So this quickly made it onto my list of top ten craft books.
It’s such a different, yet authentic look at the Traditional Witchcraft practices of skin-turning or shapeshifting, spirit relationships, faerie doctors and heaps of other stuff.
It’s all about how these things, put down to myth, legend, hallucinations and propaganda not only were possible, but are possible, and gives good arguments as to why they still continue today, we just don’t experience them in quite the same way.
This book does go in depth in sexual spirit relationships and contains a graphic illustration and several graphic passages in this concern, if that’s a thing that bothers you.
It’s concise, contains the passages of the documents it refers to (not doing that is a major pet peeve of mine), and refers to several European magical traditions, not just English ones. As a primer for this subject, it’s one I will return to. It also includes interview from modern witches and bestiaries and general cool stuff.