“A RENDITION OF THE OCCULT HISTORY OF THE WELSH MARCH
For most people in the U.K., Mid Wales and its border with England will be somewhere vague, a landscape largely unknown and barely considered. Ask where Shropshire is, or Hereford, or indeed the old Welsh counties of Montgomeryshire or Radnorshire and most people will not know. Yet this area, known as the Welsh March, has in the past played an important part in the history of these islands, and has also been a repository of the esoteric and the occult. While many people, both those in the occult community and the wider public, are unfamiliar with this, this work endeavours to address this situation. “ – Gary Nottingham
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The occult history of the Welsh March is brought to life by the author in Welsh Border Witchcraft through stories of the cunning men and women, conjurors and healers, ceremonial magicians and witches who practised their arte in this liminal landscape. This borderland between England and Wales is an area that is steeped in bloodshed and mystery. This is the ancestral lands of Dr John Dee and is one that is redolent of the spirit of Merlin, and where the mysterious Sin-Eaters practised their trade.
Here for centuries, various occult practitioners have flourished with their charms and their poppets. Examples of these local charms and curses are discussed by the author, shining a light on their origins and purpose, often revealing that the knowledge and inspiration for the magic in this region came not only from the local area but also from much further afield. Throughout the author draws on his own research, anecdotes and extensive local knowledge.
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Table of Contents:
A BLOODY LANDSCAPE 9
OF CUNNING MEN & WOMEN 12
AT THE SIGN OF THE CROSS 19
OF CHARMERS AND CONJURORS 42
DYN HYSBYN 53
CURSED THOU BE 63
THE SIN-EATER 67
LAST OF THE CUNNING FOLK? 70
DRAMATIS PERSONAE 73
FURTHER READING 93
About the Author:
Author Gary St. Michael Nottingham has lived and worked in the Welsh March for many years. His previous published books include the seven-volume set Foundations of Practical Sorcery and its companion Ars Alchemica – Being a Prima in the Paracelsian Arte of Solve Et Coagula, both published by Avalonia.