[England]: Society for Esoteric Endeavour, 2009. First Edition Hardcover. Square 8vo. 184pp. Blue cloth with silver titling to spine, frontis, b&w illustrations, appendixes. Limited to 1,000 copies. A collection of essays, interviews, etc relating to “The Society of the Horseman’s Word”, the secretive group of professional horse and ploughman who developed and practiced their own craft-related occult rituals in different parts of Britain. The book includes a reprint of the scarce 1879 publication “Eleven Years at Farm Work” by James S. Munro, “An Exposition of the Miller & Horseman’s Word, or the True System of Raising the Devil” by William Singer (1881), “Ritual and Law, the Society of Horseman’s Word” by William Rennie, etc. The Society of the Horseman’s Word was a primarily Scottish phenomenon although it also manifested in various related schools of esoteric horsemanship in southern Britain. It is an unusually diverse and complex tradition, that mixes ancient methods of horse taming, rural craft initiations, teachings concerning Tubal Cain, others drawn from Freemasonry and village witchcraft and cunning lore. New copy. Fine in fine dust jacket.
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