- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Thorsons (February 25, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007120214
- ISBN-13: 978-0007120215
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #932,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Natural Witchcraft: The Timeless Arts and Crafts of the Country Witch Paperback – February 25, 2002
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Marion Green is the bestselling author of A Witch Alone and has been a practising witch for over 30 years.
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Yes, she is opinonated, but so what? Can authors not express their opinions? If an author has thoughts that don't go exactly with the "group mind" of Wicca 101 books these days, is that a BAD thing? I say no. I loved the book, and while I don't always agree with all her asertations and opinions, I still think she writes well. Perhaps her information is meant for people who are a little more well read. And, if you are heavily drawn to long, annoying rituals that take five hours to perform, then this book is NOT for you. If you like simple, natural rituals, this book will give you inspiration to create your own, and possibly forge your own path.
Think for yourself when you read this book. Some of the things will not be true, like the old country witches going by planetary correspondences. Folk magic practioners/"witches" didn't have access to that until recently. But, authors are not perfect, but as long as you are willing to think about what is being written, and you are able to conciously dicern what you believe to be true, then this book is great.
It was refreshing for a change to read that you don't need to be degreed, covened, pentacled, athamed (that's pronounced ath-a-mayed), cloaked, tattooed, pierced, or any of the other outer manifestations of "belonging" to a pagan denomination. You merely need to revere nature, the seasonal changes, and hone the magical skills of your choosing. Whew! What a relief!
Having had way too many people say that you needed a year and a day in a coven, being scourged and/or bound and/or blindfolded(just for fun, of course...), skyclad, initiated to the nth degree, etc. or you're not a REAL witch -- this book is a breath of fresh air that rings true for me. I've often asked, why would a loving god or goddess ever want their child to be put through such abuse, all for the love of them? Thank you, Ms. Green, for a wonderful book!
I found this valuable book very empowering, and confrontive in the best possible way; it forces you to look at your preconceived ideas about Earth Spirituality and "accepted" associations that have been developed within the Wicca tradition. I disagree with the reviewer who said she just gives her own rules, I didn't feel she did that. She simply states that the rules within Wicca are not the ONLY rules, and then puts you to your own discovery of what it really means to be a witch, and to taking responsibility for your own magical actions and growth.
Practical exercises, real examinations and great insights fill this book. This book is for people interested in Reclaiming traditions and Earth-based spirituality seekers, not really for the "Wiccans" (after all, not every witch book needs to be about Wicca or appease Wiccan sensibilities!) Happily, I recommend this book to people who need something more than beginner's knowledge and are seeking to move to a new, deeper level of growth within their own Work.