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The Candle and the Crossroads: A Book of Appalachian Conjure and Southern Root-Work Paperback – December 1, 2012

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"The Candle and the Crossroads is a unique book. It offers us an insight into the world of Appalachian Conjure that provides not only techniques and practices, but also a cultural context for those practices. Orion Foxwood's account of his life, and how he came by the knowledge and wisdom he shares, is every bit as important and informative as the techniques themselves. This book is one where the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts, laying bare as it does the heart and soul of Southern Conjure. There is no doubt in my mind that Orion is sharing with us a great treasure, and that he is part and parcel of that treasure. Practitioners of all traditions can learn much from this book, whether it be the nuts and bolts of technique, or through comparison with their own path. I will certainly be recommending this book to my own students of the Crooked Path." --Peter Paddon, author of A Grimoire for Modern Cunningfolk, Visceral Magick and Enchantment: The Witch's Art of Manipulation through Gesture, Gaze and Glamour

"Orion is the most eloquent magical teacher of our time and proves it with The Candle and the Crossroads. You are immersed in Orion's teachings and come away enlightened and ready to doctor the root of your own self." --Jacki Smith, author Coventry Magic and founder of Coventry Creations

"Orion Foxwood holds the beacon of light at the dark crossroads where magic and mystery meet. I've been a guest at many of his workshops on conjure, folk magic and Witchcraft, and I'm delighted to see this book in print, sharing his knowledge and experiences. I'm sure, like me, you will find him simultaneously colorfully charismatic and deeply soulful, and soon, without realizing it, you and your magic will be changed for the better. That is the inspirational alchemy that Orion works on his students, readers and friends if you are open enough to listen, see and feel." --Christopher Penczak, founder of the Temple of Witchcraft and author of The Plant Spirit Spirit Familiar

"Orion writes from the heart. The Candle and the Crossroads is a very soulful book. He gives you a clear vision of the oral tradition from the Appalachian Mountains. I found his book very refreshing and I enjoyed reading it." --Starr Casas, rootworker, founder of www.oldstyleconjure.com

"There are places in the world where magic abounds, where its ancient practices stem from the very soul of the people living there. The Appalachian area of America is such a place. Much has been written about it, little is really known and even less is understood. Here is the real thing, half autobiography and half training manual with fascinating snippets of information thrown in. It is the genuine Appalachian belief system written by one born and bred to it. I have had the joy of Orion's friendship for many years and have worked with him on many occasions. Here in his own words you will find the result of his early training. He says clearly that this is a 'Way of Life'--one that if care is not taken will disappear and leave the world darker for its going. It is hard to give you more than just the barest flavor of the book here. Ancient practices still known and used today, information on herbs and spirit roads all written down by the loving hand of family memory. A gem to be treasured. Read it and you will be amazed at the richness that still exists in the heart of the Appalachians." --Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, director of Studies Servants of the Light

"The Candle and the Crossroads is a fascinating adventure into the spiritual path and work of Conjure as seen through the eyes of one of its modern practitioners, a soulful teacher of great depth and wisdom. Drawing on many years of experience, Orion Foxwood offers the reader practical and powerful tools of blessing and transformation that have universal application while still being grounded in an original American path. This book is a crossroads itself, inviting you to connect with one of America's own root spiritual traditions." --David Spangler, author of The Laws of Manifestation, Apprenticed to Spirit, and Subtle Worlds: An Explorer's Field Notes

"Like Witchcraft, conjure is the magic of the people, that wisdom and power hidden within us all that is accessible to everyone regardless of economic status, and, like Witches, conjurers and rootworkers embrace this power as a vocation to help those in need. It works within the context of all religions for it is the spirit that flows through them all. Orion Foxwood imparts centuries of folk wisdom from Appalachian, African, and other sources in this powerful compendium of knowledge that will help you to transform your life and the lives of others." --Christian Day, author of The Witches' Book of the Dead

"Richly garnished with the knowledge and wisdom of personal experience, and offered in the conversational tone of a chat with an old friend, Orion Foxwood's The Candle and the Crossroads serves the meat and potatoes of Southern Root Magic so deliciously, you'll savor every morsel--and anxiously await a second helping!" --Dorothy Morrison, author of Utterly Wicked

About the Author

Orion Foxwood is an Elder in the Celtic and Romano Celtic Traditional Craft, a High Priest in Alexandrian tradition and is the Founding Elder of the Foxwood Temple of the Old Religion. He lectures extensively in the United States and in the United Kingdom on the Craft, Faery Seership Tradition, Southern Folk Magic, and conjure. He is the author of The Tree of Enchantment and The Faery Teachings. He holds a Master of Human Services degree, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and public health administrator. Visit him online at www.orionfoxwood.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Weiser Books (December 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157863508X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578635085
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Friendly, easy to read, alternating between the mystical and the matter-of-fact, "The Candle and the Crossroads" is a nice mixed bag of personal accounts, magical and spiritual philosophy, and useful practices and techniques. You can really hear the author's "voice" in this book, as well as read what his own spirit contacts have taught him.

One of the most important aspects of the book is about "doctoring the root," or, in other words, using various items such as bones, stones, roots, herbs and so on to purify and bless your spirit, the "root" of who you are and that is the basis of what you are and what you can accomplish. All things come from the spirit, so a healthy spirit and a good relationship with that spirit is important...and this book addresses that. This is very different than most modern medicine where the symptoms of physical disease are usually what is treated, rather than going to the spiritual source of those diseases and addressing the "root" problem, so to speak.

This book makes a nice introduction to conjure work, including some info on its background, including folk traditions and beliefs. It includes insights and techniques for working with all sorts of spirits, healing work, and how to do graveyard magic properly and with respect. There is also a good checklist to help you figure out if you need to cleanse and strengthen your spirit and what issues require the most attention and how you can address those issues. One really good bit was the addition of Four Steps to "cleanse and clear" your spirit, using a nice "cleansing" bath with herbs and so on, smudging with smoke, using the flame of a candle, and finally oils to "cover" your head back up. I tried this technique and it made me feel revitalized.
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I expected this book to be yet another one of those books that talks about conjure in brief and then give you quite a bit of formulas! I was excited and shocked to see that this was not that book. This book teaches and talks about so much more, it gives you the material to really build a strong foundation in the work. I love the fact that Respect is shown here.

If you are looking for a book that gives you a plethora of recipes and fluff then this is not the book you will want. If you seek a book that takes you to the core of this practice, that really puts you into the spirit of things and evokes that raw primal power and shows you how to approach these things with respect/honor, then this is definitely something you will want to experience. This book makes you think a lot and promotes inner dialogue that will make you face yourself in a whole new light.
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Iam not a conjurer or witch. Iam a christian. I was not born in the mysterious witch hair trees of the bayou. I was born in the heart of DC. I not only enjoyed this book, I learned from it, highlighted it and use it every day. Mr. Foxwood takes everyone's spirituality into consideration and through his own life experiences explains several ways to deal with the readers encounters. He talks about God, spirits, stones and crystals, candles and appreciating nature. There is a particularly interesting chapter on abandonment, relationships, joy, appreciation and how to deal with struggles. This book was worth the reading and you will use it as a reference book to remind yourself of how to deal with your life.
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This book changed my life. I can only offer praise for a book written from over 30 years of experience. With a heavy nod to his own Ancestral lineage, Mr Foxwood describes a little of the history as he learned it, some basic framework for Hoodoo in general and then gets into the heart of the matter, Working with Spirit. There are chapters here that describe various roots, herbs and their workings but perhaps the most valuable chapter, for this reader, was to see a 'checklist for the Health of One's Spirit'. So many ways in which to self diagnose a weakened Spiritual state, that many readers would not recognize, especially first time readers new to the subject. This book is so good, that one will not breeze through it, and if you do, I promise you ill read it again. Orion's writing style is uniquely his own, but it does show some influence from his past teacher R.J. Stewart. It is not an influence in subject matter, but rather in the depth in which the book is written. This book has a depth to it's chapters that are simple to read, yet complex at the same time. It is easy to understand, yet so much information, of high quality is relayed to the reader, in a complex web of information, that to really get the most from this book, one must take their time reading it. Much like Orion's talks and workshops, there is a WEALTH of valuable knowledge here, written by a man who has a 'working knowledge' of his subject. One of the best books I have ever purchased and I feel if you have an interest in Psycho-Social Religious Practice, from a cultural standpoint of influence, you will get a great deal from this book. It is not a beginners book by any means, unless the reader is willing to fully commit to reading the material. The longer one spends with the material, the more rewards come from the work. Highly recommended. Top Shelf work in my opinion.
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