Kitchen Witch

 

I know nothing at all about being a kitchen witch or any other witch come to that, unless you count being able to conjure up meals from nothing in which case I fully qualify. Someone who does though is Rachel Patterson, Author and Kitchen Witch extraordinaire.

As it is always nice to be able to share another author’s blog and website and so I have shared the links below and will leave you to explore and find out all about Kitchen Witchery.

Rachel Patterson witch and author Blogspot

Rachel Patterson Website

Moon Books: Paganism, Shamanism and so much more

imageI was led onto my path by my guides which meant that for a long time, although I knew what I was doing, I didn’t know it had a name. I eventually became aware that it did, like most things, have a label and that the label was shamanism, this I felt very comfortable with but it came as a real shock to later discover that shamanism was considered to be part of paganism. I had never given any thought to the fact that what I did, what I knew, what I believed, might in any way be ‘Pagan’ and for a long time I just ignored this as I had no idea what to do with it, nor to be completely honest, any inclination to explore.

I then came across a post on Facebook which was asking for people to review books, something I had done in the past and as an avid reader was more than happy to do once again. This post in many ways was responsible for much of what happened for me later, for the post was from Moon Books who are publishers of books written by pagan authors. The books that I began to review, led me to spend time exploring Moon Books website http://www.moon-books.net which really began to open my eyes as to the wide range of Pagan Books that are available.

Gradually I explored, discovered, sought more, and at almost every turn there was a book that helped take me, my understanding and my practice further or which opened other doors, one of which was to begin to write myself. When the time came to seek a publisher Moon Books was my first port of call and my first book Shaman Pathways: Web of Life was published by them in 2013.

If it hadn’t been for Moon Books neither my book, not this blog would even exist. Neither would I have started to look deeper at paganism and Druidry, first as a Bard and then an Ovate, all things that have both deepened and subtly altered my connection to the world around me.

So if you are a pagan, a would be pagan, someone who is just looking at what is out there or someone seeking to know more, have a look at Moon Books or perhaps at a few of the courses offered by some of their authors. These are three of the most recent:

Elen Sentier’s British Shaman training https://elensentier.wordpress.com/awenydd-training/

Rachel Patterson’s online School of Witchcraft https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MH5mOioaxT0

Joanna van der Hoeven’s UK Druid College httep://downtheforestpath.com/2015/02/06/exciting-news-druid-college-uk-is-born/

Enjoy

Book Review – A Kitchen Witch’s World of Magical Plants and Herbs

imageA Kitchen Witch’s World of Magical Plants and Herbs by Rachel Patterson

This is a comprehensive look at how plants and herbs, those found in the garden as well as those purchased in shops, can be used in a wide range of ways to enhance your life. Rachel Patterson shares her ideas for growing, harvesting and storing herbs, working with plant spirits and energies, as well as ways of crafting with flowers and herbs. Through doing so she shows us the magic in the everyday. The bulk of the book though is made up of information about each individual herb or plant and includes general information for each plus the magical properties. In some cases there are spells, incense mixes or even teas that can be made from the herb or plant. There are also lists of correspondences for the plants and herbs in the book.

This is not a medicinal guide, not a how to grow book but rather a wonderful resource in which the author shares her love of herbs and plants and the magical uses that they can be put to. A must for the bookshelf of every witch, would be witch as well as anyone who loves plants and herbs.