Book Review – The Green Witch: Your Complete Guide to the Natural Magic of Herbs, Flowers, Essential Oils and More by Arin Murphy-Hiscock

February, 2019

Book Review
The Green Witch: Your Complete Guide to the Natural Magic of Herbs, Flowers, Essential Oils and More
by Arin Murphy-Hiscock
Published by Adams Media
Copyright 2017
Pages: 235

you are starting down the path of a green witch, you will appreciate
this complete introduction to the natural magic of herbs, flowers,
essential oils, gems and more.

book is a slightly edited
version of her book, “The Way of the Green Witch: Rituals, Spells,
and Practices to Bring You Back to Nature,” published in 2006, also
by Adams Media.

information is easily understood and put into practice.

Murphy-Hiscock describes the path of a green witch as “intensely
personal,” driven by individual strengths and talents, and aligned
with the climate of the geographic location and the energy of that
environment. That makes each path individual, as green witches seek
harmony between nature and humans in an ongoing celebration of life.

practice of the green witch doesn’t have a lot of bells and
whistles, fancy tool, or complicated rituals. Perhaps more than any
other path of witchcraft, the path of a green witch rests on your
philosophy of living and how you interact with the world around you,”
Murphy-Hiscock states.

kitchen witchcraft, green witchcraft emphasizes practicality and
everyday activity. There are no special words, no unique prayers, no
uniforms, no holy texts, no obligatory tools, and no specific
holidays … unless you create them for yourself. While the green
path is very much the art of daily practice, it isn’t set apart as
sacred. It recognizes the sacred in everyday life. The path of a
green witch is sacred – very much so – but not isolated from the
secular. The secular life itself is what is sacred to the green

witches descended from folk healers and practitioners of folk magic:
the village herbalists, midwives, healers and wise women. The book
explains the differences between other practices, noting a green
witch opens to nature’s energies and works with them subtly, rather
than other practices where energy is raised, directed and released.

book touches on ethics, personal energy centers, making a home a
sacred space, environmental energy, the power of the seasons and
astrological influences. There are pages covering the magic of trees,
the energy of flowers, powers of herbs, and using stones and
crystals. One chapter covers gardening and another is on healing.

recipes are provided for incense, spell bags, teas and foods, and
suggestions for ritual are also included.

is well written and informative, and while it is not in-depth enough
for the advanced practitioner, new seekers will find it a valuable
foundation of knowledge.

of those leaving comments on Amazon noted the book covers nature’s
magic in an inclusive manner, so those of any faith, culture or
tradition can embrace the practice and experience a deeper, more
magical connection with nature while moving through daily life.

The Green Witch: Your Complete Guide to the Natural Magic of Herbs, Flowers, Essential Oils, and More on Amazon


the Author:

50 – divorced and living on her own for the first time – before
she consciously began practicing as a self taught solitary witch. She
draws on an eclectic mix of old ways she has studied – from her
Sicilian and Germanic heritage to Zen and astrology, the fae,
Buddhism, Celtic, the Kabbalah, Norse and Native American – pulling
from each as she is guided. She practices yoga, reads Tarot and uses
Reiki. From the time she was little, she has loved stories, making
her job as the editor of two monthly newspapers seem less than the
work it is because of the stories she gets to tell. She lives with
her large white cat, Pyewacket, in central Connecticut. You can
follow her boards on Pinterest,
and write to her at woikelynn at gmail dot com.

Book Review of Pastel Spells by Rose Orriculum

November, 2018

Book Review

Pastel Spells

by Rose Orriculum



Taken from the back cover “Pastel Spells is a pocket spell book filled with a variety of spells for witches of all levels of experience, from beginners to long-time practitioners.” That statement really sums up Pastel Spells so well.

This is one of my favorite spell books to date. It doesn’t focus on any certain type of spells and even includes curses. Some of the of the spells are romantic, sexual, anti-love, platonic love/friendship, help with relationships, sour relationships, self-love, self-care/habits, self-care/emotional, healing, and, as I mentioned, curses. There is also a few spells on gender and some on orientation. I felt these spells were something very unique that I had not seen in other books.

I have personally tried some of these spells and I am in love with them. I tried the Stuffed Animal Sleep Spell for my son. He loves his new stuffed animal and now will not sleep anywhere without it.

I have also been using the Restarting Spell at the end of each month. I feel this spell is a great way to end the month and get ready for the new one.

Rose Orriculum has such a way with words and spells. I enjoy her work and cannot wait to see what else she comes up with. To learn more about her, check out my interview with her in this issue!

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Book Review – Of Witchcraft and Whimsy: A Beginner’s Guide to Basic Witchcraft by Rose Orriculum

November, 2018

Book Review

Of Witchcraft and Whimsy: A Beginner’s Guide to Basic Witchcraft

by Rose Orriculum



Of Witchcraft and Whimsy: A Beginner’s Guide to Basic Witchcraft is a great book written by Rose Orriculum. It is tagged as a beginner’s guide to witchcraft, however, after reading it, I feel that anyone could enjoy the contents of this book regardless of where they are on their magical path.

The book begins with a chapter on the “basics”. This tends to be the run of the mill basics but Rose is honest and open. She makes it a point to let you know that witchcraft is not a certain way. She makes it feel open and inviting. This would be a great read for someone who is on the fence about joining the magical community.

One of my favorite chapters is Potions. This chapter is about infusing your hot chocolate, coffee, & teas. Rose makes magic so simple that you can incorporate potions into your daily life.

The book goes into detail regarding the seasons and how you can celebrate them. One of my personal favorites from her collection is how you can use a snowman as a poppet. What a grand idea. Especially since it would allow families to do the act together.

At the back Of Witchcraft and Whimsy, Rose has included many of her own spells, glamours, bindings and curses.

Rose Orriculum has such a way with words and spells. I enjoy her work and cannot wait to see what else she comes up with. To learn more about her, check out my interview with her in this issue!


Of Witchcraft and Whimsy: A Beginner’s Guide to Basic Witchcraft on Amazon

Book Review – Crystals for Beginners by Karen Frazier

December, 2017

Book Review – Crystals for Beginners by Karen Frazier

I love books and I adore crystals. If you know someone who feels the same way, then this book would be the perfect choice for them.

While Ms. Frazier states that this book is for beginners, there is plenty of information here, as well as, for the more advanced among us.

The author starts with the basics – what a crystal is and what it is not, how to shop for a crystal, feeling its’ energy, how to pair one crystal with another that it will work with particularly well.

Of course, it is mandatory to talk about how to clear, cleanse and store your crystals and that, too, is covered in Part 1.

As a yoga teacher and healer, I am always drawn to how crystals can be used with the chakras (energy centers within one’s body) and their color correspondences. The basics are definitely covered here.

I was also interested in using crystal grids. This is something I am just starting to study and Ms. Frazier gave a very good basic introduction in how to set one up.

Part 2 begins with what Ms. Frazier calls the “workhorse” crystals. Looking at the list, I tend to agree that these are among the most used crystals, among them amethyst, black tourmaline and rose quartz. I would assume that most who love and own many crystals counts these among their favorites.

These are followed by 40 more crystals, giving a more general description of each one.

Part 3 gives a very good overview of using crystals to improve your life, and for healing. There are pages devoted to specific things, such as anger, forgiveness, courage, etc., and how best to start using crystals in this manner.

The book ends with a crystal guide by color. I can see myself reaching for this book for a quick reference in lieu of pulling out one of my larger books.

So, whether you are a crystal novice or more advanced, this book is definitely one you want to pick up, whether to begin your study, or as a quick reference.

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About the Author:

Susan Morgaine is a Daughter of the Goddess, Witch, Writer, Teacher, Healer, and Yogini. She is a monthly columnist with Her writings can be found in The Girl God Anthologies, Whatever Works: Feminists of Faith Speak” and Jesus, Mohammed and the Goddess, as well as Mago Publications She Rises, Volume 2, and “Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess”. She has also been published in Jareeda and SageWoman magazines. She is a Certified Womens Empowerment Coach/Facilitator through She is the author of “My Name is Isis, the Egyptian Goddess”, one in the series of the “My Name Is………” children’s books published by The Girl God Publications. A Woman International, founded by Patricia Lynn Reilly. She has long been involved in Goddess Spirituality and Feminism, teaching classes and workshops, including Priestessing Red Tents within MA and RI. She is entering her 20th year teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, being a Certified instructor through the Kundalini Research Institute, as well as being a Reiki Master. She is a member of the Sisterhood of Avalon. She can be found at and her email is [email protected]

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A Moment for Meditation

September, 2014


Merry Meet and welcome to my first column on meditation.  I am honored to be part of the writing family.

I am a Certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation teacher; I have been practicing for 20 years and teaching for 16.

In this column, I will be discussing the different aspects of meditation, which will include, but not be limited to, mantra (vibratory sound), mudra (yoga positions for the hands), posture, visual focus, breathing techniques both simple and not-so-simple, and so on.    

I don’t think it would be an exaggeration to say that life is fairly stressful for most of  us.  Meditation and proper breathing technique can help to calm your nerves and slow down your heart rate, which will allow the body to calm itself naturally.  This, in turn, helps you to rationally deal with the situation at hand.

To meditate is to breathe.  Your breath is Prana; Prana is life, plain and simple. 

When you make the effort to tune into a daily meditation sadhana (spiritual practice), you become calmer, more centered, grounded and balanced.

It is my hope that you will take this journey with me, learning the basics of meditation and breathing your way to a happier, healthier you.  

Blessings and Namaste

A Year And A Day

August, 2013

Wiccan Basics


There are very few ‘rules’ in Wicca.  In fact, a lot of people like the fact that there is no rulebook, dogma or strict hierarchy in Wicca.  Of course, this varies between traditions, as some groups have more guidelines then others.


Rulebook or not, there are a few key tenets that most Wiccans follow, such as the Wiccan Rede, the Rule of Three, and even the Thirteen Principles of Wiccan Belief as set out by the American Council of Witches in 1974.


Wiccan Rede

The Wiccan Rede provides a common moral system for those practicing Wicca and other pagan religions.  Doreen Valiente first published the famous ‘eight word’ couplet in 1964, “Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill, An it harm none do what ye will”.  The long Rede below came from Earth Religion News in 1974.


Bide within the Law you must, in perfect Love and perfect Trust.

Live you must and let to live, fairly take and fairly give.


For tread the Circle thrice about to keep unwelcome spirits out.

To bind the spell well every time, let the spell be said in rhyme.


Light of eye and soft of touch, speak you little, listen much.

Honor the Old Ones in deed and name, let love and light be our guides again.


Deosil go by the waxing moon, chanting out the joyful tune.

Widdershins go when the moon doth wane, and the werewolf howls by the dread wolfsbane.


When the Lady’s moon is new, kiss the hand to Her times two.

When the moon rides at Her peak then your heart’s desire seek.


Heed the North winds mighty gale, lock the door and trim the sail.

When the Wind blows from the East, expect the new and set the feast.


When the wind comes from the South, love will kiss you on the mouth.

When the wind whispers from the West, all hearts will find peace and rest.


Nine woods in the Cauldron go, burn them fast and burn them slow.

Birch in the fire goes to represent what the Lady knows.


Oak in the forest towers with might, in the fire it brings the God’s insight.

Rowan is a tree of power causing life and magick to flower.


Willows at the waterside stand ready to help us to the Summerland.

Hawthorn is burned to purify and to draw faerie to your eye.


Hazel-the tree of wisdom and learning adds its strength to the bright fire burning.

White are the flowers of Apple tree that brings us fruits of fertility.


Grapes grow upon the vine giving us both joy and wine.

Fir does mark the evergreen to represent immortality seen.


Elder is the Lady’s tree burn it not or cursed you’ll be.

Four times the Major Sabbats mark in the light and in the dark.


As the old year starts to wane the new begins, it’s now Samhain.

When the time for Imbolc shows watch for flowers through the snows.


When the wheel begins to turn soon the Beltane fires will burn.

As the wheel turns to Lammas night power is brought to magick rite.


Four times the Minor Sabbats fall use the Sun to mark them all.

When the wheel has turned to Yule light the log the Horned One rules.


In the spring, when night equals day time for Ostara to come our way.

When the Sun has reached its height time for Oak and Holly to fight.


Harvesting comes to one and all when the Autumn Equinox does fall.

Heed the flower, bush, and tree by the Lady blessed you’ll be.


Where the rippling waters go cast a stone, the truth you’ll know.

When you have and hold a need, harken not to others greed.


With a fool no season spend or be counted as his friend.

Merry Meet and Merry Part bright the cheeks and warm the heart.


Mind the Three-fold Laws you should three times bad and three times good.

When misfortune is enow wear the star upon your brow.


Be true in love this you must do unless your love is false to you.

These Eight words the Rede fulfill: “An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will”  


Rule of Three

Some Wiccan groups follow the Rule of Three, also known as the Threefold Law or the Law of Return.  The Rule of Three states that any energy you put out into the universe (negative or positive) will be returned to you threefold, like a system of ‘cause and effect’.  Some liken this to the Buddhist view of Karma, or even the Christian ‘Golden Rule’.  There are many variations of the Rule of Three, with one being taken from the Wiccan Rede:


Mind the Three-fold Laws you should, three times bad and three times good.


Thirteen Goals of a Witch

Scott Cunningham included these ‘Thirteen Goals of a Witch’ in his very popular book Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner.  Although written more recently then the Rede, many Wiccans try to stay true to these guidelines, in both their mundane and magical lives.


I.             Know Yourself

II.            Know your Craft

III.           Learn

IV.          Apply knowledge with wisdom

V.            Achieve balance

VI.          Keep your words in good order

VII.         Keep your thoughts in good order

VIII.        Celebrate life

IX.           Attune with the cycles of the Earth

X.            Breath and eat correctly

XI.           Exercise the body

XII.         Meditate

XIII.        Honor the God and Goddess


As there is no central authority figure, dogma, or ‘Bible’ in Wicca, it promotes independence and personal responsibility.  It allows each person to determine their own ethical balance as opposed to being told how to live their lives.  And although this can sometimes be hard, it is very empowering!



A Year And A Day

June, 2013

“What is Wicca?”


This is the first of a monthly column which is aimed at seekers, those new to paganism, Wicca, and the occult.  The ‘year and a day’ reference comes from the fact that most Wiccan groups require seekers to study the craft for a year and a day before they can be formally dedicated or initiated into the group.  It is also said the Celtic goddess Cerridwen stirred her cauldron of knowledge for the same amount of time.


One of the most basic questions new seekers have is what is Wicca?


Most sources agree that Wicca is an earth and nature-based spirituality that celebrates the wheel of the year, personal power and responsibility, and living in harmony with the universe.  Wicca is a path of empowerment and personal growth.  Scott Cunningham also states that “Wicca doesn’t view deity as distant.  The Goddess and God are both within ourselves and manifest in all nature.” (Wicca: A Guide For the Solitary Practitioner)


In one of my favourite 101 books, Wicca for Beginners, Thea Sabin describes Wicca in a series of points.


1. Wicca is an old-new religion.  Although based on pre-Christian pagan traditions, what we today call ‘Wicca’ comes mostly from Gerald Gardner in the 1950s, compiling ancient pagan traditions with modern influences, such as the Golden Dawn and Freemason traditions.


2. Wicca is an earth-based religion.  Wicca celebrates the earth and nature, the wheel of the year, and the cycle of life.


3. Wicca is experiential.  You don’t just read about Wicca, you experience it by participating.  Your experience tells you what’s true, what works for you, and what you believe.


4. Wicca is a mystery tradition.  Wicca celebrates the mysteries of life such as birth, death, love, and deity.  Wiccans reach beyond our five senses to try to commune with the divine, such as meditation and pathworking.


5. Wicca is European Shamanism.  Although not exactly the same, Wicca shares a lot of similarities with shamanism and Native American traditions in that they work with altered states and their psychic abilities in order to overcome our fear and take charge of our spiritual paths.


6. Wicca is a magical system.  Wiccans use magic, whether ‘Low’, ‘Folk’, or ’Practical’ magic, such as everyday tasks like finding your keys, or ‘High’ magic, such as manifesting your own personal power and divinity.


However Wicca is NOT:


–          Satanic or anti-Christian.  Satan or ‘the Devil’ is a Christian concept, and while Wiccans believe that everything has a ‘light’ and ‘dark’ side, they don’t believe in an innately evil being.

–          Dualistic.  Although Wiccans believe that most things have dual and opposite symbolism, they don’t believe that these opposites are antagonistic (such as God and Satan).  Wiccans believe in opposite partners, or two parts of a whole, neither ‘good’ nor ‘bad.

–          Proselytizing.  Wiccans do not try to convert others or feel that their path is the ‘one true path’.


Wiccan groups are divided into ‘traditions’, each with their own viewpoints, rituals and practices.  Examples of traditional groups include Gardnerian, Alexandrian, and Georgian Wicca.  Groups that arose from the feminist and political movements of the 1970s include Reclaiming and Dianic Wicca.  But the beauty of Wicca is that there is no “right way” to practice, and many Wiccans follow an eclectic mix of other traditions, either working in covens or solitary.


If you are just starting out on your pagan or Wiccan path, I say read as much as you can, challenge yourself, and above all, have fun!





“Wicca: A Guide For the Solitary Practitioner”  Scott Cunningham

“Wicca For Beginners: Fundamentals of Philosophy and Practice“ Thea Sabin

Meditation Moment

January, 2012

A Meditation on Meditation for Beginners

There are 1440 minutes in every day.  You can easily schedule 5 of them for yourself, right?

Did you find yourself thinking about how many things you are going to change in 2012 over the holidays?  Have you made resolutions, or set goals, to start on January 1st?

Are you looking forward to starting a new year, or do you find yourself feeling down or anxious?

Meditation as a daily practice has been scientifically (medically and psychologically) shown to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.  It reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, improves the function of every cell, organ, and system in your body, and is apparently the best thing since sliced bread.  Sliced gluten-free bread, even.

Can you afford to give yourself five minutes a day?  Would you be willing to give up a single press of the snooze button, a cigarette break if you suffer that particular addiction, or five whole minutes of Facebook time?

Meditation doesn’t have to occur in a void.  You don’t have to be alone, in a quiet dark comfortable place with burning candle and incense.  You can meditate while you brush your teeth, or walk the dog.  You can meditate while working out, dancing, coloring, painting, or even mowing the lawn or cleaning dishes.

Meditation is a state of mind.  It’s not something you do, it’s something you be.

Many people fail at incorporating meditation as a daily practice because we are so used to thinking about our lengthy to do list, and it’s super difficult to make that inner ticker shut the heck up.  How can you relax and just be if every cell in your body  seems to be demanding you do something “productive?”

It is much easier to meditate while satisfying your left brain with action.  Some people have little labyrinths they trace with their fingers while they let their minds quietly lead them to solutions to a problem.  Some people have full size labyrinths they can walk for the same purpose.  Some people meditate while coloring mandalas or beating a drum.

You don’t have to invest in anything special to give meditation a try.  If you decide to make daily meditation a goal for 2012, here’s one effective way to start:

ñ  Set an alarm if you need a time limit, before you start your task.

ñ  Choose a task you would be doing anyway, that you could do backwards in your sleep with one arm tied behind your back.  For this example, I arbitrarily choose the task of a morning shower.

– While you do your task, the first day focus one sense on what you are doing.  Being hyper-aware of how the water feels on your skin, for example.

– The next day, hyper-focus on a different sense, and every day after until you’ve covered the five senses.  What do you smell, taste, see, hear?

–  On the sixth day, let go and see what your sixth sense might be trying to tell you.  Allow yourself to receive messages from the Divine, from your guides, or your Higher Self.

ñ  On the seventh day, just breath.  Count your breaths while you do your task of choice, or just allow your body to move while your mind enjoys are few moments of blessed peace.

Tune in next month for a guided meditation on Imbolc. <3

Wiccan Basics

December, 2011

Learn to listen

I recently watch a movie called “Eat, Pray, Love”. And in this movie there was an old Italian parable about the man who daily for most of his many years asked this Statue of a Saint the same thing… “Saint, Please let me win the Lottery. Then one day the statue comes to life and says to the old man “My son, Go by a lottery ticket.”

This struck me again with how much we ask, of others, of God and Goddess, of the world around us. But how often do we take the time to listen for the answers?

Too often we walk around thinking if we only had an answer, or even a clue about the answer or even a better understanding of it all that we would be, richer, happier, smarter..

But we do not take the time to listen for the answer. We have it… it is there. In our hearts … in our heads. The Charge of the Goddess tells us that “And you who seek you findest me not within thee, you will never find me without, for behold – I have been with thee from the beginning, and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.” Translates to God/dess is you and you are God/dess. You do not need to look outside of you for ALL the answer. And when you ask for the answer, listen for the answer.

Years ago I received one of those silly chain letter. You know the ones I am talking about… they have a great/ sad/ poignant message followed by the nasty “send this to …. People or something terrible/ wonderful will happen to you.  But the story stayed with me for years. It was about a young man who kept asking God/dess to show him some sign that they were there. And every time he asked some moment of beauty regaled the world. But this man was so self-absorbed that he could not see and was again disappointed. He always wanted someone else to show him the miracle instead of looking at it and “seeing” it. We need to look with-in and see/hear our answers. When we do not we then miss many of the things we may need to grow and heal and learn. The answers are within. We are all perfect manifestations of God/dess. We have only to ask ourselves and s/he will show us the answers.

When we learn to listen to our inner voice, the one that we call our conscience, we will then find that our guidance.. Our answers were not so far away as we thought.

Blessing until next Month

Wiccan Basics

April, 2011


To Ground Energy After a Magic Work

To ground energy after a spell or a particularly potent magical circle, use simple symbolism. Sit on the ground, placing your hands in direct contact with the earth. Let the excess energy pour out of you .Continue relaxing until you feel the buzz in the air passing and your senses returning to normal. It also helps to eat some simple foods like raw vegetables.

This spell also works for people who feel the need to keep their feet on the ground. If an outdoor location is not available, go to an area close to the earth, like a cellar or sun porch.

If you cannot get out or close to the ground use a bowl of coarse salt and run trough your hands until you feel better.

Blessing until next Month


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