The Witches' Sabbath: An Exploration of History, Folklore & Modern Practice
forward by Jason Mankey
Discover the Hidden Depths of the Sabbath
Take flight for a mesmerizing exploration of an event long shrouded in fear and mystery—the Witches' Sabbath. Kelden presents an in-depth examination of the Sabbath's historical and folkloric development as well as its re-emergence within the modern practice of Witchcraft. From discussions on the folklore of flight and the events of nocturnal gatherings to enchanting rituals and recipes, you'll find everything you need to not only understand the nature of the legendary Sabbath, but also journey there yourself. Offering impressive research and compelling stories from across Europe and the early American colonies, this book is the ultimate resource for discovering an oft misunderstood and overlooked aspect of Witchcraft.
Paperback | 216 Pages | 6 x 9 x 1 inches
"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