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Green Witchcraft: A Practical Guide to Discovering the Magic of Plants, Herbs, Crystals, and Beyond Paperback – 25 February 2020
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- Publisher : Rockridge Press (25 February 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 184 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1646115643
- ISBN-13 : 978-1646115648
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 1.52 x 21.34 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 11,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Paige Vanderbeck's Green Witchcraft: A Practical Guide to Discovering the Magic of Plants, Herbs, Crystals and Beyond, is exactly as described: a practical guide. I love this book. It is an outstanding research- and experience-based, yet approachable, book that covers everything one needs to get started on their path. As a seasoned practitioner, Paige's beautiful book made me fall in love with green witchcraft all over again. An excellent choice for both aspiring and experienced green witches." --Mary-Grace Fahrun, author of Italian Folk Magic: Rue's Kitchen Witchery
"Green Witchcraft is a refreshing, modern addition to the world of witchcraft books. Vanderbeck expertly dispels toxic misconceptions that plague earth-based paths and the greater magical community. Anyone who feels called to work with the earth or learn about all it has to offer will find this book a wonderful place to start and a solid foundation for their practice." --Tonya Brown, author of The Door to Witchcraft, Host of the Witch Daily Show podcast, and Editor-in-Chief of Witch Way Magazine.
"Whether you have a green thumb or the opposite, or whether you're a city witch or a spiritual newbie living in a lush wood, Green Witchcraft will speak to your soul through the universal language of nature. Offering pragmatic ideas for nature worship in addition to precise information on plants, herbs, crystals, wood, and more, Paige's uniquely accessible and kind magic shimmers in each word. This book will inspire, guide, and teach you, while deepening your innate connection to the earth and to magic itself." --Lisa Marie Basile, author of The Magical Writing Grimoire and Light Magic for Dark Times
About the Author
PAIGE VANDERBECK has always entertained the mystical and unbelievable. She hosts The Fat Feminist Witch Podcast, and writes about modern witchcraft, fat acceptance, and feminism for publications like Medium, Revelist, The Daily Dot, and Flare. You can also find her work on her website, TheFatFeministWitch.com.
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I actually ended up discovering a couple of things which were new to me.
This is a fab starter's guide to those starting out on their witchy path.
And makes it easily accessible to everyone, even those living in the city.
Informative - clear info. And there's a few starter spells too.
I like the sections - you can easily flick to the bits you need. And each has a practical usage explanation as well as background knowledge.
Definitely recommend to newbies.
This is very much an introductory book to Wicca and witchcraft in general - more so than I expected from the cover or description, although I should have learned my lesson by now as a lot of these "cutesy" witchcraft books on Amazon are just more of the same introductory drivel with different covers. Point being, if you are 100% totally new to Wicca or witchcraft then sure, you may find some use out of this book. But do your research and read from multiple sources and do your own homework. I don't recommend relying on this book solely as a way to learn anything substantial about Wicca or witchcraft. Some of the recipes and crystal and plant info further in the book are good for reference but honestly the first half of this book is pretty disappointing so far. Just bear that in mind. Literally, just skip the first half and go straight to page 50 if you want to use this as a reference book for plants herbs and crystals. That's about it.
In addition, I take issue with the author's passage about "full moon on the beach" on page 29. No where does she write anything like, "if you happen to live near the beach or another body of water, here's something you can try..." Or, "if you happen to live in Oklahoma or (insert land-locked state, province, country here) and are hours or days away from a beach, here are some alternatives." Some kind of acknowledgement - not all your readers have this option! Also, the idiotic comment at the end of this section for collecting moon water at the beach that "you can drink your bottle of moon water or add it to a magical bath when you get home." Ummmm, ok, last I checked but given the state of the country's (US) water sources, no one should be drinking beach (salt!) water!! And unless you happen to know for a fact that your source of freshwater is safe to drink, I would not recommend that either unless you happen to have access to pure spring water?? And I wouldn't be adding water from the beach or elsewhere (again, only if I knew it was absolutely pure!) to a bath either. Anyway, the overall lack of awareness and sensitivity there is pretty mind-boggling and I can't believe the editor or publisher didn't find anything amiss with this and allowed that to be printed.
Also, going back to doing your own research - she's wrong about the Sabbats on page 35. Imbolc is not "to mark the start of spring" in the literal sense, i.e., Imbolc is not the actual first day of spring if that's what she meant.
Depending on where you live, yes, you may start to see the stirrings or very early beginnings of spring on or around Feb 1st, but the first actual day of spring is on the spring equinox, Ostara. Imbolc is a cross-quarter holy day marking the midpoint between the winter solstice (Yule) and the spring equinox (Ostara), which she failed to mention. She didn't explain the days as quarter and cross-quarter days at all, which I don't understand why not.
If you're still reading this, thanks for checking out this review and hope it helps inform your decision.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 July 2020
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 November 2020