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Wiccan Wisdom Keepers

Wiccan Wisdom Keepers
by Sally Griffin
Red Wheel/Weiser

 

Wiccan Wisdom Keepers by Sally Griffin is a beautiful book packed with glossy pages and full-color pictures, worthwhile for that alone. However, as the saying goes, you can’t judge a book by its cover — or in this case, photographs. The true value of Griffin’s book lies in the text itself.

The first section consists of an overview of Wicca. Although I believe it focuses too much on specifically British practices, it offers a good introduction to anyone who is new to the Craft of the Wise. By necessity it seems to skim over some issues; for example, the eight rituals of the Wheel of the Year take up merely the equivalent of a single page. However, I can find little to object to in their explanations; they are clear, concise, and accurate.

The one issue that is not addressed to my satisfaction is solitary witchcraft; except for a brief acknowledgement, the book focuses totally on covens and their practices.

What makes this book unique, however, is its later section. This deals specifically with the wisdom keepers who give this volume its name, with some of the great figures in Wicca: Doreen Valiente, Starhawk, Phyllis Curott, and many others.

Through interviews and descriptions of their lives, their beliefs are explained and their wisdom shared. Each of these “wisdom keepers” is accompanied by some of their work, be it poetry, spellcraft, or simply life lessons (including Valiente’s “Charge of the Goddess,” to name one example). These additions were well selected and enhance the readers’ understanding.

All in all, Wiccan Wisdom Keepers is a worthwhile read, be you a beginner or an experienced practitioner; everyone can learn something from this book.

JENNIFER RICARD

RATING: 4 Broomsticks


» Originally appeared in newWitch #02

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