“Hang the eucalyptus upside down by tying it to your shower head with twine. When you run your shower, the steam will rise up towards the eucalyptus, filling your bathroom with the most refreshing, relaxing scent. Plus, the added greens are lovely on the eyes. You’ll definitely feel a little closer to nature.”
I was just at Walgreens waiting for a prescription to be filled, and decided to crack open Green Witchcraft by Ann Moura (again) to pass the time. A much older woman to my left saw the title and said “so you’re into witchcraft, are you?” I froze. I’m not very bold and I abhor confrontation, so…
You like Green Witchcraft? Let me give you some book suggestions >D
- Compendium of Herbal Magic by Paul V. Beyerl
- Compendium of Symbolic and Ritual Plants in Europe
- Earth Wisdomby Glennie Kindred
- Farmer’s Almanac
- Folk-lore of Plants by T.F. Thiselton Dyer
- Green Mantle: An Investigation into Our Lost Knowledge of Plants by Michael Jordon
- Green Witch Herbal: Restoring Nature’s Magic in Home, Health, and Beauty Care by Barbara Griggs
- Hedgerow Cookbook by Glennie Kindred
- Herbal Healers by Glennie Kindred
- Herbal Medicine Maker’s Handbook: A Home Manual by James Green
- Master Book of Herbalism
- Mastering Herbalism by Paul Huson
- Tree Medicine, Tree Magic by Glennie Kindred
- Tree Wisdom by Jacqueline Memory Paterson
- “Age-Old Moon Gardening Growing in Popularity” -National Geographic
- “Wildcrafting Medicinal Plants” by Ryan Drum
- “Wildcrafting: A ‘simple’ life fraught with a host of complex ethical and practical considerations” by Bruce Buren
And Ann Moura’s book is typically described as a “Green NeoWicca” book and not true Green Witchcraft
Holy shit wow you’re like my best friend right now. I’m always looking for books like this. I devour them. Thank you so much.
ohohooho~ let me throw more books at ya! >D
- A Taste of History: 10,000 Years of Food in Britain
- Childhood Memories by Cora Anderson
- Folklore and Odysseys of Food and Medicinal Plants
- Food and Rites of Passage
- Food and Vegetation Magic
- Food in the Ancient World
- Magic Harvest: Food Folklore and Society
- Mead Hall: The Feasting Tradition in Anglo-Saxon England
- Origins of Festivals and Feasts
- Sacred Food: Cooking for Spiritual Nourishment
- Celtic Folklore Cooking
- A Finnish Christmas Cookbook: Recipes and Traditions from the Old Country
- The Scots Kitchen: Its Traditions and Lore (by the author of the Silver Bough – folklore on Scotland)
- Rue’s Kitchen (Kitchen Witch and Stregoneria practitioner)
- Acanthus Books (historical cookbooks and reference books)
- Apotropaios – British Folk Magic
- Cornish Witchcraft
- House Shadow Drake
- Traditional Cornish Witchcraft
- Traditional Witchcraft Wiki
Reblogging for this awesome list of books. Lizzy is so great. :)
- Popular Magic: Cunning-folk in English History (reprint of Davies’ Cunning-Folk)
- A People Bewitched: Witchcraft and Magic in 19th Century Somerset
- Witchcraft, Magic and Culture 1736-1951
- Murder, Magic, Madness: The Victorian Trials of Dove and the Wizard
- An Joan the Crone: The History and Craft of the Cornish Witch
- Biddy Early: The Wise Woman of Clare – Meda Ryan
- Cunning Folk And Familiar Spirits: Shamanistic Visionary Traditions In Early Modern British Witchcraft And Magic
- Secrets of East Anglian Magic – Nigel Pennick
- Leechcraft: Early English Charms, Plantlore and Healing
- The Gaelic Otherworld
- Witchcraft in England – Christina Hole
- The Pickingill Papers: The Origin of the Gardnerian Craft
- Cronnekdhu: Traditional Cornish Witchcraft
- Cornish Witchcraft
- Cassandra Latham – Village Wisewoman
- “The Fairy Doctor” – Lady Wilde
- “Annual Visit of the West-Country Folks to the Pellar of Helston, to have their Protection Renewed” – William Bottrell, 1870
- “The Pellar and Tom Treva’s Cows” – William Bottrell, 1870
- “The Cunning Men of Essex” – by Sue Kendrick
- “Cunning Folk of Cornwall” – by Gemma Gary
- “Old Mother Red-Cap and the Cunners of Old”
- “Cunning Folk” – Wikipedia
- “Biddy Early: Seers and Healers” – Lady Gregory
- “Cunning Murrell, A Study of a Nineteenth-Century Cunning Man in Hadleigh, Essex” – by Eric Maple, Folklore March 1960 (must have access to the JSTOR database to read)
Free Online Grimoires:
- Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage
- Emerald Tablet of Hermes
- Key of Soloman the King (Clavicula Salomanis)
- Petit Albert: The booke of secrets of Albertus Magnus of the virtues of herbes, stones, and certayne beatles
- Philosophy of Natural Magic by Henry Cornelius Agrippa
- Pow-Wows or Long Lost Friend By John G. Hoffman
- Sixth Book of Moses
- Seventh Book of Moses
- The Kybalion
- The Magus by Francis Barrett
- Ajna Bound
- Ars Obscura
- Fulgur Ltd
- Mandrake of Oxford
- Mercurius Press
- Midian Books (distributor)
- Ouroboros Press
- Scarlet Imprint
- Three Hands Press
- Treadwell’s Books (distributor)
- Grimoires: A History of Magic Books by Owen Davies
- History of Magic by Eliphas Levi
- Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly P. Hall
- Secrets of the Magickal Grimoires: The Classical Texts of Magick Deciphered by Aaron Leitch
- Crossing the Borderlines: Guising, Masking, and Ritual Animal Disguises in the European Traditionby Nigel Pennick
- Cunning-Folk and Familiar Spirits: Shamanistic Visionary Traditions in Early Modern British Witchcraft and Magicby Emma Wilby
- Hedge Rider: Witches of the Underworld by Eric De Vries
- Hallucinogens and Shamanism by Michael Harner
- How Do Witches Fly? A practical approach to nocturnal flights by Alexander Kuklin
- Nine Worlds of Seid Magic: Ecstasy and Neo-Shamanism in Northern European Paganism by Jenny Blain
- Persephone’s Quest: Entheogens and the Origins of Religion by R. Gordon Wasson
- R.J. Stewart Books
- Real Middle Earth: Exploring the Magic and Mystery of the Dark Ages by Brian Bates
- Shamans/Neo-Shamans: Ecstasies, Alternative Archaeologies and Contemporary Pagans by Robert J. Wallis
- Witches’ Ointments
- “Drugs, Witches, and the Flight to the Sabbat” by Jeremy Harte
- “Hedgecraft” by Draig Tiernan
- “If Witches No Longer Fly: Today’s Pagans and Solanaceous Plants” by Chas S. Clifton (PDF)
- “Seidr Magic” by Ed Richardson
- Seidr & Norse Shamanism
- “Return of the Völva: Recovering the Practice of Seidh”
When you find marshmallow root, uva ursi, and corn silk in your herbs storage, it’s going to be a good night.
I am so Lucky, my Mum brought me this today, very expensive, early birthday present. I adore my new Hecate statue.
this is lovely!
Oh, Hecate, hail!
Eventually you’ll start noticing patterns. You’ll start seeing things in the picture that you didn’t notice before. You’ll say “Well, hm… the book says that this card means love. And they don’t mention it, but I think this rosebush in the back might imply that it’s bitersweet — I see thorns.” When you start making your own connections, that’s when you’re on a roll. Cartomancy and the images of cartomancy tap into the subconscious via universal archetypes. Once you start seeing it, you’ll start making stories out of any old pictures people throw at you.
At that point, once you know the “official” meanings, and you’ve “created” your own to go along with it, you just have to go with your intuition.
Aw, a quote from me? Thanks, guys!
Supplies: Yarn of cord, anywhere from a foot to a yard long (any color will do, but you may wish to use a color that is associated with whatever you are doing magic for: green for prosperity, blue for health, pink or red for love, black for protection, and so on).
Magical uses: Knot magic binds your spell or intention into a small and tangible form that can be easily tucked into a pocket or placed on an altar. It can be used for most forms of magical work, depending on the spell you use.
Directions: Take your piece of cord or yarn and tie nine knots in it, starting at the ends (knots 1 and 2), then the middle (3), then halfway between the end knots and the middle knots (4 and 5), then between the ends (1 and 2) and the most recent knots (4 and 5); these knots will be 6 and 7. The last two knots (8 and 9) will be between the central knot and the ones closest to it (4 and 5). As you are tying your knots, visualize your magical goal and recite the following incantation:By the knot of one, the spell’s begun.
By the knot of two, it cometh true.
By the knot of three, so mote it be.
By the knot of four, open the door.
By the knot of five, the spell’s alive.
By the knot of six, the spell is fixed.
By the knot of seven, the stars of heaven.
By the knot of eight, the stroke of fate.
By the knot of nine, the thing is mine!
Afterwards: Tuck your piece of cord or yarn in your pocket and carry it to remind you of your intentions and to bring the power of your spell with you. Or you can put it on your altar, in your wallet, or in a spell spell box. When you are done with the spell, you can either undo the knots to release the spell or burn or bury the piece of yarn.
Notes: I highly encourage you to write your own incantation for the spell to match the purpose. I also encourage you to test it out in doing yarn or needlecraft. Put a spell into a crochet/knit piece!