Hedge Witch : Guide to Solitary Witchcraft Paperback
by Rae Beth
Hedge Witch is a modern guide to the ancient path of the village wisewoman or wiseman. Written in the form of letters from an experienced witch to her two apprentices, solitary witchcraft is offered, not as a substitute for coven worship, but as a fulfulling lifestyle in its own right.
Rae Beth explains the importance of the Goddess and her consort, the Horned God, as sources of spiritual strength and worship.
The author extols the feminine principles of healing and regeneration as well as attacking greed and self-interest which jeopardize the planet's very future. Rae Beth provides spells for all the key festivals of the witch's calendar; describes and outlines the Pagan approach to finding a partner. Her lyrical letters, accompanied by delicate pen-and-ink sketches, bring the reader towards a deeper understanding of the solitary witch's lifestyle and beliefs.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 192 pages, 12 line drawings
- Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/08/1992
- Category: Magic, spells & alchemy
- ISBN: 9780709048510
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Review by lilywren
Hedge Witch was the first book I read relating to the subject matter, in fact the first book I read that related specifically to witchcraft that captured my imagination, spurred my creativity and set off a spark of inspiration for me. It is also a book I find myself returning too when I find I am feeling a little flat and uninspired. Why is this I wonder? Personally, I find Rae Beth's writing quite accessible and also inspiring. Hedge Witch is no exception. The book potray's key festivals in the pagan and witch calender and the celebrations, rituals and spells that a solitary witch may wish to follow throughout the year. Rae Beth also manages to explain the key gods and goddess and how they fit into the spirituality of a Hedge Witch in a way that does not preach nor expects one to follow, merely to understand.The book is presented in a series of letters sent to two apprentices who wish to follow the path and are seeking guidance and advice. As the book says "Her lyrical letters, accompanied by delicate pen-and-ink sketches, bring the reader towards a deeper understanding of the solitary witch's lifestyle and beliefs".I have often found myself looking at the book again, usually at key times of the year. The letters are dated and speak of what festival, celebration and cycle is upon us at that time. I often find reading the letters around that time of year has helped to inspire me, encourage creativity and encourage me to standstill for a brief moment, take a deep breath and look around at what is happening within and without...