The stories related in this volume of Coarse Witchcraft have happened to experienced practitioners who are confident enough in their own magical abilities to be able to say ‘I made a mistake’. We all make those mistakes – the fun lies in sharing them. And as the late Bob Clay-Egerton once remarked, he’d got 50 years magical experience under his belt and he still occasionally made a prat of himself!
The members of the Coven are all genuine magical practitioners within Old Craft. The Coven really does exist and the events recorded in Coarse Witchcraft: Craft Working, have happened to both ourselves, and to those of our acquaintance, over a short period of time. We hope, however, this book will amuse the reader, but also stand as a warning to those who wish to discover more about the Craft, so that they steer clear of the charlatans, the poseurs, the magically ignorant and the spiritually inept.
But wouldn’t the Craft be boring if every spell working came out perfectly? It is a fact of life that, like everything else in this world, magic is something that needs to be worked at, experimented with and adapted to suit each individual’s requirements. Although there are certain magical laws that need to be observed, personal magic leads the neophyte on their own voyage of discovery that is both exciting and mind-expanding.
Remember that outward appearance isn’t anything to go by. And that the insignificant little chap or woman sitting quietly on the edge of a group, may be much more powerful than the long-haired idiot wearing a pentagram the size of the Isle of Wight. Never be afraid to ask questions – and if you don’t receive a response it is probably because the High Priest or Priestess doesn’t know the answer. Don’t be fooled by the rebuke that you’re not ready to learn something; or that certain information is only available to Initiates. Any Priest or Priestess, Magister or Lady, worth their salt should be able to give an explanation without revealing anything of a private or personal nature.
So … you’ve tried to find us on the map? Well … we will admit that St Thomas on the Poke is fictitious but then we value our privacy. We chose St Thomas because he was the only sensible one of the disciples who demanded proof and refused to accept things at face value. In Old Craft his wisdom would have been applauded.
The Twelve dance on high. Amen
The Whole on High hath part in our dancing. Amen
Whoso danceth not knoweth not what comes to pass. Amen.
The Coarse Witchcraft Trilogy by Gabrielle and Rupert Percy is published by Moon Books, with an Introduction by Melusine Draco (www.moon-books.net) ISBN: 978 1 78279 285 7 : UK£10.99/US$18.95 : 254 pages. Available in paperback nd e-book format.