The Secret People: Parish-Pump Witchcraft, Wise-Women and Cunning Ways

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John Hunt Publishing, Sep 30, 2016 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 240 pages
Much of what passes for ‘witchcraft’ today was everyday knowledge to our forebears, especially those who lived and worked in the countryside. Here were to be found practical household hints, remedies and family recipes that had been handed down from generation to generation, some still existing in the form of treasured journals and notebooks. There is, however, nothing fanciful or far-fetched about this information - in fact, The Secret People is a remembrance of times past and a preservation of ‘parish-pump witchcraft, wise-women and cunning ways’ adapted for use in the 21st century. It may also go a long way in helping those present-generation pagans in search of an identity and answer the questions: Who ... what am I?

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The Secret People is all about the kind of practical folklore our
grandmothers and great-grandmothers would have used in their
daily lives when planting a cottage garden, foraging for herbs in
hedgerows, treating family ailments and making the most of
what was around the house. It is also about the secret folklore
they would have known, from love charms and fortune-telling to
protection spells and magical cures. The book is both really
useful and a delight to read. Mélusine said that it would take me
on a trip down memory lane, and it certainly did.
Lucya Starza, author of Pagan Portals: Candle Magic and witch

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Vegetable Plot
The Goodwife
Household Hints
The Parish Healer
Old Wives Tales
Casting of Lots

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About the author (2016)

Mélusine Draco originally trained in the magical arts of traditional British Old Craft with Bob and Mériém Clay-Egerton. She has been a magical and spiritual instructor for over 20 years with Arcanum and the Temple of Khem, and writer of numerous popular books. She now lives in Ireland near the Galtee Mountains.

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