- Hardcover: 188 pages
- Publisher: Scarlet Imprint; 1st edition (2013)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CFL8PPO
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Apocalyptic Witchcraft Hardcover – 2013
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Any suggestion that Grey's invention (?) of the term "Apocalyptic Witchcraft" is a startling revelation of preternatural/primal Craft as being of the land and the womb/cauldron of the goddess (after whom the land is so often named) is utterly disingenuous. Those basic insights are long standing lore in my own Stream of Traditional Craft at least and others too from what I can surmise. For me, this is most evident in the ancient lore of the Morrigan rather than Crowley's ideas about Babalon in relationship to Ishtar/Inanna.
But again, the overarching emphasis here is productive and urges us toward motives and means that are true to who we are as witches. And we do clearly have the application of a prodiguous talent for writing in this somewhat unifying and edifying endeavor (of which there will be diverse voices in the times ahead).
Willingness to engage in malefica under certain circumstances (and for lack of a better word) is a salient fixture of Trad. Craft and not of Wicca. Hence to use this aspect as a unifying parameter among various streams of witchcraft is also disingenuous or at least ineffectual. Wiccans are apt to run not walk to the nearest exit of this 'dark' emphasis on Mr. Grey's part. I say do your own will but with discretion.Read more ›
Though I could only afford the paperback version, it is well worth three times what I paid for it.
This is not a 'how-to', a guide, or instruction manual. No spells, no formulae, no charts. Halfway between history and vision, poetry and prophesy, a call to arms is here put forth. A manifesto of the shadows can be found, as well as hints to something awake and old and savage. We need this book. You need this book; anyone that considers themselves serious about their Craft needs this book. It is unlike anything I have read before, and something in its images and verses makes my bones remember.
Furthermore, Grey's prose is generally disorganized, tedious, and pretentious. As someone once put it, "More matter, with less art." He and his apologists try to pass these failings off as "art" or even as "difficult truths" or as part of an enchantment, but it strikes me that a book seeking to re-enchant the world and to revitalize the magical community and to inspire people should be engaging, inspiring, enchanting, and clear, if allusive and evocative. It should seek to draw in readers, not have them rolling their eyes. As a work of rhetoric targeting the magical community, I cannot but feel it fails. Worse, it perpetuates many of the more offensive aspects of the culture it seeks to undermine. I do not think that Grey does so intentionally, but I do not think that Grey is as clever or as articulate as he and his cohort like to believe.
Instead, I would point you to Jan Fries.
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Excellent book and resource and pristine condition. Can't go wrong and if you are looking for a new book to add to your metaphysical library, we highly recommend it!Published 19 months ago by Charmed Touches Inc
This book is a must have for any serious student and lover of witchcraft. It really speaks to what is necessary in our era.Published on April 23, 2014 by Dominick J. Guerriero