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« Reply #15: March 11, 2009, 03:41:48 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?



I really like Rae Beth who is a hedge witch. I'm reading her book The Wiccan Path (A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner), and I have The Hedge Witch's Way, which I haven't read yet. She also has one called Hedge Witch.
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« Reply #16: March 11, 2009, 03:50:50 am »

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.

I know nothing about Ann Moura and have never read anything by her, but this really peaked my curiosity. Can you elaborate at all about how/why her history is bad?
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« Reply #17: March 11, 2009, 04:08:47 am »

Can you elaborate at all about how/why her history is bad?

Oh, never mind. I just did a search on the forum and figured it out. Her writings on history are bad. I thought you had meant her personal history here.
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« Reply #18: March 11, 2009, 08:27:14 am »

Oh, never mind. I just did a search on the forum and figured it out. Her writings on history are bad. I thought you had meant her personal history here.

Sorry for the confusion. Her writings on history are very bad. They mainly show up in Origins of Modern Witchcraft (also where her attitude toward other religions -- even other Pagan religions -- is made crystal clear), but are mentioned in passing in most of her other books.
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« Reply #19: March 11, 2009, 08:02:47 pm »

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.

<nods>  And there are some that have little nuggets of good stuff (Marilyn Diamond's "Fit for Life", f'ex--her "almondaise" recipe is really unique and delicious) but are full of weird or outdated info.

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« Reply #20: March 12, 2009, 02:04:08 am »

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).



Thanks for reconfirming what others have posted. That helps me make decisions on purchasing books a little easier. I appreciate your input.
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« Reply #21: March 12, 2009, 02:04:53 am »

I also like Marian Green, A Witch Alone.  With in reason it is a good solitary Wiccan book.

Solitary is exactly what I need. Thank you.
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« Reply #22: March 12, 2009, 02:06:27 am »

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.

Live off the land. It's starting to sound like that these paths have a strong focus on using what you have around you. Is this true? Or a wrong assumption?
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« Reply #23: March 12, 2009, 02:07:24 am »

I really like Rae Beth who is a hedge witch. I'm reading her book The Wiccan Path (A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner), and I have The Hedge Witch's Way, which I haven't read yet. She also has one called Hedge Witch.

Thanks for the suggestions. Solitary is definitely my focus of learning too.
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« Reply #24: March 12, 2009, 07:16:00 am »

Live off the land. It's starting to sound like that these paths have a strong focus on using what you have around you. Is this true? Or a wrong assumption?
I was going to say - thinking more specifically of the "live off the land" angle - that they can, but don't necessarily, but then I thought about exactly how you'd phrased it.  Yes, I'd say, "witchcraft using what you have around you" - whether that's growing as much as possible of your own food, or just using ordinary household-and-environs stuff, like kitchen utensils, rocks, bits of string, and such, as spell components (why, yes, I do nick terminology from RPGs, when it's useful/applicable to the non-gaming world) - is exactly what a kitchen witch does.

Every now and again, I have me an old-school grumble about how "kitchen witch" covers a lot more ground than just cooking.

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« Reply #25: March 12, 2009, 07:38:16 am »

Every now and again, I have me an old-school grumble about how "kitchen witch" covers a lot more ground than just cooking.

That's why I prefer the term 'hedgewitch'.  To me it implies a wider area of concern that includes not only hearth and home but the land around it it.
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« Reply #26: March 12, 2009, 12:38:53 pm »

Live off the land. It's starting to sound like that these paths have a strong focus on using what you have around you. Is this true? Or a wrong assumption?

To add to Sunflower's comment, it isn't necessarily about growing food or even growing spell ingredients.  It's about utilizing what's around you in more of a hunter/gatherer capacity.  City folk can be Hedgey too.  There are plenty of plants growing in the city (though I'd be careful about using them as food--you never know what they might have been exposed to).  Knowing the name and uses for a plant you see growing out of the sidewalk is just as valuable as knowing about one that grows in the forest.

That said, I think there's inherent value to tending your own plants, even if they grow in a pot on your windowsill or terrace.  Or if you have to schlep a piece to tend your section of the community garden.  But that's me.  I'm plant-oriented.  Wink

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