- “…takes the fraught history of witches and imbues it with a magic befitting its subject… Witchcraft is a celebration of true, even threatening power—by those who possess it least, and deserve it most.”
- “Eye-opening and thought-provoking.”
- “A lavish coffee-table book. [Witchcraft] surveys the shadow and the light the witch has cast across the Western imagination.”
- “A tour de force, taking you all the way through the global history of witchcraft.”
- “A visually vibrant volume that isn't so much a book as it is a spellbinding tribute to a figure and a practice that are as old as time.”
- “Witchcraft offers a deep dive into the many facets of a centuries-old tradition in the Western world.”
- “A densely packed book that takes a deep dive into the many archetypes the witch has taken throughout the course of time.”
- “[This] powerful new book blows away the satanic baby-eating myths.”
- “In this compendium of witchy women, from Renaissance paintings to modern Wicca, the caricature of the evil hag is turned upside down.”
- “In scouring the history of art to back up their modern-pagan perspective, the editors point to something remarkable.”
- “Delves into the witch’s complex history, symbols, and depictions across time...”
- “Going so soon? I wouldn’t hear of it. Why, my little party’s just beginning!”
- “I think that all women are witches, in the sense that a witch is a magical being.”
Witchcraft. The Library of EsotericaHardcover, quarter-bound, 6.7 x 9.4 in., 3.90 lb, 520 pages40Availability: In Stock
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Season of the Witch
A bewitching history of a magickal practice
Edited by Jessica Hundley, and co-edited by author, scholar, and practitioner Pam Grossman, this enthralling visual chronicle is the first of its kind, a deep dive into the complex symbologies behind witchcraft traditions, as explored through the history of art itself. The witch has played muse to great artists throughout time, from the dark seductions of Francisco José de Goya and Albrecht Dürer to the elegant paean to the magickal feminine as re-imagined by the Surrealist circle of Remedios Varo, Leonora Carrington, and Leonor Fini. The witch has spellbound through folktales and dramatic literature as well, from the poison apples of The Brothers Grimm, to the Weird Sisters gathered at their black cauldron in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, to L. Frank Baum’s iconic Wicked Witch of the West, cackling over the fate of Dorothy.
Throughout this entrancing visual voyage, we’ll also bear witness to the witch as she endures persecution and evolves into empowerment, a contemporary symbol of bold defiance and potent nonconformity. Featuring enlightening essays by modern practitioners like Kristen J. Sollée and Judika Illes, as well interviews with authors and scholars such as Madeline Miller and Juliet Diaz, Witchcraft includes a vast range of cultural traditions that embrace magick as spiritual exploration and creative catharsis.
Thunderwing is a Los Angeles-based multi-disciplinary studio co-founded in 2007 by Nic & J. B. Taylor. Collaborating on a diverse array of projects, Thunderwing creates branding and design for film, publishing, fashion, food, music, and interior design.
Jessica Hundley is an author, filmmaker and journalist. She has written for the likes of Vogue, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times, and has authored books on artists including Dennis Hopper, David Lynch, and Gram Parsons. Hundley often explores the counterculture in her work, with a focus on metaphysics, psychedelia, and magic.
Pam Grossman is a writer, curator, and teacher of magickal practice and history. She is the host of the podcast The Witch Wave, and the author of Waking the Witch. Reflections on Women, Magic, and Power. Her work has been featured in such outlets as The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Artforum.
Witchcraft. The Library of EsotericaHardcover, quarter-bound, 17 x 24 cm, 1.77 kg, 520 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-8560-6Edition: English
ISBN 978-3-8365-8562-0Edition: French
ISBN 978-3-8365-8563-7Edition: Spanish
The Library of Esoterica explores how centuries of artists have given form to mysticism, translating the arcane and the obscure into enduring, visionary works of art. Each subject is showcased through both modern and archival imagery culled from private collectors, libraries, and museums around the globe. The result forms an inclusive visual history, a study of our primal pull to dream and nightmare, and the creative ways we strive to connect to the divine.