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  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Backinprint.com (November 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595420060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595420063
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Born in England, Paul Huson received occult training from the Society of the Inner Light and the Order of the Stella Matutina. He has authored Mystical Origins of the Tarot, The Devil?s Picturebook, Mastering Herbalism, How to Test and Develop Your ESP, The Coffee Table Book of Witchcraft and Demonology, and two fiction works, The Keepsake, and The Offering.

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Paul Huson is a British-born author and artist currently living in the United States. In addition to writing books about occultism and witchcraft, he has worked extensively in the film and television industries.

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.

Television and Movies:

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''.

Books:

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.

References:

*Clifton, Chas, ''Her Hidden Children: The Rise of Wicca and Paganism in America'', Lanham, MD: Rowman Altamira, 2006, ISBN 0759102023.
*Clifton, C, & Harvey, G, "The Paganism Reader", New York & London, Routledge, 2004, ISBN 041530352.
*''Contemporary Authors'' (Biography), Thomson Gale, 2004.
*Farrar, Stewart, ''Eight Sabbats for Witches'', WA: Phoenix Publishing, 1988, ISBN 0919345263.
*Freedland, Nat, ''The Occult Explosion'', New York: G.P.Putnams Sons, 1972, ISBN 0399109544.
*Gunther, Max, ''Wall Street and Witchcraft'', New York: B. Geis Associates, 1971.
*Luhrmann, T.M., ''Persuasions of the Witch's Craft'', Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1989, ISBN 0-674-66323-3.
*Valiente, Doreen, ''The Rebirth of Witchcraft'', London: Robert Hale, 1989, ISBN 0-7090-3715-5.
*''Who's Who in Entertainment'', Illinois: Marquis Who's Who, Macmillan, 1988.

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If you're a newcomer, read this book first.
"Tristan"
Since 1970, this has been the standard neophyte text book for many covens in the United States and is still used widely today.
Black Swamp Roots
Mr. Huson outlines his book in the traditional european manner of witchcraft, no fluffy bunny milk-and-water nonsense.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Ashleigh Mitchell on January 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
For most of the past four decades, Paul Huson's seminal work "Mastering Witchcraft" has remained in print. That alone should be a testament to its worth on the subject of witchcraft. An early reviewer in the 1970s called it a "genuine vade mecum" (do it yourself guide). The reviewer? Catholic Weekly.

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.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "Tristan" on June 22, 2008
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I'm one of the oldsters who purchased this very book in the early '70's. I was (and still am) entranced by the soaring prose that this book embodies. It set me on a life course that meandered ofttimes, only to return me to itself. I recall very well how the myriad burgeoning neo/pseudo-Gardnerians of the '70's and '80's turned their noses up at it and always bashed both the book and its highly knowledgeable author.

I recall reading all of the literature that began to appear under the aegis of Mother Ll and felt a pervasive sense of disappointment in that not one other book resembled in any way Huson's masterpiece, neither in content nor in the soundness of his recommended practices. And this was before the (so-called) "Wicca" emerged in the '90's, striving to "teach" those good little girls and boys who actually wanted to be like the "good witch" Glenda: behold - a great tradition trivialized and emasculated to serve a number of sociopolitical agendas that have nothing to do with true Traditional Witchcraft, such as that which Mr. Huson promoted.

I am gratified that in this first decade of the "new millenium" various and sundry exemplars of bona fide European, particularly British, Traditional Witchcraft groups of great antiquity are coming forth and challenging all the pink fluffy bunny crap and rhetoric we've been subjected to for over 3 decades. Mother Ll has tried to keep up with this challenge by its offerings in "goth" and "nocturnal witchcraft," but these too fall short. "The emperor in new clothes" and all that.

Over and over again Huson's original work continues to enthrall new audiences just as it did me over 35 years ago.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By PinkNoiseWaltz on February 16, 2008
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Mr. Huson outlines his book in the traditional european manner of witchcraft, no fluffy bunny milk-and-water nonsense. There is also a hint of hoodoo. As you can see from the book description, this is an excellent book for beginners wanting to follow the the true old ways. This book presents all the basics, including consecrating and charging tools, ritual preparation, tips on spellcasting, and some very useful talismans, amulets and sigils as well as some basic divination methods and some not-so basic methods such as a conjuration of the demon prince Vassago from the Lemegeton (Lesser Key of Solomon) and some old qabalistic spells as well, many derived from the old grimoires. Highly recommended.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Forest-born Mage on July 7, 2008
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Let me say two things before going indepth. Firstly, this book is a wonderful insight to Wtichcraft practiced as a working of power separate form moral and cultural implications instead of the usual Wiccan routine most modern practitioners are so accustomed to. Secondly, If you are a parctitioner, understand that this is an absolutely invaluable guide for the adept, for experienced practitioners, and for those who generally know what they're doing.

I do not reccomend this as your first 101 book. Most of the magical practices are more than a little dangerous to the inexperienced witch. Read "A Witches Bible: The Complete Witches Handbook" by Janet and Stewart Farrar if you want a basic cover-all of traditional Wicca; it's far less controversial and far more detailed. Scott Cunningham, Raymond Buckland, Christopher Penczak, and Raven Grimassi are also good starter authors in addition to the Farrars. If you want to read this immediately AFTER getting a good grounding in more traditional practices, I highly recommend it as a comparative work and guide to less conventional craft, and to any student of more advanced workings,it's an invaluable, informative, and actually quite entertaining read.

Understand that this book contains hexes, curses, protective magics, love magics in the older sense of philters and spells targeting a specific person, divinations, and a goodly amount of things dragged from the older ceremonial grimoires, along with some very interesting innovations that are quite amusing and more than a little useful. It is a must-read for any serious student of magic, Witchcraft or otherwise. I highly recommend it to anyone who isn't too new to Wicca, Witchcraft, or other magical practices.
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