RECENT REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS

  • When a Pagan Prays
    Nimue Brown
    "What a marvellous book this is: full of sayings, suggestions, & witty remarks which I've underlined to go back to, & add to my notebook of inspiring quotes. It's both a very personal look at prayer, and, one which draws from many religions & beliefs, not just the writer's Druid ones. While it was particularly fascinating to follow author Nimue Brown's journey from being a Pagan who does not pray, to one who does, this book has persuaded me of the value of prayer as a regular practice, regardless of faith or background.

    From the "petition prayer" – or, as the author puts it, "Please God, give me a pony" - to questions such as, "Who are we praying to, and why, and what for?", to group prayer, writing our own prayers, and much more, this is a thorough, insightful, and at times amusing look at the topic of prayer.

    Thoroughly recommended! My top choice as a Yule present to my book loving, Protestant sister." ~ Sheila North, Book It

  • Secret People, The
    Melusine Draco
    The Secret People was a well written and accessible book looking at the old wisdom that has been handed down for centuries from one country wise woman to the next. Melusine Draco drew from a wide variety of historical sources to trace the knowledge that would have been commonplace for our grandmothers or great grandmothers.
    I really liked the mix of practical and esoteric information. The advice was no nonsense and the practical warnings regarding herblore helped me trust the author.
    The Secret People should be appealing to a wide audience ranging from those interested in pagan rituals to people interested in incorporating some of the old ways back into their lives. The lively mix of history, modern anecdotes, and recipes makes this a fun and informative book!
    ~ Kimberly O'Hara Nunez (Educator) , NetGalley

  • Zen for Druids
    Joanna van der Hoeven
    Van der Hoeven’s Zen for Druids is her second book focuses on combining the nature spiritualism of Druidry with the teachings and tenets of Buddhism. She makes a note that the reader should have read the previous Zen Druidry before reading this one. I would disagree, and say that a familiarity with either Druidry or Zen is sufficient. I have passing knowledge of Zen, and a strong knowledge of Druidry, and had no difficulty in understanding and integrating the text material.


    There are five different parts, with various subheadings. Each subheading has questions for the reader to consider, and some have exercises. The first covers the basic precepts of Zen Buddhism. The second looks at the pagan Wheel of the Year, tying one aspect of the Eightfold Path to each of the eight High Days (Solstices, Equinoxes, and the four Celtic Fire Festivals of Samhain, Involved, Beltane, and Lughnasadh). The third and fourth parts focus on meditation and mindfulness practices, and how Zen aspects of these can tie to Druidry. The fifth, and last, looks to fully integrating all of these teaching into a whole practise.


    I found this book fascinating. van der Hoeven explained the Zen teachings in such a way that I understood them better than any other books on the subject I've read this far, making it seem more obtainable a goal than its ever seemed before. I may take the Wheel of the Year challenge, adapting as needed to my circumstances. I've been wanting to rekindle my Druid practise, and integrate it with my Rokkatru beliefs.


    ~ J. Aislynn d'Merricksson, NetGaley

  • Pagan Portals - The Crane Bag
    Joanna van der Hoeven
    The Crane Bag, Joanna van der Hoeven’s forthcoming book*, offers an introduction to the ritual tools and practices found in the Druid tradition. It achieves this briefly, simply and with a light touch – as books in the Pagan Portals series are designed to do. Yet it much more than a tick box guide. It provides context and meaning, showing the modern evolution of the Druid tradition itself.

    I found The Crane Bag a very useful contribution to its topic and highly recommend it.

    ~ James Nicholl, https://contemplativeinquiry.wordpress.com/2017/06/07/book-review-the-crane-bag/

  • Pagan Portals - By Wolfsbane & Mandrake Root
    Melusine Draco
    I loved Pagan Portals - By Wolfsbane & Mandrake Root! This one was a natural draw! I've always found poison usage interesting from a historical standpoint. It seems so many well known figures in history used poison to get rid of folks who stood in there way! And of course witches were often blamed for using poisons (herb women get blamed for everything!)when some died. Unfair. or maybe not. Doesn't matter, Draco writes a wonderfully informative book on the subject and one I enjoyed reading! I can think of a few people who will appreciate this as a gift ~ catherine hankins , NetGalley

  • Secret People, The
    Melusine Draco
    The Secret People appealed to me because I read quite a lot of historical fiction, much of it with a magical twist. Books like the Outlander series or Paula Brackstone's witch series. This is a collection of stories, lore, traditions, recipes, and history of the Celtic people from whom I'm descended. While it touches on witchcraft, it isn't a book of spells but more a book of age-old advice.

    "Theirs was a knowledge that filtered down in the form of spells, domestic plant medicine and country lore, imparted to offspring, friends and neighbours, who in turn handed it down to their children…and so on down through the generations."

    It was fascinating to learn that the same plant could be traditionally used for ailments which seemed quite contradictory, such as low sperm count and syphyllis. I also found the calendar-related chapters to be interesting, as they told of how Saints Days connected to early pagan celebrations and gods. There's a chapter about what skills and traditions went into poaching animals from the lord's land.

    Written in an historic manner, this is still an easy read that I enjoyed. ~ Barbara Searles, NetGalley

  • Witchcraft...into the wilds
    Rachel Patterson
    Praise for Rachel Patterson's previous title 'Pagan Portals: Animal Magic':
    Informative, insightful and eye opening. A must-read! ~ Rubina Bashir

  • Kitchen Witch's World of Magical Food, A
    Rachel Patterson
    A inspiring book with lots of lovely ideas. ~ Kris, Amazon

  • Kitchen Witch's World of Magical Herbs & Plants, A
    Rachel Patterson
    In the process of reading this one at this time, however so far it is very interesting and imaginative with how to work magic with herbs. For the beginner it is yet another priceless book. It will definately be one that i will refer to in the future. ~ Kris, Amazon

  • Pagan Portals - Moon Magic
    Rachel Patterson
    Great book!! ~ Customer, Amazon

  • Pagan Portals - Moon Magic
    Rachel Patterson
    Brilliant book, simple and easy to follow and understand. ~ Sandy's Books, Amazon

  • Pagan Portals - Moon Magic
    Rachel Patterson
    The Pagan Portals books are excellent , enough information without overload ~ Marie Shaw, Amazon

  • Pagan Portals - Kitchen Witchcraft
    Rachel Patterson
    fantasic book ~ JL O'Sullivan, Amazon

  • Pagan Portals - Kitchen Witchcraft
    Rachel Patterson
    I love how this book is written, fab introduction to kitchen witchcraft. ~ Customer, Amazon

  • Pagan Portals - Hoodoo
    Rachel Patterson
    Was impressed. .. that takes alot ... not all practical in bits but defo worth buying ~ H Hughes, Amazon

  • Pagan Portals - Hoodoo
    Rachel Patterson
    This is an excellent introduction to hoodoo. It': short and covers the basics rather than being a comprehensive guide, but I now feel better equipped to explore this practice further. Also, it's helpful to read a hoodoo book written by a British author, she points out how to adapt this very American folk magic for magical practitioners living in the UK. Recommended for those who want to learn about hoodoo but don't know where to start. ~ Kate Garrett, Amazon

  • Grimoire of a Kitchen Witch
    Rachel Patterson
    It s a treat read, information is good and very handy, variated and knowledge is very well too ~ Customer, Amazon

  • Pagan Portals - Meditation
    Rachel Patterson
    very usefull for all kinds of people wishing to meditate ~ Customer, Amazon

  • Pagan Portals - Meditation
    Rachel Patterson
    Lots of great ideas for taking you on a magical journey.... ~ Kris, Amazon

  • Art of Ritual, The
    Rachel Patterson
    Loved it no nonsense with a sense of humour... lots of room to adapt things to your own liking ~ Angel, Amazon

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