The Way of the Hedge Witch: Rituals and Spells for Hearth and Home (Anglais) Broché – 24 avril 2009
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I must say that while I was relatively uninformed when I read this book about hedge craft, I thoroughly enjoyed the authors explanations and emphasis on the elements of hedge craft (which I interpreted as "Trust your gut"). This book helped me to connect with the more divine knowledge that I have (that we ALL have) and helped me to focus less on formula, someone else's script, and more on what feels right to me as a witch. This book is written in every day easy to understand language and is very down to earth. It's abundantly clear to me that the author was divinely inspired to pursue this information!
I think that this is a great place for a beginner to start. However, a more experienced hedge witch may disagree. I think that most people would be able to find something in this book that is useful. Take what you need, leave the rest. Also personally, after several years of moving from sub par apartment to sub par apartment, I really enjoyed this focus on making your home a sacred place and had overlooked the significance of such an act. (I think it helped me to manifest the wonderful apartment that I live in right now!)
Finally, my only bone to pick with the author has to do with a section on hearth deities. This also explains my 4 star rating. I do understand that compiling deities from around the world takes a great deal of time, sleuthing, and effort. Particularly if not of the Western world- so I do acknowledge and applaud her effort in this regard. However, as a witch who also happens to be African American heritage, it seemed incomprehensible and hurtful to me that no deities of the continent of Africa were included. Now of course, I know the old saying- 'you can't please everyone.' (And I would not at all read into her actions or beliefs due to this!!) Africa is a pretty damn big continent to "overlook." IMHO the information included from Egypt really overlooks divide on the continent that exists today. It's hard to read a book that is so personal when you are not reflected in the material. As I stated, it's my only bone with this book. I know that some will choose to ignore, or agree to disagree with me on this point and that's fine.
Otherwise, I heartily recommend it (even if you are of African heritage). There is a great deal that you can take and use TODAY to make your home truly yours and consider adding more hedge witchery into your personal spiritual practices.
- No assumption is made as to your religion; this is a spiritual path and home-based craft, not a religion in itself. This is a welcome change from books on witchcraft that are mostly about deities and religious rituals.
- Practical advice on caring for tools such as the cauldron.
- Ideas and suggestions for building shrines, purifying rooms, and working with your hearth and home as a spiritual place that can be utilised and adapted to one's own personal practice.
- Discussion on mundane aspects of life such as eating and cleaning as spiritual acts when done mindfully.
- Occasionally forgets to explain why something is done; some rituals are given as examples but why this was said or that action was taken is not discussed.
- The minor disparaging of feminism here and there (for example at the beginning of chapter 6) made me uncomfortable.
- The assumption is made that you like or will spend a fair bit of time in the kitchen. Not every hearth-based witch likes to cook!
- Her info on particular gods and spirits can be a bit off, so double-check if you intend on working with any she mentions (despite her comments, boggarts aren't nice!!).
- A few basic errors - confusing deosil with clockwise, for example.
- A tendency to be a bit unspecific when discussing history. The term "the ancients" was used more than once, alas.
- Not actually about the way of the Hedge Witch.
I enjoyed it, actually. There are definitely places where I stopped and thought "the hell you say?!" - for example, when she suggested palm oil was a more environmentally conscious choice than olive oil (certainly depends where it comes from!) and when she suggested using the rune Gebo as a protective ward for your door (very odd choice...), but overall it is a practical book on home-based spirituality. There are bits and pieces I disagree with, but for the most part these are issues of personal practice. I do wish there was more of a WITCHCRAFT focus but I think she achieved, in a general sense, what she set out to do with this one. Tone-wise, it feels like one is being talked down to a little, which can get irritating.
Recommended for those who want some more ideas on how to integrate their spirituality into their day-to-day life and their homes. I think it is best read with a mind to adapting rather than working just with what it gives you, and indeed I think this was part of its intent.
Those more interested in Hedge Witchcraft, try "To Fly By Night" ed. Veronica Crumner and "Hedge Rider" by Eric de Vries for starters.