Posted: January 14, 2011, SortOfPsychic.WordPress.com
I really liked this book, and will recommend it to anyone who wants to get the basics on nature magic – both teens and adults. (I really hope preteens aren’t learning witchcraft, just because… they’re a little young. Sorry.) But let’s get into specifics. Why do I like this book?
First, it’s not written specifically for teens. The writing style isn’t patronizing, or directed at a ‘young/irresponsible/immature’ audience. Neither is the material toned down, or for teen-only problems. Beginners of any age can read this book and come away with useful information.
Second, it’s specifically on natural magic. That’s a plus for me, miss nature oriented. However, if you’re not as much into the natural world, you can skip this. Of course, in that case you’re probably not pursuing the Wiccan path, which is very nature heavy.
Third, it’s written as a standalone book. There are extensive beginning sections on the rules of magic – the law of three, Wiccan Rede, etc. Someone who’s never read a book on magic before will understand some of the ethics behind it. At the same time, people who have learned the basics can still find specific nature magic information later on.
Fourth, there are lots of spells to try, but the author also advises you to try your own. If you’re in a fix, you can check the index and find a useful spell, which is a good thing.
Fifth – nature magic includes the latent powers of stones, colors, feathers, plants, and more. A lot of these – not too much to be overwhelming, but still enough to be helpful – are laid out in the book. A chart with all of these organized by effect, which would be helpful, is not included. However, I used Excel to make one myself. I’ll even try to post it later, if possible.
Overall, this was a really helpful book, and inspired me to run off to my local craft store and stock up on a few candles, in the hopes of trying some spells. Time will tell if the spells in the book actually work, but as the author has been a Wiccan for seventeen years, I’d say there’s a good chance they will.