"Italian Magic: Secret Lives Of Women"  is now be available as a pre-order !!!

 Full color illustrations and photos, 386 pages. $39.99 plus shipping. 

 PRE-ORDER DISCOUNT: $35.00 plus shipping

ISBN- 978-0-578-77334-6  

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ships OCT 31 2020

Looking for the meaning behind your Italian grandma’s rituals?
Curious about their source and wondering if there’s more to the story?
Seeking magic beyond what the Romans wrote about in fragments?
Wondering why no one can seem to find the mythical witch cults?


This book will answer all these questions 
and reveal a groundbreaking view into the hidden world of rural Italy: 
the ONLY pervasive holistic system of daily sacred magic indigenous to Italy and her islands, 
whose traditions existed in all rural communities regardless of cultural influences. 

In these communities: 
- magic was the daily medicine
- women were the sole operators of magic
- people lived an entire way of life in accordance with the cycles of nature 

and the energetic laws of the universe.
- the spirit world was as real as the earthly word
- psychic language was spoken in parallels
- shamanic inheritances received from spirits were handed down for generations 

between mothers and daughters, fathers and sons.

This lifestyle, whose threads of connection go back to the

domestic goddess temples of ancient Europe, 
began to die out in what Italians call the deculturalization of the 1950s. 
Here, midwives and healers took care of their families and communities. 
There were no hospitals nor medicine. 
Romans wrote about these traditions existing before them,

 and they live on in fragments among most Italian families. 

This is the source of masculine conceptual magic that became popular in the middle period.  

Astral travel, 
cord-cutting, 
psychic illness and physical symptoms, 
fertility trees, 
euthanasia, 
spell-breaking, 
birth and death rituals,
amulets and more can be found in these many pages, 
keeping in mind that this collection is only a small glimpse into a much more detailed way of life.


{Filomena makng "occhi" for Karyn, control il malocchio (against the evil eye) Guardia, Sanframondi

 Following the guidance of the Goddesses, Karyn returned to Italy where she embarked on a long and intensive research study. Taking cures from "streghe," meeting herbalists on mountain tops, experiencing a 6 hour ancestral fire ritual with secret shaman called Benandanti, having a past-life curse released through making "occhi," interviewing local authors and museum curators and archivists and folk lore experts, living among locals and walking on the remains of the Goddess Diana's 2,000 year old temple, Karyn found the historical evidence to support what the Goddesses had shown her in visions.

Italy’s Witches and Medicine Women Volume 1 not only documents the information Karyn gathered through the 23 people she interviewed, but it also provides a comprehensive spiritual history of the "Italian Witch" and reveals an important matrilineal living practice supplanted by the patriarchal invasions of  pre-pagan times, whose acts of repression still affect the world today. 

[on the riverbank of the Sabato River in the Stretto di Barba]


13. THE LADIES OF THE NIGHT SOCIETY

14. AMULETI: Amulets + Protection

15. TREES

16. WATER

17. WEDDED TO THE MADONNA: Rural Priestesses

18. FOOD MAGIC

19. PLANTS: herbs, berries, woods, nuts, seaweeds

20. UNGUENTI: Flying Ointments

21. THE MYTH OF SYNCRETISM

22. AUTHOR NOTE: How to read this book

23. AFTERWORD

2. MIDWIVES: Le Levatrici

-Names for midwives

-Ancient divination traditions

-Divinations using sympathetic notions





[walut shells that led me to the river, Stretto di Barba]

ISBN: 978-0-692-96138-4

  Golden Bough Books

          339 pages

       

To see the VIDEO I made before my second research trip to ITALY, you can go to my Generosity page to view my original premise...

SUBCHAPTERS:

1. BIRTH: La Nascita

-Divinity on earth

-Motherhood

-Spiritual Heritage

-Before

​-What came after

ABOUT THE BOOK

[visiting Erborista Doriana's land in Castellarone, Italy]

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Italy’s Witches and Medicine Women Volume 1 not only documents the information Karyn gathered through the 23 people she interviewed,in 7 different regions,  but it also provides a comprehensive spiritual history of the "Italian Witch" and reveals an important matrilineal living practice supplanted by the patriarchal invasions of  pre-pagan times, whose acts of repression still affect the world today. 


Along with documentation  of a  groundbreaking history of women, you will also find practical tips on how to prepare yourself to reconnect with this female Lineage. Between each chapters Karyn reveals her visionary journey to this evidential history in short stories called "Secrets," sure to bring understanding and illumination to your journey into the world of Spirit.


 Karyn has also developed "Italy's Witches and Medicine Women" into a Lecture Series with video interview footage, photos, and a brief overview of the enormous body of information her book contains.

                      Also available on Amazon.com and Amazon Europe

[syncretized pre-pagan Goddess statue, Carlo Napolitano's bewitched triangle, from his book "Il Triangolo Stregato...]

CHAPTERS : Keep an eye here for subchapter reveals each week.


1. BIRTH: La Nascita                                                                                

2. MIDWIVES: Le Levatrici

3. MOTHERS OF GOD: Female Divinity

4. SYMPATHETIC MAGIC in BIRTH RITUALS

5. DEATH: La Morte

6. TYPES OF ILLNESS, TYPES OF HEALERS

7. I GUARITRICI + I RITI TERAPEUTICI

8. BETWEEN MAGIC + MEDICINE

9. LE MALEDIZIONI: Evil eye, Invoices, 

  Bindings, Spells, Filters

10. HAIR
11. DIVINATION
12. RESURRECTION OF THE BONES



Karyn Crisis trained as a platform Medium under an NSAC certified Spiritualist Minister, and she has become sought-after in the Bay Area for classes, workshops, private readings and public demonstrations. Her work has taken a turn towards historical recovery focused on reclaiming Ancient Wisdom received through the Old Ways. This feminine, receptive practice of devotional Mediumship offers empowerment in our modern times through connecting us to our still-living legacy of the Medicine Women, Wise Women, and “Witches” of the past, as well as to their Goddess Guides and Teachers.

Karyn returns to Italy this mid summer to work on 

Italy's Witches and Medicine Women VOLUME 2 !

Book cover design by Daniel Hamilton Jones, 2017.

[Karyn at the remains of Tempio di Diana, Lago di Nemi, Italy}


Karyn Crisis never had the chance to decide if the spirit world was real or imaginary. She has been able to sense the "unseen world of  passed-on relatives, angels, and ghosts since childhood.  Training as a Spiritualist Medium as an adult, she became a popular platform Medium and healer in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2009, she took a fateful trip to Italy’s Tuscany Region, which would have a lasting impact far beyond what she could have ever imagined:

 Goddesses from Italy's history suddenly began appearing to Karyn as clearly as other spirit people had,  and they began transmitting to her the information of a most interesting cultural melting pot in Italy that gave rise to its unique and complex spiritual landscape. Among the information shared was the knowledge  of Italy's own indigenous Lineage healing, a female shamanism hiding in-plain-sight that can be traced back to pre-pagan times.  One thing was clear: Mediumship was and is the cornerstone of all these traditions by advancing the quality of life through previously hidden knowledge from the spirit world handed down to earth. 

https://www.generosity.com/education-fundraising/witches-of-italy-an-educational-research-trip

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3. Mothers of God: Female Divinity

-Female saints

-Mothers of God

-Shamanism

-Power of words and voice

-Looking beyond cultural expression

-Maiden, mother, crone


{Karyn and strega Antonietta, Triora]

Karyn Crisis  |  Spirit Medium


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter 1: “A Sweeping Herstory:The Hidden Womb of Witchery”
Chapter 2: “Reclaiming Italy’s Witchery from Patriarchy’s Paganism”
Chapter 3:  “Categories of Italian Witches”
Chapter 4: “Women of the Mountains of the North West"​

Chapter 5: “Curing Traditions of the Ligurian Region’s Silver Valley”

Chapter 6: “The Good Witches of Emilia-Romagna of Central-North and Northeastern Italy”

Chapter 7: “Il Malocchio”
Chapter 8: "Le Stregone, Le Maghi, Le Guaritori" (The Sorcerers, The Wizards, the Healers)

Chapter 9: “Possession, Channeling, Ecstatic Trance, Exorcism”
Chapter 10: “Caccia Alle Streghe:” (The Witch Hunt )
Chapter 11: “Young  Witches in  Modern Italy”
Chapter 12: “The Region of Campania"
Chapter 13: “The Importance of the Color Black in Italy’s Witchery”
Chapter 14: “Carlo Napolitano’s Bewitched Triangle of Benevento"
​Chapter 15: "Goddesses in Italy”
Chapter 16: “ La Signora del Gioco”​

Chapter 17: “ “How the Goddess Became the Devil”
Chapter 18: “Benandanti:: “Guardians of the the Threshold”
Chapter 19: “Magic versus Mediumship”
​Chapter 20: “What’s In A name”
Chapter 21: “Conclusion"