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« Topic Start: March 10, 2009, 02:13:27 am »

All I can say is that when you're in the closet, man does the world move in speeds that you couldn't possibly imagine. I feel like I have a lot of catching up to do. And my view on my beliefs are a little morphed from when I originally started.  My main point of study was cunningham, dion fortune, a little of regardie, conway and buckland. So, I think based on that you can probably draw a decent conculsion to my belief system.

Anyways... I started hula & polynesian dancing and started to find my way to huna. but, unfortunately the information around that path has a strong focus from Christianity. Then I got my hands on some eastern thought. All the mean while I kept to what I was taught... 'wiccan' ways. But, here I am feeling like my bubble needs to expand. I'm feeling a little ignorant and it's time to grow.

So, I want to understand more of what I'm seeing... I want to start w/ Green Witchcraft, Hedge Witch, Kitchen Witch, etc..
I picked up a book at the used book store... Green Magic by Ann Moura. Can anyone suggest any other authors?

In regards to starting to read about these paths... any thoughts, or wisdom you'd like to share would be greatly welcomed.

Thank you.


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« Reply #1: March 10, 2009, 08:53:24 am »

I picked up a book at the used book store... Green Magic by Ann Moura. Can anyone suggest any other authors?

A few words of warning about Ann Moura. Her magic is much more ritualistic than most kitchen/green witchery. Her attitude toward other religions in extremely negative. Her history is bad.
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« Reply #2: March 10, 2009, 09:36:39 am »


In regards to starting to read about these paths... any thoughts, or wisdom you'd like to share would be greatly welcomed.

I like Marian Green's A Witch Alone which portrays a solitary, nature based form of witchcraft. I read it with a pinch of salt where any historical information is concerned though.
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« Reply #3: March 10, 2009, 11:39:28 am »


So, I want to understand more of what I'm seeing... I want to start w/ Green Witchcraft, Hedge Witch, Kitchen Witch, etc..
I picked up a book at the used book store... Green Magic by Ann Moura. Can anyone suggest any other authors?


The Real Witch's Kitchen - Kate West
Cottage Witchery - Ellen....something, I don't have it handy...Dugan maybe???  Shes's got a few books, Garden Witchery I think is another one.
I also like the Scott Cunningham book on Herbalism, although the title escapes me. 

I really like Kitchen Witchery.  It fits in greatly with my life and where I am on my path.  It's very natural, not a lot of ritual, not a lot of tools, and the tools that you do need you can find in your...well, in your kitchen!  I also study herbs, for both magical and mundane usages, so that fits in well with Kitchen Witchery.
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« Reply #4: March 10, 2009, 12:47:07 pm »

Can anyone suggest any other authors?

Here are a few suggestions:

The Way of the Green Witch  By Arin Murphy-Hiscock
    Google Preview: http://books.google.com/books?id=GC0P_vJmS4AC&printsec=frontcover&hl=en
    Amazon Link: ISBN - 159337500X

Cottage Witchery By Ellen Dugan
    Google Preview: http://books.google.com/books?id=_eqL06waWfcC&printsec=frontcover
    Amazon Link: ISBN - 0738706256

Herb Magic for Beginners By Ellen Dugan
    Google Preview: http://books.google.com/books?id=LSEHroN3Zf0C&printsec=frontcover
Amazon Link: ISBN - 0738708372

I've read Cottage Witchery and found it quite enjoyable and informative.  I'm currently reading The Way of the Green Witch and while it's style, flavor and feel is different from Cottage Witchery it's also a good read.  I'll be getting to Herb Magic for Beginners in the near future.  I apologize for not being able to offer a more informative review but I'm just not in a mental space to be able to do so right now.   Hopefully the links above will help you form an opinion.

One more that is on my 'to purchase' list -
     The Real Witches' Kitchen  By Kate West, Amazon Link: ISBN - 0007117868

   
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« Reply #5: March 10, 2009, 12:50:47 pm »

In regards to starting to read about these paths... any thoughts, or wisdom you'd like to share would be greatly welcomed.

As is my wont, I'll recommend a good basic cookbook and a well-illustrated local flora.  You'll find them more useful than most "pagan" books.

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« Reply #6: March 10, 2009, 01:07:54 pm »

A few words of warning about Ann Moura. Her magic is much more ritualistic than most kitchen/green witchery. Her attitude toward other religions in extremely negative. Her history is bad.

Both good things to know and for me to keep in mind while I read the current book.
Thank you for taking the time to post.

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« Reply #7: March 10, 2009, 01:08:49 pm »

I like Marian Green's A Witch Alone which portrays a solitary, nature based form of witchcraft. I read it with a pinch of salt where any historical information is concerned though.

Thank you for taking the time to post your suggestion and the helpful hint!!
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« Reply #8: March 10, 2009, 01:10:33 pm »

The Real Witch's Kitchen[/i] - Kate West
Cottage Witchery - Ellen....something, I don't have it handy...Dugan maybe???  Shes's got a few books, Garden Witchery I think is another one.
I also like the Scott Cunningham book on Herbalism, although the title escapes me.

Thanks for the suggestions.
I do have the books by Cunningham on Herbalism. One is like a reference and the other is something like Herbal Magic.  I like those too. Smiley

Thanks again.
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« Reply #9: March 10, 2009, 01:11:59 pm »

Here are a few suggestions:

I've read Cottage Witchery and found it quite enjoyable and informative.  I'm currently reading The Way of the Green Witch and while it's style, flavor and feel is different from Cottage Witchery it's also a good read.  I'll be getting to Herb Magic for Beginners in the near future.  I apologize for not being able to offer a more informative review but I'm just not in a mental space to be able to do so right now.   Hopefully the links above will help you form an opinion.
  

No apologies necessary. I think you've given me a great base to start with. Thank you so much.
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« Reply #10: March 10, 2009, 01:13:23 pm »

As is my wont, I'll recommend a good basic cookbook and a well-illustrated local flora.  You'll find them more useful than most "pagan" books.

Brina

Do you have any recommendations of a good basic cookbook?
I have a few illustrated flora book. Oh but to get my hands on the old school flora books with nice sketches of plants would really be cool.

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« Reply #11: March 10, 2009, 03:22:47 pm »

Do you have any recommendations of a good basic cookbook?

I love How to Cook Everything (and the vegetarian version, How to Cook Everything Vegetarian).  Fannie Farmer's is great too.  And anything by Julia Child.  I tend to focus on technique.  Once you understand how the ingredients behave and interact, you can be a little more free-form and not depend so much on recipes.

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I have a few illustrated flora book. Oh but to get my hands on the old school flora books with nice sketches of plants would really be cool.

If you don't already have one, I suggest a book specific to where you live (assuming you don't already have one).  Green Witchcraft is a practical discipline, so recognizing/utilizing plants that grow outside your door is a very useful skill.

Oh, and while old books are nice, be careful of those than contain medical info as it's often out of date.

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« Reply #12: March 10, 2009, 07:22:11 pm »


As other have said, Ellen Dugan's books are very good. Her book 'Cottage Witchery' is fantastic: full to the brim of natural magic ideas, seasonal decorations, etc.

Someone else has said Kate West 'The Real Witches' Kitchen' and I agree, I love this book.

Those two are my favourites, but I also recommend 'Witch in the Kitchen' by Cait Johnson (although this is essentially a seasonal Vegetarian cookbook).

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« Reply #13: March 10, 2009, 08:04:53 pm »

I like Marian Green's A Witch Alone which portrays a solitary, nature based form of witchcraft. I read it with a pinch of salt where any historical information is concerned though.

I also like Marian Green, A Witch Alone.  With in reason it is a good solitary Wiccan book.
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« Reply #14: March 10, 2009, 08:14:40 pm »

I love How to Cook Everything (and the vegetarian version, How to Cook Everything Vegetarian).  Fannie Farmer's is great too.  And anything by Julia Child.  I tend to focus on technique.  Once you understand how the ingredients behave and interact, you can be a little more free-form and not depend so much on recipes.

Brina

I like Mollie Katzen's  Moosewood Cookbook and the Enchanted Broccolie Forest.

Good books on keying vegetation are scarce.  There are a lot of books out there but most have serious flaws.  For a beginer who is going to 'live off the land', there are many look-a-likes that can be dangerous.


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