Review: ‘Witchcraft…Into The Wilds’, by Rachel Patterson

Witchcraft...into the wildsPublished By: Moon Books

Publication Date: 23rd February 2018

I.S.B.N.: 978-1-78535-459-5

Format: Paperback

Price: £11.99









Witchcraft… into the wilds leads us through the wilds of nature and back to the roots and bones of witchcraft, a natural witchcraft that works with the seasons and all the natural items that Mother Nature provides, drawing on magical folk lore and a little bit of gypsy magic too. No fancy tools or ceremonial rituals, this is about working with the source. Mother Earth provides us with the changing of the seasons and within that turning of the year she gives us everything we need to work magic with, from natural energy in the form of storms, rain and sunshine to tangible items packed full of magical energy such as seeds, leaves and stones.

My Review

This book is different from many other introductory witchcraft books, although books about hedgewitchery do come close to the same content and ideas. There are no elaborate rituals or tools, just suggestions for activities and a few guided meditations. The writing style is chatty, easy to read and understand, and I read a large portion of it in a single evening. You get a feel for the author’s character as well as her personal practice and life experiences.

Interesting book for those looking into paganism.




Rosie’s slightly off-topic but really not, comment

There is a problem of cultural appropriation within witchcraft, and even in a more free-flowing practice as proposed by Patterson, it can’t be avoided. I don’t mean to pick, but you can’t go taking things from closed traditions and using them anyhow. She refers repeatedly to practices from closed traditions and religions, encouraging people to use them despite not being part of those traditions. I am specifically thinking of Voudou and African Traditional Religions, in this case. Patterson refers to juju, fetish bags and worshipping – sorry ‘working with’ – various Orishas when you want something. I don’t think that’s how it works. If you’re interested in voudou, learn from voudons, and treat the religion with respect. There’s enough to work with, without the need to pilfer indiscriminately from other religions.

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