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Backwoods Witchcraft: Conjure & Folk Magic from Appalachia Kindle Edition
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In Backwoods Witchcraft, Jake Richards offers up a folksy stew of family stories, lore, omens, rituals, and conjure crafts that he learned from his great-grandmother, his grandmother, and his grandfather, a Baptist minister who Jake remembers could "rid someone of a fever with an egg or stop up the blood in a wound." The witchcraft practiced in Appalachia is very much a folk magic of place, a tradition that honors the seen and unseen beings that inhabit the land as well as the soil, roots, and plant life.
The materials and tools used in Appalachia witchcraft are readily available from the land. This "grounded approach" will be of keen interest to witches and conjure folk regardless of where they live. Readers will be guided in how to build relationships with the spirits and other beings that dwell around them and how to use the materials and tools that are readily available on the land where one lives.
This book also provides instructions on how to create a working space and altar and make conjure oils and powders. A wide array of tried-and-true formulas are also offered for creating wealth, protecting one from gossip, spiritual cleansing, and more.
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Meet author Jake Richards
I grew up in East Tennessee in the valleys below Buffalo and Roan Mountain. My family was mostly farmers in Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina, some going back a good three hundred years. I spent most of my childhood at my great-grandmother’s house on the side of Big Ridge Mountain near Devil’s Nest in North Carolina. My family always spoke of the old wives’ tales and folk remedies; who could cure what or what to do if this or that happened. They were mountain people to the bone: hunters, farmers, blacksmiths, faith healers, preachers, and root diggers.
The unique thing about Appalachian folk magic is that there's no one right way to do it. What I’m presenting in this book is what I have learned from my own family and gathered in my conversations with other mountain workers. You’ll learn the ways we watch the smoke, charm the fire, and stir the water to tell fortune and fates. You’ll see how we work the candles and lamps, cure unnatural illness, and jab those who do us wrong.
The bare bones of Appalachian folk magic. What it was and what it is. Superstition is the fuel behind folk magic.
Horseshoe for protection
Life in Appalachia was hard enough without the extra misfortune that fate dealt. Closely following the concept of protection, there are tricks and wits to bring good luck and keep misfortune away. My grandmothers always hung horseshoes pointing upward to keep the luck from running out.
The Bible is more than a book
The Bible is much more than a book in Appalachia. It is heritage and an extension of the family. Often time family bibles held the only records for births, marriages and deaths among other important life events. It also served as a charm protecting against haints and nightmares if placed under the mattress.
Salt is common in folk magic
Salt is common in folk magic the world over, and in all of those places, as well as Appalachia, it’s good for just about anything. Richards Nana used to line the front and back doors with salt for protection, or sprinkle it at the four inside corners of the home in a pile and set a penny up on top for good luck and money. “Salt does what you tell it to” is a well-known saying throughout the American South.
Scattering forms of divination
You can also utilize the “scattering” forms of divination, which entail tossing sunflower or apple seeds on a handkerchief after whispering your question into them. If the seeds are evenly spaced out after landing, it means yes; but if they land in groups or “clods,” it is a no.
Stories and superstitions often intersect, like a complex dream catcher. Discover just how powerful superstitions and wives tales really are.
Food is an important heritage
Food is as important to hill folks heritage as the stories passed down to us. Food is the embodied struggle and poverty of the people, but it is also the love and pride taken in caring for oneself and their upbringing. It is comfort for grief and a sign of hospitality and comradery in community and in the seams of our family history.
Rags are commonly used
Rags can also be used to curse one’s enemies, provide healing from illness, conjure up a rainstorm, and catch the morning dew to be used in love and healing works. Normally, it was a washcloth or kitchen towel that was used again and again, as it was thought to get stronger and stronger with each use. Handkerchiefs and flannel were the most common types of fabric used. Flannel was believed to bring good luck all on its own, so most charm bags are crafted with flannel from old shirts.
Rivers are places of cleansing
The Little Doe River in Cate’s Cove on Roan Mountain; rivers are places of cleansing, bringing and taking. Many folks still today will go pray in the water or are baptized there. The Cherokee knew it as the Long Man, a spirit who aided in many cures and charms, especially in healing diseases.
Appalachian stump water
A Tree stump with a pool of rain water, known in Appalachia as Stump water or Spunk water. This water is often used to wash one’s hair for hair growth, wash off worts, and heal other ailments. It’s believed to hold these qualities because it is “flying water” as the Cherokee say, water that has never touched the earth and still retains the virtues of the heavens.
About the Author
About the Author:
Jake Richards holds his Appalachian heritage close in his blood and bones. His family has tilled the soil in Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina for a good 500 years. He spent most of his childhood at his great-grandmother’s house on the side of Mount Mitchell in North Carolina. Jake has practiced Appalachian folk magic for almost a decade and teaches classes on the subject in Jonesborough, Tennessee, where he owns Little Chicago Conjure, a supplier of Appalachian folk magic supplies and ingredients.
Starr Casas holds onto the values of her ancestors. A traditional Conjure woman and veteran rootworker of over 40 years, Mama Starr is a prolific author and hands-on teacher, who presents workshops throughout the US. She also owns the store Mama Starr’s Style LLC in Houston. Find her online at oldstyleconjure.com and on Instagram @starrcasas.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
"Engaging, sincere, and delightfully friendly, Jake Richards brings the unified spirit of all magick workers into your hands. A must have for those interested in folk magick practices, whether for educational enlightenment or practical use. Fresh and honest, Backwoods Witchcraft brings the power home." –Silver RavenWolf, author of Solitary Witch and The Witching Hour-- Silver RavenWolf
“Wander the ways of witchcraft in the mountains of Appalachia! In Backwoods Witchcraft, Jake Richards presents a fresh perspective on the practices, lore, and magick of the hillfolk of Tennessee. Jake offers a plethora of charming tales from his family and upbringing as the reader is delighted to partake in a time honored, home grown, century’s old culture of ritual, spells, and beliefs from the American South.” --Christopher Orapello, podcaster, artist, and coauthor of Besom, Stang & Sword-- Christopher Orapello
“In Backwoods Witchcraft, Jake Richards shares his memories of growing up with Appalachian folk magic practices as they were passed on to him through generations within his family. In so doing he offers a snapshot in time, recording and preserving a tradition of American folk practices, many of which are being forgotten in the post-industrial age. Richards presents family stories and experiences that came with learning the charms and formulas themselves. In doing so he teaches the techniques and in the context of the ideas behind the recipes, something that is often lacking in a lot of books on American folk magic. His writing comes across as humble, sincere, simple, and clear to follow. Backwoods Witchcraft is a great contribution to the writings on traditional folk magic.” —Mat Auryn, author of Psychic Witch: A Metaphysical Guide to Meditation, Magick, and Manifestation-- Mat Auryn
"Richards, owner of and folk magic teacher at Little Chicago Conjure in Jonesborough, Tenn., presents the charms, conjures, and culture of Appalachia in this enjoyable book meant to “piece together lost works and ways” he was taught by his great-grandmother. Raised in a family with a variety of spiritual influences—including African, European, and Native traditions—Richards paints a very personal portrait of his childhood spiritual education. At home, rituals and superstitions were not thought of as a specific magic system, but rather activities woven into everyday life, which is reflected in Richards’s rambling, conversational style. He organizes the wealth of material into categories that explore how to make use of tools (ribbon, yarn), techniques (fortune telling, reading omens), and remedies (cures for physical and spiritual ailments). For Richards, following natural cycles and engaging in activities such as gardening, farming, and hunting keep him “close to the rhythms and seasons of the hills.” Though seemingly at odds, the Christian religion plays a prominent role in Appalachian magic; Bible verses become templates for spells, and references to God, Jesus Christ, and the saints appear throughout the rituals. Richards lovingly, thoughtfully provides a rare look into the heritage of his people that will appeal to any reader interested in American folk spirituality." --Publishers Weekly, (June 2019)― Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B07HY4N3DF
- Publisher : Weiser Books; 1st edition (June 1 2019)
- Language : English
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- Print length : 228 pages
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- #96 in Folklore & Mythology (Kindle Store)
- #195 in Occult Magic (Kindle Store)
- #525 in Folklore & Mythology (Books)
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Update: I will be sending this book back! I couldn't even finish this. There is a RIDICULOUS amount of Bible references and verses! I am not religious by any means. But, the amount of so called "Witchcraft" in this book is so slim. Pretty much you read a Bible verse and add in different items. To me, this book has been misleading! I'm beyond disappointed.
The information is presented in a no nonsense way, and is straight to the point. Much of the information lined up with what I was told as a youngin, but also there were new things I hadn't heard of. The author also will tell you if something is personal practice and not passed on Information, which is very much appreciated. For the price, you can't beat it, as most books with Information like this is no less than $30. It's a fantastic edition to the library for anyone looking to get into the subject.
I was strangely drawn to this book and excited to receive it. But I am so sad by the mixture of Christianity, the Bible, and witchcraft. Christianity comes from the Bible and the Bible is a nonsense book that says people like me should be dead. Christianity and witchcraft do not go together, full stop. If you’re mixing them, you’re doing them both wrong. This book is a cultural story, not any sort of resource you would want to use in the actual practice of witchcraft.