Monday, February 25, 2013
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.