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Weave the Liminal: Living Modern Traditional Witchcraft by [Laura Tempest Zakroff]

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"Laura Tempest Zakroff gathers all the important threads together to weave her guide for modern Witches walking the traditional path. The balance and interweaving of the two is no easy task, but she shows how the modern and traditional really go hand in hand through her teachings. Tempest deftly moves between basic concepts often assumed by authors, to some pretty deep philosophical musings, all with the eye to put it into practice and to live the life of the Witch!"―Christopher Penczak, author of The Inner Temple of Witchcraft and The Mighty Dead

"All those who practice the Craft in the twenty-first century are, by definition, modern witches, regardless how closely to a tradition we hew. In Weave the Liminal, her beautiful new book, Laura Tempest Zakroff lovingly explores this paradox and shares her hard-won wisdom on how to be your own best possible modern witch. Wherever you are on your path, from novice to adept, there is something in Weave the Liminal to inspire you forward."―Judika Illes, author of Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

"Laura Tempest Zakroff's Weave the Liminal has done something for modern Witchcraft. She has made Witchcraft accessible to beginners in a way that changes generations. You'll be recommending this book for decades to come."―Amy Blackthorn, author of Blackthorn's Botanical Magic

"Beautiful, powerful and delightful―a rare and piercing combination that instructs and inspires. Weave the Liminal: Living Modern Traditional Witchcraft is a garden of very earthly treats. The wit and brightness of this book cannot be overstated. The illustrations are beguiling but the meat of the piece is the way Zakroff crafts her Craft. Enjoy this, revel in it, learn from it."―H. Byron Ballard, author of Earth Works: Ceremonies in Tower Time

"This book contains a lot of information that feels like putting on your favorite sweater, comfy and familiar. Just the same, there is a lot within it that also feels like running around in the woods at night, exhilarating and inspiring. Tempest's approach to Witchcraft is practical and realistic but enchanting and mystical at the same time."―Kelden, author of Patheos blog By Athame and Stang

"Every Witch needs to read this book several times over; this is a comprehensive guide to Modern Witchcraft and the vast liminal spaces that exist within the Tradition. Laura shatters the black/white, good/evil dichotomy we are so used to. Full of otherworldly wisdom, practical advice and real life applications this book grants its reader permission to exist outside the box, take up space without apology and dare to break the mold. Laura delivers a rare book you didn't know you needed until its words seep into your psyche; then it turns into a life changing experience. She proves that Witches are weavers of reality and rebellion."―Jaclyn Cherie, creatrix of The Nephilim Rising

"In Weave the Liminal, Laura Tempest Zakroff offers a personal and unique approach to what it means to practice witchcraft as a Modern Traditional Witch. She moves the reader into weaving their own practice through stories, insight, and anecdotes drawn from her own life and experiences without the use of formal ritual, spells, recipes, and exercises or by relying on the fragile validity of lineage. Weave the Liminal is definitely where witches both new and old, novice and seasoned, are sure to find commonality as they make their way into what it means to practice witchcraft in the twenty-first century."―Christopher Orapello, podcaster, artist, and coauthor of Besom, Stang, and Sword

"Leaving no stone unturned, Laura Tempest Zakroff offers a thorough and deeply personal deconstruction, examination, and reappraisal of the modern witch's Craft, and carefully guides the reader through the warp and weft of crafting a path that is truly the witch's own."―Gemma Gary, author of Traditional Witchcraft―A Cornish Book of Ways, The Black Toad, and The Devil's Dozen

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Laura Tempest Zakroff is a professional artist, author, dancer, designer, and Modern Traditional Witch. She holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and her myth-inspired artwork has received awards and honors worldwide. Laura blogs for Patheos as "A Modern Traditional Witch," for Witches & Pagans magazine as "Fine Art Witchery," and contributes to The Witches' Almanac. She is the author several bestselling books, including Sigil Witchery and Weave the Liminal. She is also the creator of the bestselling Liminal Spirits Oracle.

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07D5VX7WW
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Llewellyn Publications (Jan. 8 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 7604 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 226 pages
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Laura Tempest Zakroff is a professional artist, author, dancer, designer, and Modern Traditional Witch based in New England. She holds a BFA from RISD (The Rhode Island School of Design) and her artwork has received awards and honors worldwide. Her work embodies myth and the esoteric through her drawings and paintings, jewelry, talismans, and other designs.

Laura is the author of the best-selling books Anatomy of a Witch, Weave the Liminal and Sigil Witchery, as well as The Witch’s Cauldron, and the co-author of The Witch’s Altar. Her first oracle deck, The Liminal Spirits Oracle, was released in June of 2020 from Llewellyn Worldwide and has been receiving much critical acclaim, including a 2021 Silver COVR award for best divination product and the International Tarot Foundation's CARTA Award for Best Oracle of 2021.

She helps facilitate social change at the grassroot through wearearadia.org, a movement focused on magical resistance and education. Laura edited The New Aradia: A Witch's Handbook to Magical Resistance (Revelore Press) which was released in 2018 and features work from over two dozen magical practitioners. You can find an extensive collection of sigils for change – many of which were co-created with her Sigil Witchery workshop students – on her Patheos blog. Visit her at www.LauraTempestZakroff.com.

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1.0 out of 5 stars The seemingly unending book with terrible history/errors.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Uneven, slightly braggy, wordy -- but not bad
Reviewed in the United States on May 27, 2019
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. But the author's tone throughout, as well as the somewhat un-organized nature of the book itself, left me with mixed feelings. The first twenty pages of Chapter 1 are all about the author and her creation of Modern Traditional Witchcraft. Then she takes the time to define both modern AND traditional and how she's wedged them together. On page 21 she talks about the three keys to the witch's path (know thyself, maintain balance, and accept responsibility) and I rather liked this bit, so I started to feel better about the book, until it devolved into a rambling pseudo-history of witchcraft in Chapter 2 (including, of course, obligatory mentions of the witch trials and the Malleus Maleficarum) alongside the usual tired criticisms of Christianity.

That particular bit segues into a bizarre, nonsensical and rambling segment about how some people (apparently?) believe that "witch blood" has angelic origins, specifically the Nephilim, who appear in the Old Testament and were the product of fallen angels seducing human women. Now, I've read John Dee and Edward KelIey (who she also mentions), but I must not be reading the same newer books as this author, because while I've certainly heard of the Nephilim, I've never read in any *modern* occult book that witches are the descendants of this pairing. To hear Zakroff tell it, though, "nearly every book I pick up on Witchcraft nowadays talks about either the angelic origins of the Witch or the concept of "Witch blood."" (page 29). Personally, I think she just wanted to use the phrase "angel penis", which she does. Twice.

She manages to somehow connect this (not really) to the fact that the higher classes of society were able to escape persecution for practicing magic because they were supposedly blessed by God, because having this "Nephilim blood" AND wealth made them very special. But after ALL that, she says, "I find Watcher history and lore fascinating, but it doesn't really resonate with me or seem all that relevant to my actual practice." (page 32). So then why did you devote three whole pages to talking about it when a mere sentences-long reference could have sufficed? Not that even a brief reference would have meant anything, though -- while she cites sources for the information about the Nephilim, she never cites a source (modern or otherwise) that actually connects them to witch-blood or witchcraft at all, so I found the entire section to be a disorganized waste of time.

She then delves a bit into 'natural-born' witch versus 'made' witch, then spends another three pages talking about herself and what witchcraft means for her. But because she doesn't follow the usual ideas or definitions, this renders her information useful only if you plan on attempting to copy her style of the Craft. I've got absolutely nothing against being an eclectic witch (I would certainly place myself under that umbrella) but if that's what you're going for in a book that's supposed to be helping other people, you don't need to muddy the waters by giving vague, arbitrary "definitions" that will be meaningless (at best) for experienced practitioners, and (at worst) confusing for newbies who, if they only read up to this point, will be left with no real idea of what they want their witchcraft to be. I wouldn't mind so much if this section didn't come right at the beginning of the book, where it can potentially turn people off of the path, but it takes up a big chunk of Chapter 2. Luckily, by page 42 she starts to tie things together with some journal exercises, and dispels some common misconceptions about witchcraft.

Chapter 3, beginning on page 47, is where (for me) most of the book's meat lies, and is the reason for my giving the book three stars instead of two. The chapter is titled 'A Path of Your Own Making' and lays out the RITES acronym, which stands for Roots, Inspiration, Time, Environment, and Star. It's an incredibly useful guide to finding your true inner witch, and defining for yourself just what you want your Craft to be. In the Roots section, she recommends exploring your family ancestry to help find which paths might call to you (being an ancestry nerd, I loved this bit, even if it's not exactly new advice). Inspiration delves into what aspects of witchcraft speak to you personally (and why), and Time addresses the issues that often arise when trying to fit your Craft life into your mundane life, and being realistic about what you're able to do in your present situation. This section includes everything from tuning into the lunar cycle, to your sleep schedule and how it affects you (and your work), to creating your own personal Wheel of the Year.

The Environment section is all about taking into account where you physically live (desert, city, mountains, forest, etc.) and the role location plays in which types of rituals will be easier (or harder) and how different the local flora and fauna are from place to place, which is something that can (and will) certainly affect your Craft life. For example, I live in a major city within a desert landscape, so certain plants are unavailable unless I order them online, and for me there are no readily available forests or bodies of water, which can limit things sometimes. A lot of other modern witchcraft books don't really address this, and many authors unfortunately assume that everyone can just traipse off to a remote wooded area whenever they please, so I appreciated that she addressed this. Finally, the Star section is a little bit more vague, but basically examines what your own personal code of ethics should be, as dictated by YOUR intuition and what you want to accomplish, and not relying on anyone else's perspective.

Following this section, she includes A Witch's Manifesto, which is pretty good and I don't think there are many witches out there who would argue with any of her points. Next up is a brief section on tools, which she emphasizes do NOT have to be fancy or formal (gilded athame versus kitchen knife, for example) and after that she goes over the pros and cons of group work versus solitary, when (and whether) a formal teacher is necessary, initiation/dedication, the role of mythology, and she ends the chapter by addressing age and experience levels and the role they play for everyone, and the pressure often felt by beginners to follow the paths of others as the only 'right' way. It's a good, long (about 40 pages) solid chapter and for me, feels like the heart of the book. Things kinda head back downhill for me after that, though.

Chapter 4 is called The Witch's Craft, and while it provides some useful (common sense) strategies for honing perception skills, it's mostly a lot more of the author talking about herself and her experiences. The subsection 'The Secrets of the Uncommon Witch' involves word pairings and how to live them (observe/obscure, listen/speak, and change/rest). It's not worthless information, it's just not particularly new, or phrased any more clearly than in books by other authors. There's a bit about black/white magic (terms she hates), and from there there's more discussion about ethics, and a tedious comparison of witchcraft to surfing.

Then she delves into spellcraft, and makes sure we know that she's not really interested in it and has only included this section because she expects that we want to read about it. Then a list of types of spellcraft follows, each including a definition, along with a basic rubric for creating and casting a spell. She then reminds us again how disinterested she is in spells, but that she's really good at it anyway: "It is perhaps ironic that for as much as I dislike talking about spells, I'm really good at magick" (page 116). Her spells always work, too: "When discussing spellcraft, two questions inevitably pop up: What if your spell doesn't work, and What if your spell works a little too well? I haven't had much experience personally with the former category, but I definitely had a taste of the latter when I was first starting out" (page 119). I really didn't like the tone of this section,, but she follows up her not-so-humble brags with some good information segments -- Magick follows the path of least resistance, Mind the Fates, and Words Have Power. The rest of the chapter is a mixed bag on grimoires, altars, timing rites with the lunar cycle, a brief rubric for planning a good ritual, altars/sacred spaces, and divination.

Chapter 5 addresses the liminal and exactly what it is, ancestral spirits, the gods, dreams and what we can learn from them, the sacred feminine, how to connect with deity (sort of), and loads more about her experiences and personal practices. It's a well-rounded chapter and I really didn't have any beefs with anything, though by this point the book started to feel really, really long. Chapter 6 comes back around to living as a witch in modern society, and how to find witchy peers within your own city -- here she includes a couple of links to pagan sites. She mentions how to support local pagans (if possible) and then there's a hearty section for how NOT to be a jerk about your Craft (which includes a bit on humility, which gave me a chuckle), and also how to protect yourself from various nefarious forces (human and otherwise) that tend to be attracted to the pagan scene. Following that is a list of references for further reading, and I found myself amused that she included three of her own books, but I suppose a little self-promotion isn't that bad.

So, I didn't hate the book. There's some good information here that will help me on my personal path, but there were also many things that left me wrinkling my nose and/or shaking my head. I'm pretty surprised by all the 5-star reviews, but I haven't read them and can only assume that perhaps other readers are more willing to overlook the book's weaknesses in light of the strengths. I don't want to necessarily turn anyone off with my review -- there is a LOT of information packed into this little book (it's only 214 pages) and a lot of it is useful. If you can wade through the mud of all the weird segues, personal brags and concept repetition, you'll find some gems buried. As for me? I'll keep it on the shelf, but probably closer to the middle, rather than the top.
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