Book Title and Author: Green Witchcraft: Folk Magic, Fairy Lore, & Herb Craft by Ann Moura
Status? : Finished
My overall rating of the book : 8/10
How does this book relate to my magickal practice: As a green witch, this book is a great introduction to Green Level magick – herb craft and folk magic
My personal thoughts/opinions: Ms. Maura does an excellent job of explaining Green Witchcraft as elements of modern Witchcraft and neopaganism. Her style of writing is easy to follow and understand. She explains how her family has historically done things but also how things are performed in other practices such as Wicca. Throughout the book she stresses that it is up to the practitioner to determine what is right for them. Within the book, she also gives several example rituals to use for each of the sabbats, the esbats, handfasting and handparting, dedication ritual, and a initial/re-dedication ritual.
An interesting quote from the book: I couldn’t choose one so here are a few that stood out to me.
“The conversation between the practitioner of the Craft and the Deities is ongoing and the rituals are for our benefit, not theirs – they do not need nor require them.”
Related: “…these celebrations are not done for the Lady and the Lord, but for us. They do not need or requires worship and offerings. You do not need rituals when you can simply let your own energies blend and flow with those of surrounding nature to communicate with the Divine.”
“There is no room for fearfulness, doubt, or negativity regarding what nature has to offer, and from this comes the ability to feel the presence in all things. Divination of any type becomes a daily activity that is a communication with all of nature and the Lady and the Lord.”
"Whenever there is something negative in the reading, I use that as a message to direct some positive energy into an area of my life or the lives of those dear to me. There is nothing wrong with foreboding in the cards simply because things can be changed. "
“…it is what you put into the spell that makes it work not just a combination of ingredients.”
All in all, would I recommend this book?: Yes, I think it is a great read for anyone interested in green magick.