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The Garden Witch is Back with Garden Witch's Herbal: How to Unearth Your Spirituality Through Gardening
by Ellen Dugan - Living Paganism and Witchcraft: Meaning, Purpose, Identity and Integration - Witchy Update - March 2009

If I were to name the three most precious resources of life,
I should say books, friends, and nature; and the greatest of these,
at least the most constant and always at hand, is nature.
—John Burroughs, Naturalist

Spring is here, and what better time to dig into the magick and mystery of the earth than right now? I have been promising my readers that I have been indeed working on a sequel to my first book, Garden Witchery, and the wait is over. Break out your gardening tools, turn over a new section of earth in your yard, haul out your pots and containers, and get ready to have some down-to-earth magickal fun.

Garden Witch's HerbalMy newest book, Garden Witch's Herbal, is a modern guide into the world of green magick, herbalism, and spirituality. For those of you are looking for a way to advance your magickal skills, here you go. This book is just the thing to get you enthusiastic about working in harmony with the earth. This volume will help you to add some real depth and dimension into your own style and tradition of the Craft.

Just what is it about plants, trees, flowers, and the idea of green magick that continues to fascinate and bewitch us? Perhaps it is their timeless appeal or their captivating qualities. Magickal herbalism is a perennially popular magickal topic. Folks just can't seem to get enough of that old green magick.

No matter how long a Witch has practiced their Craft—be it months, years, or decades—there is a real need (or hunger, if you will) to deepen their connection to the earth, to dig a little further, to expand their magickal skills, and to learn more. With this in mind, Garden Witch's Herbal came to be.

In this, my tenth book, I thought it was time to return to where my journey as an author began, for it is here in nature, working in harmony with the earth and conjuring with flowers and herbs, that my Witch's heart truly lies. In this return trip the Witch's garden, we will revisit herbal enchantments, discover green magick, focus on spirituality, and search even further into the mysterious and magickal world of plants.

So what will you find in Garden Witch's Herbal? To start, plenty of new earthy enchantments and garden witchery to keep you busy. This is my largest book to date. At over three hundred pages long, it also features forty-seven gorgeous plant illustrations. There are chapters on:
  • Conjuring a Garden with Heart

  • Green Witchery in the City

  • Magickal Plants of the Southwest

  • Wildflowers and Witchery

  • Magick of the Hedgerows

  • The Magick and Folklore of Trees

  • Gothic Herbs and Forbidden Plants

  • Herbs and Plants of the Sabbats

  • Herbs of the Stars

  • And plenty more!
All of the information here is fresh and new, with plenty of the green magick and witchery that you've come to expect—just waiting for you to put them into practice. No matter where you live, in this book you will find many practical ideas for adding herbalism and green magick into your life.

I truly wish to inspire you, the reader, to rediscover your connection to the natural world and to deepen your magickal spirituality. Because regardless of what temperate zone or part of the world in which you live, it is important to honor and to work with the local plant kingdoms. Tune into the cycles and seasons of nature in your own neck of the woods; you'll be amazed at what happens when you do. This hands-on herbal is designed to easily enhance any tradition or style of the Craft that you may already practice.

Inside the book you will find dozens of new spells, charms, and herbal enchantments, and of course common-sense gardening information like easy ways to incorporate a touch of Feng Shui into your garden design, how to create atmosphere in the landscape, and ways to work harmoniously with the magick of color in your gardens. There are several practical suggestions for enchanting theme gardens, and even ideas for many bewitching container gardens for you to try.

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Rediscover Beltane with Kids and Maypoles
by Bronwen Forbes

Maypole dancing is community celebration of Beltane, from the youngest to the oldest. However, it is often difficult for little legs to keep up with the adults, and young children tend to tucker out long before they can weave their ribbon around an often ten- or twelve-foot Maypole. What can be done to ensure that kids get as much enjoyment about of the community Beltane celebration of Maypole dancing? Bronwen Forbes, author of Make Merry in Step and Song, details how to make Maypole dances fun for all.

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The Magick of Writing Your Own Magick: 8 Easy Steps to Creating Your Own Spells
by Susan Pesznecker

Most magickal people work with spells, charms, and rituals on a regular basis. Many of us are perfectly happy to pull out a spellbook and use an already existing spell or formula. Susan Pesznecker, author of Crafting Magick with Pen and Ink, feels that doing so robs us of the magical intention that comes with creating your own spells, and guides us through eight simple steps to creating our own spells.

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Elemental Shamanism: The Power of Fire, Earth, Water, and Air
by Omar W. Rosales

From the steppes of the Himalaya to the jungles of Guatemala, shamanism is a ritual belief system that has been practiced for over 27,000 years. By understanding Shamanism's inherent and integral connection to the four elements—fire, earth, water, and air—we can gain a unique understanding of this enigmatic spiritual tradition. Omar Rosales, author of Elemental Shaman, describes how the shamanic journey truly begins with the four elements.

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