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Mountain Magic: Explore the Secrets of Old Time Witchcraft (Modern Folk Magic) Kindle Edition
Discover the wisdom and magic of Appalachia through Mountain Magic, an illustrated guide to the occult power of the hills and hollows.
The people of Appalachia and the American backwoods have a long and deep magical tradition, one rooted in the power of place, land, and nature. With a creativity and ingenuity born of necessity, Appalachian witches built and sustained a wealth of magical knowledge drawn from European, Native American, and African American folk magic. Guided by expert witch and forager Rebecca Beyer, you can explore the wisdom of this powerful place:
- Learn medical and magical uses for common plants and herbs
- Meet the traditional magical practitioners of Appalachia, from Blood Stoppers to Water Witches
- Delve into a wealth of charms and curses, from witchballs to love workings
- Follow the lore of the stars and seasons to grow and thrive
Some of the magic and culture you will encounter in this enchanted guide include:
- Magical lore surrounding the weather, seasons, and the movements of the moon and stars
- Recipes for a tonic salad to move the blood in springtime and a cleansing spicebush tea
- Profiles of the medicinal and magical properties of some essential mountain plants, including ginseng, blackberry, poke, sassafras, and mullein
- Charms to protect from evil, including witch bottles, a holly twig charm, and the SATOR ROTAS square
With this beautifully illustrated guide, you can bring the wisdom and magic of the backwoods to meet the challenges of modern life, building a magical practice that’s fueled by ancestral traditions and the nourishing power of the natural world.
The Modern Folk Magic series offers accessible and engaging introductions to folk magical traditions from a fresh, modern perspective. Linking the current enthusiasm for magical practice back to the deeply rooted magical traditions in the United States and elsewhere, the titles in this series give depth and cultural meaning to the practice of witchcraft. These beautiful books serve as hands-on guides for learning and practicing folk magic, from authors who are experts in these traditions.
From the Publisher
Spring Tonic Salad
Note: Always ensure correct identification before consuming a new plant.
Harvest a handful each of:
Wild onion grass
Harvest a few sprigs each of:
Dead nettle greens
- Rinse and chop the wild greens very finely and add to a bowl.
- Add a few bits of red clover flowers as a lovely garnish.
- To make a dressing, in a small jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine 2 TB of olive oil, 2 TB of raw apple cider vinegar, 3 cloves of finely chopped raw garlic, and a hearty sprinkle of salt.
- Shake this well and dress your wild salad.
THE TONIC TRADITION
Tonics were used to treat everything from digestive disorders to gout and sore eyes to skin problems and liver ailments.
A “tonic” is a type of preventative medicinal substance, usually taken as a drink that would promote health and high energy. They were usually a strong tea or decoction (where the herbs, roots, or barks are boiled rather than just steeped), sweetened to taste with sugar or honey. Spring greens such as wild asparagus, dandelions, wild onion, ramps, and nettles, could also have a tonic or purifying effect. Even the juice of certain plants, like cleavers, was seen as a blood purifier.
About the Author
REBECCA BEYER is an Appalachian ethnobotanist living in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where she manages a homestead and teaches traditional witchcraft, foraging, and Appalachian folk medicine. She has a BS in plant and soil science from the University of Vermont and a master’s in Appalachian studies and sustainability, concentrating in Appalachian ethnobotany, from Appalachian State University. She is also a member of the Association of Foragers. She spends her days trying to learn what her ancestors did and finding ways to share traditional skills while tackling cultural appropriation and the complexities of living in the modern world.--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B0BLZKNFM2
- Publisher : Wellfleet Press (Feb. 14 2023)
- Language : English
- File size : 8267 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 163 pages
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The history in here is lovely and so wonderful to see. The herbal section is quick to read and a good resource, and the spell section has a great selection of spells in it.
Top reviews from other countries
All in all, Mountain Magic was an enjoyable read that provided a general overview of the geographic, cultural, and spiritual history of Appalachia as well as going into further detail on some topics. I especially enjoyed the section with specific properties, history, and usage of different plants.
Beyer writes with a conversational tone that’s easy to read, but sometimes it’s a LITTLE too easy to read and the tone + word choices feel simplistic and a little patronizing, as if it’s written for middle schoolers instead of adults. Overall it was still a fun and engaging book to read, but there were definitely some parts that just felt phrased for a much younger audience. While this is a primer/overview on the subject, I still don’t want to feel talked down to.
P.S. Note to publisher for future editions — I think this book would really benefit from a lay-flat binding. The illustrations and color palette are so beautiful and they deserve to be seen as best as possible!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 24, 2023
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 27, 2023