Defences Against the Witches' Craft by John Canard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Like the book's title says it is about how defend yourself against a curse using techniques taught to him by an English Cunning person. THe material is derived from Folk traditions and grimoires. Of course over the centuries there has defintiely been crossover as the cunning folk used material learned from Grimoires as they did their roots.
John Canard brings it down to the basics and he does it in a real common sense way. The first things he talks about is the feeling you have been cursed. If you feel you have been cursed as it is easy to feel so especially if things start going wrong then you should take soem anticursing measures and defend yourself. The state of mind if you don't may ultimately do you harm. This helps to get control ofthe situation.
To fight against a curse the author usually indicates that is someone you usually know. He tells you how to find them out using some very magical and various mundane ways. It is really logical. He gives the reader a thorough list of herbs that are helpful in fighting curses. In this book are techniques as to where the person who cursed you would place their curse. There are technique on how to contact the dead to assist you and how to get some angelic assistance as well.
The instructions on making charms are thorough and complete and in many instances there are illustrations that show you whast the final product is to look like. This a real strength as there are many books out there that totally lack illustrations and step by step instructions.
The author makes it very clear how to make holy water and how to ward and protect your house. At the end of the book he tells you how to send the curse back to the person who cursed you. After all if they choose to victimize you then why should you not feel free to respond in kind. turning the other cheek does not work. The author is no Wiccan. If someone harms you then harm them back.
I learned a lot from this book and hopefully there will be more from him. The techniques are effective and very simple to use. A huge plus.
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