From Zeus and Hephaestus to Hades and Persephone, this book reveals the origins of nearly thirty Greek gods and goddesses, how they've been worshipped across the centuries, and how you can work with them in your own practice. Jason Mankey and Astrea Taylor introduce you to the gods one by one, presenting their history, unique correspondences, and a ritual or spell for connecting with them. You'll also enjoy insightful contributions from members of the Witchcraft community who actively work with these deities. Modern Witchcraft with the Greek Gods features other mythological figures as well, such as the Titans and Primordial Forces, and it explores the spell and ritual structures of ancient times. Everything you want to know about Greek gods and how to call upon them today is in this book.
"A brilliant and accessible book for the modern witch who wants to explore or deepen their relationship with the theoi, daimones, and heroes of Ancient Greece. The book is extremely well researched, drawing on and referencing historical primary sources, without trying to be a historical reconstruction of times past...Mankey, Taylor, and several of their contributors show how the timeless myths, lore, and mysteries of Ancient Greece can be approached and integrated through creative spellwork and ritual in today's age. The book will prove to you through direct experience that the gods of Greece aren't merely dust covered archaic statues of stories lost to the mists of time but rather that they are still as alive, powerful, and thriving as they were in ancient and classical times."—Mat Auryn, bestselling author of Psychic Witch and Mastering Magick
"Whether you are a witch seeking to learn more about these gods who are known the world over, or a reconstructionist curious to understand how magic was and is worked around them, there is something to be learned in this book....What Mankey and Taylor are remarkably successful at is opening the reader's heart to receiving mysteries from these ancient gods...In Modern Witchcraft with the Greek Gods, authors Astrea Taylor and Jason Mankey show how these well-known ancient deities can be related to through the techniques of modern pagan witchcraft. Drawing on centuries of scholarship, the authors show how these gods became Greek in the first place, and then explain where these gods went and what they have been doing since. Rather than a ham-handed appropriation, this is a thoughtful approach that feels like it takes the wishes of the gods themselves into consideration...This is not the sort of book that is read through once, and placed primly upon a pedestal where it will remain untouched thereafter...Modern Witchcraft with the Greek Gods is a book that is destined to fall open to favorite pages, to become worn with use and stained from spell-craft. Do yourself a favor, gentle reader: buy a second copy now, because eventually you're going to need to replace your first one. You will not regret it."—Terence P Ward, temple priest in the Hellenic reconstructionist group Temenos Oikidios, and author of Empty Cauldrons
"Rigorously researched and sumptuous in detail, Modern Witchcraft with the Greek Gods offers fresh insights with each reading. Mankey and Taylor have meticulously crafted an authoritative text tempered with an abiding love and deep respect for their subject that shimmers on each page. Absolutely a must-have book for the discerning witch."—Martha Kirby Capo, author of Thrifty Witchery
"This book gives you a solid basis and a wonderfully researched view on incorporating Greek god workings into your magical practices. I truly enjoyed hearing all of the contributors' stories. It was inspiring and informational. This is a must for a deep but easy-to-understand dive into these workings. Seeing how others work with these Gods and Goddesses helps lay the foundation for your work. Jason and Astrea thoughtfully curated a collection of works I feel will be used as a staple in witchcraft. It was a bewitching and captivating read!"—Jen Sankey, author of the forthcoming Enchanted Forest Felines and Stardust Wanderer Tarot decks
"An excellent resource for Witches, Wiccans, and Pagans looking for information about the Greek deities beyond the twelve Olympians. Through history, mythology, and knowledge from modern devotees, Jason and Astrea look beyond the traditional image of the Greek gods and goddesses formed through myth to present a fuller picture of how the ancients understood them and how we can work with them today."—Gwyn, blogger and host of 3 Pagans and a Cat podcast