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Earth Magic: A Wisewoman's Guide to Herbal, Astrological and Other Folk Wisdom

by Claire Nahmad

Buy the book: Claire Nahmad. Earth Magic: A Wisewoman's Guide to Herbal, Astrological and Other Folk Wisdom

Release Date: November, 1993

Edition: Paperback


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Buy the book: Claire Nahmad. Earth Magic: A Wisewoman's Guide to Herbal, Astrological and Other Folk Wisdom


I was VERY disappointed in this book. It is advertised as a Pagan book, but almost half of it is for Christians.

The author put a note in the begining of the book stating that her references to "Christ" are not meant to imply or exclude any particular religion.....Unfortunately, the text does not bear this out. It seems as if every page has adorations and prayers to Christ, the Virgin and the Angels. Christ is called "the Nazarene", and the manger where he was born is mentioned several times. There is NO doubt that she is not talking about a generic "spirit of light", but of Jesus Christ. As a matter of fact, just to see how much of the book was about worshipping Christ, Mary and the Angels, I took a pencil & marked off all the Christian sections. When I was done, it looked as if half the book had pencil marks...The book contains numerous references to such things & figures as the Crucifixion, the Fall of Man, the Manger, Archangels, the Annunciation, Popes and Saints, etc. I was stunned to see that there is no reference to the heavily Christian contents anywhere on the front or back cover. This book is incorrectly labeled as "Paganism/Earth Religions." Yes, there is a great deal about folklore, herbalism and magic, but if a book has a basic and very strong Christian foundation, readers should be advised.

Other Amazon reviewers have pointed out some references the author makes which will offend Pagans, and I found quite a few more. I was particularly offended by the reference to Kali as being a symbol of man's materialism. That's not how I understand Kali at all.

There are some sections in the book which I enjoyed, particularly the herbal and flower lore and some of the faeirie and tree meditations. However, if you (like myself) would prefer a wisewoman's book that is completely Pagan, I would suggest "Wheel of the Year", "Ancient Ways", both by Pauline Campanelli, or Seasonal Magic, by Paddy Slade.

In conclusion, I really cannot reccomend this book for Pagans or Wiccans at all. To tell you the truth, I don't know who I could reccomend this book to. I think most Christians would be offended by the Pagan content, and most Pagans would be offended by the Christian content.


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A Christian Wisewoman's Path. What a Rare Find!

A peaceful and loving monthly wisewoman's path. Although most works of this nature are pagan; Claire Nahmad brings a Christian twist filled with angels and Christian Holy Days to celebrate. Traditions reach centuries back in time when the influence of stars and planets on all things of the earth were acknowledged and accepted, and when practitioners of healing and herbalism, whose vision was holistic, took these influences into account and were expert in their understanding of them. This lore of the wisewoman teaches us how to love and revere the earth, how to respond to her magic and return in some measure the blessing and healing that we receive from her. What a great find.

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