Author: Marian Green
Genre: Non-fiction, Paganism
Personal rating: 4/5
Yearly count: 18
This book is meant as a workbook for solitary practitioners of paganism. Each chapter has excercises and is meant to take you one moon – from new moon to new moon – to complete, although skills learned do need to continue to be practiced. It’s a very down-to-earth book, with a heavy emphasis on discovering things for yourself. Marian Green points you in the right direction, but that’s all. If you don’t do the work, the book won’t have anything to offer. There are no recipes or rituals in here.
As for those who are not pagans themselves, but are interested in paganism and folklore, this is still an interesting book. It’s all about traces of pre-Christianity that can still be found in today’s culture and landscape. Although here too it’s simply the author pointing in the right direction, it gives some great food for thought. And while the book is focused on the UK, it’s easily translatable to other countries because it’s more about where and how to look for traces of surviving paganism than a list of surviving traces in the UK.
All in all a good book that’s interesting for two groups of people, but ultimately you’ll need to do a lot of the work – thinking and researching – yourself. If you’re not prepared to do that, then this is not the book for you.