Pagan Portals - Magic for Hedge Witches
Teaching the magical side of the Hedge Witch’s Craft.
If you are a witch interested in folk magic with a connection to the natural world, you will find suggestions on how to source ingredients and connect with them, sourcing old spells, witch bottles, magical sachets, familiars, how to put a spell together, and for hedge witches, how to use magic in hedge riding. With useful correspondences, and sprinkled throughout and practical exercises and spells, Magic for Hedge Witches offers something for every witch to help you on your journey.
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With its foundations firmly in creating meaningful connections to nature and beyond, this book feels like a warm welcome into a magical world that many live alongside without even realising it. Harmonia explores folk magic and practices, recommends eco-friendly ways of working, and emphasises the power of using the right ingredients. Any solitary practitioner can take much from these pages, from mindfully choosing to reconnect with trees and plants to seeking the spirit within a stone. I feel like it’s never been more vital to take the advice from Harmonia’s book, to pause to notice the tiny details in nature, and the everyday magic that imbues our incredible world. Truly a book that helps rekindle the spark of magic in all of us as well as a practical volume and “how to” guide for the aspiring Hedge Witch. ~ Mabh Savage, author of Practically Pagan: An Alternative Guide to Planet Friendly Living.
The first thing that struck me was just how much information there is in this book. Full of anecdotes, practical exercises, and information from a range of sources, this book is perfect for anyone who is looking for a hands-on approach. Whilst the author herself has described this as a ‘short guide or introduction’, this book feels like so much more thanks to the wealth of knowledge included. As someone who has been practicing witchcraft in one form or another for the past twenty years and has read a lot of ‘introduction to...’ books, Magic for Hedge Witches really does stand out from the rest. And yet despite all the information in this book, it is clear that we are just scratching the surface of the author's knowledge and experience with hedge magic. One section which really stood out to me was the section on sourcing old spells. Harmonia does a fantastic job of showing us how we can take spells and charms of old and rework them to make them suitable for modern magic without losing any of their connection to their origins. This blending of traditional practices and folklore with the modern is prevalent throughout the book in a way that is genuinely inspiring. Another section which really interested me was the section on witches’ bottles. It includes several witch bottles you can try making yourself, including a scrying bottle. I love the idea of a scrying bottle, and this whole section is again another example of how this book successfully blends more traditional magic with our present day. I believe that anyone who feels a connection with the natural world and uses that as a focus for their magic would benefit from this book. It is one I can see myself going back to time after time. As you may have guessed I loved this book, and highly recommend it. ~ Jessica Howard, Author of Pagan Portals – The Art of Lithomancy
As someone who works shamanically I am always fascinated by the similarities and differences between the way I work and the way of a Hedge Witch such as Harmonia Saille. This book drew me in immediately and had me hooked completely well before the second chapter. This is not just a book for beginners, despite being under the Pagan Portal’s umbrella, but a book that reaches out to everyone who uses ‘magic’ in their lives and work, Witch or otherwise. The author’s personal practice and experience is delightfully interwoven with historical references, practical exercises and suggestions, making it both a guide and a resource for coming back to over and over again. ~ Yvonne Ryves, Author: Shaman Pathways Web of Life
Hedgewitchery is experiencing a revival within the pagan community and Harmonia Saille is publishing her third captivating title in the Moon Books Pagan Portals series on the subject : Magic for Hedge Witches, Hedge Witchcraft and Hedge Riding. It might also be referred to as ‘green’ or folk-craft because its focus is on the practical side of folk magic which incorporates much in the way of natural ingredients, the elements of nature, and the magic of hedge riding, which the author terms ‘hedge magic’. Coming from a highly experienced magical practitioner, there are suggestions on how to source spells and ingredients, and connect them with rituals, practical exercises, useful correspondences, familiars … and not forgetting how to put a spell together from your own recipes, in order to give a good grounding in the rudiments of hedge magic. As Harmonia says, the practical side of her magical practice is based on folk magic, an uncomplicated magic brewed up by cunning folk and wise-women. “Uncomplicated does not mean “uninteresting” or “requiring little learning” though. Folk magic is a craft taught or self-taught over years and nowadays is often gleaned from or based on the ancient mixed in with modern knowledge or practices.” Within traditional British Old Craft it is the lowly level of the ‘parish-pump’ witch whereby we seek out “natural ingredients along with using natural amulets and making personal connections with them”. Hedge riding helps us take the practice to the next level by entering an altered state of consciousnesses to travel to the Otherworld to contact spirit guides, teachers, and ancestors to seek spiritual guidance on a level that Jung referred to as the collective unconscious. The ‘hedge’ has multiple meanings, the most prominent being the boundary separating our world from Otherworld. The hedge also represents a physical and psychic protective boundary, separating spirit from human and hedge-riders routinely cross the veil into this spirit world. But what exactly is hedge riding? Simply put, hedge riding is a spiritual journey into the Otherworld realms, the collective unconscious of racial memory. Harmonia Saille takes us on a journey into the world of the hedge witch so that we can learn to explore these magical practices for ourselves ~ Melusine Draco – author of the ‘Traditional Witchcraft’ series
Magic for Hedge Witches is a fillerless information-packed handbook for those looking to continue their journey of exploration in hedge magic. Harmonia Saille uses her years of personal application to great impact, passing on decades of research in one handy guide. Harmonia’s works are a consistent joy which allow readers to fruitfully add to their voyage through pagan practice. This is a home library must-have which cuts through the treacle and gets the must-know of magic. If you have not had the pleasure of reading this author’s other works then this is a brilliant introduction. ~ Johnnie Maguire; Hedge Witch, Playwright and Author: KITTY Queen of the Washhouse, WEAVE, The Liver Bird.