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am 18. April 2000
I really liked this book. It is a very practical, responsible book. She definitely writes from a "kitchen witch" or a "folk magick" slant.
Chapter 1: The Green - Ms. Moura goes into her definition of Green Witchcraft. She has an interesting family background in that her mother and grandmother had very pagan practices and beliefs while remaining staunch Catholics. She does do some historic tracings but it is mostly a book on what was passed down to her. She takes a definite pantheistic view and deals more with the elementals than any particular aspect of the God and Goddess. She also sees elementals as "whos" not "whats" which to me made a big difference. She is also a solitary so most of the material is written with that slant and the idea that dedicating, initiating yourself is just as "valid" as having it done by an HP.
Chapter 2: Basics - goes into a brief explanation of the sabbats and esbats and how she personally celebrates them. She is one of the first authors I have seen that gives a clear definition of the difference between dedication and initiation rituals. Her explanation (which matches what I believe) is that a initiation ritual is your way of "introducing" yourself and asking for guidance as your learn the basics. You are not pledging yourself to any one path, just kind of saying "here I am". A dedication ritual is one in which you dedicate yourself to a particular path or belief with
full-knowledge of what you are pledging to. She also goes over her ideas of the use of craft names as well.
Chapter 3: Witches and Herbs - goes over the usual herb correspondences, some correspondences for candle magic, one of the few places I have seen information about tree correspondences, color relationships, herbs in rituals, ritual timing
Chapter 4: Green Living - Some background info on how she came to her view of witchcraft, some "core traditions" which include the rede, the Charge of the Goddess, 5-fold and 7-fold blessings.
Chapter 5: Magic - basic components of spell and circle casting, brief pages on runes and divination
Chapter 6: Magical Practices - more divination techniques, recipes for ceremonial oils (altar, annointing, cleansing, consecrating etc.
Chapter 7: Green Rituals: this was the chapter that sold me on the book. She has one of the clearest step by step basic ceremonies that I have ever read. As a solitary, it gets very confusing where, when, and how to use certain tools like wands, athames, brooms, bells, cauldrons etc. Ms Moura walks you through a step by step ritual. She also has initiation and dedication rituals and various others (handfasting etc.) For all of her rituals she gives you candle color correspondences recommended incenses and step by step directions for you to use/improve on.
Chapter 8: The Esbats - full moon and new moon and tool consecration rituals.
Chapters 9 - 16: The Sabbats - rituals for each of the sabbats.
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am 26. November 2002
Ich hatte mich wirklich auf dieses Buch gefreut. Aus der Inhaltsangabe wusste ich, dass dies ein sehr persönliches Buch über die grüne Seite der Hexerei sein sollte. Leider scheint die Autorin (ausgerechnet eine Historikerin!!) Grünes Wicca für eine uralte, einheitliche Tradition zu halten und redet ununterbrochen von ihrer Familientradition, als sei sie gesamteuropäisches Hexenallgemeingut. Dabei rückt sie mit so gut wie keinen Beweisen für eine ungebrochene Tradition heraus, ganz im Gegenteil, kompromittiert sie sich doch dadurch, daß ihre Mutter und Großmutter zwar Magie ausübten, aber eigentlich Katholiken waren. Darüberhinaus sind alle Lehren, mit denen sie ihren roten - pardon, grünen - Faden durch die Jahrhunderte zu knüpfen versucht, volkstümliche Allgememeinweisheiten, die keine Weitergabe von Lehrer an Schüler erfordern. Okay, das Buch hat seine Momente, aber historisch ist es ein Debakel. Ein Beispiel: Moura versucht uns tatsächlich weis zu machen, dass Cerridwens Beiname nicht "great sow" sondern "great soul" sei und führt dies auf einen Schreibfehler zurück! Dabei bedarf es keiner großen Recherche zu wissen, dass Säue und Schweine schon immer heilige Tiere der Göttin waren (z.B. auch der Freya).
Da stehen einem doch die Haare zu Berge!
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am 3. November 2002
Aoumiel is a family-initiated witch, but unlike many others, she doesn't brag about it. I like her way to state that the rituals and correspondences as she describes them are her personal apporach. In this book, you can find complete rituals for the sabbats as well as a good deal of herbal lore and magic. The only disappointment was the information on fairies (which appears, after all, in the book's subtitle), since it takes up about three pages and is more than basic. At least, it matches my own experiences. Still very recommendable for all practitioners of folk magic.
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am 25. November 1999
In the swamp of tripe that masquerades itself as information on Witchcraft, mixing fact with fantsay in a misleading amalgam, Aoumiel has created a lush, pleasant garden. 'Green Witchcraft' covers not Wicca, but Paganism -- the old ways, the way the ordinary person on the heath would have identified with them. There is no pretense of titles and degrees, no endorsement of dogma, just quiet affirmation that at heart, each of us knows where and how to find the divine. For they *are* in each of us.
Aoumiel visits more briefly than I would have liked on her family's blending of pagan traditions into a Judeo-Christian framework. But the examples she does give show how paganism isn't just a religion, it's a philosophy and a way of life that can work harmoniously with other religions. She is helpful to those wondering how to blend their Pagan faith with the largely Judeo-Christian world.
I liked the sections on each Sabbat, especially the earthy, traditional activities that she suggests can be incorporated into (or substitute for) more formal observances. Although it basically bulked out the book for Aoumiel to reproduce the basic suggestions for a ceremony each time she covered a sabbat observance, that was handy too. The appendixes were fascinating, and while again they did not have as much depth as I would have liked, they provided both an intrigue for more information and a jumping-off place to research it.
'Green Witchcraft' is an intelligent, commonsense, fact-based book that no one new to, or curious about, Paganism should be without. I applaud Aoumiel for providing an alternative to the Wiccan fantasy sci-fi convention nonsense that is out there confusing people.
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am 23. April 1999
I have been practicing for over ten years and have seen many different attitudes in ethics and the Craft. While this book has many good and thoughtful things, many of which I found helped me take a better look at the world around me, I found that some of it held innaccuracies- the number of witches burned during the inquisitions and such(Which was not in the millions)- and I felt a degree of predjudice against other religions and outlooks on life held by others in her writing. As a book for advanced study I recommend it as a must read, but I don't feel Green Witchcraft is the kind of thing a beginner should read until she or he has a more balanced view on the world, the ethics of our Craft, and can read a book, draw what they need from it without being influenced by opinion, misconception, or predjudice. It is not my wish to seem harsh but I would not recommend this book to any in my Circle who have just begun practicing and perhaps it is best I let others know as well. The information was straightforward and well written and there was a lot of thought put into it but it does not belong in the hands of a beginner.
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am 14. Mai 1998
Green Witchcraft is probably the most valuable book a beginning practitioner of Witchcraft could have. True, those who want to study a rigid system of Wicca, far removed from its historical and spiritual roots, will not find much here -- the greatest thing about this book is that it emphasizes our personal, one-on-one connection with the Divine. And isn't that what Witchcraft should truly be about? If we wanted dogma, we wouldn't *be* Witches. Moura does a fantastic job of evoking the beauty and joy of a truly deep & unique spiritual connection to the Craft. She is knowledgeable, educated and unbiased. This is an excellent book!
am 29. Juni 2000
You can definitely tell Ann Moura is a history teacher. Not because of how well written her section on the History of Green Witchcraft is...but because of how dry, boring and agonizing this book can get.
I liked the book, don't get me wrong, but it seemed to drag in a lot of places due to her style of writing. Think Silver Ravenwolf--now think of the polar opposite of Silver Ravenwolf. A lot of the same info, just presented in a different way--a nice change of pace. I didn't like Ann Moura's rituals. I write all of my own, but read others to see what other people do and how they work. Ann's rituals seemed to be very wordy and dry, but at least they are detailed so that the reader knows exactly what is going on.
A great reference for herbal uses, various forms of divination, and the history of religion. It was nice to see she included rituals for Wiccanings, Hand-fastings and Funerals for the ordained ministers out there looking for a different perspective and some ideas.
If you happen to like books that are easy to read and flow nicely, you may want to hold off on this one and grab a few Scott Cunningham titles. If looking for a good reference book or can sit through a little dryness--go for it.
am 19. Mai 2000
I bought this book on the recomendation of a friend, and was incredibly dissappointed. Most of the information can already be found in an amazing number of books on the subject, so there's little new information to be gained. She claims to be a history teacher, which makes me very glad I never had her in high school. She uses the practices of her mother and grandmother as historical "evidence" for the antiquity of the craft without any outside corroberation. She's also a little confused about freedom of speech and religion in the US. Just because those that fight for abortion restrictions do so for religious reasons does not make it a violation of other's religious freedoms.
I kept this book, however, for several reasons. One, her recomendations for sabbat arts and crafts is very interesting. Secondly, some of the information on the magical uses of herbs is usefull, and she provides some new insight into the art of magical herbalism.
In all, not a bad book if you are just starting off in this religion, but take it with a handfull of salt. However, if you've already read and studied, I'd have to say don't bother. Alot of other authors have said the same thing better.
am 8. April 2000
Although I do not agree with Aoumiel on all points, and she also does not having the most friendly voice, I still recommend this book for any beginner or anyone with an interest in herbs and fairies (although the fairy information is rather skimpy). Aoumiel includes a lot of personal information about when she was younger, and that helps you to trust her more. She lists many types of herbs and their qualities, herbs for incense and candle magic, and herbal treatments. Moving on she covers green living, or living your life in a Pagan context. She explains how to cast a circle, runes, divination, and includes recipes for herbal teas and herbal baths. Aoumiel's spells are simple and effective, her Sabbat rituals are beautiful, and she always allows for personalization. Appendix A is a knowledgable study on the Aryan and Dravidic influences on western religions. A must-have!
am 29. Februar 2000
This book gives a great base for the Spiritualist who is interested in the use of the "green" in their religious practice. I was relieved to find a book that was more Earth oriented rather than focusing on commercialized ritualism, although some of the rituals seemed a little over done for a beginner to practice easily.
As some of the other reviewers pointed out, there could have been more depth to some of the sections and others were padded with repeated information. Even so, I would recommend this one to anyone interested in learning more about the different variations of the Craft.