Doreen Valiente covers a lot of ground in one little book, giving us a brief explanation of more than 10 different subjects we might encounter in modern witchcraft.
This book was refreshing to see because of the way it approaches learning tarot. This is not a book that you pick up to learn the meanings of the cards.
Seasons of Wicca is a good resource for those looking to broaden their ritual collection.
Paganism for Beginners by Althaea Sebastiani is a refreshing book meant for those new to any pagan path with a focus on spirituality instead of spellwork.
Harmony is a wonderful human being, but her book really fell short for me. There were a few things that I did like about the book, so I'll talk about those first.
This book was recommended to me by a fellow Wiccan when I was searching for a book that went deeper than your typical "Wicca 101". For the most part, it does the job. This book gave me high hopes when, in the introduction, the following quote was written.
Lisa Lister is a self-proclaimed "menstrual maven", a third-generation gypsy witch, and the founder of something called SHE flow, a "personal invite for women to celebrate the fiercely feminine, sensual pleasure of being a woman through movement, massage, menstrual mysteries, and magic."
I have to say, I didn't like this book at all. It is written in very plain language, with a lot of summarizing and not much detail. Also, if you've read my other reviews, you know how I am about sources and misinformation. This book is full of it. I'd like to start off with some quotes that I've pulled that I 100% disagree with, along with some brief notes and explanations of why I disagree. The quotes below are numbered, and my comments are in brackets.
This book is exactly what it says (I love it when books do that!). Lisa Chamberlain does a wonderful job of giving a general history of the Book of Shadows, what it is, what it can contain, how to use it, and how to create one. I was pleasantly surprised when I read this book and did not find a template for creating your own Book of Shadows. I do find issue with some statements made that could use sources for her information, but most of it seems valid.
This book claims to be an "ultimate" guide to Wicca and witchcraft, but it is anything but that. You can see by the list of things included that it looks like a lot, but keep in mind that this book is only 36 pages long. There is no detail, no spirituality, no depth, to this supposed ultimate guide book. It also seems to be very scattered in the placement of the sections. In my opinion, this book was written by someone who just wanted to write something quickly and put it out there to make money off of unsuspecting novice Wiccans. This is not an "ultimate" guidebook, and I wouldn't even…