Wicca: The Old Religion in the New Millenium by Vivianne Crowley

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Stars: ****

I had heard lots of good things about this book so when it was available at the library, I quickly picked it up. This book has a lot of information on the history of Wicca and Witchcraft (she acknowledges that they are NOT the same) and is a very interesting read if you want to know more about how covens work. She thoroughly explains the difference between the first, second and third degrees and also describes the basic rites that you go through to get these degrees.

I had some trouble reading this book. (I’m 19) The text is small and Crowley uses complex wording. It is definitely not the first book you should read on Wicca. I wouldn’t really call it a beginner’s book but it does have some basic information in it. I would say that you should probably be able to read at the Grade 12 level at least to fully comprehend this book. I often had to re-read a paragraph and you may want to put a dictionary beside you as you read. Despite this, it is very interesting and informative.

It isn’t necessary to own this book but it is a good idea to read it thoroughly. What I mean is, you probably won’t be going back to it very often once you understand the information in it. It’s not a resource.

V. Crowley uses a LOT of quotes from C. Jung and it may be a good idea to read a bit about him yourself, although this is not required.

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