Traditional Southern root magic and conjure from someone who learned the old ways growing up in rural Appalachia.
Folk magic conjurer and root worker Orion Foxwood invites you to take a walk through his native Appalachia, through moonlit orchards and rural farms, to the dark of the crossroads. From the oral tradition of his ancestors to the voices of the spirits themselves, Foxwood brings readers the secrets of Southern magic:
- Working by the signs (the ability to synchronize work such as farming, fertility, and orcharding)
- Faith healing
- Settling the light (candle magic)
- Doctoring the root (the ability to use herbs, roots, stones, or animal parts for magic or for clearing, cleansing, and blessing a person)
- Praying or dreaming true (blessings of spirit/God to a person, place, or thing as well as prophetic or predictive dreaming)
- Blessing or cursing
- Mountain Conjure and Southern Root Work shows how to create magic in today’s world with the old ways and traditions of Appalachia.
Orion Foxwood is a conjurer in the American southern folk tradition, a traditional witch and a Faery Seer. He is the founder of Foxwood Temple of the Old Religion in Maryland and a co-founder of Conjure Crossroads and the annual Folk Magic Festival held in New Orleans and Conjure-Con. He was born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia and is the author of The Tree of Enchantment and The Candle and the Crossroads both published by Weiser Books.
“We walk a steep and rock-strewn path here in Appalachia—a place haunted by undying and toxic stereotypes, as well as a history of relentless extractions and intractable poverty. Out of this rough stew, we create poetry, music, and magic. Orion’s book explores one of our many paths to the Mystery and invites the reader to join that exploration.”
--H. Byron Ballard, folklorist and author of Staubs and Ditchwater: A Friendly and Useful Introduction to Hillfolks’ Hoodoo
"Mountain Conjure and Southern Root Work is a masterpiece. From the very first page, Orion invites us to walk through the culture, history, and magic of root working. Orion’s eloquence is majestic; to read this book is to understand the true meaning of the word ‘soulful.’ Read this book and you will understand the workings and social role of root workers in all their ancestral depth, and the cultural significance and beauty of Appalachia.”
– Elhoim Leafar, author of The Magical Art of Crafting Charm Bags
"Orion is my kind of magic maker -- an old-timey candle-burning, spirit-connected, go-out-and-play-in-the-forest kind of root doctor. Mountain Conjure and Southern Root Work is a rare invitation into his magical mystical world. If you want to learn authentic spiritual practices that are steeped in tradition, I can think of no better book than the one you are holding in your hands."
-Madame Pamita, author of Madame Pamita's Magical Tarot and The Book of Candle Magic