Monday 17 December 2018

Review: Wicca Made Easy - Awaken the Divine Magic

I always like to have a look at new books introducing Wicca and witchcraft to seekers as people often ask me what introductory reading I would recommend for newcomers to the Craft.

Wicca Made Easy - Awaken the Divine Magic Within You by Phyllis Curott fits that category very well. It is full of practical exercises to guide any seeker on the path of modern pagan witchcraft.

These days there are many different strands of Wicca - from initiatory Gardnerian and Alexandrian Wicca to many eclectic paths. This book is on the eclectic side and aimed at solitary practitioners rather than those undergoing coven training, but there's nothing wrong with that. Solitary trainees need good exercises to follow.

In Wicca Made Easy, Phyllis draws on core shamanism and new thought techniques. She puts a lot of emphasis on guided meditations, guided visualisations, breathing exercises, chants and mantras and journeying as teaching techniques - particularly in the early chapters. The book also covers standard Wiccan practices such as circle casting, setting up altars, celebrating the Wheel of the Year, invoking pagan Goddesses and Gods, and casting spells using natural magic.

Phyllis offers a practical, commonsense approach to learning the techniques of Wiccan-style witchcraft. Her writing is easy to follow and nicely non-didactic.

My only word of caution would be to point out that this is an American book and some of the information Phyllis gives isn't entirely correct for those in other countries. For example, in America there are federally recognised churches of Wicca - that isn't so in the UK. Other than that minor point, I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn the Craft of the Wise in the modern age.

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