“Delves into the witch’s complex history, symbols, and depictions across time...”
“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.”
“A tour de force, taking you all the way through the global history of witchcraft.”
“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.”
“…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.”
“I think that all women are witches, in the sense that a witch is a magical being.”
“Going so soon? I wouldn’t hear of it. Why, my little party’s just beginning!”
Witchcraft. The Library of Esoterica
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Season of the Witch
A bewitching history of a magickal practiceInitiating readers in the fascinating and complex history of witchcraft, from the goddess mythologies of ancient cultures to the contemporary embrace of the craft by modern artists and activists, this expansive tome conjures up a breathtaking overview of an age-old tradition. Rooted in legend, folklore, and myth, the archetype of the witch has evolved from the tales of Odysseus and Circe, the Celtic seductress Cerridwen, and the myth of Hecate, fierce ruler of the moonlit night. In Witchcraft we survey her many incarnations since, as she shape-shifts through the centuries, alternately transforming into mother, nymph, and crone—seductress and destroyer.
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.
Customer reviews (27)
A fascinating, beautiful, and haunting book
Mike, January 05, 2022
Zoltan, November 15, 2021
Fabulous series developing
Mark, November 05, 2021
Obsessed with The Library of Esoterica
Eric, November 02, 2021
Lorenza, November 02, 2021
Blake, October 30, 2021
Rita, October 29, 2021
Great images and resources. A must have for all witches fans.
Federica, October 28, 2021
Lovely art, interesting articles
Jerker, October 28, 2021
My favourite so far in the library of esoterica :)
Nadia, October 27, 2021
It is full of beautiful high quality illustrations and informative text. I also like the size of the book.
Hope there are more entries in this series.