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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (July 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764339087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764339080
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,064,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dayna Winters, Patricia Gardner, and Angela Kaufman are Witches and Priestesses in the Dragon Warriors of Isis Coven of Upstate New York. Dayna and Patricia are cofounders of ISIS Paranormal Investigations and Angela is owner of Moonlight Tarot LLC.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca L. Elson on September 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
This review was originally published on The Magical Buffet website on 9/1/11.

I first became aware of Patricia Gardner when her apartment exterior was vandalized in 2007. I wrote a little piece about it. What readers don't know is that shortly after I wrote that article I spent an evening with Patricia (High Priestess) and got to meet Dayna Winters (Priestess) and other members of the Dragon Warriors of Isis Coven. As I was coming to expect from meetings like this, the group was filled with friendly and sincere spiritual seekers that welcomed me into their gathering with open arms. And this is why I was thrilled to learn that Schiffer Publishing has recently released "Wicca: What's the Real Deal? Breaking Through the Misconceptions" by none other than Patricia Gardner, Dayna Winters, and Angela Kaufman.

These three ladies endeavor to navigate the murky waters of attempting to define and describe Wicca and its practices, which as most of you are aware is a journey fraught with peril as Wiccan practitioner's perspectives and philosophies vary greatly. Overall I think the average Wiccan would feel the book adequately represents them, and at the end of the day, the three authors are Priestesses of their own coven, so it definitely reflects their own beliefs.

The bulk of the book concentrates on the misconceptions about Wicca with the first chapter being "Misunderstood Terminology and Erroneous Perceptions" and the second chapter being "Misunderstood Practices and Historical Misconceptions". These chapters use the simple format of stating the myth, stating the truth, and then offering a detailed explanation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sathish on October 24, 2011
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The book, "Wicca: What's the Real Deal?" is three witches attempts to dispel all the negative connotations and myths surrounding the religion. Was their attempt successful? A resounding "yes" is my opinion. The book is organized into three sections: the first two chapters begins to dispel myths surrounding the religion; the second part tries to clarify what Wiccans really do, and why they do it; and the last section, in my honest opinion, ties in all the myths together at the level of the individual and their view of the world.

I found the book exceedingly informative. The book pulls no punches or tries to fill space with airy language. Each sentence and paragraph was carefully placed to convey the authors' views concisely and articulately. The first section trying to dispel myths surrounding the faith is organized by stating a common myth and then stating if the myth is either true or false. The authors do not expect readers to simply take them up on their word - they follow up with a well-researched summary exposing the myth. The summaries at times may feel too academic for some readers who may be looking for a quick bedtime reading. However, I do appreciate the attention to detail and citations the authors provide - something other books on the religion rarely do.

After all the common myths have been dispelled, the next section attempts to clarify what Wiccans actually do. This section is great for non-Wiccans to understand why Wicca truly is a different religion, rather than the antithesis of Judeo-Christian beliefs. This section goes through the major Wiccan holidays, based on the solar cycles, the worship of nature, and the belief in everyone's innate psychic abilities and the tools that help one sharpen those abilities to enhance a practitioner's life.
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By Jacob on October 26, 2012
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I finished reading this book over the last few days, and I was impressed with its authors depth and honest belief in Wicca. They have a genuine compassion for people that other religions would do well to emulate. While I felt the book spent a bit to much time in the question and answer format, I did learn a lot about the Wiccan belief system from this section. The sections on magick (as they call it to emphasize its realness in their lives, the word magic seems to be relegated to fantasy tales) I found the most interesting. The mechanics of their belief system seem to pull the best out off most major religions, such as the belief in Karma (Buddhism) and Reincarnation (Hinduism). But at the same time they levan it with their belief in magick that is wholly their own, and the authors show how it comes together in a fulfilling way that works in their own lives.
The most interesting section was when the authors discussed mental health and the Wiccan faith. Wiccan's just like any other religion or belief system will attract the mentally ill who may never join the faith, but will read a book or two and claim membership of it. Once they do this any crazy crime or action they do will instantly be associated with their claimed faith. Wiccan's have been hurt more by this phenomena than other religions due to their centuries of persecution and negative beliefs held by others about their faith. But while the actions of some claiming to be Wiccan have terrible consequences I have yet to hear of a Wiccan crusade or suicide bomber...
In closing while the Wiccan faith is not for me, I do have friends who believe in this faith. And while it is different in some way from major faiths it is also much the same. Wiccan ideas are no stranger than Catholics believing wine turns into blood when blessed by a priest in the proper way.
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