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The Resurgence of the Cunning Man

By Weathered Wise Man

I have been reading quite a bit lately. The book that has been the focus of my attention is called, “The Cunning Man’s Handbook” by Jim Baker. This book covers the practices of the English Cunning Man from years 1550-1900. It covers the evolution of the cunning folk and the progression of their magick. These were the healers, charmers, and magicians of the day. It even discusses the relation to the African practice of Hoodoo.

The cunning folk of the age literally lived at the boundaries of society. Most were positioned outside of the main hub of villages, simply because the religious leaders of the times were more than suspicious of their practices which may have included tinctures, potions, charms, amulets, spells or curses.

Even looking toward Shamanism, you see often that the Holy Man was often located at the edge of the encampment. This was not just a way of separating him from the ‘common’ folk….but a means of protection for the tribe. His medicine would ward off evil spirits and anyone or anything that would wish harm upon the people.

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(H/T Juniper)

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