Discover the Ways of the Spirits And Master the Art of Command and Influence
Profound spiritual insights and powers await beyond the material world. In The Witch's Book of Spirits, Devin Hunter invites you to perform rituals and magic with spirit guides, familiars, angels, the deceased, faeries, and demons. Develop and enhance your relationships to your allies in spirit through soul flight, mediumship, and conjuration. Explore the inner workings of the Witch's Tree as well as the planes and peoples who dwell in its many layers. Expand the scope of your magic with the 33 Spirits, a system transmitted to the author by a special priesthood of spirits, his familiar, Malach, and the goddess Hecate. Working with spirits is the cornerstone of the witch's art. This book shows you how to stay in control as you increase your witch power and deepen your connection to forces seen and unseen.
"Devin covers in depth an elusive side of witchcraft that few have explored in great practical detail...Devin presents the material in a very grounded, no-nonsense approach paired with an inherent sense of responsibility. His understanding of mediumship, conjuring, flying, and working with the spirit world displays the truth that he not only talks the talk, but also walks the walk."Laura Tempest Zakroff, author of Sigil Witchery
"The Witch's Book of Spirits is the most complete book on working with the dead ever written for Witches, but it's more than a manual for communicating with souls of the departed. It's also a guide to the worlds which generally lay just outside of our grasp and a thorough look at the beings that live there. I'd also like to add that it's just a damn fine book about witchcraft, filled with advice and some much-needed common sense."Jason Mankey, author of The Witch's Book of Shadows
"Teaching an art requires a delicate brew of guidance, cautions, and encouragement; Devin Hunter's book hits the right recipe. The Witch's Book of Spirits is a book that captures the author's personal vision and process while providing systems and frameworks that can serve the reader in developing their own way with the spirits."Ivo Dominguez, Jr., author of Practical Astrology for Witches and Pagans
"In this book Devin gives not just the rituals necessary to conjure and communicate with spirits, but the tools for building life with them. He uses a method of teaching that alternates between supplying theory and principals that can be applied by almost anyone, with very specific rituals that he has received from the spirits himself. The result is a text that you will return to over and over again whether you are working his rites or developing your own."Jason Miller, author of The Sorcerer's Secrets
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About the Author
Devin Hunter (Antioch, CA) holds third-degree initiations in both the Northern Star Tradition of Wicca as well as the Dianic Tradition of Witchcraft (the Cult of Diana) and is the founder of his own tradition, Sacred Fires. His podcast, The Modern Witch, has helped thousands of people from all over the world discover and develop their magical abilities. Devin is currently teaching with the Black Rose School of Witchcraft and is the reigning Master of Ceremonies at the New Orleans Witches’ Ball.
Table of Contents
Contents Dedication and Acknowledgments xv Foreword xvii Introduction 1 Part One: The Familiar Craft 5 Chapter One: Witches, Spirits, and the Familiar Craft 9 Mediumship 10 Flying 11 Conjuration 11 The World Tree and the Realms of Spirit 12 The Witch’s Tree 17 The Planes and Their People 19 Chapter Two: Staying on Top 21 How to Be in Control of the Spirit Worlds 22 Setting Contracts 25 Keeping Yourself Safe 26 Holy Flame Protection Exercise 29 The Fire Blessing of Hecate 30 Chapter Three: The Art of Mediumship 33 Being the Medium 38 Main Objectives of a Medium 41 Discernment 43 Practice and Procedure 45 Opening the Gates of Heka 47 First Contact 48 Profiling Spirits as a Medium 51 Tools to Aid Mediumship 52 Chapter Four: Spirit Guides and Familiars 61 The Symbiotic Relationship 63 Preparing to Meet Your Spirit Guide 70 Meeting Spirit Guides 73 The Spirit Guide Profiler 75 Chapter Five: Preparing for Takeoff 81 It’s All in Your Head 83 Preparing for Flight 85 The Cleansing Rite for the Home 87 The White Bath 89 Preparing the Room 91 Enhancing the Flight 92 Chapter Six: The Art of Flying 101 Activating the Etheric Body 102 The Flight Deck 106 The White Room 108 Flying to Another Plane 109 The Etheric and Subetheric Planes 111 The Spiritual Plane 112 The Plutonian Plane 113 The Angelic Plane 116 The Unhallowed Plane 118 The Divine and Chaos Planes 121 The Void and Omega Planes 121 Faery 122 Sabbat 125 Chapter Seven: Conjuration at a Glance 127 The Tools of Conjuration 130 Other Tools We Might Work With for Conjuration 136 Correspondences 138 Preparing for Conjuration 139 The Compass and the Witch’s Tree 141 Chapter Eight: Conjuration in Three Parts 145 The Three Stages of Conjuration 148 Summoning 149 Possession 151 Exorcism 154 Putting Them Together 159 Chapter Nine: The Keys of Hecate 161 The First Key: The Trident of Hecate 163 The Second Key: The Path of Hecate 165 The Third Key: The Helm of Hecate 167 The Fourth Key: The Pillars of Hecate 170 The Fifth Key: The Pentacle of Hecate 173 The Sixth Key: The Seal of Hecate 177 The Seventh Key: The Gate of Hecate 179 The Eighth Key: The Forge of Hecate 181 The Ninth Key: The Throne of Hecate 183 Part Two: The Spirits of the Familiar Craft 187 Chapter Ten: Angels 189 What Are Angels? 191 Why Work with Angels? 194 Where Are Angels Most Likely to Be Found? 195 The Angels of Enoch 196 A More Natural Form of Angelic Magic 199 Angelic Correspondences 200 Chapter Eleven: The Dead 201 The Afterlife 202 Ghosts and Hauntings 203 The Three Most Common Types of Preternatural Phenomenon 204 Other Types of Spirit Activity 208 Ancestors (The Not-So-Spooky Dead People) 210 Why Work With the Dead? 212 Working With the Dead 213 Correspondences of the Dead 215 Chapter Twelve: Faeries 217 What Exactly Are Faeries? 219 The Goddess of Faeries 223 Classifications of Faeries 224 Fae Correspondences 231 Chapter Thirteen: Demons 233 What Are Demons? 235 Why Work With Demons? 240 Where Are Demons Most Likely to Be Found? 241 How Do Demons Communicate? 242 Demonic Order 243 Solomon’s Demons 244 A Different Type of Demonic Magic 247 Demonic Correspondences 248 Part Three: The Grimoire of 33 Spirits, or the Book of the VEXNA-KARI 249 Chapter Fourteen: The VEXNA-KARI 253 VEXNA-KARA 255 VEXNA-KARO 256 VEXNA-KARU 257 The Nephilim Fire 258 The Rite of Treatise 260 Chapter Fifteen: The Others 263 The Spirits Above 264 The Spirits Around 276 The Spirits Below 285 Conclusion 295 Appendix a: additional sigils of the art 297 Bibliography and recommended reading 299 Index 303
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Let me first say this book is packed with a lot of material, and would serve as a good reference book. I read this more just out of curiosity. I do have a natural, and I think well-deserved, respect for contacting spirits. Hunter does a good job of explaining spirits, and their hierarchy. And Hunter makes a very good point saying that whatever religious predilection you have, all the spirits are connected, they just have different names. I thought that was important, and makes it a little easier for me to read. For some reason, maybe because I was raised in a cult-ish branch of Christianity, but I don't really connect with the terms of angles and demons. This has a weird vibe with me, and thinking of calling upon angles (or demons) to be my spiritual helpers doesn't sit well. Long rant, I know. Each chapter is Hunter's book is well organized, but sometimes it is a little over my head. Hunter refers back to his previous work, so that may be a better place to start than picking this book up right away. There are plenty of journal prompts to get you thinking, if you are into that sort of thing. Sometimes I am, and sometimes I'm not. I didn't do the prompts for this book, but I read through them, and I thought they did have merit if you were going to do a full study of spirit conjuring. Hunter also provides lots of exercises. How to meet your spirit guides, activating the etheric body, going to different planes, and much more. Lots of stuff on Sigils, tools of spiritual communication, rituals, Like I said, there is a lot of information in this book. I recommend for the beginner and intermediate, as this has so much stuff in it, I'm sure just about anyone interested in this work would find this useful. Honestly, it would take a long while to delve deep into this book, so be prepared to put some work in. I received a copy of this e-book from NetGalley for my honest review.