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    Granny Magic

    Hello all.

    I'm very interested in "Granny Magic". I have a book about it, but I would love more information. Does anyone have any good website/book recommendations? Or even just information in general?

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BelovedDru View Post
    Hello all.

    I'm very interested in "Granny Magic". I have a book about it, but I would love more information. Does anyone have any good website/book recommendations? Or even just information in general?

    Thanks!
    What's the title and author of the book you have? I'm curious too.

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    http://www.amazon.com/Mugworts-May-L.../dp/0964619709

    It's called "Mugworts in May" by Linda Ours Rago. It's more about Appalachian herbal traditions in West Virginia and around the area, but it does devote a section to Granny Magic.

    PS--sorry it took me so long to get back to this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BelovedDru View Post
    http://www.amazon.com/Mugworts-May-L.../dp/0964619709

    It's called "Mugworts in May" by Linda Ours Rago. It's more about Appalachian herbal traditions in West Virginia and around the area, but it does devote a section to Granny Magic.

    PS--sorry it took me so long to get back to this.
    Thanks for the info -- I'll have to look for that one!

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    Granny Magic isn't something I've heard anything about - but it sounds like the old Hedge Witches and Wise Women. I did a Google and found a bunch of listings for Granny Magic. Sounds like an interesting continuation of witchcraft that got lost in the mountains in the U.S. and has recently been discovered by outsiders.
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    This is what my own personal tradition is, more or less. I recommend looking into the Foxfire book series. They are full of herbal remedies, folklore, superstitions, and certain cultural practices of Appalachia.
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    I just remembered a book that might cover some of this type of magic: "Ozark Magic and Folklore" by Vance Randolph.

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    You might also find a lot of things useful in Green Magic and Hedge Magic books.

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    Thanks for the info, everyone. I remembered that they are also called Wise Women--but from what I've heard, (and read, obviously), there are still "traditional" practitioners of Granny Magic. That's what is shortly discussed in Mugworts in May.

    Granted, they practice differently now--they used to be midwives and doctors in their own right, and they delivered babies and took care of the people in the area because few could afford doctors. But then supposedly laws came out requiring liscenses to practice any kind of medicine, and they sort of fell into obscurity around the turn of the 20th century, but many still practiced in secret. It's pretty hard to outlaw gardens, and well, if someone wants to "trade herbs" or happen to walk off with some...well...

    Also, according to Rago, a lot of our modern customs (at least in Appalachia) come from this old kind of magic. So we're all Granny Witches in one way or another, haha.
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    I grew up in appalachian magic it is very intrinisic and almost mundane in its commnplace-ness. They magic I practice is very much rooted in the mindset of those old applachians. Practicality, simplicity, and making do. Its hard not to look around and still see it all around, for example blue glass on window sills, aint just to be pretty, its rooted in a very old tradition. Good to see others interested in it!

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