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Mastering Witchcraft: A Practical Guide for Witches, Warlocks, and Covens Paperback – November 19, 2006
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Huson was born on September 19, 1942 in London, England, the son of the author Edward Richard Carl Huson and painter and motion picture costume designer Olga Lehmann. From 1956 through 1959 he attended Leighton Park School, a Quaker school in Berkshire, England; from 1959 through 1963 he studied painting, theatrical design and film at the Slade School of Fine Art, University of London. Concurrently he studied the Western Esoteric Tradition with Dion Fortune's Society of the Inner Light. In 1964 he worked as an assistant to Karlis Osis, Director of Research at the American Society for Psychical Research. In 1965 he studied with the Stella Matutina and Israel Regardie.
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In 1954 Huson played the part of Edward V, one of the Princes in the Tower, in Laurence Olivier's film of Shakespeare's "Richard III". From 1965 to 1968 Huson worked as an Art Director for BBC Television and Columbia Pictures UK, before moving to the United States. Between 1969 and 1980 he wrote books and scripts for episodic television, then teamed up with scenarist William Bast to write and produce such television series and movies as ''The Colbys'', a spin-off from the Aaron Spelling series ''Dynasty'', ''Tucker's Witch'', ''The Hamptons'', ''Twist of Fate'', ''The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake'', ''Danielle Steel's 'Secrets"'', ''Power and Beauty'', and ''The Fury Within''.
In 1970 Huson wrote ''Mastering Witchcraft'', followed by a study of tarot symbolism, ''The Devil's Picturebook'' (1971). In 1974 he wrote ''Mastering Herbalism''; and an introduction to parapsychology, '' How to Test and Develop your ESP'' (1975). Two fiction books followed, ''The Keepsake'' (1981), and ''The Offering'' (1984), and a second work on the history of tarot symbolism and tarot reading, ''Mystical Origins of the Tarot'' (2004). He generally illustrates his non-fiction books himself, and has designed a deck of tarot cards based upon his research, ''Dame Fortune's Wheel Tarot'' (2009). He currently lives in Los Angeles with writer and scenarist William Bast, his partner and frequent collaborator.
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Top Customer Reviews
From the opening pages to the resources and bibliography, this book contains much to set your mind thinking and your magic brewing.
Yes, parts of it are dated somewhat (the recitation of "the Lord's Prayer" backwards as a breaking ceremony has fallen much out of use to my knowledge, but back then it was fairly common) and the book is very much Not Politically Correct, which is just fine with me!
It is my firm belief that without this book, it is unlikely that we would have other fine texts such as those by Mike Howard, Nigel Jackson, and others who write on the subject of traditionalist witchcraft.
If you are looking for yet another Wicca 101 book, head over to the Big Ll Publishing Company and find the latest by Ravenwolf. If you are looking for something with substance, you will likely not find anything better than this to begin with.
Firstly it is an exposition of Witchcraft in the purely pre-modern sense of that word, as a Craft (Anglo-Saxon 'Craeft' -'Power, Skill, Force') and he comprehensively expounds the technical knowledge and applied methods by which this innate 'Power' can be methodically tapped and projected by the Witch or Warlock for various pragmatic ends. In other words the term Witchcraft here is used in the same archaic sense as one would find it used in say the 17th century astrological works of William Lilly or William Ramesey when they say that the 12th House of the Chart is the 'House of Witchcraft' - they were not referring to a wiccan-style cult or alternative religion but quite simply meant the exercise of magical power to 'bewitch'. It is in this original and authentic sense that Paul Huson's book is a genuine manual of 'Witchcraft', putting aside the modern meanings which have become attached to that word.
The author presents an immensely skilful synthesis of magical lore and techniques from the traditional Magic of the Middle Ages and imparts a very workable body of spells, invocations, astrological herblore, incenses, philtres and image-magic: he draws upon and weaves together elements from the Solomonic cycle of grimoires, the teachings of Cornelius Agrippa, the 'enlinking' techniques using archetypal images used by Giordano Bruno, the use of Cabalistic kamea in arithmantic invocations etc.Read more ›
I am a big fan of Mr. Huson's work and enjoy his other books and novels. "The Offering" is a must read for those who want a Horror based on African Macumba (Vodou) magic, laced with Santeria.
But this by far has to be one of my favorite books of all time. While more receant books on Witchcraft have to do with Religion, and Karma, Mastering Witchcraft has to do with the ancient art of Witchcraft, leaving the religion aspect out of it. There is one part of the book though that made me laugh a bit. The "Our Father" backwards. Being Hispanic a Santero, Espiritista and a Brujo I often use the old Padre Nuestro, "Our Father" as is, because in itself it is a very powerful prayer in working Magic as are may Psalms. But besides the Our Father backwards, this is your choice if you use it backwards or not, the book is a must have for all Witches.
Many people ask me if I could recommend an English book on Brujeria as practiced by Hispanics, well this is as close to brujeria as you can get. Many people who gave it a negative are basically Wiccans. I respect Wiccans I just hope that they someday realize that all that is Witchcraft does not make it Wicca. One Wiccan reviewer talked like a Christian when he stated. "The Book tells you that in order to practice Witchcraft you have to sell your soul-- and that the book never tells you to whom.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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... Read morePublished 7 hours ago by S. Cranow
A must have for anyone looking for a well rounded start. No dogma here , just real knowledge of the craft. Highly recommended.Published 15 days ago by Big Exile
Exactly as described and I am very very happy! I will be shopping for more from this seller for sure! :)Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
When I first heard of this book from the lady at my local occult shop I was intrigued. She told me that the book was not Wiccan at all as far as she could remember (although she... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Austin
I have read some of this book and found it interesting and informative but, when you say the lords prayer backwards are you rejecting God? Read morePublished 7 months ago by Anthony R.
A great book on magick and Witchcraft... Clear concise information.. A must have if you are into study or practice.Published 9 months ago by Rachel M. Benoit
It is not hard to tell which group of people belong to the Neo-Wiccan collective based solely on the reviews of this work. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Phoenix
This is an excellent book on Witchcraft. You’ll notice that I didn’t say Wicca; and there’s a reason that many Wiccans don’t like this book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Deep Woods 9
THIS BOOK IS THE REAL DEAL,NON OF THAT WICCAN,HARM NO ONE STUFF SO POPULAR TODAY
WITCHCRAFT FOR THOSE WHO PRACTICE THE CRAFT OF THE OLD SCHOOL/TRUE SCHOOL!!!! Read more