Explore the mesmerizing history, lore, and traditions surrounding an event that has long been shrouded in fear and mystery—the Witches' Sabbath. This book invites you to learn what it is, how you can get there, and what to do once you are there. Author Kelden presents in-depth historical information on the Sabbath as well as its place within modern Witchcraft.
The Witches' Sabbath explores a wide variety of topics, from the earliest days of the Sabbath to the contemporary practice of journeying there. Along with compelling stories and impressive research, this book offers rituals, recipes, and folkloric techniques. From the truth behind the witch's flight to the Sabbath's depiction in art, this book is the ultimate resource for understanding the mysteries of this fascinating event.
"The spirit-traveling of Witches is a staple of the Craft, and The Witches' Sabbath explores this fascinating folklore and its modern day manifestations. Carefully wading through the history of Witch-flight, ecstasy, shapeshifting, familiar forms, flying ointments and more, Kelden guides us on thrilling journeys over the hedge and through the Otherworld. Readers will learn to create their own broom, feast with the spirits, dance with the Otherworldly, and develop their practice utilizing traditional techniques of magical art for the modern day. The Witches' Sabbath has already become a go-to guide in my library, and inspired change in my art."—Via Hedera, author of Folkloric American Witchcraft and the Multicultural Experience
"This book provides both a comprehensive, compact and accurate survey of traditional beliefs surrounding the Witches' sabbath and a practical introduction to an interesting and distinctive operative modern tradition which enacts them."—Professor Ronald Hutton, English historian at the University of Bristol
"Kelden leads the reader through a wealth of well-selected and fully-referenced stories from history, folklore and art, from American and European sources, to provide a solid foundation for understanding the concept of the Witches' sabbath as it has developed over the centuries. The academic material, which is presented in an accessible and readable style, is combined with useful, practical information for the modern practitioner wishing to explore the Witches' sabbath for themselves. The book is thus a valuable resource and inspiration for witches, folklorists, historians and the general reader with an interest in this fascinating topic."—Val Thomas, author of Of Chalk and Flint: A Way of Norfolk Magic
"In this well-researched and fascinating book, Kelden provides readers with an accessible and engaging academic history of the Witches' Sabbath and also with a practical hands-on manual for any magical practitioner, novice or adept, to journey there themselves. This book contains the historical context and folkloric imagery that modern practitioners can be inspired by along with realistic step-by-step instructions for understanding and equipping for a journey over the hedge and into spirit-flight. Recipes, spells, rituals and instructions are included to prepare readers for a Sabbath experience. This book will inspire you to deepen your practice and connect with the magic of the Sabbath. Kelden provides sensible advice and clear guidance based on his own extensive experience, meticulous research and obvious love of the Craft."—Dodie Graham McKay, author of Earth Magic
"The Witch’s Sabbath is by far the best resource on the history and practice of the witch’s flight. Kelden has documented numerous records of witches and their spirit travels—from the women who flew alongside the goddess Diana to the people who confessed during the inquisitions and trials, and all the way into the modern age with his own experiences. The reader is given a wealth of information, including the various kinds of spirits and activities that occur at these Otherworldly rites. He also provides helpful information to prepare the reader to make the voyage, which may seem impossible until you’ve actually done it."— Astrea Taylor, author of Intuitive Witchcraft and Air Magic