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

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,078 ratings  ·  92 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 lan
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 that’s about it. Also - if you’re 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.
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
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Release Date: 19th September 2017

Genre: Witchcraft & Non-Fiction

Read: May 2018

Rating: ★★★★★

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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.
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 :)
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 ni
Sep 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
I couldn’t finish this book. I got to chapter six and was really sick of each chapter, new thought or section heading saying “the green witch”. It’s a monotonous book to read, despite the information being generally OK.

It’s 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. It’s perfect to photograph for Instagram and that’s 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 don’t 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!
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 ot
Jeanette (Latte and a Book)
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good beginner book!
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Will be referencing this book often for grounding, inspiration and healing
Elizabeth Holland
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
A quick little read I picked up during the winter when you get all dreamy about gardening. It includes some good general information about mindfully planning and creating a garden and some recipes for health and healing. Nothing too deep, but enjoyable.
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 eas ...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!
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 doesn’t 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
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book offered a fairly comprehensive guide to plants and herbs found not just in rural areas but also in urban settings, their uses in magical practices as well as mundane, and a guide to getting back in touch with nature as a path, rather than a religion.

It takes the position that you do not have to follow any particular Pagan religion to be a Green Witch, in fact Witchcraft itself is a Craft--rather than a religious practice--and therefore can be practiced by anyone of any faith, Pagan or
Jess Zaikova
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Fabulous, informative, and inspiring. I'm already ready to read again and take more notes. This is a perfect summary of how to connect to the Earth and bring symbolism and witchcraft in to your soul.

The only thing that I wish had been different (and it's not taking any stars away from my rating) is that, instead of assuming everyone reading this book lives in a city apartment, give some advice to us out in the country too. For one example, there was a sentence along the lines of "In the city, y
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it

As I push towards a more naturalistic path with my thoughts, ideas, and spiritualism; I have found that The Green Witch was simple to follow and easy to understand and an amazing introduction to green witch principles. I loved that the author distinguished the difference between Wicca and the path of a green witch. As I developed in my beliefs, I noticed that the light was shining towards a more earthly path.

The Green Witch did an amazing job at putting the ground for being a gr
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed "The Green Witch", by Arin Murphy-Hiscock. It was everything I was looking in a book to introduce me to the path of a Green Witch. This book speaks to you personally as a close friend giving you advice. Each chapter explains ways to interact with the world around you, with herbs, crystals, meditation and spells. I thought the chapter on helping set up your own herbal garden was invaluable, so many useful tips to grow the garden of your dreams. She describes h ...more
Aug 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm wavering between 2 and 3 stars on this one. I'm not super new to the world of witchcraft or Wicca, having grown up with a New Age-y mom and Wiccan best friend. This is definitely a beginner's guide, but a highly repetitious one. Some of the information is great, but some of it isn't. I skipped almost the entire second half of the book, skimming it to see if any recipes interested me, but since they were fairly basic and used very common ingredients, I am unlikely to reference them in the fut ...more
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
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favourite books ever! It is so educational and I've learned so much from it. I recommend it to literally everyone interested in nature spirituality and witchcraft. (I'm gifting it to a friend too!)
I related to pretty much everything and it felt amazing to read. The writing style is so soothing and beautiful and the author explains everything in depth and clearly in a unique way. I just LOVE it so much!

After reading this book I was able to define my path in witchcraft, I recogn
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great starting book for anyone interested in being a green which. I loved the personal choice and open endedness of this book. The first half of the book dealt with history, elements, and meditations to get connected to your inner green witch and (I loved that)!The second part of the book is really just everyday thing that many might already do, but with a more magical intention behind them which I thought was a great way to stay mindful. It was an interesting read and perfect for connecting o ...more
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yeah, yeah, it falls under New Age stuff, but this book is great in the second half when she gets down to practicalities of drying herbs in city settings, includes recipes for making essential oils and much more, and ethical rules of wildcrafting (gathering herbs and flowers from the wild). More modern urban-dwelling gardeners should read this. Never mind all the crystal stuff. Or, mind it a lot, because it's well written and worth consideration. Living in communion with the Earth is the remedy ...more
M i s s ☆ T a k e
Aug 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
Maybe 3.5 stars.

What I liked the most about this books is the fact that is not focused on Wicca, but in general witchcraft especially for solitary practitioners.

It has a lot of information about flowers, herbs, trees and more nature-related ingredients for charms, as well as detailed recipes to create teas, bath salts and even bread and soup.

The only thing that didn’t allow me to fully enjoy it was that the author is much repetitive, I swear I read the same phrase at least 3 times. But overall
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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 Mo ...more
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