The Everything Wicca and Witchcraft Book by Marian Singer

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Stars: ***

Well I didn’t actually read this book cover to cover because it’s really a basics book and I already know everything that’s in it. I still wanted to review it though.
What makes me wary of this book, is that the first thing it says is “Witches do not eat babies, and they’re not Satanists.” I read a book to learn about the subject, not learn what it is not about. While I have no problem with a section on misconceptions, I don’t believe it should be the very first paragraph.

This is a book for a Jack of All Trades. It covers a lot of subjects but doesn’t actually have a lot on each subject. Some subjects covered include: History of Magick, Wicca and Witchcraft, Folklore, Tools, Symbolism, Sacred Space, Meditation, Prayer, Dreams, Hexcraft, Ritual, Divination, Elements, Kitchen Witchery, the role of color, shape etc… in Magick, Minerals, Plants, Animals, Astrology, Numerology, Divinities, Sacred Places, Healing and Coven Craft all within 290 pages.

Some topics are only covered in a paragraph. Good points I found were that is seems to have correct information. The author explains the difference between Wicca and Witchcraft and doesn’t rave about 9 million witches being killed during the Burning Times. The short Folklore and Superstitions chapter was interesting.

There are a few sample spells but they are really simple and made to show you how to make your own. There were a few parts I read word for word because they interested me but other than that. I would be wary of a book that tries to incorporate Everything into one book. There is a glossary at the back of the book as well.

I enjoyed the meditation section. Many books that describe how to meditate, are really confusing. While the section is small, it’s easy to understand. It also teaches you how to adapt spells to fit your life and needs. It does give a brief section on how to make your own spells too. It does cover a few things that most other basics books don’t, but like I’ve said all along, each section is brief.

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