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Goth Craft
Goth Craft
The Magickal Side of Dark Culture

By: Raven Digitalis
Imprint: Llewellyn
Specs: Trade Paperback | 9780738711041
English  |  316 pages | 8 x 9 x 1 IN
Pub Date: September 2007
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There is No Light Without a Shadow

Shadows are not about evil, they're where we find the deepest truths about ourselves. For many, the discovery of those truths forms the backbone of our spiritual beliefs, leading to magick, Wicca, and Witchcraft.

There is another subculture that often has similar beliefs, but often go beyond wearing pentagrams and black clothes. They add sometimes radically unique styles of music, clothes and make-up. They are known as "Goths," and the similarity of so many beliefs between the two groups has resulted in the first blending of the two in Goth Craft.

Author Raven Digitalis knows both communities well. He is a DJ, as well as both a Goth and an initiated Witch. In Goth Craft he breaches the divide that has kept these two groups apart by sharing information about both.

What Are Goths?
The first modern Goths developed out of the punk scene in England. They tired of the negative behavior and apathy and were drawn to more melodic music, as well as wearing dark colors and makeup. These "dark punks" became known as Goths.

Goth is more than clothing and music. It is a lifestyle that is focused on internal experience and reflection instead of anger and anarchy. Goths are keen observers of life, watchers of the world, and introspective. Sometimes that quiet, contemplative demeanor is confused with being twisted or evil.

A visit to a Goth nightclub will reveal many different Goth styles—the book is filled with amazing photos illustrating some of the popular Goth traditions"but there is no dress code. So why do Goths dress as they do? For the same reason Pagans dress as they do: it feels natural that way!

The Goth and Witchcraft Intersection
Witches and Wiccans do not have identical beliefs. That's why there are so many Pagan traditions. Similarly, not all Goths have the same spiritual beliefs. However, most Goths do have spiritual beliefs and many are drawn to earth-based and occult paths. They are attracted to the non-dogmatic appeal of Paganism and its emphasis on personal development, power, and the mysterious. That's why there had to be a meeting of these two subcultures. And that's why there had to be Goth Craft.

The Best of Both Worlds
In this book you'll find the first and best introduction to both Goth and Craft paths. You'll discover the beliefs of numerous types of Goths: Babydolls, CorporateGoths, CyberGoths, FaerieGoths, RomanticGoths, and many more. You'll also discover the worlds of different types of magickal folk, including Alexandrian Wicca, Chaos Magick, Druidry, Feri Witchcraft, Shamanism, and others. Finally, you'll discover the unique path that links both, the tradition of the Dark Witch, which includes:

Utilizing emotional energy to work magick
Overcoming dark and dangerous thoughts
Learning meditation to cultivate love and compassion
Discovering appropriate bands and music to enhance elemental rituals
Choosing the magickal name that fits who you are
Learning the secrets of the tools of the Dark Witch

Goth Craft is filled with magickal techniques you can use to create the changes you want in your life. It's also loaded with information on makeup, dress, and music. It also gives a complete look at the Goth world including vampirism, alternative practices and so much more.

If music by Faith, the Muse, and Inkubus Sukkubus is more your style than Celtic folk music, if you're drawn to dark clothes and dark eyeliner, if you find you're more of an introvert and are fascinated by magick and power and spirituality, you must get Goth Craft!

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