Natural Magic, Doreen Valiente, 1975
Pheonix Publishing Inc, 1991
Here and now are the Mysteries.
Out of no stored and storied past
Of things long lost;
But the breathing moment of time.
Out of no twilight
But that which falls upon the hills this night.
The old trees partake of them,
And the voices of the grass;
The ghost-white blossomed elders,
And the first clouded glow
Of the rising moon
If we can hear,
If we can see,
Out of no buried past they come;
But from the fields of our own home
Is reaped the grain
That makes the bread of their feast.
Out of the flowers of every summer
Flows the honey of their mead.
Look, between the stones is a blade of grass;
And all the rites of the high Mysteries,
And the runes of all witcheries,
Are written upon it.
Doreen Valiente
...Doreen has since gone on to embrace the greatest mystery we can know as humans.
Good Journey Doreen!
You are missed,
and remembered with joy!
I enjoyed this book, as it describes the different forms of magic such as: Magic of the Four Elements, Magic of Numbers (numerology), Magic of the Cards (actual playing cards as opposed to Tarot cards), and also includes some Traditional Spells. She makes it clear however that she is only giving us simple spells and low-level magic ( along with many cautions) and is excluding anything harmful.. This is an older book and hence attempts to protect the reader from anything too powerful. She also warns away from secretive societies and tries to give an avenue to solitary practictioners.

The book is written in an easy to read format with very complete descriptions.  I would recommend it to anyone looking for an idea of what basic natural magic is about.

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