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  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Moon Books; Reprint edition (30 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846948010
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846948015
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Melusine Draco originally trained in the magical arts of traditional British Old Craft with Bob and Meriem Clay-Egerton. She has been a magical and spiritual instructor for over 20 years with Arcanum and the Temple of Khem, and writer of numerous popular books.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Carla Tate on 2 Sept. 2012
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I loved Draco's Mean Streets Witchcraft (later published as Traditional Witchcraft for Urban Living), so I was very excited to order all the rest of the books in the Traditional Witchcraft series. This one arrived yesterday. It reminds me a lot of Fiona Walker-Craven's book 13 Moons: A Journal of a Natural, though the content is entirely different. They make a lovely complementary pair

Traditional Witchcraft for Fields and Hedgerows is organised into seventeen chapters, one chapter per moon plus three extra:

1 - Fields and Hedgerows
2 - Jan Dead Moon
3 - Feb Short Moon
4 - March Awakening Moon
5 - The Witch's Field
6 - April Grass Moon
7 - May Planting Moon
8 - Jun Flower Moon
9 - The Witch's Hedgerow
10 - Jul Lightning Moon
11 - Aug Harvest Moon
12 - Sep Hunters Moon
13 - The Witch's Wildlife
14 - Oct Falling Leaf Moon
15 - Nov Tree Moon
16 - Dec Long Night Moon
17 - Dec/Jan Ice Moon and the Sacred Space

You won't find any information here about circle casting, calling the quarters, the Lord and Lady or anything about gods or goddesses. The book is concerned entirely with how a witch would interact with the environment of fields and hedgerows through each moon of the year. Each chapter is packed with folklore, folk medicine, Celtic tree lore, recipes, traditional dates that occur (or used to occur) during each month, a recommendation in the most general terms for what you might consider for your 'circle work' that month. When Draco presents an old tradition, she gives a Then and Now, sights you would have seen in fields and hedgerows then, vs now. For example:

Jan-- Then: collecting dead boughs for the hearth fire. Now: Beyond the hedge, the winter wheat is springing up.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rob Stacey on 2 Oct. 2012
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It is rare to come across a book that provides you with enough information to feel confident enough to go out to explore but doesn't tell you this is all it does. With the herblore & tree lore written in this book it encourages you to research more, it is a no nonsense guide to what you are dealing with. It helps connect you back to the land & even if you are an urbanite you can work with this book to bring it into the reality of your surroundings. My only criticism is a personal one & that is it can occaisionly jump about a bit with some of the plants being mentioned in more than one part, but the hedgerows don't stay the same for long so this is why I assume it is laid out like this. Over all an enjoyable read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By suzanne ruthven on 25 Jun. 2014
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Traditional Witchcraft for Fields and Hedgerows is a much gentler approach to Craft than the first two in the series, and yet even here there is the subtle reminder that to be a witch we must connect with Nature on many different levels. As the author points out: “Only Nature can coax out those long suppressed abilities and give us back the freedom to be a witch, releasing the knowledge of the Old Ways back into the world.” For this book, however, Melusine Draco conceals her witch’s robe beneath a Barbour and pulls on a pair of stout rubber boots because, after all, she is country born and bred - and shows us where to look for hints of Old Craft among the country traditions, folklore, superstitions, cunning-craft and the rituals for the turning of the year. And after our excursion we can return home to seasonal recipes that would have been familiar to our grandparents. This book is a much extended version of the popular (now out of print) ignotus press ‘A Witch’s Treasury of the Countryside’ and a treasury of witch-lore it remains. So let’s accept Melusine Draco’s invitation to walk with her through the fields and along the hedgerows and rediscover Nature as she moves through the seasons of the year.
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Traditional Witchcraft for Fields and Hedgerows like the other books in the series are an excellent guide to anyone who has an interest in embarking on the path themselves and what it means to be a traditional witch. The book moves through each month of the year revealing the changes that unfold with the changing of the seasons. There are guides to the flora and fauna that appears at various times of the year and the symbolism they have come to represent. Great references to the folklore that has bee passed down since ancient times and great use for the plants and herbs that grow in our hedges and fields that plays a vital role in the survival of humans and animals and how we have survived off one another for thousands of years. There are some great recipes within the pages to wet the appetite.
A review on this book gives the suggestion towards animal cruelty by recipies within the book.This is not the case owing to lack of understanding. Traditional witchcraft has a deep respect for animals while understanding that nature is red in tooth and claw and the natural part they play in the system. Those who do not view nature realistically are not right for the path of the traditional witch.
A great book just like the others in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H E Read on 25 May 2015
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This book is great for those just beginning their journey and for those a little further on their way. All in all the Traditional Witchcraft series is a must read for anyone wishing to follow that path. Traditional Witchcraft is certainly not Wicca, and I note that one reviewer has made mention of "animal cruelty" being condoned by way of some of the recipes given. I for one cannot find the part that says you need to rip the heart out of pigeons. There are recipes for pigeon with gravy and peas and pigeon casserole, but neither of these refers to the ripping of hearts. Perhaps if she had given her comment a little more context I could have worked out what exactly she was referring to in the book. Traditional Witchcraft is "red in tooth and claw" make no mistake, but the last thing condoned is "animal cruelty", the powers that be would certainly have something to say! Traditional Witchcraft will not suit everyone, that's why you need to properly decide if it would actually suit you before embarking on that path and these books will certainly help you make that choice.
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