The Devil's Dozen
Thirteen Craft Rites of the Old One
by Gemma Gary
Created by a present-day initiate of the Old Craft, this modern grimoire shares thirteen craft rites for solo practitioners and groups. The Old One embodies the bridge between the material and spiritual worlds that witches and wizards use to access the powers of magic. This book includes instructions for sacred compacts, dedication, initiation, consecration, empowerment, protection, transformation, and devotion.
The operations of magic and witchcraft deal with the hidden worlds of spirit and the powers innate within the natural world. The "Old One", who in folk tradition is often named "The Devil", embodies both the rend in the veil between the worlds of the material and spiritual, the revealed and the hidden. It is through union with this entity that the witch awaked their powers and gained access to those residing within the hidden realms and the natural world.
In traditional folk belief, the Devil existed also as an embodiment of the chaotic forces of nature, a figure quite distinct from the Church's 'Satan'. To the witch, he might also represent the "darker" aspects of the divine: the revealer of the mystic light, the guide of souls, and the sentinel at the threshold unto the mysteries of death and the Otherworld.
Something, it would seem, of the "elder god" and the old "spirit of the wild" has lingered through regional faery lore, the calendar of ritualistic seasonal folk-customs, and traditions attached to ancient landscape features. The themes of untamed natures: its freedom, spirits, and magic, so repugnant and threatening to the Church, were grafted onto the diabolical, affording further preservation of the 'Old One'.
Witch-lore records varied rites of initiatory contact, via which the worker of magic entered into a close, working union with the Old One and the spirit world. Such union opened the ways unto curing ailments, exorcising ill influence, attaining desire, and the destruction of the oppressive via the old artes of the circle, spirits, knotted cord, pierced candle, witch-bottle, magical image and charms; spoken, inscribed and herbal.
From this wellspring of inspiration The Devil's Dozen, a modern "gramarye", or "black book" of 13 Craft rites of the Old One has been created and is offered by a present day initiate of the "Old Craft". Within its pages there are to be found thirteen rites of vision, sacred compact, dedication, initiation, consecration, empowerment, protection, illumination, union, transformation and devotion.
160 pages | 5 x 8 inches
Gemma Gary is a devoted practitioner of old-style witchcraft, folk magic, and cunning traditions, and cofounder of Troy Books, which specializes in occult and witchcraft traditions of England. A British old-craft initiate, Gemma serves as the founder of the Craft Order Kord Bucca and as the Dyawles of the coven Ros an Bucca. Additionally, she is a Guise dancer in Penzance's popular midwinter festival and a longstanding trustee of the world famous Museum of Witchcraft & Magic. Gemma lives and works in the far west of Cornwall, a land rich in ancient sites, folklore, seasonal customs, and magical tradition.