Tuesday 22 March 2011

Review: Crusty Crones Get Out and About

You've recently set out on your pagan path; you've read a book or two about the basics of paganism; you've just celebrated the spring equinox on your own - what do you do now?

Read Crusty Crones Get Out and About: The Cauldron Has Been Stirred, Where Next?would be my answer.

This book, written by experienced witches Kimi Ravensky and Harmonia Saille, takes over where most beginner's books end. It explains what really goes on in the world of paganism and how you can join in without looking as though you don't know what your doing.

The book starts with practical advice on how to enjoy a weekend pagan festival camping in a field in the middle of nowhere with a bunch of witches or druids you've never met before. Apart from the usual festival tips of bring enough money, pack your waterproofs and don't forget to take a loo roll, Kimi and Harmonia explain what to wear, what to say and what to do so you don't stick out like a sore thumb.

Further chapters talk about how to find moots and what to do when you get to one, the pros and cons of joining a coven, and how to find out information about where pagan events are taking place near you.

But Crusty Crones Get Out and About isn't all about social paganism. It also offers plenty of advice on how to do rituals, ways of celebrating rites of passage in a pagan way, finding the right pagan path and learning about deities.

The last chapters cover some more advanced practical aspects of the craft such as herb lore, working magic with animals, divination, using visualisation techniques and astral travel.

The style of writing is light, humorous and entertaining. Even if you are a crusty crone yourself you will still enjoy reading this book and could possibly learn something from it.

Crusty Crones Get Out and About: The Cauldron Has Been Stirred, Where Next?is published by O-Books and is available from Amazonfor £9.39.

Harmonia Saille is also the author of Walking the Faery Pathway, which I reviewed here: http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2010/01/review-walking-faery-pathway.html

You can find out about the books on basics of paganism here: http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2009/01/wicca-witchcraft-finding-out-basics.html

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