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The Cunning Folk

The Cunning Folk

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First, I am a wise-woman, and a fortune-teller, and under that I deal in physicke and fore-speaking, in palmistry, and recovering of things lost. --The Wise Woman of Hogsdon, Thomas Heywood, 1638

Practicing from as early as the 13th century onward in Europe, the Cunning Folk represent a fascinating triumph of marketing. At a time when being a witch could be terribly dangerous, they largely escaped persecution by billing themselves as un-witches. Non-witches. Definitely not-at-all witches, and really, very helpful and protective against witches! Despite this, they practiced divination, astrology, alchemy, spellwork, shamanism, rituals, herbalism, healing, and general folk magic. They cultivated images of mystery and supernatural power, and, as printing became more widespread, were known for their books of magic spells. However, not quite all of them could actually read, so these books were sometimes merely props used to thrill their (also illiterate) clientele.

The scent of an unread magical grimoire smudged with tobacco and surrounded by offerings of chocolate and golden amber.

Offered in a 5 ml amber glass apothecary bottle.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣Indie, handmade, vegan, cruelty free.