The Devil's Dozen Thirteen Craft Rites of The Old One


  • Hardcover
  • 160 pages
  • The Devil's Dozen Thirteen Craft Rites of The Old One
  • Gemma Gary
  • English
  • 10 May 2014

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The Devil's Dozen Thirteen Craft Rites of The Old OneOne of my absolute favorite books on witchcraft A darker feral side and I wouldn’t recommend for those faint of heartThere is no handholding here so beware She only gives you the bare bones The rest she leaves to you to figure out on your own ‘The Devil’s Dozen’ is a modern ‘gramarye’ or ‘black book’ of thirteen Craft rites of the Old One has been created and is offered by a present day initiate of the ‘Old Craft’Within its pages there are to be found thirteen rites – for both the ‘lone’ practitioner and the assembled companie – of vision sacred compact dedication initiation consecration empowerment protection illumination union transformation and devotion The Devil's Dozen is one of those texts that one may be in danger of taking for granted the value of this bookI initially took this book up first because I looked at the page count and saw 160 pages and simply thought this will do for some light reading over the weekend Little did I appreciate that author Gemma Gary would find a truly approachable method for aspiring students of Traditional Witchcraft to approach this often enigmatic if not often misrepresented branch of modern witchcraft Approaching the Devil figure of Man In Black as a sort of engrained 'psychopomp' the book takes on echoes of the ancient initiatic traditions of old As with all initiations this is only the beginning and where I feared this book may have gone the way of so many Wicca101 style books offering pseudo initiatory experience this book DID NOT in fact lead the studentreader through a series of initiatory rites promising false illusions of divine knowledge Instead Gary brings the reader through the key tools of a traditional witchWhere else Gary could have run down a well trodden rabbit hole in modern pagan authorship is that she did not hand deliver the reader to a surface layer reading of an experience At every opportunity the reader is invited to make use of the suggested rituals and adaptions as needed and they are also invited to experience the Craft first hand How deeply one reads into the ritual experiencetext is very much up to the reader but there is definitely a wealth of information and experience backing up this work This book is Gemma Gary's creation both as a piece of art and ritual guide 13 rites dedicated to the Witchfather of traditional witchcraft It's fantastic as both a piece of art and a Trad witch Tome This is a special limited edition of 300 I have number 95 As a Traditional Cornwall Witch Gemma Gary looks at the darker aspects of the God of the Witches as initiator psychopomp and guide of the powers of the witch in her book The Devil’s Dozen Thirteen Craft Rites of the Old One While the name “the Devil” causes discomfort and unease among many neo pagan and outsiders it is part of this “forbidden” wild and perhaps even dangerous taboo of energy and history of the Horned God of the Witches that is explored bravely within this book There is a current of power and history shrouded within this name and imagery which wards off those who would be turned away by fear of those who cannot release their shackles of previous indoctrination Even with this traditional name for the Witch Father that survives within older forms of witchcraft he is not one and the same with the Christian Concept of Satan though there are threads of similarities most likely taken from the Old One in his various guises by the Church and grafted upon their “enemy” of their GodAs a modern gramarye this book is primarily focused on a call and thirteen different rites to work with the “Man in Black” of old traditions of European witchcraft The rites include1 – A Call Unto The “Dark Man”2 – A Rite of Witch Initiation Dedication3 – A Rite of Hallowing the Working Ground4 – Hallowing Shodding Raising the Stang5 – A Rite of the Witch’s Compass6 – A Call Unto the Wisht Hounds7 – A Rite of Turning8 – A Devotional Conjuration of the Witch Fire9 – A Devotional Mass for Old Master Bucca10 – The Rite of Union11 – The Assumption of the Horns12 – An All Hallows’ Rite of the Wild Hunt13 – A Rite of the Bucca Vessel14 – A Rite of the Green CapI was lucky enough to obtain a signed first edition hardcover of this book but I’m thrilled to see that the book is now available as paperback at a very reasonable price The rites themselves are powerful and moving however one must have access to nature for these rites Many of the rites involve being alone in the woods at night the place where The Old One’s powers are strongest One rite also involves an abandoned church yard So if one does not live in a rural area or know where a local abandoned church yard is they may have difficulty performing these rites However I would recommend anyone interested in performing these rites plan on going on a camping trip perhaps to perform them – as they are well worth it This is also a fantastic book for anyone who is just intellectually curious about this book This book and its rituals and lore made me live deliciously every moment I was reading it These aren't rites for no Wiccan light worker Harm None positively witch These rituals are rooted in sources folklore and are concerned with the powers that are activated when you step out into a dark night alone in the middle of the woods and speak the names of a being we've been raised to fear And then it challenges you to do call it to you and to be vulnerable and to find the power the comes from sitting through the fear Great read If you know you’re old one lore you can see how Gemma has pieced this together and how it’s a great companion for anyone interested in old craft and keeping its flame lit An interesting collection of historical and contemporary rituals of South West England