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The Real Witches' Book of Spells and Rituals Paperback – Bargain Price, April 8, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (April 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738715115
  • ASIN: B008SMDLYE
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,210,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The author of over a dozen books, Kate West (United Kingdom), has become the U.K.'s most successful author on Witchcraft. She is the recipient of a Lifetime Contribution to Witchcraft award and has been recognized as the most popular factual writer on Witchcraft by Children of Artemis, the fastest growing Witchcraft organization in the U.K. and Europe. Formerly the Vice President of the Pagan Federation, West remains active in the Wiccan community, speaking at international Witchfests and contributing to magazines. She is High Priestess of the Hearth of Hecate and lives in North Norfolk.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Katsurina on August 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book as someone studying the craft as a solitary. The books I've read up until this one have been written for solitaries. I purchased this one because the books I'd read only briefly referenced covens or said that traditionally you had to be in a coven to be a witch. Since Covens were obviously a vital part of beleifs, history, and traditions, I saught out a book that would set the record strait on what covens really do.
This book delivers. It's written primarily as a guide for a High Priestess. It describes in detail the life cycle of a coven, what kind of rules a coven should have, how dicipline works, how advancement in the circle works, and which rituals typically require people to be naked.
She describes and suggests some common sabbat rituals, as well as an initiation ritual and a few other coven rituals. She talks a lot about the level of secrecy that should be kept about you coven. If you want to start a coven this is probably THE BOOK for you to read. It's also very informative if you want to join a coven. As far as information on the craft in general, there's some good stuff on the sabbats, but this isn't really a good book to read if you're "just curious about witchcraft"
As a pleasant surprise, I found that Kate West is quite probably the most practical author on Witchcraft you could find. She deals with the effects of real life on the Craft on how these two parts of your life can effect each other. (While many authors tend to simply mention that the craft will make you more confident in your daily life.)
A really good book, and I plan to read another book by the author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paula E. Ferrer on January 13, 2010
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Boy, this ended up being another Wicca 101 book. I was really hoping for more from Kate, and I ended up being very disappointed. I belong to a Trad that is not caught up in Dogma and nonsense, although we definitely have our rules and (more of an eclectic trad). I'm a very advanced practitioner of the craft, and this book did very little for me, especially in the way of spellcrafting and ritual writing (been there...done that). Spellcrafting and ritual writing is VERY personal and should not be constrained to "rules" ... if you have the need and the intent, you have the basis for a spell or ritual. I would love to see someone publish a book on growth in the craft, more on ethics of the craft and karmic repercussions, and see fewer books on the "nuts and bolts" and rulebooks.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By James W. Kitchens on May 10, 2009
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I found this book stuffy. Full of one sided rules. Wicca is about diversity to me not dogma. Not very helpfull on forming a pagan group unless you want to crontrol people. I've been a Wiccan for 11yrs and a member of a pagan group. This is not how things should be run at all. BLESSED BE
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By C Windham on June 27, 2014
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Another favorite of mine- not a glam emmo book at all- very easy to read and follow - another favorite in my collection
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