New Title Forthcoming - Pyrenean Witchcraft

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Atramentous Press are pleased and honoured to announce the arrival of a new author to our fold. Júlia Semproniana is a researcher, teacher, and practitioner of Metzineria and Pyrenean Witchcraft. She is one of the founding members of the Gremi de l'Art, an initiative whose goal is to spread the magical traditions and lore of the Iberian peninsula through academic insight and both individual and collective practice. She is a co-founder of Occvlta, an endeavour focused on crafting high-quality herbal products and artefacts for the alchemist, the poisoner, the apothecary, and the practitioner of Witchcraft since 2013. She now resides in the Pyrenees of Catalonia and the focus of her work revolves around the awakening and remembrance of forgotten Witch and Plant lore.

Júlia's book "Pyrenean Witchcraft" is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.  

The Lands of the Goat:
Sabbatic landmarks in Pyrenean witchcraft

Atop the snowy peaks, deep inside the ice age lakes, and among the green plains of the majestic Pyrenees there is a subtle but ancient rumour that can still be heard by the attentive ears of those curious and daring. This gigantic and majestic mountain range that separates the Iberian Peninsula from the rest of Europe witnessed the genesis of the crime of Witchcraft and the subsequent late medieval and early modern European witch-hunt. This episode, so apparently distant in time, provoked a deep structural transformation in the previous ways of living, and thus its aftermath is still detectable on its inhabiting spirits. The Pyrenees was presented to the rest of the world as the birthplace of the Witches’ Sabbat, a mystery nurtured with the imagery that had been inherited from the accusations of heresy made against the Albigensians and the Cathars combined with a series of unorthodox magical practices and pre-Christian places of worship. When witchcraft was established as a crime, the Land and its inhabitants quickly adapted itself to the new panorama, changing their disposition and self-perception, changing the way how it presented itself to the rest of the world: the early modern Pyrenees became a dark place. Even though the times of superstition may have already passed, its spirits have kept those loci with the utmost zeal, and Land has become self-conscious of its power and significance. But with cunning and dedication, the Land can still unfold its elusive message to its wanderers, so the fearless can find the steps that will lead him to the French Lande du Bouc, the Catalan Biterna, the Basque Akelarre, or the Aragonese Eras de Tolosa; in other words, to the Land of the Goat.


Carolyn Hamilton