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About the Author

A.J. Drew is the author of Wicca Spellcraft for Men and Wicca for Couples. He is the host of the annual Real Witches Ball, one of the single largest Pagan gatherings in the United States. He is also the host of pagannation.com, which serves as a successful hub for the entire Pagan community. He is the owner of Salem West, one of the largest Wicca/Pagan shops in the Midwest.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: New Page Books; 1 edition (August 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564146669
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564146663
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #734,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Artemesia on February 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
No matter what the author says, a book that is idiosyncratic and off mainstream Wiccan thinking, not in of itself necessarily a bad thing, should never be entitled "Bible". The book is innovative, and we need the religion of Wicca to evolve if it is to survive. However, this is innovation painted as a standard work by its title.

The author has strong opinions, but tends to be patronizing, didactic, and pompous in presenting them and uses hyperbole.

There are quite a few innaccuracies and mistakes - the consort of Asherah is apparently Ball (as opposed to Baal or Ba'al?).

I think the grandiose titles of the chapters are supposed to be Latin. If so, it is laughable - "ab" does not generally mean "of" or "concerning" (root meaning is "away from"); and even if it did, "ab" ("a" before consonants) does not govern the nominative case but the ablative case form. His chapter titles (Liber ab....) are the Latin equivalent of saying "Me loves he" instead of "I love him". All this would be more forgivable if Latin weren't being used to make the whole work seem more grandiose, like a sacred work of literature. In the event, it makes it hilarious to anyone who has had more than a few weeks of Latin instruction.

It is a shame, because a lot of work went into this book. There are what seem to be really good sections of Ancient Greek and Roman festivals and calendars. The inclusion of classical pagan information into a Wiccan framework is to be welcomed - we know more about the Graeco-Roman pantheon than we do about the Celtic or Germanic panthea (incidentally, the author appears in places to have conflated Germanic and Celtic festivals).

Spiritual works don't necessarily need to be scholarly, but if you are going to try to wax grandiloquent, you need to try to get the basic subject matter correct.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Timothy J. Alexander on January 19, 2006
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This book's concept and outline are excellent. Its bibliography shows that it was well researched, so there is no excuse why it was so poorly written. Besides this being a dissertation of the author's personal feelings and political views, there are two words that describe this work: weak and immature.
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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Old Guard Review on January 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
Mr. Drew is the only pagan author who seems to have the uncanny ability to make me cry, laugh and cheer while reading his books. Reading this book reminded me of those early days in New York. It reminds me of when I could turn on the radio to hear Marian Weinstein (our lovely `Giggle Witch') or stop at the Magical Child (back when it was called the Warlock Shop) for coffee and conversation with Horrible Herman (Herman Slater). It is the type of book that Leo Martello would have brought to Central Park for our summer picnic discussions. With A Wiccan Bible in print, Drew has assured his place in the hearts and libraries of many Wiccans, especially those of us who remember the days when our authors had a sense of humor and Horrible Herman wasn't nearly as horrible. If I had to sum up what I feel in a sentence, that sentence would be; `This book tells me that Mr. Drew is one of us'. Now I have to figure out just who he is. He sounds like one of the crowd from West Islip, New York as far back as the late 60's or maybe early 70's, but I don't remember the name. If I had to take a guess, I might guess he is Marion Weinstein's boy but I don't think she ever had children.
This book was a great deal more than I thought it would be. As one who has been actively and publicly Wiccan for many years, it was nice to see meaning returning, in printed form, to my religion. Most books tell the uninitiated where to put their feet. This book tells the reader why to put their feet there. Actually, it says nothing about feet but you get the idea. I would not recommend this to anyone who is new to the craft. It is far too advanced for the beginner. But for someone who has been active for a time, it is wondrous. I about fainted when I saw mention of the lustral bath.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sandman on May 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is really only valuable if you want to join the Church of A. J. Drew, not Wicca. This does not even come close to being a 'Wiccan Bible', and I recommend A Witches' Bible: The Complete Witches Handbook for those who want good information.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Magickal Merlin on September 26, 2009
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It seemed you either liked the book or you probably hated the book.Why all the praise and hissing about this book?I was somewhere in-between.I liked how he described his rituals and beliefs,yet this is not to be considered the definative pagan way of practising wicca.So,the reader must keep an open-mind ,that this is AJ Drew's take on Wicca.To name the book,'the Wicca Bible',may be a bold statement.A better title would be,'One Wiccan's Credo'.His opinions are quite strong,yet i was interested in what he had to say.The problem is not in his writings,it's with the title.A bible has a set dogma,with core beliefs and universally accepted axioms among its brethern of cult followers.I would still recommend reading it,though read it with an open-mind.
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22 of 30 people found the following review helpful By H. Chappell on July 1, 2005
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I have an extensive Wiccan library and have studied for many years, and this is the worst example of a "Wiccan" book that I have ever come accross.

It's not Wiccan, it's A.J. Drew's personal religion.

It's aweful, buy something else.
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