This variety of Green Craft as a Natural Witchcraftaddresses the Mannuz -- what my mother pronounced as 'Mahn-nu' -- or the Self, which in the Runes, is Mannaz, the Human or the Self. My mother had knowledge of the symbols of this ancient system, but in an unusual fashion so that I still puzzle over the twists and turns in the heritage passed down to me. In this style of practice, however, the Self is elevated to a union with the Universe, enhancing the personal power of the Witch through the energies of herbs and natural objects and directing this to accomplish a goal. Ritual, magical tools, and conscious spellwork function through the Elementals, and a Grimoire is created to codify tables of magical correspondences for a successful practice. Religion plays no part, save as the Witch and the Unnamed All work together through Nature with honesty, instinct, and intuition, which I address in Witchcraft: An Alternative Path. With this style of practice the holidays are lived and experienced rather than observed as ritual Sabbats and Esbats.
Green Practice as Religion
This type of Green Craft identifies the Goddess and the God in partnership with the Witch through a Self-Initiation for introduction and learning, and later by complete union in a Self-Dedication. As a religion, magic is often directed through personal communion with the God and the Goddess, identified as Male and Female in Balance and as One. There are rituals of religious observance including Sabbats and Esbats, and special days honoring aspects and manifestations of the Divine throughout the Wheel of the Year, the latter may be added to the personal calendar according to those aspects of the Divine recognized by the Practitioner.
"A term used by and for a variety of modern Wiccan and quasi-Wiccan traditions that share a common focus on nature and the natural world, earth-oriented deities such as Gaia, and in many cases an involvement in ecological activism. Some green witches claim descent through family traditions from ancient or medieval Pagan herbalists, wise women, and midwives, while others treat these figures as their foremothers and role models but make no claim to an inherited lineage from such sources.
Diverse even by modern Pagan standards, green witchcraft is more a general category, or even a mood, than a specific tradition or set of traditions. It nonetheless forms one of the largest categories of Paganism at present."