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9781786786449
272 pp
PB 216 x 135 mm
Mono
£12.99 / $16.95
Witchcraft
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The Modern Craft

Powerful Voices on Witchcraft Ethics

Edited by Claire Askew and Alice Tarbuck

An eclectic and radical collection of essays on contemporary witchcraft and the ethics of magic – this is a must-read for anyone engaged with the occult, witchcraft or magics of any kind.

Fascinating snapshots of contemporary occult practice viewed through an intersectional lens, essays include poets on the magic inherent in language, working-class witches on the reclamation of agency through practical spellwork, and gender fluid practitioners on the necessity of breaking down traditional hierarchies in magical symbolism. Poetic, inspiring and electrifying glimpses from the brink of contemporary craft, these essays show how anyone, no matter where they live or who they are, can find positivity and the force for powerful change in the subversive unknown.

Dr Alice Tarbuck, author of A Spell In The Wild, is an academic specializing in witchcraft and environmental humanities.

Dr Claire Askew is the author of three novels and two poetry collections. Claire’s accolades include the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize and the McIlvanney Debut Prize.

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9781786786623
224 pp
PB 200 x 145 mm
Mono
£14.99 / $19.95
Traditional medicine and herbal remedies
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Secrets From a Herbalist’s Garden

A Magical Year of Plant Remedies

Jo Dunbar

Secrets from a Herbalist’s Garden meets the pull to recover from illness or to alleviate a long-standing condition, as well as the yearning for a new way of life, where growing and harvesting herbs with the seasons is adopted as a new holistic lifestyle. Since the pandemic began, there has been a groundswell of interest in plant medicine, and this book will help readers feel empowered and able to help themselves heal and thrive. Amongst the alluring recipes are Menopause Tea, Horse Chestnut Gel and Brain Spice Condiments, and chapters include Nourishing Your Adrenals, Herbs for the Heart and Muscles and Joints. There’s a huge amount of wisdom here garnered from Jo Dunbar’s 22 years as a practising herbalist.

Jo Dunbar has treated thousands of patients since qualifying as a Medical Herbalist in 1999. She is the founder of Botanica Medica herbal apothecary (www.botanicamedica.co.uk). Since 2011, she has been a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. Her three previous books include the award-winning Spirit of the Hedgerow.

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9781786786500
224 pp
PB 216 x 135 mm
Mono
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Self-help & personal development
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Forged in Darkness

How to Grow in the Underworld

Dr Joanna LaPrade

Written by an experienced psychotherapist, Forged in Darkness is a unique guide to working with your inner darkness – your underworld. When we search within, we inevitably encounter the underworld: lost connections, failed enterprises, haunting memories, insecurities and buried secrets. Dr Joanna LaPrade reassures readers that experiences of darkness are natural and necessary markers on the path of growth and self-discovery. She explains that in the West we are used to aspiring to the Hercules archetype, expecting ourselves always to succeed and control, but that other archetypes are also available to us. Persephone, for example, can be our guide when we find ourselves estranged from the known and the comfortable, while Dionysius is the symbol of all that is unrestrained and wild. This accessible guide show readers of all ages how to embrace the shadowed parts of themselves.

Joanna LaPrade earned her PhD in Jungian and Archetypal Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California. She is a practising psychotherapist in Colorado and an adjunct professor at The Colorado College, where she teaches courses on Jungian and archetypal psychology.

9781786786746
224 pp
PB 216 x 135 mm
Two Colour
£12.99 / $14.95
Health & Wellbeing
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Back in Balance

Use the Alexander Technique to Combat Neck, Shoulder and Back Pain

Richard Brennan

This practical life-changing guide offers simple exercises to alleviate neck, shoulder and back pain, and suggests effective ways to make small lifestyle changes. Aimed at anyone who suffers with back pain, doctors, physiotherapists and those involved with complementary therapies, this essential book draws on the key principles of the Alexander Technique, which argues that the root cause of back pain stems from poor postural habits while performing everyday actions. Helping the reader to discover how their posture and movements may be having a detrimental effect on their health, this guide offers new ways of performing daily activities, with the aim to reduce muscular tension and stress on the bones and joints.

Richard Brennan has been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1989. He is the director of Ireland’s only Alexander Teacher Training College, and the author of five books on the topic, including Change Your Posture, Change Your Life. Richard has also been featured in many newspapers and magazines, and has appeared on BBC1 and RTE1.