Saturday, July 19, 2014

Book Review: Witchcraft Today - 60 Years On

Book Review!

Witchcraft Today - 60 Years On
Edited by Trevor Greenfield and introduced by Rachel Patterson

Official stuff from the back of the book:

"In the sixty years following the publication of Gerald Gardner’s Witchcraft Today, new paths have appeared, and older ones emerged out of the shadow of repression and illegality, to express with a new and more confident voice their beliefs and practice, and share, with a steadily growing audience, their knowledge, their certainties, their questions and their vision. This book is a celebration of some of the many paths that Witchcraft/Wicca has taken and of the journeys that people have embarked upon."

My Review:

This is an amazing book – now to be clear this is not a how-to book on witchcraft or by any means a book of spells or rituals. In some ways this book is more important than just another magick book as this is a book of history and progress.

60 years ago a man brought the craft out of the shadows and this book show how much it has progressed since then – the ways it has travelled, the countries it is practised in and people it has won over. It shows how many different sects and paths there are now that can be travelled by anyone who is a witch.

I think what I love most about this book is that it shows different traditions that have all been allowed to be born through just one man’s vision 60 years ago – to not let the craft die out and not let its knowledge fade away in the sands of time. Whether you like Gerald Gardener or not you cannot deny the impact he has had on modern witchcraft – no matter how, where or what you practise! Thanks to him we now have bookshelves full of knowledge and books!

So this book…it’s a books of history – past and present, a book of knowledge and a book that is written by witches of these specific traditions to give us an insight as to what their paths are and what they do – it is a taster but it is a good one! It also shows how far the craft has come in a time period of sixty years – and it makes me wonder where it will be in another sixty! Exciting times and a good read for any witch of any path! There is also a short chapter on where Witchcraft is heading – where it could be heading and what it could look like for communities in the next 60+ years – all very interesting stuff!

The specific traditions that are touched upon in the book are: Gardnerian, Alexandrian, Seax, Eclectic Wicca, Dianic, Traditional British Witchcraft, Hedge Witchcraft, Solitary Witchcraft, Nature Witches, Hekatean Witchcraft, Egyptian craft, the craft from the male perspective and Witchcraft tomorrow!

The individual authors all give us a taste of their own paths, in their own words, and allows us a glimpse of how they work on their paths and what brought them to the path they are now on within Witchcraft. The personal stories in this book allows us to see how this beautiful spirituality has touched so many people’s lives and gives a glimpse as to how influential Witchcraft is these days thanks to the man who brought it out of the shadows – whether you identify as Wiccan, Pagan, Witch, Druid, Priest/Priestess etc you will enjoy reading the history and contemplating how this spirituality will continue to grow.

Review above by PhoenixIndigoEmber

Book available in both paperback and kindle.

Book Prices from Amazon:
Paperback £8.30 / $12.30
Kindle £1.85 / $3.17

Book is available also from other online bookstores :) Enjoy!

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