on talking about prayer - what? Witches praying?! I love that, at last, witchcraft is revealed as the deep spiritual practice that it is. Of course witches pray, not only do they pray but they understand that prayers are powerful conversations that take place in the heart, essential for clearing the space to become sacred; and then, and only then, the circle is called. There are lots of provoking exercises that are not just the usual formulas for "how to cast this or that;" rather, they are casting opportunities that allow one...
Deep Heart of Witchcraft is a fundamental primer book in spiritual development. The title might seem a bit of a misnomer, for those looking for something `deeper' by way of practical magic application, however unlike typical primer or 101 books, this book explore the heart of the matter; in this case the heart of the witchcraft. Salisbury easily could follow this up with the soul, mind, etc. Witchcraft is more that just magical application, it is a soul and spiritual connection and daily living. Few contemporary Pagan authors capture that, and Salisbury has. Don't be put of by the preview of the Table of Content, and the Elements, followed by Gods, Followed by Ritual; all which might seem readily available and decidedly "wicca". Salisbury brings a unique and distinctly NON WICCAN application of Magick and Pagan tradition for those looking to encounter Goddess from a new lens. Goddess worship is not nessicarily Wicca, but Wicca is a form of Goddess worship, the distinction can be...
The Deep Heart of Witchcraft is David Salisbury's first book, but you may already know his name. He's the bureau chief behind the DC Bureau of the Pagan Newswire Collective, columnist at Modern Witch Magazine, and high priest of DC's Coven of the Spiral Moon. If you're familiar with his writing then you know he can write with a light touch on heavy subjects, and you've probably anticipated his first book as much as I have.
The book's subtitle is Expanding the Core of Magickal Practice and that's exactly what it does. There's several pages dedicated to the usual "wheel of the year" concepts, sabbat celebrations, rituals, and creative visualizations, but the real value lies in Salisbury's personal touch. What makes The Deep Heart of Witchcraft deep is that it shares his own personal experiences and interpretations, surpassing simple correspondences such as which colors or directions are associated with each element, and encourages self-reflection by offering his own. It...
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