For 2019 the book club will be working through one academic text: Cunningfolk and Familiar Spirits: Shamanistic Visionary Traditions in Early Modern British Witchcraft and Magic, by Emma Wilby. The book itself is about $30-40 depending on where you purchase it, and is available on Amazon. If you have financial difficulties and cannot afford a copy, let the Eboard know and we may be able to help you out!
In December we met to discuss the preface and the pace of reading, and we decided that we’d do approximately one chapter a month. We will adjust as necessary, however, if we find the discussion of each chapter is taking longer or shorter than expected. Please do read the preface and the earlier chapters if you join us late, as the book builds upon these early foundations. Also, do take a look at the end notes! They have a lot of helpful additional material. We’ll also be publishing notes from the meetings here for those who miss them, and we will have ongoing conversations in the event pages on facebook, and in a Discord text channel (please ask an EBoard member for a link if you wish to join us on Discord). Feel free to bring supplementary material, if you have any, to the meetings or share it online.
December 8th, 2018: Preface
January 12th, 2019: Introduction to Part I, and Ch 1: A Hash and Enchanted World
February 9th: Ch 2: Cunning Folk and Witches
March 9th: Ch 3: The Magical Use of Spirits
April 13th: Ch 4: Human and Spirit: The Meeting
May 11th: Ch 5: The Working Relationship
June 8th: Ch 6: Renunciation and Pact
July 13th: Ch 7: Demon and Fairy: The Interface
August 10th: All of Part II (Introduction, Ch 8, Ch 9)
September 7th: Introduction to Part III, and Ch 10: Phantasticks and Phantasms
October 12th: Ch 11: Psychosis or Spirituality?
November 9th: Ch 12: The Unrecognized Mystics
December 7th: Ch 13: Greedigut and the Angel Gabriel
January 11th, 2020 (TBD): Ch 14: The Freedom of Magic
February 8th, 2020 (TBD): Final Thoughts