The Arcane Veil – Shani Oates

Traditional Craft study of historical themes, from the Maiden of the Clan of Tubal Cain.


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Oxford: Mandrake, 2012. New hardback with dustwrapper, 300 pages.

A leader within Traditional Craft , Shani Oates looks back through history at witchcraft in England, through the lens of the Cochrane-based tradition. Her themes include Lucifer, witch-blood, heresy and sin-eating,  in relation to past eras, so when she comes to practices and beliefs of recent decades, she is all the more fascinating.  The foreword is by Nicolaj de Mattos Frisvold.


Section One:
Discourses on the History of Magic.Influence and impact of Christianity upon the Development and Evolution of Magic:
1: Survival of Classical, Roman and Teutonic Magical Concepts and Practices under the Early Church. 600 – 1000CE
2: The Theological Renaissance 1000CE – 1300CE
3: Heresy and Early Witchcraft 1300CE-1600CE
4: The Hermetic Renaissance. 1400-1700

Section Two:
Discourses on the Craft
5: It’s all in a Name: Lucifer, an Ancient Heresy
6: The Profane Art of Masking
7: Witch-Blood, a Modern Heresy?
8: Sin Eating: Its relevance to the Craft
9: Traditional Witchcraft in the 21st Century
10: Which Craft?

“Wisdom is the reward of the spirit, gained in the search for knowledge. Truth is variable – what is true now, will not be true tomorrow, since the temporal truths are dependent upon ethics and social mores – therefore wisdom is possibly eternal Truth, untouched by man’s condition. So we must come to the heart of the people, a belief that is based upon Eternity, and not upon social needs or pressures – the ‘witch’ belief then is concerned with wisdom, our true name, then the wise people and wisdom is our aim.”
– Robert Cochrane 1931-1966