Bookshelf Review: Folk Witchcraft by Roger Horne

Folk Witchcraft: A Guide to Lore, Land, and the Familiar Spirit for the Solitary Practitioner by Roger J. Horne

This is not a book I would put into the hands of a young witch. And by โ€˜youngโ€™, I mean a few different sets of people. 1) Actual witchlets, pre-teens, and teens. 2) Witches of any age that are immature or reckless in their judgment. A nice way I usually say this is โ€˜young and impulsiveโ€™. And 3) those who are new to the path.

I put this warning of sorts here because depending on the readerโ€™s culture, spiritual background, and other contextual factors, some of the suggestions and workings offered here could get some people into trouble. A little bit of knowledge can be dangerous.

For the record, I come from a Christian religious family, but have had folk Catholicism, Santeria, Hoodoo, Voodoo, and similar practices around me for much of my childhood and they have shaped my personal practice. Witchy Floridians โ€“ and I would even venture to say Spiritually Aware Floridians โ€“ have not only a very interesting relationship with the magick and spiritual systems from a variety of cultures, but we also have a way of reconciling them with the heavy Southern Christian roots that grow deep around us.

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