Author(s): Laurie Cabot
"Power of the Witch" is an extraordinary account of the beliefs and practices of a contemporary witch, known as the "offical witch of Salem". After the disappearance of the ancient matriarchal societies, witchcraft endured bitter presecution from the middle ages to the 17th century and still encounters ignorance, fear and loathing today. Breaking her faith's tradition of secrecy, Laurie Cabot refutes its roots and history, its rich and powerful feminine mythology, and its kinship with the earliest magic and with nature. She explains the weird and wonderful techniques to work magic - preparing potions, casting spells, charging objects - and reveals it to be very much a practical craft and one focused on healing, protecting and neutralizing harm.