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The Candle and the Crossroads: A Book of Appalachian Conjure and Southern Root Work (Anglais) Broché – 30 novembre 2012

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One of the first books on Appalachian Root Magick

Authentic Magick from an American oral tradition

In this book you will discover real magic and techniques delivered from a well-respected and widely loved author who grew up in rural Appalachia and learned directly from his ancestors and the sprits that he saw. He is currently the only teacher and author of this tradition who is not just a scholar, but who was raised in the culture.

Foxwood explores such techniques as:

Spirit Sight, Conjuring and Faith Healing

Working by the Signs (the ability to synchronise work such as farming, fertility of humans and animals, orcharding);

Settling the Light (candle magic)

Doctoring the Root (the ability to use herbs, roots, stones or animal parts - bones, claws, fur, etc. for magic or the clearing, cleansing and blessing of the spirit of a person, also known as his or her root)

Praying or Dreaming True (Blessings of spirit/God to a person, place or thing as well as prophetic or predictive dreaming)

Blessing or Cursing

This is not a book of spells and magical recipes. This is a book to teach you to the old ways and traditions and how to trust and create magic in the world today. This is magic from the living, oral tradition, much of it in print for the first time, Appalachian root magic, from someone who was raised in the teachings of Southern Conjure, born with the Second Sight.

Biographie de l'auteur

Orion Foxwood is an Elder in the Celtic and Romano Celtic Traditional Craft, a High Priest in Alexandrian tradition and is the Founding Elder of the Foxwood Temple of the Old Religion. He lectures extensively across the United States and in the United Kingdom on the Craft, Faery Seership Tradition, Southern Folk Magic and conjure.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Backwoods knowledge 11 juillet 2013
Par SLR - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Iam not a conjurer or witch. Iam a christian. I was not born in the mysterious witch hair trees of the bayou. I was born in the heart of DC. I not only enjoyed this book, I learned from it, highlighted it and use it every day. Mr. Foxwood takes everyone's spirituality into consideration and through his own life experiences explains several ways to deal with the readers encounters. He talks about God, spirits, stones and crystals, candles and appreciating nature. There is a particularly interesting chapter on abandonment, relationships, joy, appreciation and how to deal with struggles. This book was worth the reading and you will use it as a reference book to remind yourself of how to deal with your life.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Poweful truth about Southern Conjure and Rootwork-great introduction 2 octobre 2015
Par Charity Bedell - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This is one of the most powerful books I have read in recent history on spirituality in general. While yes the book focuses on Rootwork and Conjure as the author knows them, the book is highly spiritually focused. For me even if I don't put all of the information into practice, the components of the book that made me question spirituality and what it means were well worth the investment.

So to begin my review I have to say that even if you don't follow any magical spiritual path as a guide for spirituality any one of any path can get something out of it. I would even recommend this book to Christians who are looking to deepen their personal spirituality and connection to their religion. Everyone on any path in life can get something out of this book. The connection to your own spirit that this book teaches us to develop is important for everyone and everything.

If you are looking for a book on spells you wont find them in this book. There are several workings discussed but actual spell work for money, wealth, love, etc are not really seen in this book. There are magical techniques for baths and creating mojos as well as connecting to spirits in this book. So there is magic with in the book but not necessarily spells for luck, love or mney drawing as most people are familiar with.

The focus on this book is the spiritual component of Hoodoo and Conjure rather than the spells. Too often people want to jump into the spells and workings of magic without the spirit component and thus they miss a huge part of the Southern Conjure traditions. This book provides that spiritual information. It is that focus which sets this book aside from others.

This is one book I am going to be referencing again and again. There are several exercises, meditations, and self questions that I am going to be looking at periodically. There are many things in this book that made me think and start to evaluate my personal path and practices. For this reason I am going to be using this as a reference and guide to develop my own connection to my spirituality and my own personal spirit.

The first chapter in the book is all about the foundation of this practice. Here we learn the authors experiences and his history with the practice as he knows it. This is where we see how his experiences and lessons in life and explains the reasons why he wrote this book. He mentions what the foundations of his personal magical practice are. By knowing this information you can better understand the worldview and practices presented in the rest of the book.

The second chapter is about the starting of finding your paths to the spirit that is you. The core teaching of this book is that humans are spirits as well. We are spirits having a physical existence as humans. In the teachings of this book and worldview if you start to realize this you will not only come into your own power but also start be be more whole yourself. This chapter starts a basic discussion on types of spirits that walk with us as well as types of spiritual paths. After talking about the paths there are also descriptions on how we are called to find our paths including symptoms of the different calls.

The third chapter is short but very important. Here is where we get into the history of the actual practices that formed Southern Conjure as the author knows it. The author mentions slavery and African traditions and their importance in the tradition. Here we see what Conjure really is about and how it survives over the years. There are warnings in this chapter about working with the spirits of Conjure and how powerful they are. There is a quote that illustrates the power and spirirt of Conjure work very well that I am going to share with you here.:

"If you are not willing to cry for, be angry for, pray for, and ask help of its spirits, then stay away from this work. These spirits went through hell when they first came to America in boats of flesh. No one can change this root, and why would we want to?

If you want to find the root that cannot be bound, then then root spirit of conjure is for you. If you want to grow your spirit from a place of truth and spirit power then conjure is for you. If you want to reach deep and pray high, then welcome to this deep well of spirit and spiritual nuturance.

But come through the door blessing and praying for the ancestors that suffered. This builds a bridge of grace to the spirit world and begins to establish the essence and flavor of the spirits that come when you conjure."-Orion Foxwood Conjure and the Crossroads

The rest of the chapter focused on what the Root of conjure and the cultural mixtures that made up his conjure. The author mentions honoring his own Roots and how he works with them. After mentioning the spirits of African, Native American, and European folk practices who settled in that area he goes into the roles that Conjure played in that culture and still continues to play to this day.

The fourth chapter is about the Nature and Power of conjure. Here the author gets into the fact that Conjure does have ties to Christian spirituality and Christian religions. He addresses that many conjures use words like God and Creator and occasionally Maker. Here we see the power in conjure comes from the source of creation and the power to create which resides in our own personal spirit. The author gets into a few types of spirits that are connected to this power. One of them being the God of Christianity and divine beings. The author is specific in that for the reader and seeker that it doesn't have to be the God of Christianity but it is the Source of all creation and all essence which is a spirit of sorts.

This is where we first start to actually get introduced into some of the techniques in this practice. The author goes into several different ways that conjure works with spirit. These include prayer, baths, blessings, healing, and cleansing. After starting the basics on techniques we are introduced to a few of the different types of spirits that are worked with in conjure.

Chapter five was probably my favorite chapter in the book. Its for me really the most important chapter in the book. This is the chapter that focuses on growing our spirit. The author had previously mentioned that working with ones own spirit and knowing ones own spirit was the most important thing in conjure. Here we finally learn to address the spirit and work with our spirit.

The best part of this chapter was the checklist on the attumement to our spirit. Not only does the author give a list of questions and symptoms of disconnect with our spirit but he provides remedies to help fix the situation. For me this was really the way for me to start to see how connected I am to my own spirit and what I can do to fix it. The author does mention that some of those ailments are actual symptoms of health issues (depression, anxiety and other mental health issues) and if you answered yes to many of them that you should seek professional help. For me that disclaimer and statement shows the connection between the mind, the body, and the spirit and how mental health can effect spiritual health.

This section provided me with the most enlightenment. It gave me tools to adjust and start working on my own personal spiritual path and development. One of the reasons I had started to explore Conjure and Rootwork was for a spiritual connection and a way to deepen and develop my spirituality beyond the basic 101 books. Here I have tools to find what I was missing and develop my path. The chapter ends with providing you with the steps to growing in your spirit which is what you need to do after you start the work of attuning to your own spirit.

Chapter six is about maintain spiritual health. The main focus on this chapter is spiritual cleansing and cleaning. The author explains how important is is to cleanse ourselves from the different forces in our lives that can cause spiritual clutter. He told a story of a client that his mother had to illustrate the issue. The author ends with a working for spiritual cleansing. This provides the start of our practical conjure spirit workings.

Chapter seven is about fixing or attracting good spirits to you. Here we learn how actions we take and the way we live our life sends signals to spirit. One of the first lessons in this chapter is that often we focus on our lack of something when we want something then more often than not we are going to be stuck with more of what we do not have. The author then begins to go into how we send images and messages to spirit so we can attract what we actually want.

The author then starts getting information on working on attracting the right spirits. The first real focus is on a prosperity spirit. The author provides a recipe or a ritual working outline to attract a prosperous spirit. One thing this working outlines is that in Conjure everything is spirit and everything has spirit. If you can accept that view and work with it then you are going to work conjure.

After the pot the author talks about maintain the spirit and provides steps and techniques to keep spirit alive. The first part of this practice is the establishment of an altar. The author continues with a ritual working for the altar set up and the consecration of the altar, yourself, and your home. While the workings are not exact they provide you an outline to make the conjure your own. In the end you must be the one to do the work.

Chapter eight was probably my second favorite chapter in the book. One thing I have personally been interested in for years has been working with graveyards and various forms of graveyard magic. This book is the first book I have seen that addresses this practice. Its considered Taboo in many modern magical traditions yet many acknowledge that there is strong power in the graveyard. Finding this chapter thrilled me to the core. It started to lift the veil on these workings.

There is so much in this chapter that covering the techniques and information would be a review in itself. I will say the author provides information on the power of the graveyard works and why we should work with graveyards. He provides information on working with graveyard spirits as well as how to gather graveyard dirt and work with graveyard dirt. The author spends the other half of the chapter talking about working with our ancestors and providing ways to honor them and work with them in our home and life.

Chapter nine is an interesting chapter. It covers ways to enter into the spirit world as well as working with a spirit unique to his tradition and practice. The technique discussed I found most interesting and will most likely try myself was the concept of tapping or knocking. Its essentially like you are knocking on the door to the spirit world like you would a regular door. After tapping and knocking he covers river magic as well as fire and candle access to the spirit world. Here there is a working for river magic specifically outlined.

The last part of the chapter includes a ritual and a poem I am likely to work into ritual work. Here is where the author teaches us about the Dark Ridder and gives us a way to introduce ourselves to him and work with him. The spirit known as the dark rider had been mentioned earlier in the book as a traditional spirit but not much was told about him until now. The author does make it clear that what he shows us is not the full formula for encountering this spirit. The working he provides is an introduction to the spirit and nothing more.

Chapter ten is the final chapter in the book. In some ways it works very much like a conclusion focusing on working the Root or working the spirit which is the force of Conjure and Root work. This is how the chapter starts anyway. It is here we see the final outline of the techniques and practices covered in the book to develop and connect with our spirit. The chapter ends with talking about a few specific plant spirits and with a formula for making a spirit bag.

This book provides several powerful tools for any spiritual tradition. In the end this book illustrates not only the power of Conjure and Southern Rootwork but also the power of working from your own spirit. The author provides an excellent introduction to the spiritual components of Rootwork and Conjure while also providing a few practical workings in the magical sense.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Very Nice Introduction to Conjure 15 novembre 2012
Par Garnet - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Friendly, easy to read, alternating between the mystical and the matter-of-fact, "The Candle and the Crossroads" is a nice mixed bag of personal accounts, magical and spiritual philosophy, and useful practices and techniques. You can really hear the author's "voice" in this book, as well as read what his own spirit contacts have taught him.

One of the most important aspects of the book is about "doctoring the root," or, in other words, using various items such as bones, stones, roots, herbs and so on to purify and bless your spirit, the "root" of who you are and that is the basis of what you are and what you can accomplish. All things come from the spirit, so a healthy spirit and a good relationship with that spirit is important...and this book addresses that. This is very different than most modern medicine where the symptoms of physical disease are usually what is treated, rather than going to the spiritual source of those diseases and addressing the "root" problem, so to speak.

This book makes a nice introduction to conjure work, including some info on its background, including folk traditions and beliefs. It includes insights and techniques for working with all sorts of spirits, healing work, and how to do graveyard magic properly and with respect. There is also a good checklist to help you figure out if you need to cleanse and strengthen your spirit and what issues require the most attention and how you can address those issues. One really good bit was the addition of Four Steps to "cleanse and clear" your spirit, using a nice "cleansing" bath with herbs and so on, smudging with smoke, using the flame of a candle, and finally oils to "cover" your head back up. I tried this technique and it made me feel revitalized.

The items mentioned in the book seem fairly easy to acquire (unlike in some books), such as beans, olive oil, candles, strips of cloth, spit, pennies, rum, tobacco, and so on. There is mention of various pre-made oils--the kind commonly used in conjure--but they are much more readily available today both on-line and at various stores and the author includes some info on where you can get them.

It must be mentioned that some of the Christian overtones in the book might be a slight turn-off to some pagans and witches, but its not overt and most of the spells and practices would work with a variety of paths. Some might also be a little wary of working with the "Dark Rider," ie the magic of the crossroads and the bargain, but the author covers the risks and benefits. Honestly, what powerful magic is there without a bit of both?

Generally, this is a good overall look at the philosophical and cultural underpinnings of Appalachian conjure from someone who has also has had witchcraft training and can also speak from that pov. It's a book that can help the reader understand the worldview of those who practice conjure, the basis out of which their techniques arose, and what good use those techniques can be put to.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Orion's Masterpiece 23 juillet 2013
Par Frank Owen - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This book changed my life. I can only offer praise for a book written from over 30 years of experience. With a heavy nod to his own Ancestral lineage, Mr Foxwood describes a little of the history as he learned it, some basic framework for Hoodoo in general and then gets into the heart of the matter, Working with Spirit. There are chapters here that describe various roots, herbs and their workings but perhaps the most valuable chapter, for this reader, was to see a 'checklist for the Health of One's Spirit'. So many ways in which to self diagnose a weakened Spiritual state, that many readers would not recognize, especially first time readers new to the subject. This book is so good, that one will not breeze through it, and if you do, I promise you ill read it again. Orion's writing style is uniquely his own, but it does show some influence from his past teacher R.J. Stewart. It is not an influence in subject matter, but rather in the depth in which the book is written. This book has a depth to it's chapters that are simple to read, yet complex at the same time. It is easy to understand, yet so much information, of high quality is relayed to the reader, in a complex web of information, that to really get the most from this book, one must take their time reading it. Much like Orion's talks and workshops, there is a WEALTH of valuable knowledge here, written by a man who has a 'working knowledge' of his subject. One of the best books I have ever purchased and I feel if you have an interest in Psycho-Social Religious Practice, from a cultural standpoint of influence, you will get a great deal from this book. It is not a beginners book by any means, unless the reader is willing to fully commit to reading the material. The longer one spends with the material, the more rewards come from the work. Highly recommended. Top Shelf work in my opinion.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Rich and fascinating book 26 mai 2017
Par S.J. - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
A rich and fascinating introduction to the Appalachian conjure tradition. I had read some of the author's other books, and thought highly of them. This book, however, is my favorite. The reader is privy to the oral tradition of conjure in which Foxwood was raised, and given an in-depth philosophical, spiritual and psychological understanding of the tradition as it was passed to him from his mother and others. This is a rare opportunity, and one that is made more valuable by the actual practices that Foxwood shares. I understand the theory behind Appalachian conjure in a deeper way after reading this book. Conjure/hoodoo is a full and complete spiritual system/practice, as described in this book. While it is not an easy read and requires thought and reflection, it is a treasure for those willing to put in the energy and concentration. Highly recommended.
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