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The Healing Craft |
Author: Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone [a Witchvox Sponsor]
Publisher: Phoenix Publications/Robert Hale Ltd
Category: Healing Level: All
An academic and practical volume intended for Pagans, but useful to anyone interested in complementary therapies. It combines chapters on the physical and spiritual body with those designed to increase skills in several diffent healing techniques (massage and aromatherapy, shamanistic and magical practices, counseling) . There is also a chapter on last rites. All reflect both the orthodox medical viewpoint and that of the complementary therapist.
From Boudicca Reviews:
This book took me a while to read, as the content was more than usually offered in this type of book. This is a massive undertaking by The Farrar's and Gavin Bone on the subject and is a very professional and well written covering of the subject.
This book tackles the huge expanse of the Healing Arts as practiced by Witches and Pagans. It covers the origins of Healing in history and its association with Paganism. This books discusses various dedications, medical associations, ethics (rarely ever addressed in books on this subject) and various medical practices and techniques.
This is a text book on the subject, covering its chosen topics in depth, and is probably the best I've read. The section on Ethics of Healing, Code of Ethics and Conduct is worth having the book for that alone.
Though I am not a professional in the Healing Arts, I did find the book to be a fountain of information. Healing Rituals, self dedication rituals, information on herbs, chakras, spiritual healing, poppet work, auras; the list of topics goes on and on and is probably more information than I will ever use.
You can see the influence of Gavin Bone here, his 15 years in the medical profession shines as his input on medical and medicine related subjects. Though easy to follow, it is not a simple book by any means. It is geared toward the person who has chosen the Healing Arts as their calling and contains everything from rituals for the healer to what chakra rules what part of the body, discussion on herbs and their healing properties, counseling techniques, Shamanism and even a Last Rites Ritual.
The histories of medicine and spiritual healing are also priceless, as a collection of this information all in one book is rare. All these elements combined make the necessity of this book being in the library of anyone seriously interested in the healing arts.
The Farrar's and Gavin Bone have written a powerful book that fills the need to examine the healing arts and all its aspects deeply, professionally and with the respect it deserves.
Author's Notes: Janet & Stewart Farrar are the authors of many books on Wicca including "The Witches' Goddess", "The Witches' God", "Spells, And How They Work", and "A Witches' Bible". Gaving Bone is the coauthor, with Janet & Stewart, of "The Pagan Path" and has been a member of the medical profession for 15 years.
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