Magic Without Tools

by Sean Wilde

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Magic is an art, science, lifestyle, and spiritual evolution. This book is designed for everyone from absolute beginners to experienced practitioners, giving a solid foundation of background and practices for the former and new ways of looking at magic for the latter. Through the practices and rituals in this book, you will be able to start your path using magic or develop it further, possibly transforming it entirely.

The work in this book is not based on a specific religion or a specific occult tradition. Certainly, there are inspirations; however, this book does not reveal oath-bound material or purport a particular religious path. I intend that you use Magic Without Tools either on its own or as a complement to your existing practice. This book is intended for everyone. It doesn’t matter your background, where your family comes from, where you live, or any other type of status. What I teach and share with you is accessible to all and is your birthright. There is no initiation required for it, no permission to use it needed, and no limitations for the reader. This book is yours.

About the Author

Fr. Sean Wilde UE is a Cabot Priest and member of the Aurum Solis. His spiritual and magical journey began at the age of 4, with a haunting in his childhood home. His first public speaking engagement was at the age of 11. He has spoken in Canada and the United States, at conferences, festivals, universities, and secondary schools. Trained at university in Anthropology, Philosophy and Religion and Culture his post-secondary background introduced Sean to a variety of traditions, faiths, and systems of thought. Throughout his journey he’s been a professional psychic, ghost hunter, magic without tools teacher, co-authored a published training manual for a Western Magical Tradition in Ontario and advised on books about living vampires. Exploring magic both in the spirit of anthropological participant observation and as an initiate of different traditions has given him an often-unique perspective on the spiritual world. His collective training, schooling, participation, and discussions ranging from healing modalities, a Western Mystery School, Roman Catholic healing masses, countless rituals of various traditions and even training in the spirituality of Opus Dei, informs his magic.


The Witches’ Book of the Dead

by Christian Day

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Conjure the spirits of the dead!

Witches are creatures of magic. They cast spells, heal the sick, and foretell the future. And, of course, Witches commune with the spirits of the dead.

The spirits of the dead can confer magical talents, fame, love, and wealth on those brave enough to beseech them. In The Witches’ Book of the Dead, modern-day Warlock Christian Day shows you how to build relationships with the spirits of your beloved dead that they may help you discover hidden opportunities and bring blessings to your life. Honor and remember the dead and they will honor and remember you!

The Witches’ Book of the Dead explores the enduring bond between Witchcraft and death. Learn about Witches of legend who have raised the dead, the tools of necromancy, methods of spirit contact, rituals, recipes, exercises, and more. 

This revised and expanded 10th anniversary edition offers 70 pages of new material, including chapters on the deities of the dead and the Afterlife, a new preface, a new foreword by Salem Witch Laurie Cabot, as well as updated research, insight, spells, and recipes throughout!  Dare to walk between the worlds with Christian Day as he guides you into the shadowy realms where the dead long to connect with us once more!

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Praise for the Witches’ Book of the Dead!

The Witches’ Book of the Dead takes the reader on a spiritual journey through the necromantic history of Witchcraft. Christian Day’s insight gives an articulate perspective on the edgy grasp of the Afterlife and connecting the dead with our reality. Very knowledgeable and thought-provoking.”

The Witches Book of the Dead is one of the most well-researched writings I have seen. I absolutely applaud Christian for the writing, teaching and wisdom that lie in the pages of this book. He truly put his heart on a plate (or pages) in the writing here. The expression of faith mixed with the magic is something we don’t see too often nowadays. I dare say that anyone who takes the time to literally read the sacrifice he made while writing such a brilliant book would not look at the dead in the same way. This holds true across the landscapes of traditions. I am amazed and proud to see a no-nonsense approach to the spirits of the dead, our ancestors, and the principalities that watch over them!”

“You will love this informative work, handcrafted with honor and respect. A truly amazing volume of mysticism, magick, legend, lore, and practical, hands-on advice interspersed with delightful and compelling artwork. Lift the veil. Conjure the spirits. It is your birthright.”

Solidly rooted in the necromancy of Greek and Roman antiquity, but completely workable by a modern practitioner anywhere in the world, The Witches’ Book of the Dead will have you conjuring and consorting with shades of the departed in no time. Herein lies the antidote to lame Witchcraft that seems like a mirror image of Protestantism. The Witch who works this material will do more than ask their deities for favors, they will make deals with the departed and traffic freely between the living and the dead.”

“Throughout history, mystical traditions from cultures the world over have taught aspiring initiates and neophytes the importance of and methodologies behind working with the spirits of the dead. For the modern Witch in the twenty-first century, The Witches’ Book of the Dead continues on that tradition by offering a practical approach on not only how to reach beyond the veil but also how to understand that with which you’ll inevitably come into contact. Whether through his research or many personal anecdotes, Christian Day offers a holistic breakdown of the partnership between the powers of the Witch and the powers of the dead.”

“Christian Day’s revised and expanded edition of The Witches’ Book of the Dead is a true gem. Having been one of the few texts created with accessible instructions for incorporating departed spirits into your practice, it is now even more thorough. Backed by impressive research and personal insight, Day further takes readers on a journey to the spirit world, plunging into the depths of contacting spirits, mediumship, exorcism, necromancy, and the Afterlife. All aspects of spirit work are covered. Do you dare tap into the magic of the dead? If yes, this book is a must for you!”

“Some of my best friends are Witches. While careful to observe those pledges of secrecy made at their initiation, most have generously shared with me details of their core beliefs and practices, as well as such differences, more formal than doctrinal, as still prevail among them. It is to the author’s immense credit that in this book he transcends such differences and presents us with a wide-ranging, but never superficial, account of the Witches’ approach to death, dying, and the Afterlife, as well as details of the rituals and practices associated with each. That he does so with a lightness of touch—bordering at times on the mischievous—both secures and sustains the reader’s attention, even that of a semi-skeptical non-Witch like me! Well presented, well written, and, most important of all, well worth reading.”

“Aptly resurrecting the skill and practice of necromancy that is often forgotten and left to die out within our community, The Witches’ Book of the Dead is an indispensable guide for any Witch who has a serious respect for those who have gone before us. Within these pages you will discover the fascinating history of necromancy, learn about the working tools commonly employed, and find an honest and down-to-earth approach to the necessary safety measures that should be taken. Christian Day took the time to include the inner mechanics of ritual. The inner work that drives ritual is sadly lacking in many occult works. This is not the case here. The methods of tapping into the Death Current are clearly explained from the outset and are a much-needed skill that drives the power of all the magical workings that follow in the text. Finally, in this revised and expanded edition of The Witches’ Book of the Dead, you will find information exploring what happens when we ourselves become one of the dead. No Witch should be without a copy!”

“Utter the words Witch, Warlock, or sorcerer, and the result is typically all manner of misconceptions. Add dying and death into the equation, and the feelings evoked are often frightening. The long-awaited second edition of The Witches’ Book of the Dead puts a halt to such notions with meticulously researched insight into Witchcraft and the roles of the Witch in society. It also approaches the taboo topic of what lies beyond the mortal coil with sensitivity and impressive insights. Day approaches death and the spirits of the dead in a grounded, matter-of-fact way. Let’s face it, it’s not a cozy topic. Working with the dead is not a game. It’s, well, deadly serious. The Witches’ Book of the Dead is prudent and practical about the dangers of spirit work. It provides information on how to protect yourself from would-be nasty ass phantoms, balanced by welcoming those who would help you. There is a tongue-in-cheek saying, ‘Never conjure anything bigger than your head.’ You need to know the powers-that-be, and whether or not you’re in deep waters. Day lays out the groundwork for conscientious conjuring, including pivotal preparatory activities, creating a mindful Altar for the Dead, the must-haves in your tool kit for Afterlife work, and responsible rituals. If you are thinking about spirit contact, any type of necromancy, or researching ghosts and hauntings, The Witches’ Book of the Dead is an essential guide and partner in your quest. Don’t astral travel without it!”

“Good news for Witches! Author, business owner, and Warlock Christian Day has revised and expanded his ground-breaking work, The Witches’ Book of the Dead. Sumptuous illustrations and photographs, more step-by-step rituals for necromantic communication with the spirits, more recipes for appropriate potions, helpful appendices, and a well-developed listing of deities and entities associated with the Underworld are contained within this meticulously researched book. Day adds a personal touch with his own experiences with media, mediumship, ghost-hunting, and ceremonial magick. This book is a vital addition to any Witch’s bookshelf.”

“Erudite, eloquent, evocative, and evergreen, the re-release of the 10-year anniversary edition of The Witches’ Book of the Dead is long overdue. Death frightens people and so we try to ignore it and turn away. But, never afraid to tackle subjects other’s would rather tiptoe around, Christian Day’s work is well researched, well thought out, and is just what the Craft needs today. Within these pages are everything any self respecting Witch, wizard, or Warlock needs to navigate the world of the dead and build a safe and effective practice with those who have passed—it’s one of the things we are supposed to be able to do, after all! It’s a must have if you’re serious about understanding and developing your craft in all its wondrous guises.”

“This book is heavy. In a time when young seekers can claim to be Witches just because they learned how to be one on TikTok, it is refreshing to find an authoritative reference book that actually teaches the way. There are practical exercises and spells mixed in with well-researched historical details, and a gazetteer to the denizens of the spirit world. There is a sound introduction to ghosts and the gadgets to capture their voices and image. The reader will come away with a deep understanding of the Goddesses and Gods of death and transformation, and be able to conduct rites and ceremonies in honor of their own beloved dead.”

“Christian Day is always phenomenally well-researched, intelligent, intriguing, even provocative. However, I was stuck while reading The Witches’ Book of the Dead, that in spite of being all of the above, this one is from his heart. It is not only a great gift of knowledge to his readers, but also a fine and disarmingly sincere offering to his Gods and the Dead.”

“Christian Day and I have been friends since the day we met eyes over thirty years ago. He was fiery with a thirst for knowledge—not one to follow or be complacent with the written word of Witchcraft. He wanted history and majick to give him the clues to find something much deeper. I have seen my friend grow into a wise man, initiated in and of the Craft—a great practitioner who has looked between the pages of written history and the study of traditions to reveal our more ancient past. The shadows are a place we look to discover those we have lost, a place we can visit to build relationships with our ancestors. The call of the Gods is not one of distress; it is arms wide open. It is breath drawn in and a release of energy to commune with the Other Side. It is raw exposure of truth and being able to touch and hear the words of the dead. They are alive to us in another realm, vibrating differently than this plane of existence. The corners of the Underworld are to be visited, respected, and understood. In The Witches’ Book of the Dead, Christian offers a symphony of familiarity that could only come from someone with natural talent. Through the techniques therein and personal stories of those loved and lost, you share in his deep compassion for life on the Other Side.”

“The literature of Witchcraft features a myriad of books on the ancient art of necromancy, yet many (perhaps too many) only scratch the surface of the subject. Here is the solution at your fingertips. The Witches’ Book of the Dead takes the historical framework of necromancy, its rituals and studies, and presents them in depth, explaining step-by-step for both the neophyte and the adept. Christian Day has always stood out for his honest interest in understanding those old ritualistic traditions and putting them into practice with enormous respect and decorum. This newly expanded edition is no exception. As a Warlock and endowed master of the Craft, Christian delivers a balanced and eloquent combination of stories, philosophy, rituals, and ancestry, with a well-researched perspective. This grimoire is an instant classic which future authors will use as a mandatory reference.”

The Witches’ Book of the Dead was an instant classic when it came out ten years ago, and (if you can believe it) it’s even more fabulous now. In a single tome, Christian has given us everything we need to know in order to work with the dead safely and effectively. This engaging, comprehensive book is an essential: it belongs on every Witch’s shelf.”

“Ten years ago, Christian Day wrote a book. A great one! Now, he proves that size matters in this expanded and revised edition. The Witches’ Book of the Dead is well-researched, engaging, and in Day’s usual style, provocative. It’s a must-read for those who wish to peek behind the veil and communicate with other worlds.”

“Life and Death are inextricably entwined. To deal in the magical and spiritual reality of one without the other is an approach to the magical arts which is as unsound as it is unsafe. The Witches’ Book of the Dead attempts to address this dancing balance which, along with magic itself, is at the heart of any serious study of Witchcraft. This book deftly lays out centuries of discovery, understanding, and experience of the relationships between the living and the dead. An easy, warm, and personable writing style belies a deep knowledge and very practical experience of the subject, the author encouraging the reader to step into the shadows as well as the light. There is a great deal of factual information, with carefully referenced sources, pragmatically mixed with very sane and solid principles, with plenty of clearly described and easy-to-follow practical magical techniques. I have no hesitation in recommending The Witches’ Book of the Dead to any and all students or practitioners of magic and Witchcraft at any stage in their journey through the veils and can I only wistfully regret it not being written thirty years ago!”

“Embark on a mysterious journey between the realms of the living and the dead with no better guide than Christian Day, whose work, reverence, and respect for the dead is known worldwide. When The Witches’ Book of the Dead was first released in 2011, it was ground-breaking and dramatically changed the landscape of occult publishing. It was not only the first book of its kind in modern times but it built a bridge between traditional Witchcraft and the African Traditional Religions of the Americas, so much so that it directly led to numerous books on conjure, rootwork, and voodoo being published as well as demystifying necromancy for millions within the neopagan movement. With the new revisions, chapters, and foreword, the magic continues and draws the reader onto the unique path Christian has cast into every word. Work of this nature is a rare and sacred feat and that is the best reason I can recommend this book. Enjoy the journey.”

The Witches’ Book of the Dead, is an intelligently researched and written revelation of the necromantic roots of Witchcraft or sorcery. Nearly every historical topic connected to the fundamental spiritual ground of Witchcraft is given a thoughtful treatment within. The book’s metaphysical teachings and ritual instructions are clear and user-friendly, but it never sacrifices depth or dignity to become so. It is also warmly strung together by the personal experiences of its author. While so many other books on sorcery or Witchcraft stray into transcendent spaces and try to climb onto higher planes away from the dark earth (and the many graves in the damp ground, suffused as they are with the power of the dead) this book keeps people in the presence of the real world, and the unseen world of spirits that exists within it. This is not a manual of some false or cliche enlightenment; it is a manual that helps people to make friends with spirits and to live better lives thereby.”

“Considering the role Death plays in Witchcraft one would think that resources on working with death and necromancy were abundant for the eager practitioner. That is not the case. The Witches’ Book of the Dead is a remarkable tome and rare one at that. Christian Day not only lays out the history and lore of Witches working with death but also walks you through how to incorporate these factual gems into your craft. This is no dense book of facts nor is it a simple Spellbook. It is, however, a compendium of knowledge that is necessary for any Witch regardless of experience or practice. Christian Day brings forth a wonderful companion that makes the veil between words the thinnest it’s ever been, allowing you to explore the other realm with such clarity.”

“Necromancy is an important part of the practitioner’s rites of passage, for it is the transmutation of consciousness and matter. In his book, The Witches’ Book of the Dead, Christian Day incorporates his wisdom and knowledge to provide the reader with much-needed guidance (along with intervention) for working with and honoring our ancestors. His techniques are based on the correct and safe methodology of the Craft.”

“It wasn’t until I read the first edition of The Witches Book of the Dead that I finally found a source that put into words things I had been trying to say my entire life. This book became the groundwork for my personal practice and is the book I recommend to any Witch, new or seasoned, who has a connection with the dead. This revised and expanded edition is beautifully laid out with eye-catching pages while retaining all the valuable information of the original. It shares, unapologetically, information that a Witch may need to help them work with the dead more efficiently.”

Praise for the First Edition!

The Witches’ Book of the Dead is a well-researched and thoughtful compendium of magical lore, necromancy, spirit contact, and mediumship. It mixes a rich background of historical information with practical applications of ritual and magical practice. Day is not afraid to draw back the veil and peer behind it. Let him show you what he has discovered! A very good read; a volume full of worthwhile information.”

“Christian Day masterfully handles the old art of Witchcraft. It is a refreshing change to find serious scholarship and the absence of sugarcoating in a book of this popular genre. Day went to painstaking measures in his research, and references from both obscure and dominant sources were collected and expertly integrated for the reader. Political correctness is not an issue for the author, and his focus is upon the tried and true. Through this book, I feel that the spirits of the dead have found a voice for all to hear.”

“Impressively researched, compelling, and immensely readable, Day’s first book resurrects the vast power of the spirit world and offers it to modern-day practitioners. Whether you’re hoping to communicate with loved ones on the Other Side, are seeking dreams of the dead, or dare to conduct the ancient rites of necromancy, The Witches’ Book of the Dead is the perfect guide.”

“Filled with mystery and magick, The Witches’ Book of the Dead is deliciously dark, edgy, thought provoking, and beautifully crafted.”

“Christian Day is a refreshing new voice and makes a dynamic debut in The Witches’ Book of the Dead, a book devoted to establishing true and meaningful communication with those on the Other Side. Day is a meticulous researcher, a talented and skilled practitioner, and a great writer who shares his knowledge and personal experiences with an engaging style and sense of humor. The history and folklore are fascinating, and every technique and ritual has passed the test of experience. Not only will you be informed and entertained, you will be inspired to action. This book is fresh, exciting, and like nothing you have ever read before!”

The Witches’ Book of the Dead reflects the spirit of a Warlock who plays by his own rules (as every great Witch or Warlock should). Christian Day is an amazing resource when it comes to magic and Witchy legend and lore. Day breaks down Witchcraft history, humanizes the folks who have always stood casting and conjuring at the outskirts of society, and then celebrates them like one would cheer a rock star. A great book and mystical look into connecting with the Other Side and transforming the universe around us.”

“Jam-packed with practical advice, easy-to-follow instructions, and covering everything from exorcism to necromancy, The Witches’ Book of the Dead truly is the quintessential guide to working with the spirit world. A must have for every magical practitioner’s bookshelf!”

“Christian Day presents every aspect of necromancy clearly, practically, and matter-of-factly. From start to finish, this is a fascinating compendium of necromantic lore, and I recommend it highly!”

“A shocking, witty, and scholarly thesis offers the historian, the sorcerer, and the curiosity seeker something to ponder and something to remember—we do not walk alone.”

“Christian Day creates a heady blend of history, lore, and real practice in his book on the necromantic arts. Without a doubt this is the most useful and unambiguous book available to the modern practitioner, one that is sure to become an occult classic.”

“Christian Day effectively reminds us that as Witches we belong not only to a Cult of Sex and Fertility, but just as importantly, to a Cult of Death. A powerful modern manual for practitioners seeking to add necromancy to their repertoire, rooted deeply in history and tradition.”

“In these pages, you will discover clear, lucid instructions for contacting the dead, as well as explanations for why you might want to do so. While simultaneously emphasizing the sacred nature of his subject, Christian has written a fun, easy-to-read and easy-to-access instructional manual for interaction with the ever-present souls of the dead.”

“You may not agree with all that Day proposes—and you get the sense he’d probably welcome a good intellectual brawl—but you can’t deny that this passionate, personal take on the meaning and practice of magic is thoughtful, bravely-drawn, and fascinating.”

“Christian Day’s book is worth the price if only for the new scholarship on Pagan history and etymology. He reminds us of our historical links to the dead and of our role as mediums between the worlds, then goes on to show us how to reclaim that part of our magickal heritage. Even with the impressive scholarly bibliography, he remains easy to read. His practical information is based on personal research and experience, and is complete and clear. This is the only book I’ve ever read on contacting the dead or on necromancy where I’ve felt comfortable enough to put the information into action. Christian writes with wisdom and authority, and makes the reader feel safe and secure, knowing they are being lead through advanced ritual practices by someone who knows his stuff A-Z.”

“Throughout the book, the author reminds the reader that working with the dead can be a safe and indeed, an integral aspect of the tradition for the practicing Witch. […] Day prefaces the chapter Methods of Spirit Contact with a reminder to the reader: ‘Before you open a door, know how to close it!’ This aspect of working with the dead is often omitted in many other books about Witchcraft and is the single most common reason why people experience problems after they establish contact. […] I find the current popular trend of cursing out spirits and bossing them around in an attempt to make them angry and respond to the trivial requests of a nosey ghost hunter absolutely reprehensible. Apparently, Day seems to agree with this stance. He points out the need to be respectful and mindful of the requests made to the dead. He reminds the reader that we can draw from the earliest shamanic and tribal cultures and from the ancient Witches to see that the dead were approached with respect and with offerings in hand prior to asking them for a favor. This is just common courtesy. […] I highly recommend you get a copy of The Witches’ Book of the Dead by Christian Day. It will show you how to walk between worlds, leaving you embracing the dead, as well as the living.”

“The time has come for us to recognize and respect the sacred art of Necromantic Practice. It has long been a misunderstood path. The Witches Book of the Dead presents the journey in a way that people from all walks of life and belief can access and learn about the true nature of Necromancy. It is an invaluable text that can open pathways to subjects otherwise deemed unapproachable, making necromancy understandable to all. Connection with the dead is our creation of the future. If we lose sight of what Death teaches us, then we lose sight of what the future holds. Christian walks us through the jaded past of necromancy and brings us full circle into the modern age of Necromantic Practice. Replete with numerous historical references and anecdotes, the author illustrates how our entire culture has been influenced by necromancers since time began. While there is great focus on the Witch or Warlock as necromancer, that should not deter others who seek this path as a way to commune with the dead. There is ample information and devotions for anyone who seeks communion with those beyond the veil. The dead have much to teach us, but perhaps Death is the greatest teacher of all. The value of all of our days can only be measured in what we leave behind so that others may have a torch to light the way. The Witches Book of the Dead is such a tool. Use it wisely and with the utmost of reverence, and always remember that mankind cannot truly appreciate life until he comes to accept and embrace his own death.”

“Some people believe that Witches are heartless. Others believe we have no soul. But Christian Day proves them wrong by putting his heart AND soul into writing The Witches’ Book of the Dead. To me, honoring our ancestors and remembering the old traditions are of the utmost importance. The ability to communicate with them and ask for their assistance not only enriches our lives but keeps their magick very much alive. From Altars to Yew wands, no (grave) stone was left unturned in this well researched and beautifully written compendium of Necromancy.”

“Death is one of those things that recurs in life, whether it’s facing the death of friends, pets, family members, or facing one’s own mortality. For those empowered in their spiritual path, it’s of utmost importance that we have a peaceful, respectful, wise—even intimate—relationship with Death as a supreme force that upholds reality. This guidebook is one of few. Written by the ever-controversial Christian Day, this book offers well-researched and intelligent perspectives on death and dying, pushing the reader to question themselves, their magick, and their own Danse avec la mort. This beautiful tome piercingly reaches to the psyche of genuine magickal practitioners, reminding us that we have always, and shall continue to, work with forces beyond our immediate consciousness. For those exploring the serenity of shadow and the deeper levels of Craft, this book is most definitely for you.”

“Employing the powers of the Sphinx: ‘To Know, to Will, To Dare and to Keep Silent,’ we’re grateful that Christian has ignored the ‘Keep Silent’ part. Finally a decent book that brings a perceived malevolent practice into the light in an open, honest and very blunt fashion—the only way he knows how! Although necromancy is a useful magickal practice, it has been much maligned and avoided as taboo for centuries. This tome is a refreshing take on working with the spirits of our dearly departed as well as the Cthonic deities who guide, guard and keep them. If you’re one of those of the living who subscribes to the notion that magick is exclusively about love, light and life, and death is a subject to be avoided, put this book down. It is neither for the faint of heart, weak of mind or the fear enslaved soul but will appeal to magickal and mundane of all branches of spirituality from Wicca to Catholicism and beyond. And so, with an open mind, delve into its pages and become enlightened. Imor mortis conturbat me, mortui vivos docent. Mors vincit omnia! (The fear of death confounds me, let the Dead teach the living. Death always wins.)”

The Witches’ Book of the Dead by Christian Day is without a doubt one of the most in depth works on darker magic I have ever had the pleasure to read. The author skillfully describes the wisdom of the old wise ones, from myth and the true historic version, and unlike other writers he is unafraid to touch upon subjects such as Necromancy, the Veil beyond and the dangers of spirit work. I especially found myself enthralled by his section on the Altar of the Dead, as it brought forth the need for not losing sight of those who have gone before us. A true must-have for anyone’s occult library!”

“As a Southern Conjure Man, Witch and Faery Seer, I applaud Christian for beckoning the reader’s attention back to humanity’s closest next-of-kin in the spirit world—the ancestral spirits. This book delivers a call back to an often-neglected source of power, wisdom and guidance—necromancy and communion with the unseen side of humanity. It is a fascinating compendium and a useful tool but definitely a controversial challenge. Read and enjoy but apply the techniques with care and caution!”

About the Author

Christian Day is a modern day Warlock living in the Crescent City of New Orleans, Louisiana and, with his husband warlock Brian Cain, owns Warlocks, Inc., a business umbrella dedicated to their various business pursuits. Christian and Brian host HexFest, an annual weekend of Witchery in New Orleans and Festival of the Dead, a monthlong celebration of the spirits held each October in Salem, Massachusetts that includes such popular events as the Official Salem Witches’ Halloween Ball, an Annual Psychic Fair and Witchcraft Expo, and an authentic séance. Both an initiate and practitioner of the ancient arts of Witchcraft, Christian sees his practices as both a spiritual priesthood devoted to the magic of the old Gods and the practice of old world folk Witchery, healing, and communion with the dead. Christian and Brian own two occult shops in Salem, Massachusetts: HEX: Old World Witchery, dedicated to the practices of Witchcraft, Hoodoo, and Conjure, and OMEN, a psychic parlor and Witchcraft emporium which features a staff of gifted psychic readers. In 2012, he also opened a Hex shop in New Orleans, where he now lives and opened an Omen there in 2019.  Among his many media appearances, Christian has been featured on The Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures, Showtime, TLC, MSNBC, Biography, Dish Network and in The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, CNN.com, USAToday.com and, of course, The Salem News.


The Art Cosmic: The Magic of Traditional Astrology

by Levi Rowland

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Reclaim the Magic of Old World Astrology!

Astrology has impacted civilizations worldwide and throughout history. It has greatly influenced the philosophy, religion, art, and magic of Western culture and has inspired countless decisions in the lives of people from every level of society. Traditional Western astrology differs from your typical daily Sun-sign horoscopes. While it still follows the course of the Zodiac through the Heavens, it focuses on the powers of the seven classical planets—great celestial spheres that the ancients gazed upon for guidance and wisdom.

Traditional astrology is a holistic framework that melds the influence of the stars with your experience here on Earth to help you understand the Cosmos, your place within it, and how to harness its power to transform your fate. With it, you can integrate the entire vision of the Heavens into your magical and divinatory practices, for traditional Astrology is the cosmic playing field upon which both magic and divination intertwine.

Explore the Art Cosmic
  • Discover the seven classical planets that form the basis of all astrology.
  • Delve into the fundamentals of planetary magic, including a system of correspondences to use as a basis for meaningful spells, rituals, and workings.
  • Interpret natal charts using timeless methods of traditional astrology. 
  • Perform potent magical rites for each of the seven planets.
  • Master the planetary hours and the magic of timing your work according to the stars. 
  • Learn horary astrology: an illuminating method of divination using the horoscope. 
  • Experience the divine power of the seven planets: the gods, angels, and forces of nature.

The wisdom of astrology is a path for humans to understand the sacred. You aren’t just naming stars. You are discovering gods. You are seeking angels. You are seeing reflections of your own experience—your hopes and dreams. By working with the systems of magical astrology, you will connect to the infinite divinity of creation and find that golden light within yourself that binds you to the soul of the Universe!

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Praise FOR THE ART COSMIC

The Art Cosmic: The Magic of Traditional Astrology is both fascinating and brilliant at the same time. The author weaves some of the ancient traditions of astrology into a wonderful approach capturing its magic embedded in the symbolism of the planets. Levi Rowland includes in the book a firsthand experience of the planets in the form of guided rituals. I have never read a traditional astrology book so thoroughly researched. The author brings the art and science of astrology from its ancient past into the modern time period of today stimulating our creative imagination. The writing is a unique user-friendly tool to empower the reader. Whether you are new to astrology or a well-informed student or even a professional astrologer I highly recommend this book!”

“With so many books rehashing the same 101 material, it is so sweet to read something fresh and intriguing. Levi Rowland’s The Art Cosmic: the Magic of Traditional Astrology is a delight from first to last. It encourages the reader to think beyond Sun/Moon/Venus and understand how to use the tools of astrology in the service of magic. I recommend it.”

“Not since Patricia Crowther has an Initiate of the Craft been so inspired to bring to the public his perspective and insights of the myths, innate energies and ecstatic rituals of the seven luminaries. These vast powers have inspired us from the dawn of civilization to our present-day exploration of the universe. Levi Rowland’s new book, The Art Cosmic, will be a valued addition to any a occultist’s shelf. Whether you’re a novice or astrological adept, this work will inevitably enhance your practice and understanding of classical astrology. A must read for any magician or witch who is drawn to taking on the mantle of that magic—which comes from heaven itself.”

“In the vast sea of repetitive and reductive astrology books that we have seen over the past few years, Levi Rowland has finally given us something new. Rowland’s approach to astrology and magic is refreshing, and The Art Cosmic is innovative and groundbreaking. If there is one book on astrological magic that you buy this year, this is the one!”

“As an enthusiastic practitioner of Traditional Astrology, I read Levi Rowland’s book with great interest, growing enthusiasm and admiration. The Art Cosmic is a book that beginners will enjoy as well as practitioners with some experience. Rowland takes the reader through the seven planets (sorry Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto!), which were familiar to astrologers of previous centuries, and their meanings, resonance, and scope. He introduces us to the celestial spheres with intriguing short stories, that help personify these entities. Rowland also includes practical information that will help readers interpret charts. His magical spells are creative, but also indicate a deep love of history, which any reader with a taste for the mystery of long-ago will enjoy.”

The Art Cosmic is both eloquently written and easy to understand. Rowland does an amazing job of presenting extremely complex astrological concepts in relatable terms. I would recommend this book to anyone wishing to learn the sacred art and powerful magick of traditional astrology.”

The Art Cosmic is a uniquely heartfelt contribution to the field of western astrology. Both novice and master astrologers can benefit from the material, which explores everything from planetary rituals to the influence of archangels. This book’s common thread is magic. Because astrological disciplines are incorporated in virtually all paths of magical spirituality, it’s important to stay anchored in occult and metaphysical thought when exploring the infinite expanse of astrological influence. The cosmic mysteries are expressed here with wisdom, grace, intimate reverence, and awestruck humility toward the magic of ‘as above, so below.’”

“As a Modern Astrologer who has begun to integrate some traditional Astrology techniques into my work in my latest bestselling book, The Complete Guide to Astrology, and a Shamanic practitioner who loves to use ritual work to embody the energies, I found this book a marvelously comprehensive yet not overwhelming introduction to Traditional Astrology. I love the way it weaves the magical arts and ritual with Astrology, as I love to do in my own work. The very feel of the book is magical, from the fonts used to the imagery, and one of my favorite practitioners of magic wrote the forward! If you desire more than a dry Astrological text get this book and immerse yourself in the magic of the spheres.”

“In the past I’ve struggled to find books on planetary magic that have spoken to me—that are well researched yet approachable, and fun to read. That is until now. Levi Rowland’s debut book The Art Cosmic is extensive yet accessible for modern audiences and now a true favorite in my book collection. Richly dripping with esotericism, Rowland passionately takes readers on a journey through the cosmos—showcasing the infinite magic in our ever-expansive universe while reminding us that we are but one ingredient in the tapestry of its magic. Including rituals, first-hand knowledge, and charming wit, this book is the perfect guide for anyone looking to deepen their connection to planetary magic.”

“From the preface, ‘A Head Full of Stars’, Levi Rowland invites us to dive head long into this impressively deep pool of cosmic astrological wisdom. I love the building blocks approach to traditional astrology that Levi offers whilst celebrating and encouraging the importance of intuitive interpretation for the budding astrologer to enhance their magical practice. Beautifully written passages read like poetry as you are guided down a forest path to align with ancient Moon lore, or through a tangled city maze to meet the essence of fiery Mars. The reader, Witch or non, is expertly guided in ritual practice by the author in this comprehensive offering, which, with its engaging wood cut inspired illustrations and charts, can hold pride of place in any beginner or adept’s magical library.”

“Astrology is one of the most difficult topics to teach and probably the most confusing to understand, however, in The Art Cosmic, The Magic Of Traditional Astrology, Levi Rowland delivers a magnificent, technical, practical, informative and enjoyable work, so perfect for new adherents to the field of astrology, as a complement to those who have spent years studying the stars and its practical application.

“For those who are looking to immerse themselves in the theoretical and practical study of astrology, this book will not only be the most appropriate daily reference manual, but also a perfect complement with which to advance in all classes and workshops in the field.

“The author stands out among many others, with the appropriate use of references, and an in-depth study of the planets, also including a series of complementary rituals with perfect explanations.”

“A well-researched, well-reasoned guide to classical astrology made relevant for the modern practitioner.”

“Rowland makes astrology approachable without dumbing anything down. The Art Cosmic is the perfect mix of history, magick, scholarship, and ‘how to” information. An outstanding achievement.”

The Art Cosmic: The Magic of Traditional Astrology weaves together the history, practice and magical applications of astrology with clear understanding and poetic delivery. What Levi Rowland offers in this book is a way of working in relationship with the cosmos, a perspective often missing from modern astrology text. This book has everything you need to begin your journey into the deeply profound world of traditional astrology.”

“Levi Rowland is one of the most thought-provoking and inspiring practitioners operating today. A brilliant and challenging speaker and teacher, his first book is every bit the clear, encouraging, and pragmatic work that we would expect. The Art Cosmic is an approachable and thorough entry point to an intimidating discipline, and has plenty to offer more experienced readers, as well. Levi’s passion is absolutely infectious. ”

The Arts of Cosmic: The Magic of Traditional Astrology by Levi Rowland is an inspired tome of divine celestial scholarship. Neatly organized in planetary fashion, Rowland begins with thorough explanations of our planetary system and then takes the reader on an inclusive multi denominational voyage through the cosmos.

“Rowland makes important observations on the geocentricity of astronomy and skillfully deals with the age old question by distinguishing between secular science and mysticism both ancient and modern. His conversational approach to a complex subject makes this book accessible to those new to astrology, yet there is plenty to enlighten the advanced practitioner as well.

“Steeped in lore, meticulously researched, beautifully illustrated, and lovingly rendered, The Art Cosmic is a must read for any serious astrologer. Written with great reverence, Rowland has given us a powerful reminder to look skyward and take in the vast beauty of seen yet unknown realms and revel in their influence and power.”

“A rich and helpful guide for exploring the power and magick of astrology! Sincere and well-researched, Levi Rowland knowledgeably grasps the spirit and energy, art and magick of astrology. Whether you are a beginner or seasoned practitioner, there is something within these pages for all to enjoy. The work is a masterful blend of academic and mystical, practical and esoteric, serious and creative, embracing the reader with a friendly tone and easy to understand scholarly information. The author’s delicious passion shines through every page, helping us embrace the unique divine cosmic soul of the heavenly bodies. Personable, easy to grasp, and brimming with valuable information the first seven chapters introduce us to the divine pattern of the planets, including their history, lore, correspondences, magick, and ritual. Succeeding chapters provide clear and concise definitions to astrological terminology and how this information relates to magick and enchantment … and better still? How you can harness this power. I wish I had this book thirty years ago when I began studying magickal astrology! Levi Rowland provides the reader with an amazing awakening opportunity. From psychic shielding to the astral temple, from horary interpretation to clear guidance on astrological timing the author does not disappoint! You have only to open the cover to receive his wonderful gift! May we all find that holy fire-- and listen. Thank you, Levi, for this tremendous work.”

“There is that moment when we look up into the clear night sky, take a deep breath, exhale and smile. We know in that smile that there is an intimate connection between us and the vast starry sky. Levi Rowland’s The Art Cosmic: The Magic of Traditional Astrology is an absolute must in understanding the art of Astrology. Each beautifully written chapter (complete with charts) allows us a step closer in unlocking the lost language and meaning to the sacred geometry of celestial observations. Rowland orchestrates rituals and exercises within the book to help us connect to the power and hidden secrets held within each planet. This book is invaluable for those embarking on this ancient path of divination.

“Astrology for Occultists! This is the book that I wish had been available when I was first studying planetary and astrological magics. The Art Cosmic is scholarly and well referenced but also clear and concise making it incredibly accessible to any that want to dip their toes into the world of the wandering stars and beyond. It is jam packed with powerful meditations, clear explanations of both traditional and modern astrological principals, and even a few fabulous mysteries hidden in plain sight. Levi Rowland is knowledgable, refreshingly honest and unafraid to speak his mind, this coupled with his fastidious attention to detail makes his book a ‘must have’ for any shelf regardless of the readers current level of knowledge.”

The Art Cosmic is truly something to read. Levi goes into explanations that bring a huge understanding to this work. One of the lines in the book truly spoke to me. He said, “connection is everything.” Not only is that quite a powerful statement, it is foundational for growth. If you ever wanted to learn the ins and outs of astrology I would absolutely read the wisdom in these pages.”

The Art Cosmic: The Magic of Traditional Astrology by Levi Rowland is a delicious, captivating walk through Astrological arts in a wholly extraordinary manner. Rowland’s language is rich and poetic, where other Astrology books tend to be dry. Each page illustrates excellent historical research including quotes from brilliant thinkers and philosophers, and copious footnotes (thank you!). This tome explores the inspiration and guidance found in the stars-tiny bits of light inspiring language, arts, science, and society for eons. The Art Cosmic expresses the “as above, so below” axiom, showing how even in a modern world, the cosmic dance continues to play a role in daily life. Like the ancients, we can look to Astrology to discover anew the Angels, Guides, Ancestors, and the Gods. On a personal level Astrology offers an essential comprehension of our Higher Self, and a profound ken of the inner workings of our magical practices. It is a must read, but take it slow. Immerse yourself. Every page offers something worthy of your meditations.”

“Levi Rowland has produced a wonderful text offering readers a logical, concise, and non-dogmatic approach to one of the most time-honoured Arts of the Occult world - Astrology. Offering a complete and honest account of astrological history, development, terminology and practical application; Rowland provides a solid foundation for those new to the Art and important musings for those with more experience of the Celestial. The Art Cosmic also offers magical and ritual application to allow the reader to immerse themselves deeper into the experience of the Heavens; truly building a meaningful relationship with the often neglected natural wonder that is available to us all – regardless of where we are. The Art Cosmic truly has something of great value for anyone drawn to the Art of astrology. Highly recommended.”

The Art Cosmic was literally a transformative read. Levi’s book is remarkable in that it not only helps to demystify some of the aspects of traditional astrology, but envelopes the reader in an experience that is timeless with wisdom shared throughout the ages, meditations, rituals and done so in the fashion of a magical grimoire from a high priest of witchcraft, truly unique. The Art Cosmic is a piece of art in and of itself, reading it not only helped me become illuminated in celestial mysteries in a way I did not expect but reinvigorated my enthusiasm for astrology within my magic.

“Whether the reader be a seasoned witch, sorcerer or spiritual seeker, The Art Cosmic will be a book of enlightenment, reference and inspiration. For me this is the consummate guide for the magic of astrology in witchcraft.”

“Serious students of astrology and magic will find a lifelong treasure in The Art Cosmic. In addition to being packed with useful information, this book is both an inspiration and a delight. Whether you’re a beginner who wants to go far beyond the basics, a magical practitioner who wants to learn to work with planetary energy more masterfully, or an experienced astrologer who wants to gain a deeper and more dimensional understanding of the planets and their correspondences, this book is for you. It is a master key that will unlock the glittering magic and breathtaking power of the cosmos.”

“In The Art Cosmic, Levi Rowland has brilliantly captured everything I was taught about why planetary magick is so vital to Witchcraft. This is the book I wish I had when I was starting my journey; I am thrilled to be able to recommend it — not only to my students, but to practitioners of all levels.”

About the Author

Levi Rowland is a professional astrologer working and living in New Orleans. With over 15 years of experience, he offers astrological consultations, workshops, and classes through online platforms and in-person at events such as WitchCon and Hexfest. Levi is a High Priest of the Alexandrian Tradition and teaches and works with traditional astrology, hermetic Qabalah, cartomancy, and ceremonial magic. Levi’s work in traditional Astrology is informed by his years of occult training and his work as a teacher, both in magical systems and in the mundane world where he teaches languages, interprets, and translates. His translation work has allowed him to open up classical texts to new audiences and help preserve traditional magical techniques for contemporary practitioners.


Voodoo and African Traditional Religion

by Lilith Dorsey

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Reclaim the Ancestral Traditions of African Religion!

In these times of intense turmoil, people of African descent are facing serious threats to their well-being. The ability of Black communities to call on the spirits and ways of their ancestors is crucial to their continued strength. Nearly 20 years have passed since the first printing of this landmark book and there is still a great need for more accurate and respectful information about ancestral beliefs that have been misrepresented, misunderstood, and maligned by popular media and the public.

This revised and expanded edition provides a helpful introduction to the religions of the African diaspora, a guide beyond the basic tenets to the vibrant, living spirit world of their peoples, and a much-needed key to protocol and proper etiquette, while clearing up common myths about Haitian Vodou, New Orleans Voodoo, Santería (Lucumí), and other practices that stem from misconceptions about possession and sacrifice. New material includes guidance for activists to empower their work for social change with the fierceness, tenacity, and wisdom of their ancestors, as well as never-before-published recipes handed down through the generations, personal spells and charms including root magick for protection and protest, and devotional rituals you can perform yourself.

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Praise for VOODOO AND AFRICAN TRADITIONAL RELIGION

It’s hard to find a reliable source of information about the differences between the various African Traditional Religions (ATRs). In the New World, all of the various traditions tend to get lumped under the umbrella term “Voodoo,” making it hard for nonpractitioners to differentiate between them. In Voodoo and African Traditional Religion, Lilith Dorsey tackles this challenge by providing a brief look at the history and practices that make up the major ATRs and doing so with great finesse. From Yoruba, Haiti, and Brazil to New Orleans and beyond, Dorsey provides a nice introduction to these various traditions and religions. I highly recommend Voodoo and African Traditional Religion to anyone who wishes to learn the sacred stories and practices associated with the religions of our Ancestors.”

I was fortunate to run across an earlier iteration of this book a few years back and am delighted to see it expanded and republished. Lilith Dorsey’s grasp of the differences and similarities of these many African traditions (as well as their American offspring) is much needed as these spiritualities and religions continue to attract new adherents. It is no secret that we are seeing a blossoming of what used to be termed “alternative spiritualities,” but the ones whose roots are in Africa are especially beautiful and powerful—and not as well understood or respected as they should be. Lilith Dorsey’s book will go a long way toward enlightening people who are seeking, as well as educating people (like me) who want to know more. A must-have for your religions and spirituality bookcase—you’ll go back to it again and again.”

Lilith Dorsey is one of the few sincere and informed scholar-practitioners who is able to synthesize an expansive knowledge of traditional spirituality into a readable narrative that incorporates history, instruction, and practical guidance for anyone wishing to learn more about African and African American religions and magic. With an updated film, recording, and reading list, the book is an excellent resource that addresses the current turn to ancient spiritual wisdom to confront some of our most pressing societal needs.”

Lilith Dorsey’s second edition of Voodoo and African Traditional Religion is a milestone for the correct information on Africa and their diasporic religions. Too often misunderstood and ostracized, the religions of the African diaspora create bridges and are examples of tolerance, problem-solving, peace, and cooperation between different cultures, nations, beliefs, and lifestyles. Lilith Dorsey is a well-known and respected Priestess and Leader and gives us a simple but deep approach for the reader on the fastest growing underground Religions of modern times. There’s a light in this book that will guide people to a better approach and respect for legacies and differences: a correct understanding.”

It is not very often that books on African Diasporic spiritual and magical traditions keep my attention beyond the first couple of pages. So, imagine my delight and joy at finding myself devouring this book in one sitting. Lilith Dorsey restored my soul with the thoroughness of this work. Shadowing the travels of souls brought into these continents and islands with impeccable research, Lilith has brought us through centuries of survival and worship. Moving past the big three, Ifá, Santería, and Voodoo, the book takes us into even more spaces where African beliefs took other forms and formats. Including Hoodoo, with a true understanding of its juxtaposition with religion, brought a correct perspective to an often contentious topic.

Lilith’s commitment to documentation, research, oral and written history sings through the pages. I felt like I was back in the library stacks, back when there were some. I could feel the pains and jubilations as Lilith painstakingly addressed the popular media’s handling of these traditions for public consumption. The images evoked in the descriptions were full, rich, and meaningful. I envision this work as a mandatory read in college courses. Voodoo and African Traditional Religion feels like not only a labor of love but a divine order. I highly recommend both this book and its author.”

Lilith Dorsey’s Voodoo and African Traditional Religion guides us through the basics and common misconceptions of the African diaspora religions, from the Yoruba to the Candomblé, from explaining the divinities to the festivities calendar of each tradition. In this book, Lilith answered several of the curious questions I had about these religions but was too embarrassed to ask—especially the descriptions of the Orishas and Lwa and the clarifications about ceremonies and possessions. During these times of injustice and pain, this book’s offering of the wisdom and history of these traditions may bring more than knowledge for those in need of resistance and protection.”

Lilith Dorsey’s Voodoo and African Tradition Religion provides a welcome overview of African spiritual practices. Lilith writes knowledgeably from the perspective of both a long-term scholar and from lived experience as a priestess. Dorsey carefully points out that each Vodou society practices differently and, with that in mind, offers principles, practices, formulas, ingredients, and simple rituals that allow those who are sincerely interested in getting their feet wet. It is always refreshing to discover a new resource that replaces misconceptions about these much-maligned and sensationalized religions with respectful information focused on the beautiful, life-affirming qualities of spiritual practices that have helped people find hope, healing, and survival. As always, thank you, Lilith Dorsey, for your dedicated Service and Work.”

Lilith Dorsey has given us a tremendous gift in their book Voodoo and African Traditional Religion. As a practitioner and anthropologist, Lilith communicates the sacred teachings of African traditional religions with one foot in the social sciences and one foot in sacred space. Their approach to introducing readers to the many diverse faiths of Africa is accurate, clear, and real. Lilith’s passion for presenting traditions in a non-sensationalistic manner is clearly seen in their work as they describe the respect and consideration they have—and we all should have, for these living traditions.”

For years the very few books on African traditions and Caribbean religions have been written by outsiders of these religions—treated like an exotic product and taken from people of color to be exploited and consumed by the general public. Rarely do we find a book on the subject written from the perspective and experience of a true practitioner. Finally, Voodoo and African Traditional Religion provides one of the few books on African spiritual and magical practices written by a woman of color with years of experience and international recognition within the field. Lilith Dorsey explains everything you need to know about the traditions of the African diaspora. You will understand the stories behind the Orixa, the Loa, and the Spirits associated with the Ifá, Yoruba, Vodou, Candomblé, Voodoo, and Hoodoo traditions and discover the history and culture behind these paths. The book culminates in a magickal manifesto of black spiritual liberation, including techniques for protection and protest in the modern age, where people of color continue to face challenges simply due to the color of their skin. Voodoo and African Traditional Religion is a true compilation of black culture and black religion—written by a black woman.”

No one makes New Orleans Voodoo more accessible and approachable than Lilith Dorsey. Do you have questions about Vodou, Santeria, and Hoodoo? This book is the best place to start. A must-have book for the library of every well-read magickal practitioner.”

Groundbreaking...Engages the head with extensive accounts of the diasporic African religions, the hands with useful, practical descriptions of their magic and spellcraft, and the heart with wise advice.”

An enlightening and immersive guide full of helpful information for both beginners and longtime practitioners. Lilith does a great job of presenting a wide variety of intriguing facts and experiences that are sure to capture the interest of any soul that is seeking on their spiritual journey.”

If you are looking to begin an in-depth study of African Traditional Religions (ATR) and diaspora, start here. Lilith Dorsey cuts through the superstitions and sensationalism that the white cultural lens has placed on these vast practices with accurate explanations of initiation, sacrifice, and spells. Lilith then sets up would-be students of ATR study for success by sharing their vast knowledge on where to go next for further study. Whether learning ATRs or unlearning media manipulation, I highly recommend this book.”

Voodoo and African Traditional Religion is filled with insightful historical and archaeological information on Voodoo, Vodou, Hoodoo, and other African Traditional Religions. It offers information on the whole gamut of Deities, Orishas, the Lwa, Saints, and more, making this another must-have, go-to book. For those wanting to research—and possibly find out about working with—the systems covered, this book brings deep insights into its many offerings and includes many spells and rituals. Lilith also recognizes and highlights those who have paved the way for African spiritual practices. This book will undoubtedly be referred to as one of the most comprehensive titles on the topic, and I will certainly recommend it to my students.”

The original incarnation of this book was a complex combination of survey, glossary, comparison and was liberally sprinkled with Lilith Dorsey’s view as an insider and practitioner. With this new edition, Dorsey’s lens is much more provocative, feminist, and revolutionary. It retains the recipe book innocence of the original but is now closer to the Anarchist Cookbook than Betty Crocker. In introducing the reader to the various paths of the African diaspora, this book reveals the genius of the ancestors who escaped slavery and tried to make spiritual sense of a world that had stolen their culture, religion, and their very lives. Lilith’s visceral and pragmatic view of the violence that has plagued Black Lives stands in this new edition—released at a time where the terrible legacy of slavery is at the forefront of the public consciousness, and the descendants of that legacy are rediscovering the spiritual tools of their ancestors. These tools offer new hope at a time when we would otherwise be helpless and hopeless. You don’t have to read between the lines of this book to feel the inspiration that resurrected it makes it rise above a sea of misinformation and mythification that only someone who inhabits this world can truly share. Ese e Pupo, Iya Lilith.”

Having collaborated and worked with Lilith Dorsey since 1999, I remember when the first edition of this book arrived in 2005. It was truly groundbreaking back then: a mainstream crossover from a Generation X black woman who was among the few you could count on one hand that was immersed in both the African Traditional Religions and the Neo-Pagan community—and an academic as well. Sixteen years later, this still holds true, Lilith Dorsey is still one of the very few black women to have become a prolific presenter across North America in both African Spiritual and Pagan communities as well as a best-selling author—a unique achievement for any person, and so Lilith truly stands alone.

In this newly revised update, Voodoo and African Traditional Religion will take its place once more among the integral books on the subject. This book will educate, inspire, and interact with the reader, and for many, it will lead them unto their destiny among the traditions. Lilith has gifted us with a truly sacred work that is an honor to all those who came before who maintained and preserved the Diasporic religions. The lineage continues.”

Reading this book is like taking an immersion course in the rich history, culture, and spiritual offerings of traditional African religions. Lilith has not only crafted an informative and much-needed expert resource, dispelling misinformation and stigma around these sacred practices, she has also created a down-to-earth guidebook to empower readers in walking their own spiritual journey.”

About the Author

Lilith Dorsey, MA, resides in New Orleans, a city known worldwide for Voodoo and Hoodoo. They have a rich background in Afro-Caribbean and Native American spirituality. Lilith edited and published the Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly, filmed and produced the documentary Bodies of Water: Voodoo Identity and Tranceformation, and co-hosted the YouTube show Witchcraft & Voodoo. They were also both choreographer and performer for jazz legend Dr. John‘s Night Tripper Voodoo Show. Their traditional education focused on plant science, anthropology, and film at the University of Rhode Island, New York University, and the University of London, and their magickal training includes numerous initiations into Santería—also known as Lucumí, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo. They have been a professional psychic and teacher for over three decades and are a frequent presenter at festivals and gatherings, including HexFest, WitchCon, Sirius Rising, Witch’sFest USA, New York City Pagan Pride Day, and the Earth Warriors Festival. Lilith is the author of the bestselling Orishas, Goddesses, and Voodoo Queens (Weiser, 2020), Water Magic (Llewellyn Worldwide, 2020), The African-American Ritual Cookbook (Kindle, 2012), and, of course, Voodoo and African Traditional Religion with Warlock Press (2021).


Initiation into Witchcraft

by Brian Cain

Walk the Path of Magic! 

This is a book about the religion of Witchcraft. It honors the old Gods, the ancient mysteries, and the secrets of magic. It will immerse you into the magical arts of Witchcraft and is an enchanted window into what Witches practice and believe.  

Initiation into Witchcraft is an exploration of the timeless traditions, essential ethics, and the awe-inspiring power of our Craft as well as providing basic practices that will help you to embrace the deeper ways of the Witch. It is a signpost for those seeking the path that begins the journey of initiation into Witchcraft. It is also a primer of occult techniques and rituals to prepare you for that journey.

Witchcraft is a survival of the ancient mysteries. It is a force of significant power—and initiation is the key that unlocks that power. Initiation transcends culture. It transcends religion. It takes a community to manifest to priesthood and it takes initiation to become a priest … and a Witch.

Witchcraft is personal empowerment magnified through a relationship with the old gods. Through it, you can direct the course of your life and find a path to your most powerful self.

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“Initiation is one of the most difficult statures to reach in our Cabot-Kent Hermetic Temple tradition. It’s like getting a degree from college, but it is only the beginning of the path to enlightenment. Initiation into Witchcraft is the only book I know of that truly addresses the importance of initiation, which hasn't been done before. Brian Cain’s work will enlighten many people in their own traditions as to how initiation changes your entire world. They say that there is no hierarchy in Witchcraft. Well, there certainly is, because you've got the High Priestess and the High Priest, and they are initiated. That means they will carry on that tradition through thick and thin, until death do us part. Some go from one tradition to another, seemingly thinking that belonging to all these different paths is making them something better. I think it waters down the traditions. You must come into Witchcraft with a sincere dedication and devotion—and with an academic mindset as well. Witchcraft is still the fastest growing religion in America. It needs to be addressed in a serious and educated manner, and that's what this book offers. Its academic research has far surpassed nearly any Witchcraft book being published today. Witchcraft becomes a fervor in your heart and your mind. You are drawn to it, and this book is for such people who are truly serious about becoming a Witch. Because of that alone, Initiation into Witchcraft is a book that has been needed for ages.”

“Witchcraft is the fastest growing spirituality in America. The seeds of this remarkable growth were transplanted here by British Traditional Witches like Ray Buckland and others, and cultivated within hidden covens. Profound and life-transforming rites of initiation and the sincere training of priestesses and priests were offered to those fortunate few granted entrance to this concealed spiritual community.

“In the midst of accelerating popularization driven by public information ranging from the wise to the witless, the history and practice of modern Witchcraft are worth remembering, honoring and preserving. Brian Cain has done all of these and more, demonstrating in this thoughtful, thorough and generous book the divinely magical reasons for initiation and for disciplined training. He offers the gifts of a genuine priest of the initiatory path, sincerely guiding those with the courage to make the assay, simultaneously revealing and concealing the Great Mystery that, ultimately, can only be known through personal experience. It is a unique and worthy contribution to the literature of the Craft of the Wise.”

“Brian Cain's Initiation into Witchcraft isn't just an excellent introduction to initiatory British Witchcraft, it also re-establishes the Witch-Cult as a religious and spiritual practice. More than just a "how to" book, Cain has crafted an excellent resource for both beginners, and long time practitioners. Highly recommended for anyone looking to join a traditional coven or simply seeking to take their practice to a deeper and higher place.”

“This perceptively crafted tome reflects the knowledge and experiential perceptions of a 21st-century Alexandrian Witchcraft Initiate on the history and development of British Traditional Witchcraft, its practices and tools. As such, it delivers a unique perspective on how his tradition is perceived and imparted by contemporary adherents today. The chapters on Magical Weapons and Folk Magic from Antiquity provides a further treasure-house of insights for readers of all magical traditions. Brian Cain’s Initiation into Witchcraft should be added to the recommended reading list for all seeking insights into initiatory traditions of Witchcraft today.”

“Brian Cain has written a brilliant new book on traditional Witchcraft that details our history and rituals in a concise manner. Too many people are being taken in by loosely-created magick circles and this book defines the difference of why it’s important to go through the trouble to find a good traditional teaching coven. I highly recommend it to all who seek the initiatory pathways into the Craft.”

Initiation into Witchcraft is a truly refreshing and honest offering throughout—a rarity among today’s books on Witchcraft and magic. Brian Cain has provided a book that has been sorely needed in this modern era of the occult, written on a subject and presented in a style that I cannot remember seeing the likes of in a very long time. When in the presence of large amounts of pagans at festivals and events, I often lament to myself just how few of them have undergone the sacred rites of initiation when such gatherings were once filled with the voices of initiates. What Brian has done is provide a valuable book and inspiring guide for the seeker, and he has helped preserve tradition in doing so. Brian Cain demonstrates his high priesthood by offering something inclusive, encouraging, and educational, as well as hands-on spell and ritual work for the seeker on the path towards initiation. These rites and exercises work regardless of tradition—and this is not a common feat. As we straddle an era where many of our most sacred rites of humanity are being lost to technology, and the ever-present desire for the quick and easily accessible reign supreme over old-fashioned hard work, it’s a true blessing to have a book that will surely reignite modern seekers towards the greatest spell before the gods—our initiation into witchcraft.”

“While eclectic, do-it-yourself forms of Witchcraft and Wicca have enjoyed the spotlight for decades, an older, deeper tradition has continued to bubble and brew beneath the surface, seemingly invisible save to those few who would seek it out. Brian Cain is a welcomed voice in a growing movement that promises to alter long-held perceptions of Wicca, challenging the facile stereotypes and Insta-pop marketing trends that obscure the way to more profound practice. Here, you’ll find direct, no-babying guidance should you be called to the initiatory path. Initiation into Witchcraft is a valuable book not only for seekers, but also coven students, new group leaders, and the curious.”

Initiation into Witchcraft is a must read for seekers who desire to expand upon their spiritual path in British Witchcraft. As a priest in two African Traditional Religions I say this, not as a witch, but as someone who understands why the path of initiation is important. Brian Cain expands upon this cornerstone of a magical tradition in such a way that it would be impossible for the reader to leave without understanding. The Ancestors of initiation (lineage) in and of itself holds a great power that not only serves to edify and strengthen the magic of the initiate, but also to protect the tradition that continues to blaze the trail to magical growth and understanding. This book was birthed out of the heart of a priest and a witch and it is abundantly evident once the reader opens the pages.

“Amidst the whirlwind of eclectic approaches to modern witchcraft, Brian Cain’s book is refreshing for its reaffirmation of witchcraft as an initiatory mystery tradition, and of the warmth and wisdom of the coven’s hearth, while attesting also to its age-old operative magical current. This is the Craft of the true and sincere dedicant, before whom unfolds the path of occult knowledge and power that burns bright at the heart of the witch’s art.”

Brian Cain outlines the rich history of initiatory traditions in witchcraft as a journey through time to be traveled by all who wish to know more. For the sincere seeker, he also issues a challenge to prepare both mentally and spiritually for the effort. To assist them in accomplishing these goals, a wealth of practical information is provided, all gained from notable sources as well as from the author’s own years of training initiates. More seasoned practitioners will also enjoy reading through the detailed descriptions of both ancient and modern traditions, and reviewing the myriad of resources and sample rituals. This book is a handy reference for seekers, initiates, and priesthood, encapsulating both the practice and the practical, and it has been added to my personal list of recommended reading.

Initiation into Witchcraft is rich with insider history, integral philosophy, and a wealth of rare spells and well-crafted rituals that can be utilized by anyone with the dedication to learn the true Craft. Brian Cain’s diligent research and obvious devotion will resonate with seekers and seasoned practitioners alike. This book belongs on every coven’s required reading list and every occultist’s bookshelf.”

“There only a few witchcraft books that can be called reference books, special books that have the ability to illustrate the practice of the Witchcraft in one form or another. Brian Cain’s Initiation into Witchcraft not only instructs but inspires those who want to be part of Traditional Wicca. Historically accurate, delightfully written, this book is already a classic.”

“Stepping into the pages of Brian Cain’s Initiation into Witchcraft is a lot like falling into the deep end of the pool. His crisp, “take no prisoners” style of writing is unexpectedly refreshing. The author does not, as the saying goes, suffer fools gladly, yet what he has to say about initiation into what may be the oldest of priesthoods is of immense significance.

“But Initiation into Witchcraft is so much more than an intimate reflection of the author’s personal journey. The book is packed cover to cover with more information on the history of witchcraft and magic than one will likely find on several shelves of your local bookshop. It’s virtually one stop shopping for both novice and experienced practitioners alike.

“But wait, there’s more. The author’s generous inclusion of a grimoire (complete with requisite tablets of correspondences), as well as a series of extraordinary and provocative photographs of a working coven, place Initiation into Witchcraft into a class by itself. Highly recommended.”

“Brian Cain has managed to find the balance between his obvious love for the Craft and his responsibility to his tradition, and has created a highly informative and invaluable introduction for any seeker of initiatory Craft. His concise account of the history of British Traditional Witchcraft in America is extremely interesting, and his use of the archetypes in his exploration of the Witches’ Gods is an eloquent description of the way in which Craft incorporates the Gods of many pantheons into its practices and beliefs. His presentation of the magical working system of “Alexandria”, well-adapted seasonal rites, and charming collection of modern and traditional spells and workings are a lovely addition to the extensive background information he has provided. I predict that this book will be found on many a true seeker’s book shelf: a modern Traditional Witchcraft classic.”

“Dare to learn how the power of initiation can transform your life. Initiation into Witchcraft is an innovative book that inspires and informs those who are curious about witchcraft. This book is a comprehensive, informative guide to prepare the student for their own magical initiation. Experienced members of the Craft will find Brian Cain’s voice engaging, and the subject matter tantalizing. He brings to light a fresh perspective that is a must-read.”

“When Brian first told me of his intention to write this book, I was nervous. Not because I had any doubt of his integrity or knowledge on the subject, but because I found it hard to imagine how he could possibly achieve so monumental a task as to summarise initiatory Craft in a way that fully communicated its power, allure and beauty. I am very happy to say that, in my opinion, he has nailed it.

"This book is a perfect blend of essential information, advice, and reverence for the Craft that we—as initiates—hold so dear. Brian has successfully captured the spirit of magic, mystery and personal responsibility that sets the priesthood apart from, although never above, the uninitiated. Those of you who are seekers have no idea how lucky you are to have access to this book, and I certainly wish it had been around when I began my own magical journey. To the seeker, take note! To the initiated reader, enjoy! And to Brian, thank you and Blessed Be – your faithful sister and daughter in Craft."

About the Author

Brian Cain is a Witch and High Priest of the Alexandrian Tradition. He has been a devotee of Traditional Witchcraft since his early teens and was first initiated in 1994. Today he is the High Priest of the New Orleans Coven, the only practicing Alexandrian coven in Louisiana. He maintains strong ties to the magical roots of Witchcraft in the United Kingdom and follows the teachings of Alex and Maxine Sanders. His focus is on strong training in both priesthood and the Arts Magical.

With his husband, Christian Day, he co-hosts HexFest, a Weekend of Witchery held each August in New Orleans, as well as Festival of the Dead, a monthlong event series in Salem, Massachusetts that includes the Salem Psychic Fair and Witches’ Market and the Official Salem Witches’ Halloween Ball. Together they own Witchcraft shops Hex and Omen in Salem and Hex in New Orleans. They are also the founders and publishers of Warlock Press.