Shop now Shop now Shop now See more Shop all Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now DIYED Shop now Shop Fire Shop now Shop now

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
3
5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
3
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
Format: Paperback|Change
Price:£19.99+ Free shipping with Amazon Prime

Your rating(Clear)Rate this item
Share your thoughts with other customers

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

on 1 October 2011
This book from Susan Greenwood is an excellent read, that takes the reader on a virtual `how to' journey into the connectivity between the human mind and the natural world. Taking several examples from indigenous societies around the world, Greenwood reveals the connection between the animal spirit and that of human spirit in her description of the "Wild Hunt' where she highlights how, "Human being and animals are enmeshed in relationships of reciprocity," Greenwood, 2005: 137) an ontological approach that provides vivid examples to illustrate this relationship between the Rock Cree of Manitoba, Canada and the animals they hunt for sustenance. As a contrast, Greenwood draws upon the work of world class philosopher Gregory Bateson to inform the reader of the tragic disconnect of humanity from our natural ecology, which evolved out the `scientific' infancy of the 16th and 17th century that denied nature of it's independent life-force instead into an inanimate object devoid of any power, power which was reserved solely to mankind's interpretation of `God' as a reflection conceived in human terms (Greenwood, 2005:207).
Greenwood invites the reader to reflect upon `magic consciousness' as a state of mind that is a natural force, not a supernatural one. Susan Greenwood's book the "The Nature of Magic" is well-researched and extensively documented from her personal experience and multiple ethnographies. This accounts for her statements of inter-connectivity of the minds of humanity with the natural world since magic is not an unnatural state, but a perfectly human state of mind not confined to the annals of historical myths but potentially with all of us.
This highly readable book is a must, for those who wish to embark on a journey explore their own personal connection with the natural world. Greenwood's book "The Nature of Magic" provides the reader with a `road map' for that journey.
0Comment| 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 2 December 2012
An intelligent look at 'magical consciousness', which takes magic out of the field of superstition and fantasy, and shows it to be a valid way of relating to the world around us, and forging webs of meaning in a sometimes bewildering environment. Every would-be witch and magician should read this, and bin their crappy wicca-lite books.
0Comment| 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 22 September 2014
Much better than Greenwood's other works and in my view more concise and academic.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse

Customers also viewed these items


Need customer service? Click here

Sponsored Links

  (What is this?)