The field of witchcraft studies is continually over-turning new information and research about traditional witchcraft practices and their meanings. A Deed Without a Name seeks to weave together some of this cutting-edge research with insider information and practical know-how. Utilising his own decades of experience in witchcraft and core-shamanism Lee Morgan pulls together information from trial records, folklore and modern testimonials to deepen our understanding of the ecstatic and visionary substrata of Traditional Witchcraft. Those who identify themselves as 'Traditional' tend to read a lot of scholarly texts on the subject and yet still there remains a vast gulf between this information and knowledgeably applying it in practice; this book aims to close that gap.
REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS
The problem with a lot of books of this nature is that they’re either huge scholarly tomes or archaic secondary sources (such as witch-trial transcripts), they assume that you’ve read a ton of these armchair scholarly works or they’re overtly pretentious and full of fairly unpractical or unrealistic rituals and practices.
Lee Morgan’s A Deed Without A Name: Unearthing the Legacy of Traditional Witchcraft is not a book like this. It lays out the fact that traditional witchcraft comes from folk magic and uses a poetic and gnostic reclamation of literature and history, with creative, ecstatic practices incorporated.
Tying together scholarship, folklore, the witch as ‘other’, witchcraft as a shamanic and ecstatic tradition of Europe and knowledge of historical and modern witchcraft mystery cults – this is a fantastic starting point for anyone who is interested in pre-Wiccan traditional witchcraft. In fact, I know a couple of friends who list this as required reading for their new witchcraft students. This book will give you a great starting point to jump into other books on the topic and fills in a lot of the blanks not addressed in other sabbatical witchcraft books. The book is full of beautiful wood-cut images that gives this book a very cool yet anachronistic vibe, which is very suiting for the topic of the book.
Despite the book touching upon so many traditional witchcraft themes such as the fetch-beast and familiars, the crossroads pact, demon lovers, hedge-riding, faery-doctoring, necromancy, exorcism and so much more – the author doesn’t puff themselves up as some mystical spooky expert on a super restrictive secret cult of darkness, but rather presents these topics in a very grounded and clear manner. It is also accessible to anyone who feels the call of those spirits and that work without a need for a folklore degree or a six-figure salary needed to buy a $300 goat-skin bound tome with a gold-leaf sigil on it limited to 100 copies.
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/matauryn/2017/07/09/review-deed-without-name/#mr2wdPJuJxv8fblU.99 ~ Mar Auryn, http://www.patheos.com/blogs/matauryn/2017/07/09/review-deed-without-name/#mr2wdPJuJxv8fblU.99
A concise introduction to modern traditional witchcraft... Recommended. ~ The Cauldron
This is a fascinating book digging into the history and fact behind the different myths and legends that make up the legacy of Witchcraft. Giving insight and interesting details on many of the facets of the Craft that we use now such as hedge crossing, fetch beasts and familiars and hag riding. I found myself nodding as I read this book, agreeing with so many of the statements and also learning some history along the way. To be honest the author had me hooked in the first few pages
This book not only includes lots of research and history it also includes ideas and exercises to work through. It should definitely be on your bookshelf.
http://kitchenwitchuk.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/a-deed-without-name.html ~ Rachel Patterson, www.kitchenwitchhuk.blogspot.co.uk
Morgan promises a synthesis of practical experience and scholarship, and judging by his footnotes I would say he delivers. It’s rare to find such a satisfying combination of learning and skill in the esoteric genre. ~ The Druid'sWell, https://thedruidswell.com/2016/02/06/review-a-deed-without-a-name/
Lee Morgan has delivered a corker of a first book; easily read, engaging, intriguing, poetic and deep. I have no hesitation in recommending it highly. ~ Magic of the ordinary, https://magicoftheordinary.wordpress.com/2013/02/10/a-witchcraft-to-sink-your-teeth-into-review-of-a-deed-without-a-name/
Lee Morgan has crafted an astonishing and completely necessary work and has done this without relying on hapless anachronisms or pseudo-history. The Cunning Craft of the Traditional Witch is alive and well and 'A Deed Without a Name' helps to unravel this Story for the reader in visceral, poetic and timeless ways. This book allows the Witch of ultimately any path to gain a full and fresh understanding of contemporary Traditional Witchcraft and to feel into the aesthetic, context and substance of the Art of the Craft. This book should, and will, become a seminal text in the ever-growing Witchcraft phenomenon. ~ Gede Parma, Wild Witch and author of Ecstatic Witchcraft and By Land, Sky & Sea
Lee Morgan writes as though a treasure-horde of ancestral gnosis in the land has opened itself to her and whispered thick tomes of lore.
~ Robin Artisson - author of 'The Witching Way of the Hollow Hill', Personal Reference