The review I am writing is for the complete series of the Traditional Witchcraft books. These books can be read as stand alone books – they do kind of fit together but are not essential to read in order. If you are interested in witchcraft and paganism these books offer you information on the basics, not so much as a “how to”, but more of a “lifestyle” type of book.
The first book – Traditional Witchcraft for Urban Living – gives you a good, broad look at all aspects of pagan life. It really focuses on living as a pagan in the city. I did love this because most books of this genre focus mostly on being at one with nature and assuming we all have instant access to nature. This is not the case for many of us and most of these books are lacking in life in the city as a pagan. The author, Melusine Draco, does a fabulous job of bringing the craft to city dwellers and the book is geared towards people who live in the city. There are plenty of tips, exercises, and practical advice which is given as good, old-fashioned common sense.
The second book – Traditional Witchcraft for the Seashore – is just as beautifully written as the first book. Again, it is very descriptive book. There are a lot of facts and information on tides and cloud descriptions. The book is aimed at those wanting to harness the energies of the sea for their craft.
The third book – Traditional Witchcraft for Fields and Hedgerows – is again aimed at people who are wishing to learn the basics of this tradition. There is quite a bit of interesting information about trees and their properties and a lot of very interesting information relating to Wild Herb Lore. The author talks about what is happening within nature month by month and I felt this was a really useful tool to include, especially for city dwellers. As with the first two books the author is very informative and writes beautifully.
The fourth book – Traditional Witchcraft for the Woods and Forests – is aimed at those with a broader understanding of the craft. Although, that said, it could easily be read by a beginner as there is nothing really complicated in there. This book again discusses trees and takes the reader on a magical journey through meditations.
Book five – Traditional Witchcraft and the Pagan Revival – is again aimed at those who already have some knowledge, but as with the fourth book I see no reason why any beginner to the craft could not easily read and understand this book. This book concentrates on the craft throughout history. In it, the author focuses on our ancestors and the gods they would have worshiped, detailing historical facts that have been documented elsewhere. I have to say, this for was a very interesting read and I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. If you have no idea about Britain’s history and belief system pre- Christianity then this book is very informative and will definitely help you to understand your ancestors better.
Book six – Traditional Witchcraft and the Path to the Mysteries – felt like the author had taken lots of bits from her previous work and put it into this book. If you had not read any of the previous books in this series then this would not be a problem. For those who have read the other books you are going to find a lot of what is said in this book quite repetitive. It is aimed at the advanced seeker but I felt it was patronising to those who have been around the craft for a long time. Whilst that is just my viewpoint I do think the book is worth a read for someone who is looking for something more than the usual beginner books. It does make a nice leap from beginner to the next level but I don’t feel it is as advanced as we are led to believe. As a standalone book I would rate this highly, especially for anyone who is not as long in the tooth as those of us who have been practicing for many years. The author has some great ideas and tips, as with all of the books in this series.
All in all I would purchase these books for family and/or friends who are interested in this way of life, although book 6 would only be bought for those who are less experienced. Very informative books and well worth the read.
5 stars overall. *****