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This review is from: Traditional Witchcraft for Fields and Hedgerows (Paperback)
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.