Written in a slow, dreamy manner, Ms. Patterson shares her wisdom on everything water-related in this newest of her Kitchen Witchcraft series. Contained in these pages, the reader will find guided meditations, explanations on how to gather water from lakes, rivers, estuaries, and oceans, instructions on how to create water powered by storms, the moon, and the sun, as well as how to make elixirs from herbs and crystals.

One of the things I liked most about Ms. Patterson's work is her guided meditations, particularly the ones that take us to ancient places, like the UK city of Bath. Here one can, if not physically, dream about bathing in the waters from the ancient Roman baths found there. Another guided meditation I enjoyed was the Chalice Well at Glastonbury, Somerset. I had always been drawn to that area of the UK, and I found the meditations she provided to be most satisfying. 

Ms. Patterson doesn't neglect the importance of the element of water to dreams or astral projection. She gives the seeker vital instructions on how to do dream work as well as bi-location and astral projection. She also gives instructions on how to anchor, which is highly important, especially if the seeker is a beginner.

Like the bayou, the water looks peaceful on the surface, but power lies down in the depths. For example, let us consider the instructions on making ghost water for use in hexing. From a longtime Hoodoo practitioner, my strong advice is...don't. If the seeker is inexperienced in the graveyard, there's no telling what may get attached to that water, and you don't want anything literally coming back to haunt you.

Reading this book was like watching a moonbeam strike a pool of water, beautiful, deep, and reflective. It is an excellent text for the beginner and for the more experienced practitioner; there is plenty of information here to build upon. However, like any element, certain precautions are recommended when doing any elemental work. 

~review by Patricia Snodgrass

Author: Rachel Patterson
Moon Books, 2023
p. $15.95, pp. 152