Practically Pagan: An Alternative Guide to Gardening
An Alternative Guide to Gardening
by Elen Sentier
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Pub Date 29 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 24 Sep 2021
John Hunt Publishing Ltd, Moon Books
Practically Pagan - An Alternative Guide to Gardening takes the spooky out of alternative and keeps the magic. Elen Sentier brings together, and expands on, recent scientific discoveries, and shows how close they are to the old ways that were labelled as superstition in the 20th century. Sentier's writing is accessible and opens up the down-to-earth practicalism of pagans as people of the land to all, for that's what the word pagan means, 'of the land'. Sentier doesn't preach or proselytise folk to become pagan but brings to light how you've been thinking this way for years.
Elen Sentier is a best-selling author of British native shamanism. She also writes paranormal mystery-suspense novels. She’s a wilderness woman, born on Dartmoor and grew up on Exmoor in a family who had practised the old British magic for hundreds of years. Her books include Pagan Portals - Merlin: Once and Future Wizard (Moon Books, 2016), and Gardening with the Moon & Stars (Moon Books, 2015).
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Average rating from 5 members
Quick, easy, informative, and enjoyable read! I am a pagan and a gardener. I love findiing and reading books on the old, new, ways, Elen Sentier also offers insight into paganism in bite-sized, understandable portions for non-pagans. It's well-written, with lots of great gardening nature's way advice and instruction. I wish the book could have been longer with some photos. But overall, I did enjoy this book and look forward to rereading it this winter.
An absolutely wonderful book, containg a wealth of information in addition to gardening. Brilliant, I really enjoyed it. Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for giving me a copy of the book.
I found this an enjoyable and fascinating way to find out more about pagans and a different way to approach gardening. The author uses her own experiences for taking you through each season - 8 seasons in the pagan calendar, not 4! - and sharing lists of different jobs to do at that time, along with plants looking their best or ready for planting at that time. I really found the pagan side of the book enlightening and has now got me interested in finding out more about pagans as I found myself connecting with many of her ways! She explains about pagan holidays and celebrations, alongside meditations and rituals that you can easily follow. But at the heart of the book is a year of gardening tips and hints, and learning more about the plants she uses in her garden that can also be used in cooking, rituals etc. I really liked her approach to the world and gardening - she let her garden evolve to suit her needs at different times instead of being very rigid with her planning and structure. I like the mix of family anecdotes throughout, and am sure this book is best read in stages, especially to correlate with the time of the year it relates to, which will help you garden well. It looks at different flowers and vegetables for each season, along with meanings of them for medicinal purposes so I've learnt a little more about certain plants in my garden, and ones I want to add in the future!