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A Witch Alone: Thirteen Moons to Master Natural Magic [Paperback]

Marian Green
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4 Feb 2002

This book carries on the tradition of the solo village witch emphasizing white rather than black magic. It is a practical manual of instruction for those who choose the solo path of study and particularly stresses the importance of being in tune with nature. As there are approximately 13 moons each year – the book is divided into 13 parts. Each section is aimed at lasting from the new moon to the dark to make the student fully aware of the changing power in the tides of the sea and the tides of the self. The moon-long sections deal with a variety of taditional arts, skills and mental exercises which enables the aspiring witch to discover the inner world of magic inside him/herself.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons; New edition edition (4 Feb 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007133235
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007133239
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Written for serious practitioners, Marian Green's Witch Alone: Thirteen Moons to Master Natural Magic guides those who wish to learn the "old religion" without the aid of a coven. Densely written in serious tone, Witch Alone is nonetheless an inspiring and poetic read. Exercises at the end of each chapter are designed to take a full 28 nights to accomplish, and are designed to progressively lead one on the path to success. Worshippers of the goddess and those interested in exploring the deeper aspects of their own soul will find this tome deeply informative, but for the neo-pagan committed to learning solitary witchcraft, Witch Alone is a must-read. --P Randall Cohan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"A must-read." P. Randall Cohan

"Invaluable to the newcomer to paganism." Mystical Realms

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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and "Unputdownable" 6 May 2004
By A Customer
I am on the druid path, but also interested in natural magic. I have already read a couple of books on the subject which I have researched by public opinion, and which I have found to be "fair". Only yesterday did I receive my copy of this book. I find it beautiful and "unputdownable". The author clearly reveres her path and it shows. The language is wonderful and descriptions clear. Already I have found out a great deal about the goddess and god, clearly described, which have so far been confusing me. Altogether a good book for a newcomer.
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring book I was glad to have found 26 Feb 2005
By A Customer
Marian Green's approach to the subject was like a breath of fresh air for me. I love her practical, no nonsense outlook.
I really feel that her words have a resonance to me and I can honestly say I learned a lot from her. I would be happy to recommend her books to anyone who is interested in the subject.
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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 'hands-on' training manual! 6 April 2006
By Phaedra
I initially bought this book around 6 years ago and began to read it with a view to self-training in the Craft. It is a totally no-nonsense, practical manual giving advice to those interested in 'green' magic and traditional earth-based lore. In addition, Marian is extremely knowledgeable about the pagan history of the UK (and indeed other cultures) and also brings a deep understanding of psychology to her subject. You won't find any of the - dare I say rather Americanised - approach to the Craft here, just a solid and steady explanation of the old ways together with practical exercises at the end of each chapter - it should be viewed as a text book to aid learning. I eventually combined the book with the corresponding distance-learning course offered by Marian, and have learned a great deal in the process. She is a thoroughly knowledgeable and ethical educator, and I recommend this book very highly if your interest in the craft of the wise is a genuine one.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wicca for people who like to think 18 Dec 2007
I'd recommend this book to wiccans and non-wiccans alike. The structure of the book is designed to be read, considered and used as a guide over a 13 month period, though you could easily read the whole thing through and do the exercises after finishing. Don't. I think the book would actually suffer for that kind of treatment, and you as a reader would be cheated. My advice would be to take the slower path through the book and let it sink in. Each chapter has a theme, even if it is recommended reading or preparation for a ritual. Taking a month to do the exercises may seem slow, but I find it's giving me time to consider the concepts involved on a different level than I have in quite a while.

I've been a practising wiccan for 10 yrs, and I still am enjoying myself with this book. I bought it as part of a reconnection/regrounding exercise, and am not disappointed. There is quite a bit here for non-beginners as well, if it is taken slowly.

My only concern would be that as much as I might like and agree with many of the author's opinions, I would worry that someone who was a very new beginner would perhaps not see that they are just that - opinions. While I like her style and her confidence, I can see beginners who hadn't read other books first might take what she's said as being some kind of absolute truth. (i.e. her opinions on indoor vs outdoor ritual) I would recommend this book be read in connection with other books on the craft - but to be fair, even the author recommends this as part of the exercises of the book. Honestly, I think the author's pull-no-punches style is refreshing, but I can see how some might be bowled over a bit by it. This book isn't for fluff-bunnies.

For beginners who have read a bit already and for old fogies like me who like to see things with eyes anew from time to time. There's a lot here to think about, definitely - enjoy!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous map for a step into olde ways 6 July 2001
By A Customer
M*M*, Ms Green has certainly excelled herself here. The book uses the idea of the 13 lunar months to focus on a certain aspect of the Olde ways, which are often used in modern Wicca. Every month she gives you exercises you can try out and work on, and also further reading lists if you wish to find out more about that topic of the month. A warning: There are no spells and rituals.
I bought this book when i first got into the Craft, read the first chapter and put it to one side, a year later, i picked it up and now i'm working through it, finding out so much about the enviroment i'm in, which also helps me to understand something of myself. Of course, you dont have to keep to the idea of a month a chapter, just read the book see what appeals and do the exerices for that bit if you so wish. A brilliant read and work book for the Natural Witch.
Blessings ~ batty ~
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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strictly for beginners 5 Feb 2002
By A Customer
After reading such enthusiastic reviews here on Amazon and having respected Marian Green's work for a good many years I was tempted into buying A Witch Alone, which I was expecting to provide me with a course of serious disciplined study. I was thoroughly disappointed; this book is strictly for beginners. If you are totally new to the Craft and want to get to grips with natural magic and the pagan worldview, then this is probably one of the better publications to help you do just that. It will help you to form a magical relationship between yourself and the natural world, and will encourage you to see yourself in terms of that relationship. It takes a simple approach to natural magic and there is no dressing up in regalia and waving swords around or trying to memorise long-winded incantations. Green's approach is centred around showing the novice how to re-examine their world and look at it with fresh eyes. Unfortunately the book is crammed with heavily-romanticised references to "simple country folk" and harks back to days of yore in an irritatingly twee fashion. Sadly the Craft is full of just such pseudo-historical romantic nonsense that has very little basis in fact, and I would strongly advise anyone interested in learning more about modern pagan witchcraft, or anyone reading A Witch Alone, to also read the works of Ronald Hutton, particularly The Triumph of the Moon. Hutton's work is the first serious attempt to give the Craft a meaningful historical context that is not based on misleading romantic notions of the Village Wise Woman, but rather on the available evidence. For this reason I am hesitant to wholeheartedly recommend A Witch Alone to the beginner without at least adding a caveat about its "historical" content.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Structured read
Love this and it's structured learning. Using alongside my current wiccan studies. Although I am a seasoned witch and felt need to refresh myself. Brilliant.
Published 13 days ago by Hayley0711
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good start
Enjoying this very much. A good book to get your started on the journey. Taking it one chapter at a time and following the reading lists at the end of each chapter. Read more
Published 2 months ago by freda baxter
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive book for beginners
As an experienced witch I always recommend this to beginners and I sent this to a new student in America. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Reading Otter
4.0 out of 5 stars A book for the serious intentions
I like this book.
A great work-book, taking through each moon of the year, using Natural Magic. Read more
Published 14 months ago by S. Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
A Witch Alone is an excellent read for anyone new to the craft, it's an easy read and straight to the point .
Published 19 months ago by florence moss
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
This down to earth account of what it means to follow the old path is extremely helpful to those starting out on the path. Read more
Published 20 months ago by DAVID HUNT
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!!
I am enjoy this edition of Maria Green. She talk so much on this edition about Wicca believes and also gives referencial materials to open your research in this area. Read more
Published on 6 April 2012 by Eder
3.0 out of 5 stars Depends on what you mean by witchcraft.....
According to the cover this book has sold over 50,000 copies..... so it must be giving some of the magically interested public what they want. Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2012 by Tempestas
3.0 out of 5 stars Over-romanticised, often inaccurate and rambling
This book is OK for anyone with a superficial interest in modern witchcraft, but there are many other better examples available. Read more
Published on 4 Aug 2011 by oldhippy
2.0 out of 5 stars Beginners only!
I was so excited to get this book! What a dissapointment. The way the pages are layed out in massive chunks of writing with no gap to seperate the paragraphs is really hard for me... Read more
Published on 28 April 2011 by witch1089
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