Shakespeare's plays and sonnets are steeped in magic and esoteric lore. This book deeply explores fascinating examples of Hermeticism, astrology, and alchemy as well as instances of prophecy, herbalism, witchcraft, hauntings, and divine intervention. Additionally, So Potent Art delves into the sacred architecture of the historical theater space and examines the archetypal structures of the plays themselves.
Author Emily Carding, a Wiccan initiate and theater professional who specializes in staging Shakespeare, goes beyond just exploring occult references. In this book, she suggests myriad ways that you can adapt these works and use them for your own spells and rituals. The exercises within are designed to help you invoke Shakespeare's archetypal characters and speak his words with spiritual intent as powerful practices for self-development and the magical manifestation of desired outcomes.
"Brilliant, practical, witty, and accessible, Carding gifts great insight throughout, sensitively introducing the reader to Shakespeare, Magic(ke), and the creative light that can shine from and through all of us."—Ben Crystal, author of Shakespeare on Toast
"This is a glorious book – and long overdue. There have been other works that looked into Shakespeare's magical life but nothing as thorough or enlightening as this. Emily Carding is to be congratulated for her work and for opening the doors to a magical realm."—John Matthews, author of How to see Faeries.
"'There are more things in Heaven and earth, Horatio...' and Emily Carding explains it all to you in this practical and informed new book. With a lovely wit and Shakespearean expertise, Carding shows how two seemingly unrelated subjects—magic and Shakespeare—are inextricably entwined and extraordinarily powerful."—Austin Tichenor, artistic director of the Reduced Shakespeare Company