Book of the Week: Wild Witchcraft

I was not as impressed with this book as I was with the author’s other works. On the whole I think that Marian Green is great for anyone interested in hedgecraft, but this book I found to be far too dogmatic for my tastes.

I find it prudent to mention that this is a reprint of an earlier work called ‘Elements of Natural Magic’. So it would seem that the author has since decided that a lot of the elements (if you’ll forgive the pun) she insists are ‘essential’ in this volume, are not really needed at all. Her attachment to tools and formal ritual work has also eased to a more fluid and natural practise in her later books.

As with her other books, Wild Witchcraft has some great guided meditations, and a lot of interesting British folklore. In this volume she touches on herb and tree lore, scrying, candle magick and the seasons and festivals of the year.

The biggest problem I found with this book is the tone in which it is presented. It is said more than once that her way is the right way to do things, and anyone who disagrees is either merely ‘playing’ at being Pagan or is just plain foolish – this is a pet peeve of mine, but if you can overlook it, I think you will likely enjoy this book.

In my opinion, this specific volume is one that would be better checked out of the library. Much of the information in this book can be found in Green’s other two books, sans the attitude.

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