RECENT REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS

  • Kitchen Witchcraft: Spells & Charms
    Rachel Patterson
    What a delightful and approachable introduction! Recently I've been interested in modern approaches and perspectives on witchcraft. I was intrigued by the title because it seemed more approachable to someone like me (curious but not a practitioner). Rachel Patterson provides the novice with basic guidelines but instructs in a manner is uniquely hers--much like an art book often provides guides without imposing inflexible rules. I appreciated that she also provides a section of spells like recipes to follow in its own section. The structure of the book made it an enjoyable read as well as a useful reference guide to return to. ~ CR Elliot, NetGalley

  • Pagan Portals - Divination: By Rod, Birds and Fingers
    Melusine Draco
    In her new book Melusine Draco examines many of the time-honoured methods employed. As well as covering their history, she describes how modern witches can use the techniques - along with exercises to try out. Pagan Portals - Divination: By Rod, Birds and Fingers is a companion volume to Pagan Portals: By Spellbook and Candle and Pagan Portals: By Wolfsbane and Mandrake Root. These are books I have found to be very well researched and packed full of useful information. Divination is one of my favourite subjects, but I certainly learnt a new thing or two from reading Melusine Draco's latest book in the series. ~ Lucya Starza , www.badwitch.co.uk

  • Secret People, The
    Melusine Draco
    I have read one other book by Ms. Draco. I love the way she writes, and it is so relaxed and laid-back. She doesn’t complicate her words. She is able to keep a reader fascinated about the subject she is writing about.

    This book, “The Secret People” is a complete recipe book. It gives some great insights into foods, herbs and linen cupboard. There are subjects in this book that I have not seen written in others. It was a pleasure to read and visualize how this used to be the way people lived, and in some places still can. ~ Jennifer Wright , PaganPages.org

  • Pagan Portals - Odin
    Morgan Daimler
    As a beginner in Norse Mythology, I must say this was a very informative and enlightening read for me. It's been a while since I've been interested in getting to know the norse pantheon a bit more, and although this book is centred around Odin, there's also an introduction to the whole context of his being, from the beginning of everything, to the most known Norse Gods. ~ Melanie Laing , NetGalley

  • Witchcraft...into the wilds
    Rachel Patterson
    I shall start this enthusiastic book review by saying that “Witchcraft…Into the Wilds,” by Rachel Patterson, was a delight to read. This is one of those books that I will read again when the occasion arises, and when time is right, because it seems to be one of those that surprise you each time you grab it; it is filled with so many surprises.

    Patterson clearly explains how she started working by her own rules, the results, and encourages the reader to do the same, but always making it clear that any system the practitioner feels comfortable with is fine as long as they understand the logic behind it.

    The writing style is easy to follow most of the time, not as serious as other books I’ve seen, and with a healthy dose of personal experiences that blend perfectly with the more academic content of the book. The author has given me a very comfortable reading!

    About the actual content, it would be way too pretentious to say that everything is covered in here, but I feel that hardly anything else could have been added to Witchcraft…Into the Wilds since it is a complete approach to a topic of general interest and a good starting point for many who may seem a little lost about where to begin with in terms of paganism, religion and belief.

    One of the things I liked the most is that we’re not left only on the theory, for there are also tools to practice what is explained. Each of the chapters serve as an introduction to the topic it will explore, and almost each of them come with two or more meditations and journal prompts in order to have not only a reading but a whole experience while navigating this book.

    Additionally, I would recommend that readers have a notebook near because of the large amount of topics this books has included. It could seem to be confusing at time, I certainly had a hard time following the content because of what I thought was a lack of connection, but that perception changes pretty quickly when you get used to Patterson’s style.

    Rachel Patterson isn’t afraid of including her own point of view on certain topics or show her personal meaning for something when the need arises, but she also gives enough room for the reader to create their own opinion, not forcing her standards on other but using them as a trustworthy reference to take into consideration. Well done and, perhaps, one of my favorite aspects about this book.

    However, I did have problems with the structure of some exercises, with many of them having the very same starting point and following a similar procedure. I’m not to fond on repetition if not in incantations, but given the fact that this is an introduction to the topic, or that’s how I perceived it, it will be of use for many to have those who are curious; it just didn’t work that well on my case.

    This is a perfect choice for whoever wants to deepen in terms of nature and reinforcing the connection we have with it, a book that defies standards in a simple way in order to clearly know what is happening with the energy and our magic when we work with a certain system, and that also makes the reader interested in new topics or acquire a broader vision about others. I’m certainly waiting for a next book on this topic! ~ Lightwork Review

  • Pagan Portals - Manannán mac Lir
    Morgan Daimler
    This book is an absolute must-have for any students of Celtic mythology or followers of Celtic spirituality. Morgan deftly picks through the tangled web of Celtic tales and pulls the threads together to weave a tapestry of this elusive yet powerful God. Combining painstaking academic research with her own experiences, she brings Manannán to life and shows not only how important he was to the Celts, but how he is still a vital and important deity even now. Beautifully written in a way that allows Morgan’s passion for her subject to shine from the page, this book is a fantastic and gorgeously detailed introduction to an otherwise often forgotten sea God, and an important part of Celtic culture and spirituality.
    ~ , Mabh Savage, author of A Modern Celt and Pagan Portals: Celtic Witchcraft

  • Kitchen Witchcraft: Spells & Charms
    Rachel Patterson
    This was a fun and easy to use book. If there's a place I need magic it's in the kitchen! No need for rare items, just use what you have.

    ~ Anne Fay, NetGalley

  • Kitchen Witchcraft: Spells & Charms
    Rachel Patterson
    I found this book to be an excellent reference book for beginners. The author uses simple informative language. The ingredients are easily sourced, and most are things you would have around the house. The author also encourages experimentation, finding what works best for you and using your intuition which I liked. She gives anecdotes of her own mishaps and does cover hexes, however she does add a word of caution. ~ Rebecca Kilroy, Wonderfully Weird

  • Witchcraft...into the wilds
    Rachel Patterson
    This is a fascinating read that will not only instruct a budding witch or pagan but inspire a curiosity about the world around us. Even the Muggles amongst us. ~ Shay Hannah, Bluewolf reviews

  • Kitchen Witchcraft: Spells & Charms
    Rachel Patterson
    I read all books by Rachel Patterson and always enjoyed them.
    This one was no exception!
    I love her explenations and examples, very clear and useful, and her style of writing so warm and personal
    This book is highly recommended. ~ Anna Maria Giacomasso, NetGalley

  • Kitchen Witchcraft: Spells & Charms
    Rachel Patterson
    I love this book! The author has a fantastically warm style of writing that makes you feel very at ease with the subject. It's packed with information and it's definitely one I'll refer to over and over again. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in kitchen witchcraft ~ Margaret Leonard, NetGalley

  • Kitchen Witchcraft: Spells & Charms
    Rachel Patterson
    Kitchen Witchcraft Spells & Charms is a simple to follow step by step informative guide that shows you how to do simple spells or charms with the ingredients right in your kitchen cabinet. So easy to read and self explanatory from moon phases to recharging items and so much more. ~ Tracy Marrs, NetGalley

  • Grimoire of a Kitchen Witch
    Rachel Patterson
    This book is spot on. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a deeper understanding of nature and human existence. A must for any witch. ~ Customer, Amazon

  • Grimoire of a Kitchen Witch
    Rachel Patterson
    Love this book. ~ Customer, Amazon

  • Witchcraft...into the wilds
    Rachel Patterson
    I really enjoyed reading this book. The author has a light touch and sense of humour. Full of good ideas, encouragement and lovely meditations. Rachel Patterson teaches us that we only need to look to nature to bring magic into our lives. ~ Blackthorn_Winter, Amazon

  • Kitchen Witchcraft: Spells & Charms
    Rachel Patterson
    This is a great book! Very helpful in creating your own spells. Everything you would need to know to make your own spells successfully! Fun read, excited to get working on my spells.
    ~ Caitlin Gawa , NetGalley

  • Pagan Portals - The Hedge Druid's Craft
    Joanna van der Hoeven
    Hedgerows are liminal spaces - where different places meet - and are also traditionally magical locations that allow the mundane world and otherworlds to mingle just a little bit.

    Pagan Portals - The Hedge Druid's Craft is a new introductory book that forms a similar mingling of magical traditions; an eclectic paganism that blends Druidry, Wicca, traditional witchcraft and a dollop of shamanism.

    The focus is on developing techniques of shamanic journeying and of viewing this world through an altered state of consciousness in order to see the magic around us. This technique of walking between the worlds is called "hedge riding" in some forms of traditional witchcraft. The symbolism of the hedge as a liminal space is used to help us shift our consciousness between this realm and other planes.

    The first section of the book is mostly about how to develop the skills of hedge riding and ways this can be used to connect with the ancestors, deities and the fair folk. The second section moves on to journeying to the shamanic lower, middle and upper worlds via the world tree. Later sections cover traditional plant lore, animal lore, weather lore, folk magic spells and wheel of the year rituals.

    As an introductory book, it does a good job of explaining some reasonably complex techniques briefly and succinctly. Author Joanna van der Hoeven, who is a Druid, Witch and teacher, has a lovely writing style. The Hedge Druid's Craft is perfect reading for anyone wanting to take their very first steps along the Traditional Witch or Druid's path beside the hedgerows in search of enchantment.

    Joanna van der Hoeven's earlier books in the Pagan Portals series include The Awen Alone: Walking the Path of the Solitary Druid and The Crane Bag: A Druid's Guide to Ritual Tools and Practices. You can view Pagan Portals - The Hedge Druid's Craft on Amazon. ~ A Bad Witch's Blog

  • Pagan Portals - Rhiannon
    Jhenah Telyndru
    There is knowledge, and there is wisdom; one comes from the mind and the other from the heart and soul. Jhenah Telyndru has both of these in abundance.

    As the founder and Morgen of the Sisterhood of Avalon, Ms. Telyndru’s love for her subject comes through in every page and word.

    With a Bachelor’s degree in Archeology and a Master’s in Celtic Studies, her knowledge has been attained through years of study.

    “Rhiannon” is well-researched via many avenues, i.e. etymology, story-telling, mythology and literature. Rhiannon’s connections to other Goddesses such as Epona, Morrigan and the Matronae (Divine Mothers) is explained in the earlier parts of the book.

    While Rhiannon, herself, is not identified as a Goddess in history, this does not stop many women from around the world from worshiping her as such, and the whys and hows of her divinity and sovereignty are explored within the pages of this wonderful book. Ms. Telyndru draws in each reader as she shares her own insight and wisdom, and helps us to more fully come to know Rhiannon.

    For those who know nothing of Rhiannon, this is the perfect introduction. To those who know of her and yearn to learn more, this book is a stepping-stone to knowing her more fully and deeply, how to understand her and use her stories on our own journey to Sovereignty. We can begin to learn how to build and deepen our own relationship with her, through the use of shrines, altars, offerings, her symbols and meditative trance journeys.

    Allow Jhenah Telyndru to guide you in your journey to Rhiannon. ~ Susan Morgaine, paganpages.org

  • Pagan Portals - Rhiannon
    Jhenah Telyndru
    New Book About Rhiannon is a Clear Winner

    I was very excited when I saw this title on Moon Books' list of forthcoming releases. Non-fiction books about Celtic horse goddesses are rarer than rocking horse droppings. But, to be honest, I was also hoping that I wasn't going to be disappointed. This is part of Moon Books' popular "Pagan Portals" series, which requires authors to keep their books quite short. Some rise to this challenge well, but others produce little more than something like a long blog post. Tantalizing, but not containing information that can't be found in - well - a blog post.

    Rhiannon: Divine Queen of the Celtic Britons

    I have not been disappointed! This is the book that I have been waiting for. Although entitled "Rhiannon: Divine Queen of the Celtic Britons", this book offers a good overview of the three known, and overlapping, Celtic horse goddesses: Rhiannon, Epona and Macha. It compares their myths, and relates them to similar themes in both mythology and historical writings. This is now well trodden ground, but author Jhenah Telyndru does the best job I have encountered, so far, of presenting the various associated myths, and other evidence, in a way that is easy to follow.

    Telyndru has a formal background in Celtic studies, and it shows. Her approach is scholarly, with citations and a solid bibliography, however her style should be perfectly approachable for readers who don't usually read "heavy" non-fiction.

    As an introduction to Rhiannon, this book will be great for the curious reader who doesn't know much about this goddess. The different threads of the horse goddesses can be rather tangled, but here they are fully and patiently explained, and there is an occasional re-cap of important points before the next layer is added. However, the "scholarly" portion of the book, which takes up most of the chapters, is not unduly repetitive, and should offer a number of insights and ideas for further study, even for those who are familiar with the basic material.

    I was also impressed with the chapters which concern Rhiannon, the goddess, as a living deity, and approaches to devotional work. Jhenah Telyndru is the founder of the Sisterhood of Avalon, and I'm guessing that she has done a great deal of teaching. As a teacher, myself, I value her ability to offer so much useful information in such a coherent and mature manner. There is nothing here to intimidate the seeker or make them feel unworthy. Instead, the author welcomes and encourages the reader to explore these mysteries, offering a number of practical approaches and suggestions, and sharing generously of her own experience. That she manages to move gracefully from the scholarly material into this new territory, makes the book a real joy.

    I only had one concern as I read this book. Knowing that I was going to review it, I was wondering what criticisms I could make, in order to keep my review "balanced". So here they are: First, I was disappointed that in the devotional section, where the author has included lyrics for a couple of chants or songs in praise of Rhiannon, there are guitar chords included, but no melodies, which make the guitar chords rather useless. And second, I am about to embark on writing my own book on the horse goddesses, and this is going to be a tough act to follow!
    ~ Kris Hughes, http://www.godeeper.info/blog/new-book-about-rhiannon-is-a-clear-winner

  • Kitchen Witchcraft: Spells & Charms
    Rachel Patterson
    Informative and engaging, especially helpful for those beginning to walk down this path. ~ Christina Blake , NetGalley

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