Journal Prompts: Apocalyptic Witchcraft by Peter Grey

The book selection for our April Book Coven was Apocalytpic Witchcraft by Peter Grey. Below are the journal prompts for diving deeper:

In the second chapter, Grey presents a Manifesto of Apocalyptic Witchcraft. (pg. 14)

  • Which points do you agree with? 
  • Which would you redact? 
  • What would you add to your own manifesto?

“The work of witchcraft is intimately connected with dreaming; some say it is simply that.” (pg. 25) “…we could go so far as to define witchcraft as the art of navigating dream.” (pg. 35)

  • What is the quality of your dreams?
  • Have you had any significant dreams recently, or repeating themes in your dreams?
  • How can you connect more deeply with your dreaming? Some ideas are keeping a dream journal, disconnecting from the digital, fasting and/or bathing before sleep, evening meditation, and using herbal aids such as lavender, mugwort, and poppy. 

“Hughes relates that: ‘The inner world separated from the outer world is a place of demons, the outer world separated from the inner world is a place of meaningless objects and machines.'” (pg. 57)

  • How do you balance the inner and outer world? Some ideas are through myth, poetry, art, dream work, active imagination, magick, and ritual.

“We do not need to begin with an exterior cult if we can diligently apply the basic exercises, and in doing so nurture the flowering of our own gifts.” (pg. 152)

  • Grey goes on to describe these basic exercises as orientation, presence, and imperative. What do you consider to be the foundational exercises of your Craft? For example meditation, ritual, offerings, etc.

“Orientation demands a mythic topography of witchcraft to replace the lost dream of a unified cult.” (pg. 156)

  • What does the landscape of your witchcraft look like?

“The witch must be present and this presence means the body.” (pg. 158)

  • How do you practice presence and embodiment?

“The third principle is: imperative…Witchcraft is defined in that it acts. This is not a path of contemplation, but of engagement.” (pg. 162)

  • Grey presents the imperative of apocalyptic witchcraft as animism. What is your imperative as a witch?

Bright blessings,

S.

March/April Book Coven

Apocalyptic Witchcraft by Peter Grey

For the March/April Book Coven we will be reading Apocalyptic Witchcraft by Peter Grey. I think this is going to be a challenging read, considering the times we are in. It is a challenging read regardless. However, if you are ready to dive in, let me know (contact info below) and I’ll make sure you’re on the email thread for it! Our meet-up time is still TBD, but will be sometime around mid-April.

Book synopsis.


One of the chapters presents a “Manifesto of Apocalyptic Witchcraft”, so the *optional* activity is to create your own Witchcraft Manifesto (aka Rules, Guidelines, Laws, etc), which may include or omit from the one presented in the book. As a Witch I believe it is important to work on defining our Craft, and this would be an excellent addition to your personal grimoire. It is of course not set in stone, but rather an ever-evolving philosophy. If you feel comfortable doing so, you may share some of your Manifesto with the group at the meet-up. It would be great to get insight and inspiration from one another. 

I encourage you to purchase this book directly from the publisher, Scarlet Imprint, if possible. While they are based in the UK, my order was shipped promptly and it took about two weeks for it to arrive. Here is the link to purchase from them (or you can purchase a digital edition to start reading right away): 


Hard Copy

Digital Edition

If you do not have the resources to purchase it, you can find a free pdf for it here.

Here’s an excellent interview with the author and his partner, both who also run Scarlet Imprint:

If you would like to be added to the ongoing mailing list for the Book Coven and receive monthly updates directly to your inbox, please send me an email at saganightryder@gmail.com and I will add you to it!

Book Coven General info:

  • A monthly book club with Zoom meet-up at the end of the month.
  • Book selection announced mid-month (for the upcoming month).
  • This is a month-to-month opt-in, you aren’t expected to participate every month!
  • You do not have to be a Witch to join the Book Coven, just know that witchcraft will be a running theme with the book selections and probably a part of the discussions.
  • There will be a bonus activity (optional) inspired by the book, as well as journal prompts.
  • Email me at saganightryder@gmail.com if you want to join in for the upcoming month!

Bright Blessings,

S.