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Arin Murphy-Hiscock is the author of The Green Witch's Grimoire, Spellcrafting, The Pregnant Goddess, Wicca: A Modern Practitioner's Guide, The Green Witch, The House Witch. The Witch's Book of Self-Care, Protection Spells, and The Hidden Meaning of Birds. She has been active in the field of visa mer alternative spirituality for more than twenty-five years, and lives in Montreal, Canada. visa färre

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Picked it up for free and spent a couple hours paging through it.

All the things that bore me about "witchcraft" books are nicely contained herein:

- wiccan-influenced without understanding just how much so it is. "In general, witchcraft acknowledges a god and a goddess (sometimes solely a goddess)" p. 14; oh, *does* it now?

- vague claims of continuing a tradition multiple hundreds of years old; no exploration of how it continues from european witch/pagan traditions of the last 150 years. (Or a vague claim that all those traditions actually come from it?? (p. 23)) Bonus points for invoking the image of "midwives, wisewomen, and healers who live on the edge of town" repeatedly. Hey, an intriguing quote from actual medieval scholarship about how the main function of "cunning-folk" was removing curses/evil eye, and how that dried up as belief in curses/evil eye did! But no further information there, or acknowledgement that those cunning-folk wouldn't recognize anything about white north american green witchcraft including the name.

- but really, where *does* the author get all this stuff about the green witch path? I get that the real history is much less important to witches than the mythical history (p. 21), but I care! I hate the false, insulating sense of timelessness and culturelessness it creates. If it's her own creation or that of a community located in spacetime she should say so.

- puts "earth" and "humanity" before "yourself" as the focuses of green witchcraft (p. 16), but then all the spells/crafts/rituals are about things you can do for yourself and maybe your friend circle and/or customers of your small business. That's not much of a definition of other humans, much less the earth.

- much too brief reference to "Pennsylvanian pow-wow" as a type of "spellcasters who performed folk magic particular to a region" (p. 19). I wish there was more info here, as it's hard to internet search: most of the references that aren't to horror fiction are back to this book. Seems to be some kind of christian faith healing thing with a name appropriated from Native people to make it exotic and dangerous.

- lists of plants and gems with uses/correspondences, but *zero* interest in botany or geology. This is overwhelmingly common, and so self-centered! Not finding things beautiful or fascinating for what they are and how they came to be that way, only concerned about what they can do for you.

- where do gemstones come from? IDK, the store?? Seems a little disconnected from the earth. The quartzite, mica, and feldspar you can probably find in your backyard or park don't merit a mention.

- exclusive focus on harmony, abundance, and other positive emotions/states of being. (p. 31) Where does justice enter this picture? Productive conflict? Economic scarcity? Other people's needs and feelings?
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caedocyon | 3 andra recensioner | Feb 22, 2024 |
The Green Witch: Your Complete Guide to the Natural Magic of Herbs, Flowers, Essential Oils and More by Arin Murphy-Hiscock is a primer on the practice of green witchcraft. The author goes beyond the basic connection to the Earth and nature magic and covers the power of nature magic in healing through herbs, crystals and other natural products. The book is a holistic approach to not only healing, but also living in harmony and balance with the Earth.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Recommendation: I loved that this book was more of a holistic approach to healing through herbs and oils, rather than just a book of recipes (there are some recipes in the book). There’s a nice grounding exercise I’ve already used, and the product recipes (sprays, oils, etc.) have detailed instructions around the process, not just what go into the product. I can’t wait to try making one of the flower syrups. My book is wildly tabbed with things I want to try. While most appropriate for a baby witch I think intermediate and more experienced practioners would also find benefit in some of the rituals and recipies.… (mer)
FloofyMoose | 3 andra recensioner | Apr 9, 2023 |
I picked this up as it was featured on the ‘By The Book’ podcast and it was around Halloween. I thought it was interesting and enjoyed learning about some of the rituals.
thewestwing | 3 andra recensioner | Aug 12, 2022 |

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