Six Ways is available for pre-order at this time (the release date is April 23rd, 2018) via Amazon US & Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, Adlibris in Norway, Finland, and Sweden, and the Book Depository. The Book Depository ships worldwide for free, and so is the best source for Oceania and Canada right now. As I have been asked: I get paid the same regardless of where you purchase the book, so choose whichever works best for you! I am not handling shipping of books at this time, as it simply cuts too deeply into the time I have for my work in the shop, so they are not available from me directly, with the exception of bookstores looking to buy wholesale.
This is an excerpt from Six Ways: Approaches & Entries for Practical Magic by Aidan Wachter
"I wrote Six Ways to fill a gap that as far as I am aware, hasn’t been filled quite to my liking. This gap is the space between a simple, direct, non-dogmatic and internally consistent magical approach and its application in the modern world. I’ve seen and read a lot of spell books, a lot of theory books, a lot of historical texts, a lot of pagan reconstructions, a lot of books on magical ‘tech’, and a lot of what are primarily expressions of religious ritual practices. These are all fine things, and I have a small selection of each type of book in my collection.
That said, the majority of magical books I have come across are of two types. The first is not practical enough, meaning they don’t really provide a clear enough context to allow someone to take the practices provided and really run with them. The second type is actually too context driven, as in a text on traditional witchcraft, or a ceremonial grimoire for example, where it is often assumed that you adhere to a particular set of beliefs, philosophies, and aesthetics. If, however, you do not, they may not be of much use at all beyond their value as literature.
In Six Ways I am attempting to do a few things. The first is to share how I actually think about and experience the work that I do, as well as how it fits within my life overall. This piece is to me the missing link in a lot of magical writing. Having the technical bits (the ‘how to’ portion) without the internal reasoning or application within the larger milieu of a life tends to limit the usefulness of the information. The second bit relates to the technical skills I use (and the steps I took or now suggest to develop them as skills) shown in such a way that the reader is not locked into the specific methodology I use. The third piece is focused on developing or remembering the sorcerous worldview, and is a collection of windows and doors (the approaches and entries of the subtitle of the book) that one can use to access these states of being. The last and most important piece of the book covers a whole lot of my thinking and feeling behind what it has taken for me to make, maintain, and deepen contact with the Otherworld and the spirits of the Field, and how another might go about such a task.
Six Ways came about via a rather twisty path. Through my practice of sorcery and magic, I came to know a symbolic jeweler, my late friend Mark Defrates, in New Orleans in the early 1990’s. Along with Mark’s wife Pamela Daley, we in time generated an international chaos magic group known as the (Z) Cluster. In the late nineties, I learned the basics of silver and gold smithing from Mark, and in 2012, I decided to try my hand at being a talismanic jeweler as a full on trade. When I first began offering my talismanic jewelry for sale, I expected my client base to be largely composed of ‘lifer’ magicians, witches and sorcerers. This turned out to be half true! The other half turned out to be people who recognized that there was ‘something to this magic thing’ and who may have had a practice of sorts, but had not dedicated their lives to the study of magic or occultism. Primarily for this second half I began to write blog posts, mostly to answer repeated questions about how I did what I did, what I thought about it, and how others might approach similar types of work.
Surprisingly to me, I began to get a large amount of feedback from people who actually were magical ‘lifers’ that what I was writing was helpful to them as well. From all of this feedback, Six Ways was born.
I have written, to the best of my ability, what is intended to be as close to a stand-alone text as possible. I have done this for the folks who are not interested in dedicating themselves to years (or a life) of occult study but are seeking a direct pathway to entering, developing, and deepening their magical practices. At the same time, I have attempted to share the absolutely most useful pieces and views I have found along my path, which I hope will serve the lifers as well! We shall see in time if I have succeeded.
May the Spirits of the Field bless you and your works!"