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Green Witchcraft: Folk Magic, Fairy Lore & Herb Craft (Green Witchcraft Series) Paperback – September 8, 2002
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For example, did you know that the ancient roots of Wicca can be traced all the way back to ancient India? You can find this amazing history in Green Witchcraft (the author majored in history and used to be a history instructor).
You will also learn the basic tenets of Witchcraft as focused in the Witches' Rede, the Charge of the Goddess, the Law of Return, and more. This book also teaches you how to do magical rituals and celebratory rites. Included are complete versions of rites for the major Wiccan holidays such as Imbolc and Ostara. Other rites which include how to do the ritual and what to say are rituals for the Full Moon, Paganing, Handfasting, and more.
Once you learn how to do the outline of a magical ritual, you need to be able to fill in the blanks. This includes the use of colors, candles, and herbs along with selecting the proper time and day and doing divinations. You'll learn how to use tea leaves, Tarot cards, and a crystal ball for this purpose.
In short, this book provides you with a complete understanding of all of the core elements that make up modern Paganism. Since this is non-sectarian, what you learn here can easily be applied to any tradition of Witchcraft. This is a book you'll come back to again and again.
About the Author
Ann Moura has been a practitioner of Green Witchcraft for over forty years. She holds both a B.A. and an M.A. in History. Moura lives in Florida where she runs her own metaphysical store, presents public rituals, and teaches classes on the Craft. Visit her online at www.annmourasgarden.com or at www.lunasolesoterica.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Chapter 1: The Green - Ms. Moura goes into her definition of Green Witchcraft. She has an interesting family background in that her mother and grandmother had very pagan practices and beliefs while remaining staunch Catholics. She does do some historic tracings but it is mostly a book on what was passed down to her. She takes a definite pantheistic view and deals more with the elementals than any particular aspect of the God and Goddess. She also sees elementals as "whos" not "whats" which to me made a big difference. She is also a solitary so most of the material is written with that slant and the idea that dedicating, initiating yourself is just as "valid" as having it done by an HP.
Chapter 2: Basics - goes into a brief explanation of the sabbats and esbats and how she personally celebrates them. She is one of the first authors I have seen that gives a clear definition of the difference between dedication and initiation rituals. Her explanation (which matches what I believe) is that a initiation ritual is your way of "introducing" yourself and asking for guidance as your learn the basics. You are not pledging yourself to any one path, just kind of saying "here I am". A dedication ritual is one in which you dedicate yourself to a particular path or belief with
full-knowledge of what you are pledging to. She also goes over her ideas of the use of craft names as well.Read more ›
Aoumiel visits more briefly than I would have liked on her family's blending of pagan traditions into a Judeo-Christian framework. But the examples she does give show how paganism isn't just a religion, it's a philosophy and a way of life that can work harmoniously with other religions. She is helpful to those wondering how to blend their Pagan faith with the largely Judeo-Christian world.
I liked the sections on each Sabbat, especially the earthy, traditional activities that she suggests can be incorporated into (or substitute for) more formal observances. Although it basically bulked out the book for Aoumiel to reproduce the basic suggestions for a ceremony each time she covered a sabbat observance, that was handy too. The appendixes were fascinating, and while again they did not have as much depth as I would have liked, they provided both an intrigue for more information and a jumping-off place to research it.
'Green Witchcraft' is an intelligent, commonsense, fact-based book that no one new to, or curious about, Paganism should be without. I applaud Aoumiel for providing an alternative to the Wiccan fantasy sci-fi convention nonsense that is out there confusing people.
That said, there are many more things that prevent me from recommending this book - especially to beginners.
First, Ms. Moura presents her personal take on witchcraft as the basis for all forms of witchcraft, and blends this form of arrogance with an active hostility toward other religions (especially Judeo-Christian religions). Even though much of what she presents has a strong Wiccan flavor, she twists many elements of modern Wicca, using the problems she perceives from a rather odd mix of misinformation to belittle the entire religion and most of it's practitioners.
The "Craft history" she presents, and threads throughout many areas, is beyond questionable, and leans strongly toward highly imaginative. (It is the same speculative history that is presented in her "Origins of Modern Witchcraft".) While historical speculation is bound to come into almost any witchcraft work, I believe that it is inappropriate to present personal speculation as fact in a work aimed at beginners.
Additionally, Ms. Moura claims to be presenting practices used by simple, common people, but the rituals and spells she provides are more complex than almost anything I've ever seen. They're certainly not the clean, simple workings I would expect in a path claiming a shamanistic style. In addition to requiring inordinate amounts of preparation for very simple workings, she also calls for tools that she never explains or teaches how to prepare or use.
In short, there is little in Green Witchcraft that cannot be found in other "101" type books, frequently done much better.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wish I would have read all of Ann's books before I read a dozen other very generic books.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good and interesting read, though the Author stems from a very traditional (may not exactly be the word, considering we are witches) branch of witchcraft and incorporates quite a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Interesting and informative. It was a great addition to my personal library.Published 4 months ago by Mary R. Cowley
My introduction years ago into the worldview which I walk was at the recommendation of another to this author's works. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kat