The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft

“The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft”
Denise Zimmermann , Katherine Gleason

This guide offers a beginner’s look at the history of paganism, Wicca, and witchcraft, from the Druids and Celts to the witches of today who practice an earth-based religion, cast spells, and perform natural magic. The book, written by a practicing witch, reveals details of the witches’ sabbats, ceremonies, and altars. (Amazon)

I probably wouldn’t have picked up this book, however after a recommendation from a friend, I had a look and decided it was worthwhile.  Packed full of information, the Complete Idiots Guide is a complete ‘how to’ of beginning your Wiccan path.  It includes sections on the history and basics of Wicca, Wiccan deities, witches code of conduct, magick, ritual, esbats, sabbats, and even astrology, correspondances, divination, crystals, herbs, oils and spells.  The last chapter includes a ‘year and a day’ study structure to follow.

I feel that while this book is all-encompassing, it might be too much so, in the way that very beginners might be confused by the amount of knowledge.  New witches might think they should be able to create “notions, potions and powders” easily, and know by heart whether to summon, stir or call the different entities.

I wouldn’t say it was my favourite ‘Wicca 101’ book as some of its content was quite dry and sometimes questionable, but I will definitely hold onto this book as a reference.  A worthwhile read!

© West Coast Pagan


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