CRAFT OF THE WISE
A Practical Guide to Paganism and Witchcraft
By Vikki Bramshaw
“Our everyday lives are moved by the energies of nature and the power of magic, which is available to all whom genuinely seek it out and recognise it within the simplest of things. Magic is life, and life is magic; and to practice, it is not to master but to understand the natural energies which surround us all of the time.”
– Vikki Bramshaw, Craft of the Wise
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Craft of the Wise communicates a balance of accepted Craft methods together with a wealth of information relating to the origins, beliefs and tools of this fascinating practice.
Craft initiate and teacher Vikki Bramshaw brings together factual evidence from the past and references it to modern practices, dispelling common misconceptions and allowing the reader to grow in both wisdom and spirituality. Discover the early origins of the Craft, the nature of the elements, the true meanings of the magical tools and how to use talismanic symbols. Learn about the mechanics behind magic, cosmology, creation and manifestation, and the science of the Craft. Study and practice various forms of circle casting and ritual, the origins and meanings of chants, rare seasonal rites, and the ancient Gods.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
THE CRAFT OF THE WISE
RITUAL & MAGIC OF OUR ANCESTORS
REVIVAL OF WITCHCRAFT
THE ELEMENTS & TOOLS OF THE CRAFT
GIVING THE GODS A NAME
CREATION & MANIFESTATION
THE SOLAR YEAR
WORTCUNNING: THE ART OF HERBS & INCENSES
MANIFESTING DEITY WITHIN
PSYCHIC SELF DEFENCE
PLANNING, PRACTISE & THE PLANES OF EXISTENCE
MAGIC & SPELLWORK
From the Introduction
“Whilst I honour my roots in British Traditional Wicca, my practices include a number of different influences, so I prefer to describe my system simply as Initiatory Witchcraft which allows me to be slightly more eclectic. Only now are we beginning to re-explore our roots, the practice of our ancestors and the worship of the old gods. Like the waves of the Wyrd, the craft is forever moving, changing and developing. I feel it’s important for us to move and adapt too, but without losing touch with tradition. Some people say that tradition is not important, but tradition promotes continuity and structure. Of course, the downside to tradition is that misinformation can sometimes be repeated ‘for the sake of tradition’ and people not looking further than their noses. It’s important that we continually question what we think we know. In European Craft, witches were known as ‘hedge riders’, or ‘they who straddle the hedge’ – the hedge representing the boundary between this world and the other. I hope that there will be something in this book to inspire you, and allow you to jump the hedge into a fulfilling and diverse tradition – the Craft of the Wise. “
From Chapter 1:
“The art of witchcraft has captured the imagination of the human mind for thousands of years, and it is just as difficult to place one all-encompassing definition on the word ‘witch’ as it is to define the word Pagan. As with many words, the meaning of the word ‘witch’ has changed with time and cultural differences and has been at the mercy of religious trend. The witch has been the wise-woman and the shaman; the soothsayer and the Priestess, the maiden and the hag. She was a healer and a midwife, yet also a conjurer of malevolent spirits.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Vikki Bramshaw is an author, magic-worker and priestess specialising in pre-Christian religion and esoteric traditions. Some of her passions are religious history, theurgy, initiatory rites, and trance. Her first book, ‘Craft of the Wise: A Practical Guide’ was published with John Hunt Publishing in 2009, after which Vikki wrote for several anthologies with Avalonia including Swaying with the Serpent (featured in Hekate: Her Sacred Fires, 2010) and ‘The Scorpion & the Bridal Bed’ (featuring in VS: Thou Art That – That Thou Art, 2011). Her second book, ‘Dionysos: Exciter to Frenzy’, was published in 2013 and explored the numerous facets of the god Dionysos, revealing the hidden faces of the thrice-born god and the extent of his influence in the mysteries of the ancient world. Vikki has completed several courses as part of her ongoing research, including The Origins of Human Behaviour with Oxford University. As well as spending a great deal of her time researching and writing, Vikki also holds a number of workshops throughout the year and speaks at a range of events about paganism, magic, ritual and religious history. She lives in the South of England with her 3 year old son.