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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.

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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.

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! :)

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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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anonymous asked:

Is witchcraft compatible with Christianity? I've always been interested in it, but I'm not sure if my religion would allow it.

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There are plenty of nay-sayers in the world, but witchcraft is what you make it.  Take the Catholics for example: they have hundreds of rituals that have foundations in paganism.  Christopaganism is defined as: “A spirituality that combines beliefs and practices of Christianity with beliefs and practices of Paganism, or that observes them in parallel.”

Alternatively, there are Christian Wiccans and some sects that stand out in my mind are:

Trinitarians, who utilizes the traditional Christian Trinity but is  "goddess inclusive"…Father, Son, Holy Spirit (Mother). Additionally, saints, angels, and elemental spirits are invoked for rituals and spells.

Norvescensians, who follow a threefold path of nature mysticism, spiritual feminism and ritual.  It is inspired by the lives of three Christian mystical women of the past….Brigid of Kildare, Hildegaard of Bingen, and Julian of Norwich.

Marians, who view Mary of Magdala and/or Mary, the mother of Jesus, as representations of the goddess.

Sophians, who adopt the feminine personification of God’s wisdom…“Sophia”…as a separate goddess.

But at the end of the day, witchcraft is what YOU make it.  It can be completely customized to the practitioner.  So, in short, it is totally compatible in my book.

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.)

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We all know that Boracay has been already too mainstream, but this island is really the best place in the Philippines. You can find everything you need here. For nature lovers, you will definitely love the fine sand beach and its clear waters. Its sunset as well is one of the best I’ve ever seen. For food lovers, there are a lot of restaurants and cafe that offers different variety of food. For party people, Boracay is the best place to party with friends. It offers tons of bars and clubs that’s just located along the beach front. For adrenaline junkie, you may try parasailing, stand up paddling, cliff diving and a lot more. Boracay is really a place for everyone.

This blog will suggest on what you can do, what you can eat, where you can stay in Boracay.

Where to stay?
We stayed at Madid’s Inn, located in Station 2. It’s near in beachfront. We got our air-conditioned room for only Php3000 per night, good for 5 persons.

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What to do in Boracay?
•Island Hopping
Aside from its famous beach on where all the establishments are located, there’s still virgin-like beach spot in Boracay its called Puka Beach. The good thing is it’s not too crowded. You can feel and enjoy the beauty of the island here. After visiting Puka beach you may also go to Crystal Cove Island, where hidden coves, limestone cliffs and hollow caves can find here. A mini museum can also visit here. Lastly, if you’re looking for adventure and thrill you may visit Crocodile Island, where you can do cliff diving. If you’re not into it, you may do snorkeling and feed fishes with pandesal bread.

•Standup Paddling
Unlike other beaches in the Philippines like in La Union or Siargao, Boracay does not offer high waves. Surfing is not a good idea here, but they offer Stand up Paddling. You have to balance in a surfboard while paddling and you don’t have to be a skilled surfer, it’s perfect for beginners.

•Clubing
Nightlife in Boracay is one of the my best experience. If you want to have fun, go to Epic Club Boracay. You can drink and dance all night. If you just want to chill after spending all day at the beach, you may try the Chill-Out Bar, where you can enjoy good music, beautiful sunset and your choice of drinks.

Where to eat?
Eating and trying the best food that Boracay can offer is the one of the best parts of traveling here. I recommend 2 restaurants that satisfied my cravings. First is the Boracay Toilet Restaurant. This unique toilet-themed restaurant offers Filipino/Mexican food. It’s a bit pricey for me but it’s worth it. I just love the ambiance of this place. Second is the Buffet in Astoria Hotel. You know want we got the buffet lunch here for free. Yes, you read it right, it’s free! They will just invite you to attend a 2 to 3 hours talk about their membership plan. One of my friends bought a plan from them, they offer a really good deals about their hotel promotions. So going back with the food they offer it’s really delicious and definitely will satisfy your cravings.

For those people who haven’t been yet in Boracay, you may try these recommendations. There are still a lot of things I want to do here and I will definitely go back.

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