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5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure trove of tidbits, 2 Sep 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.

Jun -- Then: Hawking scene. Now: Ears of corn begin to appear and trees are in full leaf.

I love Draco's style because she is extremely realistic in the way she views and presents the practicalities of being a witch in the 21st century. She does NOT make you feel bad if you can't go grubbing around harvesting herbs and putting up 100 bottles of cough remedy every year. Nor does she suggest that it is necessary to become an absolute expert on little-needed skills such as midwifery.

If you want something without a whiff of Wicca anywhere near it and the British countryside is at your fingertips, these books may prove useful to you. If you are outside of the UK, they may not be of much use, as Draco is completely UK-centric, practising as she does British Traditional Witchcraft.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Introduction for the Hedge Witch, 2 Oct 2012
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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4.0 out of 5 stars The gentle approach, 25 Jun 2014
This review is from: Traditional Witchcraft for Fields and Hedgerows (Kindle Edition)
Carys Llewellyn: Freelance Writer and book reviewer
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book, 31 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Traditional Witchcraft for Fields and Hedgerows (Kindle Edition)
This is quite useful but I wish she'd gone into more detail about uses of herbs and the history of them.
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