Devil’s Plantation by Nigel G. Pearson came in today, and I couldn’t be happier with the quality of this book, I have two other leather bound editions from TroyBooks(Charmers’ Psalter and Devil’s Dozen) and they are so stunning.
Taking its name from the lost ‘black book’ of a famed Cambridgeshire witch, as well as plots of land sacrificed unto the spirits and the Old One himself, Nigel Pearson’s ‘The Devil’s Plantation’ guides the reader through the traditional witchcraft, old magic and folklore of East Anglia.
This is an ancient landscape, and a melding pot for the beliefs, culture and magic of the various peoples who have inhabited it over its long history. And yet, until very recently, East Anglia has been a land ‘set apart’ and isolated amidst impassable marshes, Fens and uncleared Forests.
Thus East Anglia is a landscape in which ‘the good folk’, land drakes, land wights, meremaids, giants, spectral hounds, saintly miracles, wort Cunning, toad lore, folk magic and indeed witchcraft have been nurtured and continue to play a part in the lives of the people of what has aptly been named ‘Witch Country’.
I am so excited to dig into this tonight. If you have the chance I’d recommend you grab a copy cause this book is going to be so amazing.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! in honor of this, most sacred of months, i am rereleasing an updated version of the only truly good fantheory i ever produced. now with even more tangents and unnecessary detail!
THE TL;DR VERSION:
soul eater plays loose and fast with its worldbuilding and isn’t always totally consistent with how things work, but am i gonna handwave any of that? hahahahahahaha nOPE. one of those inconsistencies? probably the most egregious? stein uses magic within the first few chapters of the series, possibly more than once, and WE ALL KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS
THE LONG VERSION is below the cut, with extended explanation, stupidly complicated analysis based on at least three different assumptions i’m making, and HEY even a good breakdown of how the witch gene actually works! it’s all here, and it’s all (technically speaking) not canon. but it could be!
Here’s my final series for Darkroom one, I’ll be taking darkroom photography again next semester. But in this series I just explored some witchy concepts and some pictures of actual practice in the photographs. These are crappy quality pics of them, but I haven’t scanned them and idk if I will.
It’s amazing because it’s honestly the first movie that accurately in my opinion portrays traditional witchcraft. From the very first scene I knew that they researched witchcraft, the really did look into actual historical witchcraft.
So I barely know what to say, I was so pleased with how it ended.
So the basics of the movie is a witch is terrorizing a pilgrim family. This family get’s fucked up with their children being taken and shit. But none of this is important in my opinion. The story was okay, very slow at first and sometimes hard to here what they were saying.
It’s really the last 30 minutes of the movie where things really go into true witchcraft.
A lot of Lavey Satanist are pissed off because of how the movie portrays satan. But let’s make it clear here while “satan” and “devil” are used this is NOT Lucifer, this isn’t the adversary.
This is the Man in Black, of Witch’s Devil.
And oh lord, when the man in black showed up he fucked me up. I was on the edge of my seat in complete awe that is was the man in black. I didn’t know how to react so many emotions were flooding me body, whoever voiced him was so sensual and terrifying. I couldn’t believe that they went with a realistic view of the Witch’s Devil and not some weird Hollywood cop out.
This brings up some interesting points though. One Lavey Satanist will bitch at anything that has “Devil” or “Satan” in it, and all Wiccans will swear on their blood and the blood of everyone they know that witches are not like that.
People like myself revere both the Witch’s Devil the Man in Black and Lucifer so both of those people need to chill and stop trying to erase us.
But I couldn’t believe they showed a Sabbat I about died, I was so happy they were chanting in Enochian! Like a REAL witch’s language.
I couldn’t believe how well the movie was, the entire movie is worth watching as it really shows some historical variation of witchcraft but the last 30 minutes showed what witchcraft is like. The only unrealistic things in the movie were the Baby Fat flying ointment and the the actual flying, but the flying was a representation of the flight to the sabbat and/or at the sabbat.
but boy this movie fucked me up, I was so happy I was cheering out loud when the movie ended cause I was so happy, nothing has portrayed witchcraft like this, at least nothing I have read.