Publisher: Inner Traditions
Learn how to use the principles and practices of natural magic for personal development and spiritual empowerment
• Offers detailed descriptions of the magical properties of minerals, animals, plants, and the earth’s cycles and how to use them in your own practice
• Explores the magical laws of nature and how to guide your inner energy to work in concert with cosmic energies
• Details how to design your own ceremonies, practice elemental meditations, and craft your own magical talismans, wands, and divining rods
An expert on European rural folk magic traditions, author Nigel Pennick presents a comprehensive introduction to the principles, rituals, practices, and magical tools required to draw on the magic inherent in the natural world. He explains how people throughout the centuries have built a relationship with the elemental energies around them using simple, everyday practices in order to attune themselves to nature, the seasons, and the cosmos for magical purposes.
The author explores earth, mineral, and plant magic as well as the magical properties of the earth’s cycles and concentrated places of power within the landscape. He examines magical workings with animals, drawing on authentic traditions such as the Toadsmen or Toadswomen, whose power is given by toads, and the Berserker qualities conferred by magical bondings with wild animals like bears and wolves. He explains how to craft your own magical talismans, wands, and divining rods; design your own ceremonies; practice elemental meditations; fortify your health with herbs and crystals; and set an altar with the right food and drink for your intention.
Pennick also describes how the practical techniques of natural elemental magic work through interactions between the inner world of the mind and spirit, the outer world, and the otherworldly. He shows that having a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of all things and the inner power of these magical elements strengthens the practitioner’s harmony with nature, and thus their power. By harnessing the elemental energies around us, we can work with nature for personal development, spiritual empowerment, and the successful achievement of our desires.
Whilst only a small title weighing in at 148 pages, this book is one that I found to be quite an interesting read. Not only does it delve into the various aspects of respecting and utilising the elements in your every day life but for those who feel a greater kinship with them rather than other new age practices. its well written, explains how differing culture around the world work with the elements in their own practices and how some are replaced with others to help the world make more sense.
The author is knowledgeable, has an easy going manner and through their tutourage allows the reader to fully make sense of everything. Definitely a book I was more than happy to spend time with and whilst my own beliefs are different from those within, I do find common ground amongst this title alongside pieces that fit into my own philosophy. Whether your wiccan, pagan, or other I highly recommend this title, after all anything that helps you find other knowledge to help make your own life happier has to surely be a good thing and with chapters on utilising crystals alongside animals and plants to create rituals its a title that has a lot to offer.