Book Review Monday: Witchcraft for Woods and Forests by Melusine Draco

Buy it here: Traditional Witchcraft for the Woods and Forests: A Witch’s Guide to the Woodland with Guided Meditations and Pathworking

Although this books describes itself mainly as a pathworking book, it also contains information on spells using trees, how to make wands and which trees to pick and which offerings to give, folklore surrounding trees, sacred fires, celebrating the seasons as opposed to the strict sabbats found in more Wiccan flavoured and much more.

The pathworkings or guided meditations themselves are gorgeous, and give you a very defined space within which to wander and seek your own path. Safety advice is given, both in finding or using a guide during the meditation and eating and grounding oneself properly once you return, which I will bang on about even after I die. It’s so important.

The Woods and Forests featured are British Woodlands, and even though you are given a Hunter’s Wood to work with, there is enough information on other native trees and types of woodland to build your own Wood to more closely resemble one you are familiar with in your part of the UK.

The only thing I’m not happy with is with gendering trees/rocks/energy which many people are guilty of. It strikes me as silly to force a human construct onto other creatures – especially when there is no gender binary even in humans. If a thing is receptive, say so. If a thing is fiery, say so. If it’s open, it’s open. Say what you mean – everyone’s idea of masculinity/femininity is so vastly different anyway so the words are meaningless at this point.

But! That’s a very small flaw within an otherwise fantastic book. This is a book I will be keeping in my collection, and referring to it often.

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Quick Destroying Spell

Quick Destroying SpellIf you’ve ever got any paperwork to shred or burn, at work or at home, focus on something you want to destroy as you destroy the paperwork. Whether it’s Daesh, police brutality, an illness or some other bad happening in your life, this is a simple but effective way to do it.

Book Review Monday – A Kitchen Witch’s World of Magical Food by Rachel Patterson (NO PUMPKINS!)

Buy it here: A Kitchen Witch’s World of Magical Food

Hooray for magical food that isn’t USA-centric! If you don’t like or can’t get bloody pumpkins and yet want to learn to cook seasonally and magically, look here.

This is not just a cookbook, it also has guides to eating seasonally, brewing magical recipes, and has massive correspondence list for all kind of edibles. (It’s my favourite sort of correspondence list. No, not ’cause it’s food although that helps. It’s because Patterson explains why x thing has y qualities. )

But I’ll start with the recipes first.

This is a more British/European centric cookbook, although I don’t think it sells itself as such. But the distinct lack of pumpkins is refreshing.

There is a mix of recipes, some more traditional ones we’ve stopped eating, some more modern ones, and some that reflect Britain’s multicultural diet. There’s also a Gluten Free one, but if you’re experienced in food for any dietary concern you might have, you should find the recipes easy to adapt, as the magical ingredients are listed, along with why  they have been chosen.

Although this book is not about wildcrafting, in the seasonal/sabbat food sections it does detail several plants you can wildharvest from according to season. Of course, consult a proper wildharvest book or website to make sure you can identify the plants you wish to pick, and also consult any people you know who harvest from the wild in your area (30 miles or so). I know for a fact that in my area chestnuts are only available for the fortnight that ends September and begins November, but the list is a good place to start.

Hooray for a big long correspondence lists that you can freestyle from, hooray for recipes for every taste, hooray for reasons behind why you did that, and HOORAY: NO PUMPKINS.

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Book Review Monday – Pathworking Through Poetry by Fiona Tinker

 

Buy it here: Pagan Portals – Pathworking through Poetry:Pagan Pathworking through poetry: exploring, knowing, understanding and dancing with the wisdom the bards hid in plain view.

I urge you not to overlook this book just because the author may not be involved with the same pantheon as you. The skills taught in this small volume are valuable to any person who is interested in communicating with Deities who may have been ‘forgotten’, so to speak.

The author has selected a bunch of poems and not only demonstrates how to use critical thinking and poetry analysis skills to find hidden meanings and clues, but also how to use the concepts and stories as meditations/journeys to communicate, worship and journey to various Deities.

This book impressed me with the subtle details – like how Gods are NOT spell ingredients, but actual People who should be approached with respect, and the easy to learn skills that are easily lifted from the examples given and put into practice elsewhere.

Although, if you are from an Irish/Scots or Druid/Celtic based tradition, you will find this especially useful.

 

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