“Green Witch” by Arin Murphy-Hiscock: Book review

New day, new review! I’ve recently reviewed another book about the same topic, “Grimoire for the Green Witch: a complete book of shadows” by Ann Moura (here the link to the article in case you missed it)… so today we’ll go with one of the most known books among witches and witchcraft fellows: “Green Witch” by Arin Murphy-Hiscock. This was the book that opened my path to green witchcraft, where I understood that this was the one for me.


“Green Witch” might seem short at first sight, but you’ll be surprised to know that it touches pretty much every aspect of green witchcraft. At least, it gives the main lines and concepts, which is nice especially for those who are completely clueless about this branch of witchcraft. It is divided into two main parts and 9 chapters; the main topics are history, tools, crystals, stones, and a small guide to plants. I appreciated the idea of including the historical aspect, which is not that common unfortunately. If you didn’t get it yet, I’m a big fan of history. I believe it’s essential to dig a bit in the past to completely understand and tune with something. So, bonus point!

After reading this book, you should have all the information you need to understand adequately what green witchcraft is and what it means in our daily lives. You will learn what’s the difference between macerations, infusions, decoction and enfleurage. Moreover, you will learn how to connect yourself with Earth’s energy and cooperate with it through recipes and rituals. As I said, don’t expect to see each topic particularly deepened. However, it’s useful to have the general idea of what you’re going to face.

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Very nice the chapter about healing ritual baths and teas. I have to say that I tried almost all of them and I wasn’t disappointed at all. The good thing about this book is that, being brief on contents but overall complete, will be one of those books that will never have dust on it, because you’ll keep consulting it over and over again. The final index is, although, a weak point. I’ve found myself looking for recipes with a specific herb/plant many times and it’s not really handy. Could have been done better.
Bonus point, though, for the amazingly decorated hardcover and the design of the pages which are a pleasure for the eyes.

The reading is fluent and very easy, so I recommend it to non-native speakers, too. I mention this concept once again: it touches every aspect but not in depth. You will need more books to expand your knowledge about green witchcraft, but it definitely gives you a general insight.
Now, time for cruelty and votes. I honestly expected more considering the “boom” it had when it came out. Maybe a little bit overrated for my taste.

My overall vote: 6/7/10
You can find it on Amazon.com at this link. (Amazon Affiliate)

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