Hearth Witch Paperback – 1 Jun 2004
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A surprising amount is packed into this volume - including the history, mythology, and folklore of the hearth witch. But mostly the book concerns the practical magic of the hearth. There are few spells here. Instead, there are recipes for seasonal dishes (all vegetarian), for incenses and dyes, for traditional natural toiletries and cleaning products. And there is advice on raising plants, storing and preserving produce, the uses of different woods, and candle making. Only a few generations ago, such knowledge was the inheritance of every woman. The traditional wise woman was also a master of the healing arts, and over a quarter of this book is devoted to wort cunning (or knowledge of herbs to use the more familiar Latinate words). The numerous ways of preparing herbs are explained, and a lengthy directory describes the uses of many common herbs. Necessarily this is only an introduction to the vast subject of herb lore, and the bibliography contains pointers to more in-depth studies (including Anna Franklin s own tome Herb Craft). All in all, this is an excellent source book for all 21st Century pagans, which I for one will be referring to time and again. --Libra Aries
About the Author
Anna Franklin is the High Priestess of the Hearth of Arianrhod, which runs teaching circles and postal courses, as well as a working coven, a company of archers and the annual Mercian Gathering, a Pagan camp which raises money for charity. She regularly speaks at conferences, moots and workshops around the country. She lives in a village in the heart of England, where she grows her own herbs and food, and tries to live in harmony with the earth. Now a full time writer, Anna is the author of many books on witchcraft and Paganism, including the best selling Sacred Circle Tarot and The Fairy Ring Oracle [Llewellyn], Midsummer, Lammas, Fairy Lore, Herb Craft, Magical Incenses and Oils, The Celtic Animal Oracle, Personal Power, The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Fairies [Anova], A Romantic Guide to Handfasting, Familiars, The Oracle of the Goddess, Hearth Witch and The Path of the Shaman. Anna s books have been translated into nine languages.
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I was wrong.
This is a charming book packed full of wonderful nuggets of information. There are recipes for seasonal meals, natural house cleaning suggestions, tree lore and herb lore, how to make natural dyes and a "how to" of all kinds of DIY incense, blessing oils, herbal teas, bath herbs, salves and cosmetics. The author includes old rhymes, for example one on the burning of different woods; a month-by-month look at the seasons; the Celtic months of the year; and all sorts of other interesting references. She ties in these things where she can to the different gods and goddesses that have been associated over the ages including Celtic, Roman, Greek and even a Lithuanian deity!
The book is basically a guide to how you might live your life by centering your witchcraft and any Pagan beliefs you have around the hearth, making it the living centre of your home. And while it is lovely to dream of a big roaring fire and all the trappings of a rural, idyllic lifestyle, the author makes a point of recognizing that most of us don't have these things and we buy things rather than grow or make them, and cook over an electric hob rather than in a cauldron over a fire.
You don't entirely escape the "an it harm none" or "Lord and Lady" but it does not in any way detract from the reading, and simply offers a view that we should protect and cherish our world. This book is definitely going to become a favourite of mine.
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