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A Floral Grimoire

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You don't have to practice witchcraft to enjoy this book. The information is detailed and extensive and the folklore is fascinating.

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It's been ages since i read a Patricia Telesco's book and it was a pleasure as they're usually well researched and informative.
I learned something new and it's recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher for this ARC, all opinions are mine

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This is a fabulous book for both the novice or experienced. Loved the explanations and recipes and patterns. Everything was explained with a bit of history and adaptations to the current times. I especially liked the section on plants for your home - Spicy Spells. Each plant is listed with the options for how to use it. There are sections to advise on when to plant and what to plant. A really useful book for anyone's collection. Provides so much insight and history, I truly enjoyed reading this one.

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This was a very concise guide to several different plants and their myths! Some things were repetitive but I thought it was a good introduction. My concerns are only the use of things I think are closed practices without specifying.

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This is a lovely and educational read for any beginner green witch. It's a quick read, and I did wish some areas had gone into more detail, but overall it's a great overview and a good place to start.

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“A Floral Grimoire” by Patricia Telesco is packed with so much useful plant information. From properties of different flowers, plants for magic and healing throughout history all the way back to the old gods, green magic and communing with plants, moon cycles, making gardens, moon gardening, aromatherapy, making drinks and foods with plants with recipes, handcrafts like air fresheners and candles, floromancy, oracle cards, spells and charms. As a beginner this book has so much information that I need to start using in my daily life. The layout and information in the book were easy to understand and is completely worth the read and having on your bookshelf. I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars, I wish the cover was a bit more aesthetic.

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A Floral Grimoire by Patricia Telesco is another Must Have from one of the most knowledgeable witches out there. This book covers everything from green witchcraft to recipes, handicrafts, spells and charms, as well as gardening. This book is appropriate for beginners to seasoned witches.

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I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley

As I own a few Grimoires I was looking forward to receiving this one. the author gives an overview of the floral properties and the uses in rituals. It is well written and helpful as a short reference guide and if you are looking for somewhere to start learning about the properties then this would be great book for that. However personally I would of preferred a more in-depth approach but that is my personal opinion

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I like this book utilizes plants to explain many ideas, thoughts, romanticisms, magical uses, and culinary and medicinal meanings, all are touched on in this title. I really found it fascinating that the author discusses the Doctrine of Signatures, which is not something that is widely known in the plant and floral world. It was in a good historical context that this information was shared as the Law of Similars. I would recommend this title as it includes tools, tips, and tricks of the trade in floral and green witchery.

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My thanks to NetGalley for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review. This book wasn't quite what I had expected. However, I still enjoyed much of it. If one is looking for an overview of all things floral in rituals and charms, this touches on almost all aspects of such. However, in this overview, it doesn't go as in depth into particular areas as I might have preferred. Some areas I wasn't as interested in. And the ones I was, the author didn't delve deep enough. That is partly my own issue, and no reflection on the author. The parts that covered my personal interests were well written and I greatly enjoyed them. So, in short, if you are looking for an in-depth book on a particular part of floral and/or herbal magic, this might not be a good choice. If, however, you are looking for a nice overview to start exploring the practice, or simply learn a bit about it, this will be a great book.

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This book was a quick read but with so much information you could read it multiple time. Lots of great teachings, recipes and chants for each herb. I can see this as a book that you’d be pulling out all the time especially during the gardening season, I hope the printed version has photos or drawings of all the flowers and herbs to bring the book to life.

Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for this ARC edition.

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A lovely read for the aspiring green witch. I loved the look at herbalism throughout history and various cultures in the beginning, and the next chapters are full of foundational knowledge for those wishing to start a green witch practice. Everything from the basic tools and fertilizers to the magical aspects of the different moon phases and how to plant by moonlight. And of course, there's plenty of simple spells and charms using each of the most common plants. I especially loved the chapter on growing things to use in your own food and drinks - all of the recipes look delicious and beginner friendly. I think most witches will enjoy the chapter on crafts and using your garden to create candles, bookmarks, air fresheners, oracle card decks, and more.

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Great Book

The author discusses Hecate, the patroness of Witches, and how she instructed her daughters in the herbal arts. They, in turn, taught all Witches how to use this knowledge. She states that plant lore from that point forward became a sacred trust for wise people and cunning folk everywhere— for healing, love, fertility, prosperity , and most important to this material, for magick!

The author provides indepth background information on herbal magick, stating that flower and plant magick has been utilized effectively by wives, warriors, charlatans, shamans, and dreamers of all ages, and that the oldest written records of plant lore come to us from Egypt. That the idea of medicine, perfumery, and magick were united into a “metaphysical” system of cures and allures. That the earliest papyruses containing plant lore date from 2000 to 1000 BC but refer frequently to older texts and oral traditions, and that these writings talk about the use of various plants in embalming with one of the most important religious traditions for Egyptians. The author states that from these, evidence suggests that the Hanging Gardens of Babylon likely housed flowers, herbs, and other plants for all types of practical, religious, and magickal functions.

Patricia Telesco further provides a sampling of some anti-magick and anti-Witch herbs, flowers, and plants, a brief aromatherapy correspondence list of plant properties, and provides many recipes for magickal use.

Overall, this is a very good book, which covers various and many aspects of herbal gardening and plant usages. I truly enjoyed reading it. I highly recommend it for beginner as well as adept practitioners as a great resourceful book.

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