- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd; New edition edition (1 Jan. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0709064500
- ISBN-13: 978-0709064503
- Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.5 x 21.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Doreen Valiente was one of the founders of modern Wicca and was initiated into four different branches of the Old Religion in Great Britain. She is the author of An ABC of Witchcraft: Past and Present, Witchcraft for Tomorrow, The Rebirth of Witchcraft and Witchcraft: A Tradition Renewed. She made many television and radio appearances, discussing witchcraft and folklore and displaying items from her collection of witchcraft objects. Doreen Valiente died in 1999.
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She realised that for magic to remain meaningful we must understand its role in so many successive generations and cultures. Only then can we add to and develop the knowledge already gathered in print.
This book reminds us what magic is for: empowering and protecting ourselves, using our imagination, concentration and faith, and the Spirit present in all things natural. Really, we don't need madly expensive ritual tools and rare blooms, even if they do photograph beautifully.
This is also a liberating book for anyone who feels ungrounded or lost, due to something generally described as "progress". May it inspire you to move to the countryside or at least to visit occasionally. Once there, kick your shoes off and dance with bare feet. It might just change your life.
It is not a 'spellbook' where there are lots to try (If looking for that,read Dorothy morrison's 'Everyday magic',Scott cunninghams 'Earth power' or Cassandra eason's 'complete book of spells')although it does contain a handful of traditional spells and a brilliant introduction to candle magic.It's a gentle,simple,'magic of the common folk' kind of book.
There are chapters on mind magic,the magic of dreams,magic of the elements(where scrying is mentioned),weather omens,charms and talimans,and a chapter covering playing card divination(where the author gives details of possibly the oldest method used in England)and more.
A must read for witches.
The title is a little bit of a misnomer seeing as it's actually describing magic itself as 'natural' rather than the book being about it specifically. However, 'Natural Magic' does go into a variety of what one would deem 'natural magic' topics, but Ms Valiente does so in a more mythological/historical context than a practical one. This is no bad thing; in fact I think this makes the book far more useful than any handbook could be! Importantly, Valiente expounds clearly and efficiently information of interest whilst leaving room for further study.
I particularly enjoyed the discussion of divination via playing cards a la the cunning folk -- she gives some instructions on how to read them from an older source. I also loved the bits on numerology where Valiente provides one with a reference on how to figure out ones lucky number. The engravings and illustrations also lend the piece a very arcane feel.
The topics covered within the book are many, and Valiente often goes off onto related topics under one uniform heading i.e. in the chapter titled `magic of birds and animals' she talks not only about animals but horned gods (Pan, for example) and his role in the wild woods etc.
The contents consists of: magic of the mind, magic of the four elements, magic of herbs and flowers, magic of numbers, magic of colours, magic of talismans and amulets, magic of sex, magic of dreams, magic of the weather, magic of the cards, magic of birds and animals and traditional spells.
Highly recommend for all Witches and Pagans.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really interesting book, just what I was hoping for. Would recommend if this area is something you want to know more about. Well written and engaging.Published 14 days ago by Michelle Campbell
I loved this book. I now want to read more about this subjectPublished 5 months ago by KATHERINE WELLER
This has become a favourite book to return to, Doreen Valiente Natural Magic was my first book that I read in this genre. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Cat. G