east anglian

anonymous asked:

hello! i've been trying to research magic, but unfortunately most books i find are specific wicca, which i'm not interested in. do you have any book reccomendations that arent wicca centric? thank you! i love your blog :^)

Oh heckin yes I do My amazon wishlist is literally like six pages long… ALL BOOKS

WARNING: This Is Going To Be Extremely Long!

First though I want to note that while I 100% understand your feelings about the Wicca stuff (being a very NOT Wiccan Witch), not all books that are Wicca leaning are bad! I’ve gotten loads of useful information from books that tended to be a little new agey. That’s where being objective comes in! With ANY book, you should take it with a grain of salt, and some with a whole shaker. But it’s up to you to pay attention to misinformation and conflation, and to know how to do research to prove or disprove that something in a book you read is true or not. Does that make sense?? 

Anywho, a couple of books that are still kind of “Wicca-y” but great:

Those are all books from my personal collection that I would recommend! Now as for the Non-Wicca Books, Let’s dive in! Not all of these have I read or owned, and they are in no particular order. You’ll notice most of them relate to “Traditional Witchcraft” or West Country, because that is where my practice is focused. 


That was a lot! Okay anon I hope this gives you a good starting place! 


Saint Edmund, the Saxon king, may be buried under town's tennis courts, experts believe

Experts are set to start digging for another missing English king.

After Richard III was found buried under a car park in Leicester, details have emerged of other unusual possible resting places famous monarchs.

Now, Bury St Edmunds believes it may have the remains of Saint Edmund, a Saxon monarch, buried beneath one of its tennis courts.

St Edmund was a Saxon king who ruled in the ninth century. As a saint, his remains were kept in a shrine in Bury St Edmunds.

At the time of the desecration of the Benedictine Abbey, during Henry VIII’s reign, the remains were lost.

But historians believe the remains may well be below the tennis courts in Abbey Gardens, which sit on top of a former monks’ graveyard in the sedate East Anglian town. Read more.

William has been an integral part of the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) team for the past two years. He is not only a fantastic pilot, but a much loved and valued member of the crew; he will be truly missed by everyone at EAAA. 
As one would expect, there has been a lot of excitement surrounding William and his work with the charity. To us, he has simply been another hard-working member of the team; one of 11 highly respected pilots who help us to save hundreds of lives each year.
—  Patrick Peal, Chief Executive of East Anglian Air Ambulance
An exhaustive list of books for the advanced witch.

Occultism, Witchcraft, and Cultural Fashions: Essays in Comparative Religions by Mircea Eliade

Evolutionary Witchcraft by T. Thorn Coyle

Advanced Witchcraft: Go Deeper, Reach Further, Fly Higher by Edain McCoy

Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women Healers by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English

The Veil’s Edge: Exploring the Boundaries of Magic by Willow Polson

Deepening Witchcraft: Advancing Skills & Knowledge by Grey Cat

Kissing the Limitless by Thorn Coyle

The Sea Priestess by Dion Fortune

The Training & Work of an Initiate by Dion Fortune

The Second Circle: Tools for the Advancing Pagan by Venecia Rauls

The Otherside of Virtue by Brendan Myers

Psychic Self-Defense by Dion Fortune

Curse Tablets and Binding Spells from the Ancient World by John G. Gager

Wicca 333: Advanced Topics in Wiccan Belief by Kaatryn MacMorgan

The Elements of Ritual: Air, Fire, Water & Earth in the Wiccan Circle by Deborah Lipp

777 And Other Qabalistic Writings of Aleister Crowley: Including Gematria & Sepher Sephiroth by Aleister Crowley

Treading the Mill: Practical Craft Working in Modern Traditional Witchcraft by Nigel G. Pearson

Mastering Witchcraft by Paul Huson

The Call of the Horned Piper by Nigel Aldcroft Jackson

Masks of Misrule: The Horned God & His Cult in Europe by Nigel Jackson

The Pillars of Tubal Cain by Nigel Jackson

The Roebuck in the Thicket: An Anthology of the Robert Cochrane Witchcraft Tradition by Evan John Jones

The Robert Cochrane Letters: An Insight into Modern Traditional Witchcraft by Robert Cochrane

Secrets of East Anglian Magic by Nigel Pennick

Jambalaya: The Natural Woman’s Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals by Luisah Teish

The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells: The Ultimate Reference Book for the Magical Arts by Judika Illes

HEKATE: Keys to the Crossroads – A collection of personal essays, invocations, rituals, recipes and artwork from modern Witches, Priestesses and Priests by Sorita D’Este

The Satanic Witch by Anton Szandor LAVey

Advanced Wicca: Exploring Deeper Levels of Spiritual Skills and Masterful Magick by Patricia Telesco

The Meaning of Witchcraft by Gerald Brosseau Gardner

The Study of Witchcraft: A Guidebook to Advanced Wicca by Deborah Lipp

Progressive Witchcraft by Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone
The Crossroads in Folklore and Myth by Martin Puhvel

When the Drummers Were Women: A Spiritual History of Rhythm by Layne Redmond

The Night Battles: Witchcraft & Agrarian Cults in the Sixteenth & Seventeenth Centuries by Anne Tedeschi

A Razor for a Goat: Problems in the History of Witchcraft and Diabolism by Elliot Rose

Ecstasies: Deciphering the Witches’ Sabbath by Carlo Ginzburg

Popular Religion in Late Saxon England: Elf Charms in Context by Karen Louise Jolly

The Return of the Dead: Ghosts, Ancestors, and the Transparent Veil of the Pagan Mind by Claude Lecouteux

Contemporary Paganism: Listening People, Speaking Earth by Graham Harvey

Athenian Popular Religion by Jon D. Mikalson

Greek Folk Religion by Martin P. Nilsson

Homo Necans: The Anthropology of Ancient Greek Sacrificial Ritual and Myth by Walter Burkert

The Greek Way of Death by Robert Garland

The Odyssey by Homer

The Iliad by Homer

Theogony, Works and Days by Hesiod

The Histories, Revised by Herodotus

Popular Magic: Cunning-folk in English History by Owen Davies

Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe: Early Scandinavian and Celtic Religions by Hilda Roderick Ellis Davidson

The Well and the Tree: World and Time in Early Germanic Culture by Paul C. Bauschatz

Carmina Gadelica by Alexander Carmichael

Greek and Roman Necromancy by Daniel Ogden

Rotting Goddess: The Origins of the Witch in Classical Antiquity by Jacob Rabinowitz

The Silver Bough by F. Marian MacNeil

The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion by James Frazer

The White Goddess by Robert Graves

Myth and Sexuality by Jamake Highwater

The Homeric Hymns by Homer

The Wisdom of the Outlaw by Joseph Falaky Nagy

Harvest Home by Thomas Tryon

Trioedd Ynys Prydein: The Triads of the Island of Britain by Rachel Bromwich

Lady With A Mead Cup by Michael Enright

Women’s Religions in the Greco-Roman World: A Sourcebook by Ross Shepard Kraemer

Auraicept na n-Éces: The Scholars Primer by George Calder, ed.

A Guide to Early Irish Law by Fergus Kelly

The Tain by tr. by Thomas Kinsella

The Banshee: The Irish Death Messenger by Patricia Lysaght

Sex and Marriage in Ancient Ireland by Patrick C. Power

The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries by W. Y. Evans Wentz

The Secret Commonwealth and the Fairy Belief Complex by Brian Walsh

Beyond Celts, Germans, and Scythians by Peter S. Wells

Tales of the Elders of Ireland by Ann Dooley and Harry Roe, trans.

The Celtic Heroic Age by John T. Koch and John Carey, eds.

The Poetic Edda

The Prose Edda

Society and Politics in Snorri Sturluson’s Heimskringla by Sverre Bagge

Feud in the Icelandic Saga by Jesse L. Byock

The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns and Fairies by Andrew Lang

The Way of Wyrd by Brian Bates

The Real Middle-Earth: Magic and Mystery in the Dark Ages by Brian Bates

Gods of Love and Ecstasy: The Traditions of Shiva and Dionysus by Alain Danielou

Pagan Dream Of Rennaissance by Joscelyn Godwin
Spiritual Mentoring: A Pagan Guide by Judy Harrow

Loneliness & Revelation by Brendan Myers

The Pagan Book of Living and Dying: Practical Rituals, Prayers, Blessings, and Meditations on Crossing Over by Starhawk

A World Full of Gods: An Inquiry into Polytheism by John Michael Greer

Exploring the Pagan Path: Wisdom from the Elders by Kristin Madden, Starhawk, Raven Grimassi, and Dorothy Morrison

Between the Worlds edited by Sian Reid
The Gaelic Otherworld by John Gregorson Campbell, ed. by Ronald Black

The Visions of Isobel Gowdie: Magic, Shamanism and Witchcraft in Seventeenth-century Scotland by Emma Wilby

Dreamtime: Concerning the Boundary Between Wilderness and Civilization by Hans Peter Duerr

The Underworld Initiation: A journey towards psychic transformation by R. J. Stewart

Power Within the Land: The Roots of Celtic and Underworld Traditions Awakening the Sleepers and Regenerating the Earth by R. J. Stewart

The Tree of Enchantment: Ancient Wisdom and Magic Practices of the Faery Tradition by Orion Foxwood

The Woman in the Shaman’s Body: Reclaiming the Feminine in Religion and Medicine by Barbara Tedlock

Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy by Mircea Eliade

Walkers Between the Worlds: The Western Mysteries from Shaman to Magus by Caitlin Matthews

Plant Spirit Wisdom: Shamans and Sin eaters, Celtic Techniques for Healing the Soul by Ross Heaven

The Wiccan Mystic by Ben Gruagach

To Fly by Night edited by Veronica Cummer

Nine Worlds of Seid-Magic: Ecstasy and Neo-Shamanism in North European Paganism by Jenny Blain

Cunning-Folk and Familiar Spirits: Shamanistic Visionary Traditions in Early Modern British Witchcraft and Magic by Emma Wilby

Sacred Mask Sacred Dance by Evan John Jones
Circles, Groves and Sanctuaries by Dan and Pauline Campanelli

Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic: A Materia Magica of African-American Conjure by Catherine Yronwode

Sticks, Stones, Roots & Bones: Hoodoo, Mojo & Conjuring with Herbs by Stephanie Rose Bird

Mastering Herbalism: A Practical Guide by Paul Huson

Encyclopedia of Natural Magic by John Michael Greer

The Tree of Meaning: Language, Mind and Ecology by Robert Bringhurst

Leechcraft: Early English Charms, Plantlore and Healingby Stephen Pollington

Learning Their Language: Intuitive Communication with Animals and Nature by Marta Williams

The Meaning of Herbs: Myth, Language & Lore by G. & Field, A. Scoble

The Lost Language of Plants: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines to Life on Earth by Stephen Buhner

The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety by Simon Mills, Kerry Bone
By Standing Stone and Elder Tree: Ritual and the Unconscious by William G. Gray also known as Rollright Stone and Elder Tree

Magical Ritual Methods by William G. Gray

The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion by Mircea Eliade

Hekate Liminal Rites: A Study of the rituals, magic and symbols of the torch-bearing Triple Goddess of the Crossroads by David Rankine

Circles of Power: Ritual Magic in the Western Tradition by John Michael Greer

Ooh, so this arrived in the mail today – The Devils Plantation by Nigel G. Pearson. Having already had the pleasure of reading this text, I decided I wanted the special hardcover edition to add to my shelves. It offers wonderful insights into the land, folklore and craft of East Anglia, a region that is dear to my heart. The book itself is beautifully bound, another fine offering from Troy Books that will make an excellent addition to my collection.

Further Work With the Azoetia; Or Why Andrew Chumbley is a Genius and Probably Had Some Boss Ass Witch Teachers.

So here’s the T, I somehow got a hardcopy of the Azoetia. Don’t ask how. 

Made pacts with Sethos under the tutelage of my Toad. Got an okay, go ahead memo.

And I have been gradually reading my way through it, and trying my hand at some of the creations and exercises. 

And now in the spirit of sharing, I mma spill some hot T on exactly what the Azoetia is and what the grammar is capable of in a practitioner’s hands. 

Y’all better be thankful for this shit because I am literally putting my head on the chopping block here and can already feel Sethos giving me the side eye to tell me to mind my mouth. 

The Azoetia is a book of ciphers, codes, and sigils. The book details the processes in which the author himself explored the creation of his own magical cipher, complete with language system and associated sigils, against the back drop of the witch traditions he was initiated into. There is a healthy influence of Austin Osman Spare’s style in the artwork and calligraphy, as well as the hermetic thought evident in grimoires that were popular during the time, and good old East Anglian cunning craft, from what I can recognize. 

But here is the thing, that in itself is a cipher. Through the lense of his specific craft work, through his poetry, through his allegories and seemingly theurgic explorations, Andrew Chumbley reveals techniques firmly grounded in the workings of practical witchcraft that is shared in similarities amoung many mediumnistic, spirit working, sorcerous traditions around the world, as one works sorcery, they gain wisdom, familiars, and genius from the collective ancestry of sorcery as a people. In this way he unites the great work with practical witchcraft. To discover one’s soul, he proposes the idea of not divorcing oneself from this life, but actively engaging with it through the work of magic. By uniting the lower mysteries with the higher, we discover truths about our magic and our selves through direct work and engagement. This way, body, mind, AND, soul grows.

People think they have to use the fancy invocations given in the book, and work the rituals to the T, and be unscrupulous in the details, and that turns people off and keeps them away from what the book actually has to offer in addition to all of that. 

I’ll conclude with the invitation, that if you can get your hands on a copy, to look a bit closer, read the beginning words of advice, read Chumbley’s intentions in putting this work to paper. You may be surprised by what you find. By what kind of work is asked of you. 

Because the Azoetia is ciphers within ciphers within ciphers. The golden nuggets of power are buried and scattered and woven into the pretty words and long winded invocations and post graduate manners of speaking. But no one is saying that is the only way these mysteries need to be worked. Not even the author themselves. 

Look closer. You’ll see. Nothing is really real but what you make real. 

July 21st, 2017 || Prince George and Princess Charlotte join their parents in to explore an EC145 helicopter - the same one The Duke of Cambridge flies with East Anglian Air Ambulance.


Prince William flew an air ambulance to try and save a teenage boy who got into difficulties while swimming on the hottest day of the year so far.

The Duke of Cambridge was scrambled to pilot an air ambulance helicopter to Lee Valley Park in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, after the emergency services were alerted

After an hour long search the body of a 16-year-old boy was pulled from the water but was pronounced dead at the scene.

An eye witness, who wished to remain anonymous, said: ‘We knew something was up when a helicopter was flying extremely low just over the Lee Valley Park.

'We could see it was landing so ran over to see what was going on. Little did we expect to see Prince William himself flying the helicopter.

'It was a very surreal moment when he left the helicopter to help with the search and rescue, he had no visible guards or protection.

'He arrived in an East Anglia Air Ambulance with one other co-pilot.’

The man said he did not see a body being retrieved from the river, but that a group of people nearby had to be ushered away from the scene.

The Duke of Cambridge, who is a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, landed the helicopter on the river bank at approximately 7.45pm.

Paramedics and a water rescue team from the Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service also attended the scene.

The Duke of Cambridge  was scrambled to pilot an Air Ambulance helicopter to Lee Valley Park

Eyewitness Dave Samuels said: 'There were two helicopters, one police and one air ambulance, there were emergency services everywhere including water rescue with people getting boats ready.

'Whatever had actually happened, you couldn’t say the emergency services hadn’t tried, I have never seen so many.’

A Hertfordshire Constabulary spokeswoman said: 'A search led by the fire service was carried out.

'The boy was recovered from the water but sadly he was pronounced dead at the scene.

'There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident and a file will be prepared for the coroner of Hertfordshire.’


Plant of the Day

Thursday 18 May 2017

In my garden the Iris ‘Benton Olive’ (tall bearded iris) has been flowering with pewter standards and with falls of pewter with royal purple. It was bred by the artist Sir Cedric Morris who ran the East Anglian Art School at Benton End, Hadleigh, Suffolk from 1940. He was a plantsman and Iris breeder and registered this distinctive cultivar in 1949.

Congratulations to all the undergraduate and postgraduate landscape architecture, garden design and contemporary art students at Writtle University College for an amazing start to this years Design Show. All the hard work was definitely worth the effort and the staff are very proud!

Jill Raggett

Æthelflæd,  England’s Founding Mother

Born around 870, in the midst of the Viking invasion of Anglo-Saxon Britain, Æthelflæd was the eldest child of King Alfred “The Great” of Wessex and his wife Ealhswith. The young Æthelflæd would have spent most of her childhood witnessing her father’s long campaigns against the Danes. Alfred eventually succeeded in forcing the Vikings out of Wessex and Mercia, and back into the kingdom of East Anglia, which would be known as The Danelaw. 

As the eldest daughter of a powerful Anglo-Saxon king, Æthelflæd would have expected to be married to another equally powerful ruler. But as the daughter of Alfred the Great, she was also destined for greatness. Æthelflæd was wed to Aethelred, King of Mercia, in around 886. She bore only one known child, a daughter called Ælfwynn. Æthelflæd and Aethelred are known to have acted jointly when they fortified the city of Worcester and issued charters. Æthelflæd and her husband became the guardians of her nephew, her brother Edward’s son, the future king Æthelstan. Young Æthelstan likely came to live in his aunt and uncle’s court in order to learn the ways of kingship and combat from their example. Aunt Æthelflæd proved an ideal teacher.

After King Alfred’s death and her brother’s succession to the throne of Wessex as King Edward the Elder, Æthelflæd’s husband fell ill and later died. Once Aethelred’s health began to decline, Æthelflæd took his place as ruler of Mercia. She became known as Myrcna hlædige, or “Lady of the Mercians.”  Though she lost some of her territory in return for her brother Edward acknowledging her as the rightful ruler of Mercia, Æthelflæd was a force to be reckoned with. She joined with her brother in an effort to expel the Vikings and take back the Danelaw. Æthelflæd and her army were responsible for the capture of the city of Derby, the first of the five boroughs of the Danelaw to fall to her forces. She later took Leicester as well. By the end of 917 the East Anglian Danes had submitted to Edward and Æthelflæd. In 918 many of the leading men around York promised to pledge their loyalty to Æthelflæd, but she died on June 12 before she could accept them. 

Queen Æthelflæd has been all but lost to modern popular history, though a statue of her was erected in Tamworth, the location of her death. She is overlooked between two kings, her father Alfred and brother Edward. Though her daughter Ælfwynn ruled Mercia after her death, she was deposed and the kingdom was taken by Edward the Elder. Æthelflæd’s legacy rests with her nephew, King Æthelstan. Æthelstan, the boy who received an education in ruling from Æthelflæd, would be the first king to rule a united England and call himself King of the English. A feat which could not have been accomplished without the unification set in motion by Æthelflæd.       

anonymous asked:

I just got quite a bit of amazon giftcards, any books on Traditional Witchcraft you'd recommend ?

I’m going to assume you are looking for books that are a little more “workable” as opposed to strictly historical. Not knowing how familiar you are with the subject, I’ll just rattle off a few titles. Some are older, some more current:

  • Cunning Folk And Familiar Spirits by Emma Wilby (folkloric, historical, anthropological, and comparative religious perspectives - excellent!)
  • Masks of Misrule by Nigel Jackson (I’ll always recommend Jackson) 
  • Call of the Horned Piper by Nigel Jackson 
  • Mastering Witchcraft by Paul Huson (older practical book of witchcraft; pre-’tradcraft’ with ceremonial influences; pretty much a classic)
  • The Secrets of East Anglian Magic by Nigel Pennick
  • The Devil’s Plantation: East Anglian Lore, Witchcraft & Folk-Magic by Nigel Pearson (a region I’m particularly fond of) 
  • Balkan Traditional Witchcraft by Radomir Ristic and Michael C. Carter (regional, Eastern European)
  • A Deed Without a Name by Lee Morgan 

There’s a few for you. And here’s a list of academic and historical texts.


Tom Licence has a Ph.D., and he’s a garbage man.

When you think of archaeology, you might think of Roman ruins, ancient Egypt or Indiana Jones. But Licence works in the field of “garbology.” While some may dig deep down to get to the good stuff — ancient tombs, residences, bones — Licence looks at the top layers, which, where he lives in England, are filled with Victorian-era garbage.

Studying what people threw away 150 years ago, Licence is getting to the bottom of an important issue: how much we throw away, and how to change that.

“We dig up rubbish,” says Licence, who is the director of the Centre of East Anglian Studies at the University of East Anglia. (His doctorate is in history.) “We’re interested in what people threw away and how we became a throwaway society.”

Digging Up The Roots Of Modern Waste In Victorian-Era Rubbish

Photos: Rich Preston/NPR, Lauren Frayer for NPR, Courtesy of the Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising

Easy and Hard Challenge Day 13 - Love / Hate. Hard mode? (Basically “two or more figures, interacting” is automatically hard mode.)

Silence for a few moments. Harriet felt that Wimsey ought to be saying, “How well you dance.” Since he did not say it, she became convinced that she was dancing like a wax doll with sawdust legs. Wimsey had never danced with her, never held her in his arms before. It should have been an epoch-making moment for him. But his mind appeared to be concentrated upon the dull personality of an East Anglian farmer. She fell a victim to an inferiority complex, and tripped over her partner’s feet.

 "Sorry,“ said Wimsey, accepting responsibility like a gentleman.

"It’s my fault,” said Harriet. “I’m a rotten dancer. Don’t bother about me. Let’s stop. You haven’t got to be polite to me, you know.”

Worse and worse. She was being peevish and egotistical. Wimsey glanced down at her in surprise and then suddenly smiled.

“Darling, if you danced like an elderly elephant with arthritis, I would dance the sun and moon into the sea with you. I have waited a thousand years to see you dance in that frock.”

“Idiot” said Harriet.

- Have His Carcase, Dorothy Sayers

(Pose more than a little influenced by J. C. Leyendecker)


Plant of the Day
Sunday 24 May 2015

The lost bearded irises bred by the artist Sir Cedric Morris who ran the East Anglian Art School at Benton End, Hadleigh, Suffolk from 1940, are being found and grown by Sarah Cook, the past Head Gardener at Sissinghurst Castle (National Trust). Morris was a notable Iris breeder preferring to create cultivars with softer colours. His plants were shown at the Chelsea Show, London, in the late 1940’s until the mid 1950’s. Thanks to Cook and Howard Nursery the plants were back again having been collected from all over the world, though sadly many cultivars are still missing. The beautiful backdrops were painted by Cherryl Fountain and helped explain the connection between Sir Cedric Morris as an Iris breeder and an artist. The exhibit received a well deserved Gold Medal and was my favourite exhibit this year.

Jill Raggett