Hands of Apostasy

Essays on Traditional WitchcraftEdited by Michael Howard and Daniel Schulke

Hands of Apostasy
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Old-style Craft, also known as traditional witchcraft, endures as a distinct body of archaic magical practices in present-day Britain, North America and Australia. Originally nameless, such bodies are related to a variety of historical magical streams, most notably the practices of the Grimoires or ‘black books’, folk-healing, and popular magic of the early modern era. Typically, such groups operate in secret, with strict means of initiatic succession, and practice sorcery characterized by a dual ethos of healing and harming. Though an internally contentious issue, the word witch is accepted as a descriptor for practitioners of this art, as is anti-witching for practices of removing curses and binding magical malefactors.

Though still obscure, even in occult circles, the variety and idiosyncrasy of Old Craft traditions is remarkable. The witches of Cornwall, with their corpora of folk charms and blessings, are one such phenotype. The Pickingill Craft as described by E.W. Liddell, remains despite its controversy one of the most unique and potent Craft persuasions, as do the teachings and practices of Robert Cochrane, founder of Clan of Tubal Cain. The Manx Old Order, the Skull and Bones tradition of Pennsylvania, and the Cultus Sabbati, with the medieval Witches' Sabbath as an important organizing principle, are yet other distinctive traditions.

Hands of Apostasy is a groundbreaking witchcraft anthology presenting nineteen articles written by both scholars and practitioners, addressing such crucial Old Craft topics the Devil, Initiation, the relation of witchcraft to the grimoire corpus, the mysticism and magic of herbs, folk-charming, the nocturnal flight, the Romantic movement, the witches’ cauldron, and the powers of moon and tide. Representing widely-varying witchcraft traditions and perspectives, the book is a sound testament to the Craft’s history, diversity and strength, as well as the characteristic marks of an evolving and contemplative tradition.

The work is profusely illustrated with a specially-commissioned set of illustrations by renowned Finnish engraver Timo Ketola, pleasing both sensus and spiritus. In his darkly opulent style evocative of nocturnal tableaux and forlorn landscapes, Mr. Ketola’s work for Hands of Apostasy is a stunningly original addition to the iconography of the witch. In conjunction with the book release we are also offering a limited edition print of Timo Ketola’s LUCIFER.



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Andrew Chumbley

The Magic of History: Some Considerations; Origins and Rationales of Modern Witch Cults

Douglas McIlwain

A Family Craft Tradition

Corey Hutcheson

Killing the Moon:
Witchcraft Initiations in the Mountains of the Southern United States

David Rankine

Pentacles of Wood

Cecil Williamson

Moon-Raking in the Old Craft

Martin Duffy

The Cauldron of Pure Descent

Melusine Draco

Spirits and Deific Forms: Faith and Belief in British Old Craft

Michael Howard

Waking the Dead: The Ancient Magical Art of Necromancy

Peter Hamilton Giles

The Witching Hour

The Man in Black

Gemma Gary

Levannah Morgan

Mirror, Moon and Tides


The Traditional Witchcraft of Ellan Vannin

Radomir Ristic

Unchain the Devil!

Jimmy Elwing

Where the Three Roads Meet:
Oneiric Praxis in the Sabbatic Craft

Raven Grimassi

Witches as the Plant People of Old Europe

Gary St. Michael Nottingham

Conjure-Charms of the Welsh Marches

Daniel Schulke

The Blasphemy of Things Unseen

Lee Morgan

Romantic Age Roots of Traditional Witchcraft


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Hardcover Edition

Sold out. Full pewter book cloth, with dust jacket. Limited to 1000 copies

Special Edition

Sold out. Quarter goat with corners, hand marbled endpaper, and slipcase. Limited to 63 copies


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