The Candle and the Crossroads: A Book of Appalachian Conjure and Southern Root-Work

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Weiser Books, Dec 1, 2012 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 256 pages

Learn the ways of magic and healing from the living, oral tradition of Appalachian Conjure in The Candle and the Crossroads. Orion Foxwood offers a primer on the real magic and techniques of Southern root magic, knowledge he learned first-hand growing up in rural Appalachia.

Foxwood explains magical techniques including:
Spirit SightWorking by the Signs (the ability to synchronize work such as farming, fertility of humans and animals, orcharding)ConjuringFaith HealingSettling the Light (candle magic)Doctoring the Root (the ability to use herbs, roots, stones, or animal parts—bones, claws, fur, etc. for magic or the clearing, cleansing, and blessing of the spirit of a person, also known as his or her root)Praying or Dreaming True (Blessings of spirit/God to a person, place, or thing as well as prophetic or predictive dreaming)Blessing or Cursing

The Candle and the Crossroads shows how to create magic in today’s world with the old ways and traditions of Appalachia.


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I love it! Another absolutely brilliant and soulful book from Orion. I feel that he not only gives the reader a lot of information on conjure practices but also uses this book to help interested ... Read full review


A View from Within
2 The Three Paths to Cultivating the Spirit
3 The Origins of Southern Conjure and Root Doctoring
4 The Nature and Power of Conjure
5 Growing Your Spirit
6 Baby Youve Stepped in Somethin
7 Fixing Yourself with Good Spirits
8 Ancestral Spirits and Graveyard Magic
9 Gates into the Spirit World and Encountering the Dark Rider
10 Working the Root
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Orion Foxwood is a conjurer in the American southern folk tradition, a traditional witch and a Faery Seer. He is the founder of Foxwood Temple of the Old Religion in Maryland and a co-founder of Conjure Crossroads and the annual Folk Magic Festival held in New Orleans and Conjure-Con. He was born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia and is the author of The Tree of Enchantment and The Candle and the Crossroads both published by Weiser Books.

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