A compendium of historical English folk magic, modern day protection magic, charms, prayers, and praxis. "Praesidium" means defense, protection, and aid when translated from Latin, and that is what this book of magic is about. Beautifully designed with unique typefaces and illustrations, Praesidium is as pleasant to look at as it is useful in its magic. Praesidium is perhaps the only book on magical defense the average person will ever need. To the magical practitioner, Praesidium is yet another source of unique magical information from which to draw on. Within Praesidium the reader will find rituals, spells, charms, prayers, and methods which spark the imagination and tap into the power of the mind. These works of magic range from simple to complex, and ancient to modern. They are collected from a variety of pre-existing magical methods, and original material from Austin Shippey's personal grimoire. A useful guide to the science behind the curse and at-a-distance-magic in general. Praesidium teaches the art of the clay image, the witch bottle, the protective circle, candle spells and protective charms, cleansing, binding, and unique magical charms which you won’t find anywhere else. Includes: -the signs and symptoms of a curse -the energy and feeling behind a curse -the clay or waxen image and its creation -circles of protection and banishment -the witch bottle and its creation -written and spoken charms for protection -the use of spiritual baths for cleansing -the making of holy water -how to consecrate a magical knife or "athame" -binding an enemy and restraining them from causing harm -sending a curse back to the person who cast it and more.