Another good book by Doreen Valiente Lots of lovely little nuggets of folklore, natural magic hence the title , and poems I ve always liked her writing style, and she explains things in a very simple manner This book was not heavy into actual spells thank goodness like other magic books Instead, she introduced areas and put them into a different perspective on how to use them in magic There were no long, silly lists of correspondences, just little bits of lore and Here s something to th Another good book by Doreen Valiente Lots of lovely little nuggets of folklore, natural magic hence the title , and poems I ve always liked her writing style, and she explains things in a very simple manner This book was not heavy into actual spells thank goodness like other magic books Instead, she introduced areas and put them into a different perspective on how to use them in magic There were no long, silly lists of correspondences, just little bits of lore and Here s something to think about I liked this quite a lot When I read the title I expected a book filled with correspondences, rules and rituals on how to celebrate the sabbaths I am glad I read it anyway, because I found a collection of folklore, complete with poems This was a very entertaining read Valiente s choice of words is short and simple, which I really liked. A classic and an essential to any Wiccan Library I don t want to rub it in but I actually found a first edition hard copy at a used book store in San Francisco a few years ago for FIVE DOLLARS Gods did I jump for joy on that one This book is semi dated as it was written back in the mid seventies but it has some great info in it Valiente if you don t already know was the original author of the legendary poem The Charge of the Goddess copied and pasted and reprinted in almost all Wiccan r A classic and an essential to any Wiccan Library I don t want to rub it in but I actually found a first edition hard copy at a used book store in San Francisco a few years ago for FIVE DOLLARS Gods did I jump for joy on that one This book is semi dated as it was written back in the mid seventies but it has some great info in it Valiente if you don t already know was the original author of the legendary poem The Charge of the Goddess copied and pasted and reprinted in almost all Wiccan resources Without her books along with Crowley, Gardner, and to an extent The Farrars we wouldn t even have the plethora of books on the subject available today that we do ALL modern Pagan authors have these originals to thank If you find a copy DEFINITELY pick it up if for no other reason than Wiccan historical purposes This book is just fantastic Not only is she my favourite author but she was also an amazing Witch This book is essential to all those who wish to practice Natural Magick Of course it has a bit of Wiccan influence but with a careful reading it can be adapted to several types of practices Definitely recommend it Did you know that the thickness of the layers in a locally grown onion will indicate the severity of the coming winter Magic is all around us, in stones, flowers, stars, the dawn wind, and the sunset cloud All we need is the ability to see it, understand it, and apply it Magic works because of nature s laws, not in spite of them, and Valiente shows how to practice the age old white magic which has been familiar to the Wise Ones for centuries Natural Magic compiled many pieces of miscellaneous lore, mostly related to Great Britain, and organized it according to categories like Plants, Animals or Sex I enjoyed this book, though it felt a bit dated at times Valiente mentions World War II frequently during the book, and I had to remind myself that when this book was written, World War II had not happened so long ago, and England had been very affected by it I also appreciated that Valiente did not share any magical practices ov Natural Magic compiled many pieces of miscellaneous lore, mostly related to Great Britain, and organized it according to categories like Plants, Animals or Sex I enjoyed this book, though it felt a bit dated at times Valiente mentions World War II frequently during the book, and I had to remind myself that when this book was written, World War II had not happened so long ago, and England had been very affected by it I also appreciated that Valiente did not share any magical practices overtly harmful to animals or the environment, though I did not like the idea of throwing magical items with glass, paper or string in bodies of water or otherwise into the environment Overall, it s a dense book with an eye to catch the reader up on magical practices from the Elizabethan period and before This is a valuable book to deepen your understanding of the historical roots of Western magic and pick up on people, books, ideas and practices that numerous otherrecently written books on magic don t cover as thoroughly A well written and intriguing look at the subject of magic in life.Upon reading the first chapter of the book I was completely captivated, and really appreciated the authors style I like the emphasis that magic is a product of the mind and will of man It is not some occult secret power, but something that everyone has and make use of Brilliant Doreen wrote of the magic in the world all around us It s not limited to crystals or in herbs, but in the air, the water, fire, numbers, colors, etc She was a pioneer in bringing magic to a new generation of witches worldwide. One of my favorite books ever I could not believe how muc I learned just from this one book Would highly recommend to anyone the least bit interested in knowingabout overall well being. A very special person Doreen This book explains the magick in everything around us It is a great read.