Mainly of poor illiterate hedge witches but rather represented an xtended continuum ranging from simple village or backstreet practitioners to uite sophisticated Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits!: 4 Keys to Unlock Your Business Potential experts who could match the achievement ofducated Renaissance magi I personally had always thought of the Cunning Folk as poor uneducated healers on the outskirts of societyThe book is anything but a light read and took me way longer to read than most books but it was infinitely fascinating and greatly rewarding to do so The book provides the best showcase of the Cunning Folks their practices and their way of life while also providing the most complete praxis on usable Cunning Folk Magick that anyone can get their hands on a magick that is almost 500 years old The book is full of healing geomancy treasure hunting astrology curses dream interpretation charms spells spirit conjuration and geomancy For those who are interested in historical magick or want to learn about a tradition that deeply influenced modern witchcraft this book will not disappoint you. Actices as a living tradition over a three hundred and fifty year span is xplored in depth illustrating their practical and contemporary nature The analogous practices of African American conjure and root work are also discussed and offer insights into oral fragments of Cunning practices lost to history presenting a compelling xample of how modernity modifies tradition Referencing dozens of Cunning men and women and their practices this work offers a uniue glimpse into magical history and the opportunity for readers to reclaim the practical ssence of Cunning Magi.
An xtraordinary academic look at historic conjure and cunning men Not just a great collection of cunning man and wise woman materials representing the actual working methods of English conjure folk into the Smokin' Hot early modernra this book also presents an Placing Memory excellent overview of how these people actually saw themselves and their universe This is both andntertaining read for the amateur folklorist or historian of ideas it is also a valuable reference resource for today s working spiritual worker and freelance arcanist The Cunning Man s Handbook by Jim Baker is an xtremely ambitious book to write and the author should be applauded on that alone Coming in at 556 pages this book xplores the history cosmology and magical practices of the Cunning Folks of Britain and America Baker shows how the Cunning Folks were magical practitioners with an Abrahamic worldview which permeated their culture and as such filtered their perception of reality and thus their magickBaker writes that There was no independent or alternative The desire to understand magic in any specific cultural context is an intellectual puzzle not only for scholars but believers Jim Baker The Cunning Man's Handbook is a monumental work of phenomenal scope and scholarship a comprehensive and challenging xploration of the practices and beliefs of Cunning Folk in Britain and America between 1550 1900 their heyday Exploring the social and theological milieu of the period the author demonstrates the ssentially Christian nature of Cunning practices presenting an illuminating discourse on the concept of magic and its perc.
Agan social component in England by 1550 at least Influences and adaptations from Wanton Nights either pre Christian Britain or Greco Roman culture which were numerousither remained intellectually incoherent or generally had been modified to fit the Abrahamic pattern In fact most of the Cunning Folks had strongly negative beliefs about witches their nature and what they did In the Cunning Folk s mind they were the good guys and the witches were the bad guys As a non Abrahamic witch I didn t find any of their beliefs offensive but instead found it vastly intriguing as there are parallels with Traditional Witchcraft beliefs just from a different side of the coinBaker takes a very academic approach to the subject of the Cunning Folk relying solely on historical information and primary sources without romanticizing or revising the past to fit any particular pre conceived narrative Many common misconceptions are dispelled and information clarified For While My Soldier Serves example he writes The Cunning Folk were not a homogeneous subculture consisting. Eived methodologies Operating at the boundaries of the law and society between medicine and magic Cunning men and women occupied a liminal role as healers charmers and magicians Drawing from a huge range of sources the range of services offered by Cunning Folk is thoroughlyxpounded from divination through astrology and geomancy to dream interpretation from charms spells and curses to conjurations and treasure hunting As author Jim Baker states The focus here is on the practice of folk magic and divination for access to the preternatural The volution of Cunning pr.