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Good for What it Claims to Be
on July 14, 2006
I usually write my own spells, but picked this one up for inspiration. It's been well worth it on that count. Some of the spells I liked so much that I will be using them myself. Granted most of the spells are the usual formulaic correspondence recipie type spell (use this ingredient on this phase of the moon, turn around 3 times while chanting this, etc.)that seem like they are straight out of Charmed's book of shadows. If that kind of thing works well for you, great. Others, though, are wonderfully creative - the type of spell that I have found work best.
Silver goes into some of the psychology of spellworking, like not assuming failure if it's taking longer than you expected for your desire to manifest and how to deal with it when your luck backslides a bit. That's helpful.
I was more than a little surprised to see the book attacked so badly for not being what it didn't claim to be. There is nothing on the cover or in the introduction to suggest that it is a book on advanced magical work or a treatise on the "true" meaning of Wicca (which, BTW, has as a many varieties as there are denominations of Christianity). It claims to be a spell book, and that is what it is.
My advice to anyone considering this book is that you can get something out of it if you want to. It's a real shame when people let their own bloated egos get in the way of finding the good in things.