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constantly-disheveled  asked:

Okay top ten most recommended books (aside from your own :p witches better have those already!!) For witches of any level of experience!

Well, the only books that I can 100% recommend are my own, because I can vouch for all the content, see? (For anyone interested, the rundown is here.) But the following are the books from my personal library that I’ve found most useful over the years. (These are in no particular order.)

  • Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs (Cunningham) - THE book on magical plant correspondences. Wicca-flavored and slightly antiquated (published in the 1980s), but still relevant and very well-researched. The Works Cited and Recommended Reading pages are worth a look all on their own.
  • The Complete Guide to Herbal Medicines (Fetrow & Avila) - If you’re going to work with plants in your craft, you NEED to have a practical reference book. This one is the best I’ve found so far. It’s well-organized, easy to use, and reads like a physician’s desk reference. Which, in a practical medical herb book, is what you want.
  • Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells (Illes) - Affectionately dubbed “The Big Guns” in my personal lexicon. Some problematic material (largely pulling from vodou and hoodoo as if all their practices are universal), but an excellent resource for learning about various magical methods from a wider range of cultures and countries than most books contain. Helpfully alphabetized by subject, but I still recommend using index tabs for quick reference.
  • Grimoire for the Green Witch (Moura) - The “Other Guns.” An excellent reference for correspondences and basic spellwriting components. Not really organized, and there’s no table of contents or index, so DEFINITELY use index tabs for this one. It’s not as comprehensive as Llewellyn’s big book on correspondences, but the smaller size makes it a little less daunting to leaf through.
  • The Real Witches’ Garden (West) - One of my very first books on green witchcraft, and one I still refer to. Includes practical information as well as magical correspondences.
  • The Real Witches’ Book of Spells and Rituals (West) - Like Illes’ “Big Guns,” a good reference for various kinds of spells at a basic-to-intermediate level. This is the spellbook on which I cut my witchy teeth back in the day.
  • Spell Crafts (Cunningham & Harrington) - For any witch who wants to make charms or trinkets as part of their practice, or has a crafty artistic side. Lots of basic tutorials that can be adapted to future projects.
  • The Black Toad (Gary) - A fascinating look at the classical components of English witchcraft traditions. Details the hows and whys behind many charms that we find in frequent use today (i.e. witch bottles).
  • Cottage Witchery (Dugan) - A short, simple primer for magics that can be done around the home. Wicca-flavored and focused on traditional methods, with a charming conversational style that influenced my own writing later on.
  • Utterly Wicked (Morrison) - The first book I ever read that presented baneful magic in a practical fashion. Emphasizes personal responsibility and introduces some interesting modern techniques for using everyday items in curses.

Keep in mind that NONE of these books are perfect, and critical reading is required for everything. But if I had to put together a stack of ten books from my collection that I absolutely cannot do without, the first ones I’d replace if lost, these would be the ones. :)

Robert M. Pirsig, who inspired generations to road trip across America with his “novelistic autobigraphy,” Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, died Monday at the age of 88.

His publisher William Morrow & Company said in a statement that Pirsig died at his home in South Berwick, Maine, “after a period of failing health.”

Pirsig wrote just two books: Zen (subtitled “An Inquiry Into Values”) and Lila: An Inquiry into Morals.

‘Zen And The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ Author Robert M. Pirsig Dies At 88

Photo: William Morrow/HarperCollins

deathordesire  asked:

I really like your books, and was wondering if you plan on making anymore, or writing them i mean?

Oh yes, absolutely! I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was twelve, and I don’t plan to stop any time soon.

Here’s what I’ve published so far:

Grovedaughter Witchery - A book of secular magic based on my personal practices, with instructions for building your magical supply kit, writing your own spells, and creating various charms and talismans to augment your magical practices, topped off with a generous helping of practical advice. I wrote this to be the book I wish I’d had when I started out as a witch. Useful for all skill levels, and especially recommended for beginners and newcomers to the craft.

The Sisters Grimmoire - A book of secular spells based on the works of The Brothers Grimm. There’s a deliberate emphasis on simple materials, personal empowerment, and spells that function as tutorials for magical tools and methods from basic to intermediate. Useful for all skill levels. (Collaboration with Anna Zollinger.)

The Witches’ Cupboard - A book of magical powder recipes, with instructions for creating magical powders, suggested uses, and possible sources for raw materials. This functions more as a supplemental work for practitioners looking to beef up the potions-and-powders section of their repertoire. Useful for skill levels from intermediate to advanced. (Collaboration with Anna Zollinger.)

And here’s what I’ve got in the works:

The Sisters Grimmoire, Vol. II - A sequel to the book of the same name listed above. This time, we’ll be taking a trip through the collected works of Andrew Lang, author of the well-known Fairy Books of Many Colors (The Red Fairy Book, The Blue Fairy Book, etc). The emphasis on simple materials and easy-to-learn spells continues, with new methods and new concepts to add to your repertoire.

The Grovedaughter’s Garden - A witch’s guide to simple windowsill and patio gardening, detailing how to grow, harvest, and store your own herbs and flowers for magical purposes. No yard? No experience? No problem! This book will show you how to save time and money on supplies with basic, easy-to-grow plants with a multitude of magical uses.

I’m hoping to get at least one of them published by the end of the year, so stay tuned! :)

bombshellbaron-deactivated20161  asked:

hello, yes, sorry to bother, but I was wondering if you had any other authors, people, ect, I should stay away from when reading and learning? I'm fairly new to everything. again, sorry to bother

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as an unproblematic pagan author. Even the ones who seem like they’re doing things mostly right have their flaws.

Here are the ones to avoid, fullstop:

  • Silver Ravenwolf - Conflates Wicca and witchcraft, claims only Wiccans are true witches, erases non-Wiccan witches and pagans, constant Christian-bashing, misinformation, false history, cultural appropriation, contradicts herself, hateful rhetoric, racism, history of attacking critics.
  • D.J. Conway - HUGE problems with incorrect information about deities, questionable interpretations of historical events, also conflates Wicca and witchcraft.
  • Raymond Buckland - Appropriates closed cultures, uses the g-slur to exoticize certain rituals and techniques, propagates false history (documentary on “The Burning Times” is utter rubbish).
  • Edain McCoy - Yet more misinformation about deities and history (POTATO GODDESS!?), mostly where it applies to certain Celtic-associated personages and events. Tries to make EVERYTHING Irish, especially when it’s not.
  • Catherine Yronwode - Racist, perpetual bully, claims LGBTQ+ teens should kill themselves and along with her husband has provided pamphlets and counseling to encourage this, known for attacking people online, threatens critics and pirates with death magic. Oh and she claims New Orleans voodoo is “fake” to bolster her own credibility.
  • Christian Day - The problem here isn’t so much with his writing as with his personality. The man is a rape apologist and has harassed women on social media on numerous occasions after they’ve called him out for problematic statements, and has threatened other Salem practitioners over personal and business disputes.

Here’s what to look out for with the decent ones:

  • Judika Illes - Supports Silver Ravenwolf, conflates voodoo and hoodoo, some cultural appropriation.
  • Scott Cunningham - Outdated information (not his fault, he died in the early 1990s), incorrect correspondences, proponent of “The Burning Times” myth, incorrect history, conflates Wicca and witchcraft.
  • Tess Whitehurst - Frequently quotes her own beliefs as fact without supporting evidence, conflation of deities and practices.
  • Ellen Dugan - Vehemently against Christian witches, proponent of “The Burning Times” myth, sometimes conflates Wicca and witchcraft.
  • S. Connelly - Conflates voodoo and hoodoo, cultural appropriation from both.
  • Dorothy Morrison - Some cultural appropriation, conflates hoodoo and witchcraft.
  • Anna Riva - Outdated information (1970s), some appropriation, conflation of voodoo and witchcraft, mild misuse of Christian terminology and rhetoric.

Keep in mind, this list is far from exhaustive, and there are plenty of authors that I have read and not seen problems with, but that may be because I’m not looking at it from the right angle.

For instance, everyone seems to have a problem with Kate West, but I’ve found her books to be helpful and informative and aside from the obvious Wiccan fingerprinting (which you’ll find in most modern pagan literature). And I’m sure someone is going to tell me in the notes of this post exactly what it is I’m missing.

The important thing with any witchy or pagan book is to read critically and use your brains. If something doesn’t make sense or doesn’t seem to jive with what you know about history or religion, look it up in a non-witchy book. Read up on history and religion from academical sources. Read up on botany and herbology. Build a practical knowledge base so that when you run across problematic statements, you know which way the wind is blowing…and more importantly, whether it smells like bullshit.

The “personal” is already a plural condition. Perhaps one feels that it is located somewhere within, somewhere inside the body - in the stomach? the chest? the genitals? the throat? the head? One can look for it and already one is not oneself, one is several, a set of incipiences, incomplete, coming into view here and there, and subject to disperal.

Lyn Hejinian, The Person and Description in The Language of Inquiry


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walking-the-divide  asked:

Question; is your book something that would also be beneficial for the more seasoned witch? It seems interesting, but it sounds like it's really geared toward new witches

Absolutely! Even experienced witches may need or want to hear about non-religious spellcraft, practical supply-gathering, the need for consent in love magic, community awareness, and social responsibility. These are things that are commonly cited as missing or downplayed in pagan literature, and I’m seeking to fill that gap a bit from my own experience.

I also included tutorials for a number of things you don’t commonly see in other books about witchcraft, like witch webs and walnut charms. There are new recipes for magical powders and oils that fans of The Witches’ Cupboard may enjoy, and a number of spells from my personal witchbook, some of which you may have seen here on my blog in the past.

There’s a helpful Bibliography page for recommended reading on both magical and practical subjects, and a list of Online Resources for witches looking to get their supplies from non-local sources.

Want to know what you can substitute for rare or dangerous plants that some other books recommend for spellwork? Got that covered. Want to know how to reverse a candle or build a travel-sized spell kit? Got that too! Stumped on what you can use for smoke cleansing besides sage and how the various herbs perform? Page Sixteen.

The book may be written as the book I wish I’d had as a beginner, but Grovedaughter Witchery has plenty of information that more seasoned witches can find very useful. :)


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Elrond x Reader: A Gift

Originally posted by netflixruinedmylifeimagines

(Author’s Note: I can’t say I’ve ever written an Elrond imagine or one-shot before, but I think this turned out relatively well!  I hope you like it! 

Request:  Reader being a part of Thorins fellowship and having a crush on Elrond, always acting clumsy when he’s around, until the drawfs find a way to make Elrond realise the cause for the stupid behaviour.

Also, gif is not mine!  Credit to original owner!)

  “Is there something I can assist you with?” 

   Your heart nearly leaped out of your chest at the sudden inquiry.  The book you had been leafing through curiously slipped through your fingers, landing on the smooth floor with a dull thud.  You whirled around, eyes wide open and lips parted in surprise, to see none other than Elrond standing there with his usual long green robes and dark hair draping past his shoulders.  The sun shone through the open windows in rays, making the scene look almost dream-like.

   “Oh, I-I’m sorry,” you fumbled rather awkwardly for the book, which was most likely hundreds of years old.  “That was very careless of me.”

   You almost half-expected him to be angry for dropping such a valuable relic, and perhaps even angry that you were wandering the library in the first place.  But he only watched you with an arched brow and a barely noticeable smirk as you quickly picked up the book, dusted it off, and returned it to its place on the shelf.

   “I see you have an interest in the library.  Feel free to continue looking around,” he told you, gesturing to the shelves of books.

   “T-thank you,” you nodded respectfully, mentally scolding yourself for not being able to keep your tone steady.  Elrond just made you so nervous.  From the moment you first laid eyes on him at the Company’s arrival at Rivendell, you couldn’t go even a moment without mixing up your words, tripping, or dropping something.  And his elegance and grace made you feel all the more clumsy.  Of course the Company had picked up on this, and delighted in it, in fact.  They would tease you about it, especially a select few.  Fili and Kili thought it was amusing to see you so uneasy around Elrond since they had never seen you react that way to anyone.  They would often pulled little pranks and set you up so that you would “accidentally” come across the leader of Rivendell from time to time.  Bofur teased you endlessly about it, sometimes very loudly.  In short, the Company was not helping the situation.

   “Do your…friends seem to lack the appreciation for knowledge?” Elrond asked, snapping you out of your daze.

   “Well, some do have an appreciation for it,” you told him, thinking of your friend, Ori, who spent a lot of time writing in his notebook.  And of course you couldn’t forget about Bilbo, who loved books as much as you did.  “However, I will admit that the majority of the Company would rather use books to fuel their campfires than for reading.”  You shook your head, chuckling.  

   You recalled their behavior during the past week…How rowdy and rude they were at dinner time…How they took whatever objects they liked and stashed them away in their cloaks, and burned furniture in their campfires…  Even after Elrond gave them food and rest, they still treated him with distrust.  Thorin in particular was making you irritated.  It was all enough to make you cringe.  

   “I also wanted to apologize for, well, everything.  My friends are a little rough around the edges.  They drove Bilbo and me mad when we first joined the Company.”

   “No need to worry,” he assured you kindly.  “It has been a pleasure to be your host.”

   “Thank you,” you told him, sharing a mutual smile before your gaze wandered around the library.  “I am sure going to miss Imladris,” you said, making sure to use the Sindarin name for the valley to impress him.  

   He quirked a brow, smiling.  Mission accomplished.  “Well, if it your wish, you are more than welcome to stay.  I made a similar offer to your friend, Bilbo.”

   “Oh,” you stared at him, surprised to be given such an offer.  

   To stay in Rivendell would be…amazing.  Wearing luxurious gowns all the time, spending your days wandering the gardens and nights under the stars, and enjoying many afternoons exploring the library…It all sounded very nice….but could you leave the Company like that?  One more glance at Elrond, and you were almost convinced to just stay.  But to be honest, you couldn’t.  Thorin had allowed you to join the Company after a lot of convincing, and if you abandoned them now, you’d lose what respect you managed to gain after traveling with them this far. 

   “Thank you for the offer,” you told him sadly.  “But I cannot accept.  I have a duty to the Company.”

   “I see.”  He nodded in understanding.  “Your loyalty is very admirable.  However, I will admit that I suspected you would have chosen differently.”


   “The books aren’t the only things in the Valley of Imladris that hold your affections, are they?” 

   “W-what?” you gasped, cheeks flushing red.  Of course you had to lose your cool again just when you were starting to get comfortable around him.

   He knew.  But how

   As if reading your mind, he added, “a few of your comrades…informed me.”  You face-palmed, but he simply continued.  “Since you cannot stay, I would like you to depart with a gift.”  

   “Oh, you don’t have to-”  you stopped mid-sentence a he held out a sheathed blade that was hidden away in his cloak.  The hilt was made of a dark wood with metal vines wrapped around it.  When you took it in your hands, it was much lighter than you anticipated. 

   “Like all swords forged by my kin, this one will glow blue to alert you if there are any orcs or goblins nearby,” he explained.  “May it serve you well.”

   “I d-don’t know what to say,” you murmured, drawing the elegant sword and admiring the way the afternoon sun reflected on the curved blade like a mirror.  “You’ve done so much for the Company.  I don’t know if I can accept this.”

   “Please, I insist.”  He offered a smile.  “Perhaps if you return to Rivendell, you may tell me of the enemies that you overcame with it.”

   You smiled back.  “I’d love that.” 


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biomechanicalcicada  asked:

❛ Are we done now? ❜

question sentence starters | accepting

      IT was a legitimate question. Goku was dead, his ultimate creation had reached his pinnacle completion. There was nothing else he could really accomplish. Even being able to witness his ‘son’ reach this ultimate form was a personal goal for himself, though he didn’t exactly expect himself to ever see it come to a full circle. But it wasn’t something he would cast aside like it meant nothing, he just had other concerns.

      OTHER concerns that he’d never expect to be his own work, but if something ever decided to go against his programming, well, it couldn’t be trusted. Even if his ultimate purpose to kill Son Goku was completed, who was to say they wouldn’t turn on him? It had happened before, he had the capabilities of creating stronger androids to guard him from his old projects, but who was to say they wouldn’t turn on him as well? No, he had to b safe. There was no reason they needed to be around. They had to be taken care of, otherwise he’d be at more risk of being killed by his own creations. It wasn’t that death bothered him at all, it was something he was expecting someday. But Gero was a prideful man, he adored his own genius and reputation, even if it wasn’t a positive one.

      BEING killed by his own projects, that was something he loathed to think about. It proved that his work was incomplete, faulty, not good enough. His work needed to be PERFECT, and it’s why he cannot allow these faulty androids to continue walking around.

Not yet. I believe we need to have a talk with your siblings, my perfect child.

theghostking-nico  asked:

Hi Mama Bree! Do you know of any blogs, books, websites, etc that have information on potions, tinctures, salves, and such things? Im interested in learning about that stuff and potentially becoming an herbalist. Thanks!

Good for you! Practical herbalism is a fun and very rewarding line of study. It was a big part of how I got my start as a witch, and boy do you get familiar with Latin in a hurry….

Please note before you begin that in order to practice publicly in the United States, you DO need to be a certified herbalist. (I’ve said “licensed” in the past and it’s been brought to my attention that that is the incorrect term.) There are several colleges that offer certification programs through distance learning, and you’ll need to do that before you start recommending herbal cures, treatments, or therapies for anyone outside yourself and your own home. And yes, that includes online posting. (If you post any recommendations on your blog, make sure that you include a disclaimer that you are unlicensed and remind people to consult a doctor first.)

Home practice requires no license, just make sure you do your homework. Also, I strongly recommend consulting a primary care physician before taking any herbal cure or beginning any herbal treatment regimen. Herbs have interactions and side effects just like any other medicine, and it’s important to know if they clash with pre-existing health conditions or with medications you (or your family member) is already taking).

All that being said, here are the books from my personal library that I most recommend to get you started.

The Complete Guide to Herbal Medicines (Fetrow & Avila) - This reads like a physician’s medical reference. It includes the uses and safe dosage levels for several hundred commonly-used herbs and botanicals, and every entry has health and safety warnings. (I.E. Do not use if you’re taking Coumadin or bloodthinners. Do not use if pregnant or nursing.) This is a must-have, in my opinion. It’s well-organized and makes for quick and easy reference.

Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs (ed. Kowalchik & Hylton) - This is a great text for reference on all the practical aspects of growing and preparing herbs for home medical use. It’s been updated a few times, so make sure you’re getting the most current edition. (Look in the front for the original and current printing dates.) It’s a 500+ page TOME of a book, and includes indispensable knowledge for anyone who wants a good thorough grounding in practical herbalism. There are also tips on garden design, pest control, dyeing with plants, and tons more.

Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine (Chevallier) - This reads like an expanded textbook edition of the Fetrow & Avila book. There are color photos and illustrations with every entry, lists of traditional and current uses, and preservation techniques. There’s also a whole section on how to make and administer tinctures, powders, oils, ointments, and pretty much any herbal preparation you could want. There’s also a page that discusses what to look for when consulting an herbal practitioner, and what the regulations are for the practice. Chevallier also published a Visual Reference Guide to herbal remedies that makes an excellent companion to the Encyclopedia for quick reference.

Peterson Field Guides (pub. Houghton Mifflin) - These little books are another must-have, especially if you’re going to be wildcrafting ANY of your herbs, for witchcraft or for practical herbalism. (I don’t recommend wildcrafting for medicine unless you’re very experienced; too easy to mistake a toxic plant for a safe one.) All the Field Guides are easy reference and fully-illustrated, with information for identifying plants by their components, where they can be found, and which are safe to consume and which should be avoided. I recommend “Edible Wild Plants” and “Medicinal Plants and Herbs” to get you started. These books are keyed to geographic regions, mostly North-American, so check your local bookstore to see if there’s one available that covers your area. (Or just pick up the ones you can find and go from there.)

The New American Herbal (Orr) - I just picked this up recently, but it’s a gorgeous book. Full-color photographs on every single entry, and like Rodale’s, it is a LARGE book. This text is more geared toward identification and basic techniques for growing a preparing herbs, and does include information on which herbs are safe to consume. There’s also a smattering of recipes that might seem more at home in a cookbook, but that doesn’t take away from the overall usefulness.

Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide (Gladstar) - I’ve been reading Gladstar’s books on herbalism since my first day out. It’s like sitting down with that auntie who could always tell you what flowers were in the bouquet you brought in from the fields. It’s very practical and sensible stuff, and she does include some health warnings. This is a good book to get you started on identification and simple usage, and I recommend it alongside the next book.

Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health (Gladstar) - This is where you get into more complex recipes for teas, tinctures, salves, and whatnot. It’s a retitled reprinting of her earlier work, “Rosemary Gladstar’s Family Herbal,” so if you see that one, don’t double up. The book is broken up into sections, mostly by usage, and again, there are some health warnings but they’re fairly simple. (This is why I recommended the Fetrow & Avila book first. Much more comprehensive on the health warnings.)

On a slightly more metaphysical note, you might want to check out Beyerl’s “The Master Book of Herbalism,” which relates more to the magical side of the craft than the practical. It’s a good tie-in that shows where the practices overlap and is heavily based on classical texts like Culpeper’s “Complete Herbal and English Physician.”

For sourcing your herbs, I recommend hitting up a reputable botanicals vendor, rather than an occult shop. If you’re going to be using herbs for medicine, you need to be sure that they’re clean and of good quality, and most importantly, that they’re not blended with something you don’t want. (Some shops cut their herbs with less expensive plants to add bulk, or put old herbs and new herbs in the same container. Not bad for witchery, but not the best for medicine.)

My go-to for this is Starwest Botanicals. You’ll have to order in bulk (this is the case for most botanicals vendors), but the prices are reasonable and the products are very high quality. They also carry accoutrements that you’ll want for making various preparations and treatments.

Hope this helps! :)

(Oh and witches - TAKE NOTE! If you’re going to be working with herbs in your magic, I strongly advise that you get your hands on some practical texts to go along with your magical ones. This list is a good place to start.)

… the duty of philosophy was to abolish the semblance arising from misinterpretation, even if many prized and beloved delusions have to be destroyed in the process.
—  Immanuel Kant, Critique of Pure Reason

communismonmyface  asked:

I know you said that Scott Cunningham isn't completely reliable because of the time period he was alive and stuff, but are his books on spells/herbs good? Like anything that doesn't deal with history or deities?

I would actually recommend Cunningham’s “Encyclopedia” books to any beginner witch, or any practitioner looking to expand their library. He was a groundbreaker for a lot of the material that he covers, and his books have a LOT of basic information that you don’t have to wade through a ton of rhetoric to find.

As with any pagan author, it’s important to read critically and take historical references with a big ole grain of salt. (Cunningham was a proponent of the revisionist “Burning Times” view of history. Again, product of the times.) Also, I don’t recommend taking any healing herbal concoctions you might read about without properly vetting them with your doctor first, but I make that same statement for ANY author, especially those coming from a magical rather than a medical standpoint.

Cunningham’s prose books get a LITTLE preachy in places, it’s true. That’s also true of any pagan author who puts their own opinions and methods into their work. Which is pretty much all of us.

The best thing you can do is, like I said, read critically. Retain what has meaning and use for your practice, and disregard the rest. I made the mistake when I was starting out of discarding Wiccan-oriented books because I didn’t want the religious references. Then I figured out that well damn, if I was going to go by that criterion, my library was going to stay very, very small. So now I pick out the bits that I can use and ignore the bits that don’t agree with me.

Granted, you’ll never catch me buying anything by RavenWolf or Buckland or Conway or Klein, but I had to try them first to properly understand how much bullshit and misinformation they peddle. (And in Klein’s case, how much straight-up grossness.)

But I digress.

If you can get your hands on Cunningham’s Encyclopedias, or his books on household or elemental magic, I highly recommend doing so. They’re great for practitioners just starting out, and they hold places of honor in my own collection.

fritterkitten63  asked:

How come all pagan books are problematic? (I usually keep my fingers dabbled in witchcraft books so I haven't read too many) but I am just curious and wanting to stay informed. Thank you!

All Pagan Books Are Problematic because there’s no such thing as a perfectly UNproblematic pagan author. (Yes, including yours truly.) Every author has their flaws, and what some might consider perfectly normal is anathema to somebody else.

The most obvious example is cursing / baneful magic. Big bone of contention there. Some  of us have no problem with it; others consider it pure evil. Other common problematic material deals with things like cultural appropriation, conflation (equating two similar ideas which are not actually the same thing), racism, cis- and heteronormativity, failure to include adequate health warnings as it applies to herbs and plants, bashing of other religions, and insistence that “All Witches Must” do this-that-or-the-other or adhere to certain rules.

There are only a very few pagan authors that I recommend people wholesale avoid. Silver Ravenwolf (misinformation, Christian-bashing, racism, frequently represents own opinions as fact) is at the top of that list. Other entrants include Raymond Buckland (cultural appropriation, false representation of Roma traditions, and constant use of the G-slur in reference to Roma people), Kenny Klein (general grossness, which is not surprising, seeing as he was convicted of owning and distributing child pornography), Laurie Cabot (insists Wiccans and witches not of the Salem tradition are not real witches, other general exclusionist rhetoric), DJ Conway (lots and lots of misinformation), and Edain McCoy (the same….there is no such thing as an Irish potato goddess okay).

It’s always best to read critically, and to be aware that some authors are more problematic than others. Even the good ones that I recommend to all beginners (like Scott Cunningham, Ellen Dugan, Kate West, Dorothy Morrison, and Judika Illes) have their issues.

This is precisely why I recommend that all witches and other assorted practitioners build a library of PRACTICAL knowledge as well as magical. Learn your history (from scholarly, non-religious sources), learn practical botany and chemistry and basic physics, learn at least rudimentary geology, learn to identify plants and know which ones are safe to eat and which ones are poison.

And no matter what a pagan author tells you, DO NOT PUT MUGWORT IN YOUR TEA (unless you’re a licensed herbalist and know what you’re doing or you’ve already consulted your doctor for advice).

grayladyofthewell  asked:

I'm interested in your grimoire project, but I find myself very curious about the type of spells or magic available in this book. Have you shared an excerpt from it at any point that I somehow missed?

We’ve shared a few preview spells, yes.

You can also check out #The Sisters Grimmoire tag on my blog and Anna’s blog.

griffvn  asked:

Hi, just wondering any witchcraft books or blogs you really like for info? I'm trying to find good quality info. Google is only giving me Wiccan results which I'm not Wiccan so not super helpful. Also I really love your blog have a cool day!

Well, to be perfectly honest, I’ll always plug my own works first, if only for the fact that I can personally vouch for all the content.

I have a whole website dedicated to my version of non-religious cottage craft - Grovedaughter Witchery.

It has lots of free information on plant-based witchery, simple spells, magical charms and powders, and the practical and mechanical aspects of witchcraft. There’s also a section for advice to new practitioners, and a list of Online Resources for information and supplies.

Also, I’ve written two books in partnership with the super-talented @ean-amhran which you can find below.

The Sisters Grimmoire: Spells and Charms for Your Happily Ever After

A collection of non-denominational witchery based upon the collected fairy tales of The Brothers Grimm. Over 70 spells and charms for all occasions, including hands-on tutorials for such magical tools as Witch’s Ladders, Witch Bottles, Wish Balls, Poppets, and Spirit Nets. Available through Amazon in print and on Kindle. Co-written with Anna Zollinger.

The Witches’ Cupboard

Original recipes for magical salts, strews, and powders of various kinds, from the personal files of two experienced witches. In these pages, you will discover the formulae for such useful things as Divination Salt, Jobfinder Powder, Beauty Salt, and that old standby, Banishing Powder. Available through Amazon in print and on Kindle. Co-written with Anna Zollinger.