Treading the Mill: Practical Craft Working in Modern Traditional Witchcraft

by Nigel G. Pearson

published by Capall Bann, 248pp, PB

reviewed by John Canard

This is an interesting book, which is to be applauded for focusing on an area which needs more serious work. By and large I enjoyed it, though I have a few reservations, as is often the case with any book which covers subect areas you have focused on yourself. The style of the book reminds me of Magick Without Peers in its eclectic nature, drawing as it does from a number of interesting sources, though in a much more witchcraft focused manner.

The herbcraft is reasonable, though I have often wondered where the traditional witches in days gone by would have got their exotic ingredients from for some of the recipes attributed to them. This is arguably not such an issue now in our “global society”, but personally I feel that, for example, we should not be using frankincense and myrrh and calling it traditional witchcraft, cause it ain’t! Unless the witches were doing sly deals with their local churches or stealing the ingredients, they would have stuck to native ingredients, which also have more of a connection to the land.

I do not want to sound all negative, as the flavour of the book and its content generally are good, and well suited to those wishing to work a non-Wiccan style of witchcraft that focuses on being out in nature. For this I heartily applaud the author and recommend the book as a good source of material and ideas. However less guided visualisartion and more getting your hands dirty would have suited this reviewer.
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Reviewed by John Canard for the Esoteric Book Review, originally the Avalonia Esoteric Book Review