Thursday, April 24, 2014

{Book Review} Plant and Fungus Totems: Connect with Spirits of Field, Forest, and Garden by Lupa

Plant and Fungus Totems: Connect with Spirits of Field, Forest, and Garden
by Lupa
Publisher:Llewellyn Publications
Released: May 8th 2014
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult:Wicca, plants, shamanism, totems, magic
How I got it:NetGalley

Tap into the divine power of plants and fungi! Most of the books on plant magic are predominantly about working with fresh and dried herbs in magical practice. Conversely, fungi are rarely addressed other than the occasional mushrooms, and most often those with entheogenic properties. Plant and Fungus Totems explores the misunderstood realm of totemic relationships with all kinds of plants and fungi. Accessible to people of all religious or spiritual paths, Plant and Fungus Totems shows how to work with bioregional totems; archetypal totems; and totems that relate to magical and healing correspondences. Lupa helps you understand and overcome any hidden biases in favor of trees and the tendency to see the rest of plant life as supplies to be used, instead of as allies and friends. Also includes hands-on work including wildcrafting, cooking, herbalism, flowers, domesticated crop plants, urban wild plants, and more.

Review: I have a weird obsession for fungus, when ever we go hiking I have to take pictures of the strange mushrooms and things I see. I have a huge file of nothing but fungus pictures. So when I saw this book I thought it might be interesting. I have never read anything on totems before and never considered working with, so I knew nothing about that aspect of the book. If your going to read this you might like a basic understanding of totems, because I was a little wobbly about the whole concept while reading.
I did catch on but I didn't feel this book was designed for beginners.
I did like how it explained the plants role in healing and spirituality. Offering more ways to work with nature than just spell work. The cooking tips and advice on wildcrafting, herbalism, flowers, domesticated crop plants, urban wild plants, etc. I found all this useful and educational not juts in the magical sense either. 
Over all a good book, but a little advanced for me. 



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