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The author of the popular Green Witchcraft series presents her personal Book of Shadows, designed for you to use just as she uses it-as a working guide to ritual, spells, and divination. This ready-made, authentic grimoire is based on family tradition and actual magical experience, and is easily adaptable to any tradition of Witchcraft. Grimoire for the Green Witch offers a The author of the popular Green Witchcraft series presents her personal Book of Shadows, designed for you to use just as she uses it-as a working guide to ritual, spells, and divination. This ready-made, authentic grimoire is based on family tradition and actual magical experience, and is easily adaptable to any tradition of Witchcraft. Grimoire for the Green Witch offers a treasury of magical information--rituals for Esbats and Sabbats, correspondences, circle-casting techniques, sigils, symbols, recitations, spells, teas, oils, baths, and divinations. Every aspect of Craft practice is addressed, from the purely magical to the personally spiritual. It is a distillation of Green practice, with room for growth and new inspiration. 2004 COVR Award First Runner Up


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The author of the popular Green Witchcraft series presents her personal Book of Shadows, designed for you to use just as she uses it-as a working guide to ritual, spells, and divination. This ready-made, authentic grimoire is based on family tradition and actual magical experience, and is easily adaptable to any tradition of Witchcraft. Grimoire for the Green Witch offers a The author of the popular Green Witchcraft series presents her personal Book of Shadows, designed for you to use just as she uses it-as a working guide to ritual, spells, and divination. This ready-made, authentic grimoire is based on family tradition and actual magical experience, and is easily adaptable to any tradition of Witchcraft. Grimoire for the Green Witch offers a treasury of magical information--rituals for Esbats and Sabbats, correspondences, circle-casting techniques, sigils, symbols, recitations, spells, teas, oils, baths, and divinations. Every aspect of Craft practice is addressed, from the purely magical to the personally spiritual. It is a distillation of Green practice, with room for growth and new inspiration. 2004 COVR Award First Runner Up

30 review for Grimoire for the Green Witch: A Complete Book of Shadows

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I'm not sure what I think about her hereditary family tradition claims. Her rituals are as Wicca-derived as could possibly be. I wonder if what she means is that her family has practiced folk traditions for generations, and she has added to that body of lore by incorporating a Wiccan ritual framework, and adopting other observances like the Sabbats. With that aside, this is a handy reference guide for folks who are developing their spiritual practice, and it's a good inspirational volume for long I'm not sure what I think about her hereditary family tradition claims. Her rituals are as Wicca-derived as could possibly be. I wonder if what she means is that her family has practiced folk traditions for generations, and she has added to that body of lore by incorporating a Wiccan ritual framework, and adopting other observances like the Sabbats. With that aside, this is a handy reference guide for folks who are developing their spiritual practice, and it's a good inspirational volume for longtime practitioners as well. Eclectic, solitary Wiccans especially will benefit. She has basic rituals for pretty much everything; circles, esbats, sabbats, tool consecration, crystal consecration and charging, house cleansings and blessings. They're so easy to adapt and personalize as well, and in my eyes that's what makes this book so valuable; it provides enough info and leaves enough wiggle room for people to build on. This is a great way for people to gain confidence in writing their own materials. Her spell section is a bit all over the board. She has one very thick chapter packed with correspondences. Sticky tabs are going to be your friends here, because they're in no particular order and the chapter overview leaves out page numbers for individual topics within each chapter. If you don't mind writing in your books, you may want to write in those page numbers for future reference. It will save time. The spell "recipe" section is also decent; lots of different methods and a solid, albeit brief overview of working with energy. I also enjoyed her tea and oil recipes. My big gripe with her correspondences is that she refers to the New Moon phase as the last sliver of the Waning Moon and that isn't accurate at all! Not sure where she came up with that. The New Moon refers to the Moon's dark face; it's the opposite of the Full Moon. Some witches like myself work with Dark Moon energies at this time, and New Moon energies when the first sliver (Young Moon) shows her face during the Waxing phase. How she could associate the last sliver of the "old" Moon with the "New" Moon made absolutely no sense to me. Work with whatever energies float your witchy boat, but at least refer to them as what they are; that's a potential point of confusion for people and I thought it was very misleading. She and I don't see eye to eye on this, and astronomy agrees with me here which is why I'm fussing. Her view of deities is different from mine; I'm a hard polytheist (all Gods are individuals) and she is of the all-gods-are-one-god, all-goddesses-are-one-goddess school of thought. Just a heads up, and a final note to any newcomers there are other ways to relate to the Divine. Don't take one author's word as absolute. Enjoy!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)

    There is so much info in this book that it's wonderfully overwhelming. There is so much info in this book that it's wonderfully overwhelming.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    *NOTE* Do not let my review sway you from trying out this book to see if it suits your purposes, it very well may!! I used this book as a reference for a paper I was working on at the time: The role of the environment in modern day Earth-Based spirituality and how the ecological crisis of today will impact this role. I wanted to look at at actual practices to see how integral the role of nature is to the practice. Although, I was able to pull a few good examples from this book, and it overall ser *NOTE* Do not let my review sway you from trying out this book to see if it suits your purposes, it very well may!! I used this book as a reference for a paper I was working on at the time: The role of the environment in modern day Earth-Based spirituality and how the ecological crisis of today will impact this role. I wanted to look at at actual practices to see how integral the role of nature is to the practice. Although, I was able to pull a few good examples from this book, and it overall served its purpose there were some issues. Apart from a few little humourous entries, it is written very dry. It was informative, different important days and celebrations, setting up rituals and what best to use but I would have liked some explanations, some background and that is nowhere to be found in this grimoire. Then again, I am nowhere near an expert and maybe there is an element of previous knowledge that I just don't possess, because although the magical 'religions' have always intrigued me I am very much a skeptic overall of ALL spirituality, I just don't feel it. So perhaps this is better suited towards someone who truly practices or is interested in beginning to practice & this is not me. That being said I have read and perused Books of Shadows and have not had the same sense of disappointment, which is the major reasoning behind actually rating this one stars rather than just a review. I would recommend that you browse this well before purchasing to see if it truly has what you need because, there is a lot of information contained within; different candle uses and representations, herbs, tarot, astrology, rituals, celebrations and so on.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Eve

    I bought this book because I had her other 3 Green Witch series books. I can identify with her, as I have been raised pagan in a matriarchal culture of a blended ethnic background -thus, I find similarities in her work that I can easily connect with. While many of the Western world like to question or judge those who were or are pagan families/cultures, I think some of that comes from their own issues they need to work on. I don't believe that lineaged witches are any more powerful than someone I bought this book because I had her other 3 Green Witch series books. I can identify with her, as I have been raised pagan in a matriarchal culture of a blended ethnic background -thus, I find similarities in her work that I can easily connect with. While many of the Western world like to question or judge those who were or are pagan families/cultures, I think some of that comes from their own issues they need to work on. I don't believe that lineaged witches are any more powerful than someone who is just starting out on the path. That's all rubbish as far as I am concerned. I respect everyone's backgrounds, regardless if they grew up pagan or not, we can all learn from one another if we can put our bloody ego's aside. So I have found this grimoire to be informative and useful. Take what you can, leave what doesn't suit you. Plain and simple.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Naava Kaiho

    It was okay, I guess – a lot of information packed into one single book. Nothing ground-breaking, but definitely useful to some who are new to the craft. Very Wiccan, though, so it didn't apply to my practice. But I can still appreciate it. I even took notes, so it wasn't all bad. Ha. Three out of five stars. It was okay, I guess – a lot of information packed into one single book. Nothing ground-breaking, but definitely useful to some who are new to the craft. Very Wiccan, though, so it didn't apply to my practice. But I can still appreciate it. I even took notes, so it wasn't all bad. Ha. Three out of five stars.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    I thought this would be a neat book on the history, mythology, and lore of witchcraft... but it was a spell book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alyce Caswell

    Solid reference material that focuses on the religious aspects of the craft (which isn't my interest, but it was laid out well). I especially liked the section about teas. Solid reference material that focuses on the religious aspects of the craft (which isn't my interest, but it was laid out well). I especially liked the section about teas.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I was really interested in this book as a reference source, and it has helped me a great deal in my own practice. However, I had a few problems with the general layout and lack of detail given for the chapter about spell casting and correspondences. I was a bit confused about this book, because it says "the COMPLETE Book of Shadows" and honestly, personal opinion aside, I found it to be lacking in a lot of parts. I don't feel as if a Seeker picked up this book, it would be a great primer on the v I was really interested in this book as a reference source, and it has helped me a great deal in my own practice. However, I had a few problems with the general layout and lack of detail given for the chapter about spell casting and correspondences. I was a bit confused about this book, because it says "the COMPLETE Book of Shadows" and honestly, personal opinion aside, I found it to be lacking in a lot of parts. I don't feel as if a Seeker picked up this book, it would be a great primer on the various aspects of Green Witchcraft- I'll go on further. Moura does a great job describing the various aspects of Green witchcraft, showing the difference between religious and spiritual practices of witchcraft. Also great and unique, as many modern Wiccan authors no longer do so, she explains in detail traditional Wicca- terms, tools, and practices, while keeping with an eclectic theme. Rituals, various meditations, guides, and the like enhance this book, turning it from a beginners guide to simply an open book that anyone could open and read, without feeling hindered by lack of information, or daunted by far out material. The reason I have this book three stars is because of chapter 8: Spellcrafting & Correspondences. This section ALONE was enough to bring down its score, as I feel as if this is a huge, broken part. This section is large, and once again, the author does a great ob keeping in balance with presenting information to beginners while catering to to more advanced workers. Below are the items that I had problems with: -Runic Tables and Ogham - When I saw the Ogham , I was very interested, as I had never heard of them before, and I found them to be interesting.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kel

    This is a great resource for those who are new to the occult and wish to take a sort of "crash course". However, some things that seem set in stone here may not actually be so. I would recommended this (and already have!), but always let it be known that everyone's path is different. This is a great resource for those who are new to the occult and wish to take a sort of "crash course". However, some things that seem set in stone here may not actually be so. I would recommended this (and already have!), but always let it be known that everyone's path is different.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Matta

    One of my First Books & VERY Great This book holds the first 2 Spells I did... they were healing spells... one for me and one distance healing... The person who needed distance healing is Type II Diabetic n had open sores on her feet... They were very open would often get infection causing her to be hospitalized for months... I went to her, not knowing my abilities yet, (before books...)she had to have a Wound Care Nurse go to her home daily to clean the sores & dress them... when I had last seen One of my First Books & VERY Great This book holds the first 2 Spells I did... they were healing spells... one for me and one distance healing... The person who needed distance healing is Type II Diabetic n had open sores on her feet... They were very open would often get infection causing her to be hospitalized for months... I went to her, not knowing my abilities yet, (before books...)she had to have a Wound Care Nurse go to her home daily to clean the sores & dress them... when I had last seen them in September, before the spell the sores were bad... Then December 5, 2014... Books arrived, than found spells n waited for the full moon in January... but of course got her permission to do a prayer for her... called weekly to check on progress... her caretaker shared that the sores were closing... About 4 weeks later her sores were completely healed... was it me??? I question abilities since I wasn’t there to monitor progress, but either way, those sores healed... No more hospitals for that challenge... Then on my Journey / Path, I’ve found that I have Multiple Paths to follow that Branch off from my Witch Path... Shamanism, Reiki, Ogham, Buddhism, Santeria, and others... So finding Branching Path of so many options, I will try just about anything to feel better... I don’t use books as distractions but as healing tools, first for myself, so I can more efficiently help others... This book helped me, have faith in yourself and welcome the healing process... there are some rough days,feel like just being a Log, but I look at my Altar and ask the Goddesses to help me find the inspiration I need to sit up & learn more... I refuse to stay down... my mind & heart may never fully heal and I prefer this way so I never forget my PuppaDoos that I’ve lost along the way... for those unfortunate incidents I’ve also been active in Necromancy... Well Enjoy Your You Time... I hope you experience things that help you move forward with a little push from Witchcraft and your past telling you, it’s time to move forward n let go of those negative emotions that makes your day difficult to get through... for my experiences, life did get easier to live & have moved forward a little... Aloha & Blessed Be... Wenz Matta

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    While this is quite a comprehensive and practical guide to Wiccan-based witchcraft, it does seem to lose some of the flexibility that I've come to enjoy about the craft and its study. This may be because I tend to follow the earlier aspects of the craft including the multideities approach and less rigourous rituals aroound the Sabbats and Esbats. Having said that though, this is a very useful resource and I'm working on incorporating aspects into my own Grimoire and the reference sections are ver While this is quite a comprehensive and practical guide to Wiccan-based witchcraft, it does seem to lose some of the flexibility that I've come to enjoy about the craft and its study. This may be because I tend to follow the earlier aspects of the craft including the multideities approach and less rigourous rituals aroound the Sabbats and Esbats. Having said that though, this is a very useful resource and I'm working on incorporating aspects into my own Grimoire and the reference sections are very useful (if not a little muddled). This is also a good starting point for those just starting out on their paths as it not only provides lots of ideas and information but also shows a way to layout and use your own book of shadows and how to adapt this to your own approaches, ideas and beliefs.

  12. 4 out of 5

    アレツクス コツト

    This is a great book to actually come back and refer to. I love the detailed explanations, songs, rituals, explanations and terms that go along with it. It really adds to the book as a whole. You can really see how much love went into the making of this book. It comes together nicely and its easy to follow. It really helps me understand a lot of what i am trying to learn and practice. I know that in everyones own craft that they stem from somewhere and go about finding their own way which is gre This is a great book to actually come back and refer to. I love the detailed explanations, songs, rituals, explanations and terms that go along with it. It really adds to the book as a whole. You can really see how much love went into the making of this book. It comes together nicely and its easy to follow. It really helps me understand a lot of what i am trying to learn and practice. I know that in everyones own craft that they stem from somewhere and go about finding their own way which is great and i feel this book has a lot to add and aid in doing so for beginners. I found no downside or anything negative to say or think about this book. It is overall perfect and magical in its own way. Great book to help you in your craft and developing your own way.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Vera S.

    I've been practicing for a long time, but wanted to pick up a newer "beginner" book for a friend new to Witchcraft. We went through the book together and both agreed that it was an excellent introduction to the basics of a Wiccan-based practice. My friend feels confident participating in my group's rituals, and appreciated the numerous correspondence tables. THAT BEING SAID.... she also found herself bursting into laughter a few times reading it. In particular I remember a line that read, "Don't I've been practicing for a long time, but wanted to pick up a newer "beginner" book for a friend new to Witchcraft. We went through the book together and both agreed that it was an excellent introduction to the basics of a Wiccan-based practice. My friend feels confident participating in my group's rituals, and appreciated the numerous correspondence tables. THAT BEING SAID.... she also found herself bursting into laughter a few times reading it. In particular I remember a line that read, "Don't be arrogant to dragons; they will find your bones tasty and crunchy." So, if you're someone who can't take that kind of writing seriously, I suggest that you choose another book from any of the great starter's lists on this website for your research.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Karrie Russell

    Ann Moura, a wonderful Wiccan writer, and practitioner did it again with this book. While this book naturally has an emphasis on the Wicca practice, her easement of words will guide anyone who picks it up. Not only does she go through the Sabbats, the practice, but she gives us her own personal Book Of Shadows. I wouldn't recommend this book if you are just searching for a quick "witchcraft" spells book. Yes, she does provide her herbals, rituals, and other magical work but this book is meant as Ann Moura, a wonderful Wiccan writer, and practitioner did it again with this book. While this book naturally has an emphasis on the Wicca practice, her easement of words will guide anyone who picks it up. Not only does she go through the Sabbats, the practice, but she gives us her own personal Book Of Shadows. I wouldn't recommend this book if you are just searching for a quick "witchcraft" spells book. Yes, she does provide her herbals, rituals, and other magical work but this book is meant as a guide, a mentor to those studying the craft. If you are a practitioner or follower already but looking for a good refresher, reminder, or even a reference book, I would have to say give this one a try.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    A lot of information packed into a good book for beginners. My main complaint is that it spends a lot of time discussing deities, but very little actually discussing the “green” aspect of green witchery. Great if you’re looking to witchcraft as a religion, less useful if you’re looking for a reference of sorts. Nice herb correspondences, though! Pretty thorough crystal information. As with any book on the craft, I would recommend pulling a bit from a bunch of sources to construct your own corres A lot of information packed into a good book for beginners. My main complaint is that it spends a lot of time discussing deities, but very little actually discussing the “green” aspect of green witchery. Great if you’re looking to witchcraft as a religion, less useful if you’re looking for a reference of sorts. Nice herb correspondences, though! Pretty thorough crystal information. As with any book on the craft, I would recommend pulling a bit from a bunch of sources to construct your own correspondences, and this is a decent start for that purpose.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nikola Gacek

    I found that a lot of the spells and rituals were repetitive. My biggest pet peeve was that there were no warnings given on the crystals and herbs the author said you could make teas or elixirs out off that can actually be toxic and harmful if ingested or if you come in contact with them. Personally, I feel like you should give appropriate information if you're telling people to consume certain things, but that's just me. Other than that the book had some useful information that I will likely ke I found that a lot of the spells and rituals were repetitive. My biggest pet peeve was that there were no warnings given on the crystals and herbs the author said you could make teas or elixirs out off that can actually be toxic and harmful if ingested or if you come in contact with them. Personally, I feel like you should give appropriate information if you're telling people to consume certain things, but that's just me. Other than that the book had some useful information that I will likely keep referring back to.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anni

    The book seems pretty new-age and Wicca-based, although the author claims that the practice has been in her family for generations. There are a ton of Wicca-influenced rituals and religious texts, which don't exactly interest me since I'm not Wiccan. The book is still full of useful information. You will find a ton of information of herbs, sigils, runes and ways of divination. There is also some really good information on how to construct a ritual and how spells work. If you're interested in witc The book seems pretty new-age and Wicca-based, although the author claims that the practice has been in her family for generations. There are a ton of Wicca-influenced rituals and religious texts, which don't exactly interest me since I'm not Wiccan. The book is still full of useful information. You will find a ton of information of herbs, sigils, runes and ways of divination. There is also some really good information on how to construct a ritual and how spells work. If you're interested in witchcraft as a practice, this book could really come in handy!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Toria

    I appreciate how extensive and specific this text is. It covers a lot of aspects of ritual, spells and correspondences and other stuff, with a perspective that is personal enough for the book to have a voice but also clearly formatted to work as a practical reference. It feels like a comprehensive magical book that you could spell out of, if you wanted.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Isaac Wayne

    My favorite grimoire! I use it often. Wonderfully written, easy to reference because of fantastic organization, and customizable with plenty of room for notes. Can’t recommend it enough for budding green witches.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cass Kay

    As an urban fantasy writer, I found this Grimoire to be very helpful for writing witches. The mini catalogues of material, spells, and practices felt like a gold mine as I navigated a magic system based in similar roots. It's a reference book I pick up over and over. As an urban fantasy writer, I found this Grimoire to be very helpful for writing witches. The mini catalogues of material, spells, and practices felt like a gold mine as I navigated a magic system based in similar roots. It's a reference book I pick up over and over.

  21. 5 out of 5

    White Wicca

    Alot of information... I like it very much...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    Best Grimoire i have ever read!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Hall

    Thorough for new or experienced This book covers a lot of variations of aspects of the Craft. A lot to be learned here. A good one stop shop.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amelia

    Good

  25. 4 out of 5

    Stygal

    It’s really, really Wiccan. I don’t know why I thought it would be actual witchcraft. But there’s so much hippy goddess stuff, so for traditional witches only about half the book is useful.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    Everything in this book is interesting. Lots to read about. It is a book of shadows, like a work book. Glad I read it. Runes teas stones spells all is talked about here whether it is used or not.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alexis Pipkins

    Very informative, helpful and educational for anyone new to this path and journey.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anna Paulhamus

    Great and must-have with Cunningham's Wicca-themed books. Great and must-have with Cunningham's Wicca-themed books.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Goldy Cash

    So effective it's scary. The real deal. So effective it's scary. The real deal.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mandi

    A little chaotic in organization, but I think that's also why I like it. A solid reference book to keep in my library. A little chaotic in organization, but I think that's also why I like it. A solid reference book to keep in my library.

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