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

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  1,741 ratings  ·  152 reviews
Discover the power of natural magic and healing through herbs, flowers, and essential oils in this new guide to green witchcraft.

At her core, the green witch is a naturalist, an herbalist, a wise woman, and a healer. She embraces the power of nature; she draws energy from the Earth and the Universe; she relies on natural objects like stones and gems to commune with the
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published September 19th 2017 by Adams Media
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Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Too much of the same to my liking. Some points are repeated at least 5-10 times in a little over 200 pages. Has some nice recipes and ideas, but thats about it. Also - if youre going to mention putting crystals in sunlight to charge them - please also add that this severely damages some crystals you just listed, amethyst for example. ...more
Maggie Gordon
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
The Green Witch is a good introductory text to a particular brand of witchcraft focusing on connections to nature. This is not about being Wicca, but about traditional and often solitary witchcraft. I would have enjoyed more imagery, but it's a clear and strong text for beginners.
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
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Release Date: 19th September 2017

Genre: Witchcraft & Non-Fiction

Read: May 2018

Rating: ★★★★★

Brief description:
Discover the power of natural magic and healing through herbs, flowers, and essential oils in this new guide to green witchcraft.

At her core, the green witch is a naturalist, an herbalist, a wise woman, and a healer. She embraces the power of nature; she draws energy from the Earth and the Universe; she relies on
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-age
Excellent resource for incorporating herbs, flowers, essential oils into healing and self-practice. The cover is absolutely beautifully done.

I would suggest this book only for "beginners-to-novice's" of the "Green Witch" lifestyle. Unfortunately for me, I didn't get a lot of new information, but it is an excellent resource that I will hold on to when needed.
Emilia Bennett
(This is the first in a series of books I'm reading as a way to further my occult and esoteric knowledge, which I will henceforth be referring to as 'Occult book of the month.')

Having had this on my shelves for several months, I thought it was about time to give it a read. At only 200-and-something pages, this was a quick read, only taking three days to complete at my regular reading pace.

Overall, this book is very informative. It made a clear distinction between witchcraft and Wicca (always
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magick
I think the best about this book - beautifully designed, by the way! - is that it has lots of suggestions on what one can do as part of her green magic, 'stuff' you can do with plants, stones, essential oils etc. I only wish the author would go more in-depth, and as a matter of fact, I'm starting to realise this is the thing with a lot of magick literature: there's much more 101-type info than anything else. Still, I found this book inspiring, and I will definitely explore some of the suggested ...more
Dec 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: craft
Lots of useful recipes and information, but would have loved more visuals and art :)
Sep 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
I couldnt finish this book. I got to chapter six and was really sick of each chapter, new thought or section heading saying the green witch. Its a monotonous book to read, despite the information being generally OK.

Its an OK beginner witchcraft book, but move up and move on from this one. Aside from the rather beautiful cover of the book this book is pretty shallow. Its perfect to photograph for Instagram and thats about it.

It gave this book 2 stars because I did like some parts of the
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
A condensed version of how to integrate your life with crystals and magic. If you have lived in harmony with the earth, know your basic crystal and celestial lore - then you dont need this. I feel like this is directed towards the Millenials that think being a witch might be cool. Glad I got it from the library before buying! ...more
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/5 - learned a lot about all of the magick properties of plants, flowers, fruits, vegetables and everything else that has to do with nature! i think the last chapter is going to be extremely helpful for my everyday craft. i would have liked to see some pictures or drawings throughout the book tho, but i still really enjoyed my reading
Sam (Hissing Potatoes)
Almost every approach described in this book felt so right. It finally pushed me to take the plunge and start my indoor garden with a basil plant. I will be using the guidance in this book for a long time.
Jeanette (Latte and a Book)
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good beginner book!
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
this is an awesome guide for beginner witches! i'm so impressed and will definitely refer back to this as needed.
Oct 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book was quite disappointing. I had assumed that it was a book of basics for beginners, but it gave a very vague overview of each of the essentials and then basically encouraged readers to freestyle it. With anything, it's important to thoroughly understand the basics and develop senses and intuition with a guide before leaning too heavily on your intuition, especially if you're doing invocations and herbal preparations. Beyond encouraging folks with minimal understanding and undeveloped ...more
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was completely an interesting read. It speaks to using the power of nature, using nature as a guidance tool, and speaks about herbs, plants, trees and flowers and how to harness their energy and use them for good. There are some neat little tips and recipes and it inspired me to come up with ideas for my essential oils. Overall, it was an educational read, even if I may not be into rituals. I could understand them and read them with an open-mind.
3.5 Rating Overall

I'd heard about the book before and thought I'd give it a go. Green witchcraft isn't a branch I'm overly familiar with and this came highly recommended enough that it seemed worth looking at. While I enjoyed learning about some of the views of it, such as the goals and where to look, what to focus on, if you're anyone who's been practicing witchcraft for a while, quite a bit sounds familiar. Which isn't necessarily bad, it just means some of the information is available from
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: witchcraft
I'm giving it 3 stars, cause I'm unsure what to rate it. Full of useful information, I would definitely recommend it to those who want to know about the Green Witch path, or to those who are on their way to becoming a Green Witch themselves. As an Eclectic Solitary Witch I tend to read a wide variety of witchcraft topics, and I did find this to be insightful, so I suppose I would recommend it to fellow Eclectics as well.

However, I found it an exceptionally dry read for some reason, despite my
I would give this book 3 stars in print, but as an audiobook it rates lower. Listening to long sets of advice and tables read aloud, not being able to compare or properly navigate makes the audio version extremely boring at times.

As for the content, the book is very varied with wide take on green witchcraft. It practices what is preaches: there are countless possibilities to walk the path. Includes for example recipes for essential oil balms, cooking, gardening, gemstone usage, and so on.

Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: witchy
3.5 stars

I was raised around green magick (I state this humbly)--yep I'm a literal son-of-a-witch. All joking aside, this book is well written and, even though I didn't agree with all the opinions in it, I think it is still helpful, especially for beginners in the craft. The spells are simple, but effective, and I really enjoyed the bits about shines and alters. The cover is very ascetically appealing, so the cover gets five stars.
Amy Layton
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: witchery
This was such a great book, from its content to its design.  It's a cute little thing, printed in various shades of green, white, and gray, with obviously high-quality paper.  And the contents were something to write home about!  Murphy-Hiscock alludes to the various meanings and uses of different types of herbs, how to make tinctures and oils from them, and even discusses the ways in which one can make a broom or walking stick, and also offers tons of vegan or vegetarian-friendly recipes in the ...more
Teresa Barrera
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable informative read, or should I say listen as I listened to this book through audible.
I enjoyed the description of uses for herbs and plants and nature in general. I also enjoyed the recipes given. I definitely plan on picking up a physical copy of this book soon.
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Will be referencing this book often for grounding, inspiration and healing
Anamelia Regan
While parts of this were interesting and informative, I did feel a bit let down by it.
There are a tonne of 'visualisation' exercises in this book, especially in the fist half, which means I cant actually participate in a lot if what this book has to offer, as visualisation is, unfortunately impossible for me, sad as that is. Obviously this is a personal issue, but the book advertises itself as one of natural magic, not just endless visualisations.

This book also says a garden is not required, but
2.5 stars. Its a beginner's book. Not bad. I honestly liked the first section best and didn't finish this. Once we get to basically pages of correspondences and then pages of recipes it became uninteresting to me. I am not brand new to that information. I skimmed a bit and there was very little new info that I don't have in other books. Some stuff was clearly not her area, for example the info about the sun and moon moving through the signs sounded like she was guestimating when that info is ...more
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
An excellent jumping off point for anyone looking to get into Green Witchcraft. Arin Murphy-Hiscock writes in a way that is accessible and easy to follow. She does talk about Wicca, but does not assume a particular religion of her reader, and discusses the non-denominational spirituality of the Green Witch. I read this book on my lunch breaks and in the evening, and found it easy to come back to. I am dyslexic, and found the language very SpLD friendly.

She occasionally will say something along
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book and it's a great introduction for beginners, like myself! It has a lot of useful information and the introduction about what being a green witch is really put into words what I'd been feeling in my life. I look forward to trying out the spells and other things in this book!
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This should have been titled The Urban Green Witch. I was mostly looking for information on incorporating witchcraft/spirituality into my gardening, but the book assumes that the reader is living in a city and basically only addresses container gardening and traveling to collect herbs. Also, some of the information about crystals is wrong (for instance, there is general advice to bathe crystals in water and sunlight with no warning that those things can seriously damage or destroy many types of ...more
Kayla Torres
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! While Wicca/Paganism are not connected too much in this book, it describes the life of a wholistic nature loving person where they can infuse magic in their daily life, whether it be a mindful practice or physical rituals.
I have waited a long time to finally read something that doesnt use magic as a fashion icon so thank you!
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Live the Green Life

This is so well written and easy to read. I felt lighter just reading it. A good example of how stereotypes of witchcraft are so untrue. Highly recommended.
Dannie Scream
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Green Witch is an excellent introduction book for beginners. It touches on many different ways to incorporate herbalism and natural magic into your life. While there is a little talk of gods and worship, it is mostly mentioned in suggested rituals or prayers, and overall it is not a religion based book, making it most ideal for those looking to discover the magic in the world immediately around them.

The focus is on the basics of natural magic, discussing a variety of things such as sensing
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Currently a resident of Montreal, Canada, Arin works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of Power Spellcraft for Life: The Art of Crafting and Casting for Positive Change (2005), Solitary Wicca for Life: A Complete Guide to Mastering the Craft on Your Own (2005), The Way of the Green Witch (2006), The Way of the Hedge Witch (2009), and Pagan Pregnancy: The Journey From Maiden to ...more

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