I’ve read this book no less than three times in the span of the two weeks I’ve had it and I’ve honestly wondered how I’m going to review it. Let me start by saying this: this book is not for everyone but it SURE AS HELL was for me. Why? I’m a folk witch, I live in the south, and this book felt like coming home.
That said, this book is not for everyone -It’s not fluffy or “white” and it’s extremely Appalachian folk flavored. Folk witchcraft is a unique branch of witchcraft that changes not only from person to person but also changes from family to family and geographic and cultural backgrounds as well. Folk witchcraft could seem “eclectic” to the outside viewer but it’s much older and deeper than that. It’s steeped in family tradition and superstition and reaches soul deep and this book managed to capture just that.
Backwoods Witchcraft has very Christian overtones that are actually pretty common in folk magick – hence why this wouldn’t be everyone’s flavor. But to me, it just made everything flow. It makes sense in the context of the book and I commend the author for being so authentic to their personal practice.
My favorite part of this book was actually written about our blood, ancestry, and ancestor magick. Peppered throughout the whole book are little bits and pieces about redeeming, connecting to, and healing our ancestral baggage. If anything it’s really gotten me thinking lately and working on that myself. I use and connect with my ancestors pretty heavily but being an O’Carroll leaves some REALLY heavy baggage and this book has opened my views enough to start working on areas I’d rather avoid.
Overall Backwoods Witchcraft is one of the most impactful books I’ve read this year and I can’t thank @jake_richards13 and @weiserbooks enough for putting this out into the world and into my hands. Want to check it out? Head here to check it out!
Temperance Alden is an Occultist, Folk Witch, and Author of Year of the Witch (2020). She is based out of South Florida.