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Author Topic: Southern and Appalachian conjure  (Read 2268 times)

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Southern and Appalachian conjure
« on: December 11, 2012, 10:39:51 am »
So I just finished Candle and the Crossroads: A Book of Appalachian Conjure and Southern Root Work by Orion Foxwood. I was looking for something on Granny Magic or Appalachian folk magic. This book at first seemed more about hoodoo but I began to realize as I read that many of the conjure practice is a mix of Native, Scottish, African traditions all rolled in to one. There was more about the basics of conjure and herbs specific to that tradition compare to actual spells. Enough on spell work, altars and other items were in the book and enough to get one started if you find yourself drawn to this path. It’s very heavy on god/ Bible practice as well. I expected that and was not too put off by it. You may need to be prepared if you decide you might like to read the book.

I liked the purchase and I am going to use some of the practices in the book. River work, candle dressing and mojo bags are something I found particularly interesting. If you want a basic book on folk/ traditional witchcraft of the South and Appalachian area by all means get the book. It’s a fresh perspective for me since most of my reading has been Norse/European focused for a while now.

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Re: Southern and Appalachian conjure
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2012, 10:51:53 am »
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It’s very heavy on god/ Bible practice as well. I expected that and was not too put off by it. You may need to be prepared if you decide you might like to read the book.



That aspect of Appalachian folk magic is what I find most charming (ahem) about it, honestly. The synthesis of Bible and herbalism and all the rest is what makes this system so interesting to me (as a subject of interest, not as one who is drawn to practice it).
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Re: Southern and Appalachian conjure
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2012, 02:07:25 pm »
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That aspect of Appalachian folk magic is what I find most charming (ahem) about it, honestly. The synthesis of Bible and herbalism and all the rest is what makes this system so interesting to me (as a subject of interest, not as one who is drawn to practice it).


The person who wrote the book didn't seem to be Christian but had great faith in the Pslams more than anything else. It was a very interesting read.

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Re: Southern and Appalachian conjure
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2012, 04:05:22 pm »
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I haven't read it, but one of the bloggers I follow has a book on southern Appalachian folk magic: Staubs and Ditchwater. If you're looking for more sources on this subject, you might want to check it out.

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Re: Southern and Appalachian conjure
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2012, 01:40:52 pm »
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I haven't read it, but one of the bloggers I follow has a book on southern Appalachian folk magic: Staubs and Ditchwater. If you're looking for more sources on this subject, you might want to check it out.

-Shefyt


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