Reviewed by BadWitch
On my blog I recently reviewed a book called Hedge Witchcraft by Harmonia Saille, which is an excellent introduction to that form of traditional witchcraft. Her new book, Hedge Riding, follows on from it and offers an in-depth look at one of the most fascinating aspects of hedgewitchery – the practice of travelling in spirit to other realms.
These are the realms of the ancestors, nature spirits, fairies and divine beings; collectively called “the otherworld”. This form of travelling is a shamanic technique, and the term “hedge riding” is used because the barrier between the worlds is seen symbolically as a hedge.
Hedge riding is a core practice of hedge witches, although they are usually also skilled in natural magic, herb lore, divination and folk traditions. There are many practical reasons for hedge riding, including contacting animal guides, communicating with the dead, gaining wisdom, healing and divination.