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The Madness and the Magic Paperback – November 27, 2015
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Sheena Cundy is a witch, wife, mother, musician, teacher and Reiki Master. She teaches the Tarot, spiritual development, and horse riding, and sings and writes songs for her pagan band Morrigans Path. Sheena is author of the Magic of Nature Oracle, a card deck based on British wildlife.
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The Madness and The Magic by Sheena Cundy is one of those books you don’t want to put down, and even after I finished it I was thinking about how I would like to read more about the main characters - menopausal witch Minerva, her daughter Rhiannon, their friends and the men in their lives. To my mind, this story could be the first of a series. Cundy’s characters lend themselves easily to a soap opera on the printed page. I could imagine watching this on TV.
The Madness and The Magic has the right balance of humour, sadness, and the search for love, spiced up with Minerva’s use of witchcraft and the tarot cards, her menopausal moments, hot flushes and a liking for brandy.
Although this book will appeal to pagan readers, anyone could enjoy finding out about Minerva’s adventures. Set in a very British village where rural pastimes like horse-riding and visits to the pub are a way of life, the story revolves around Minerva’s interest in David the new vicar, who happens to wear a ponytail and plays guitar. Her daughter Rhiannon is attracted to Joe, who also plays guitar and fronts a folk-rock band. Can a witch seduce a man of the cloth, and what chance does her daughter have of getting the man she wants, when he is already seeing a “Posh Bird”?
You will have to read The Madness and The Magic to find out!
The characters were fun to get to know and I loved each one, including Mr. Marley and Lucifer. The relationship between Minerva and Rhiannon is like most mother daughter relationships. Full of ups and downs, one finds herself going through menopause (complete with hot flashes), and the other finds herself pregnant. The magic of friendships helps these two find their way through the trials of love and loss.
Interweaving the magic of tarot with the everyday happenings of life, makes this a fun, fast paced read. Though tragic at times, I found the way the characters surrounded each other with love and understanding, to be deeply uplifting. Sheena Cundy has written a beautiful story full of magic and adventure that will be sure to charm the reader. She knows her stuff in the real world of Witchcraft and it shows throughout this very enjoyable read.
Rhiannon, Ronnie, Minerva’s 18 year old daughter, is best mates with Joe but seeing him in the arms of ‘posh bird’ sends her emotions racing and the resulting drunken evening, changes her life forever.
I loved the relationships in this story and the characters are rounded and believable. Though a modern day story, it is beautifully entwined with the magic and mystery of the past. Ronnie’s awakening is gentle and touching, reaching out to the world, seeking answers and guidance while Minerva’s beliefs are steadfast and uncompromising. Using the power of the natural world, both women take positive steps along their chosen life path.
You don’t need to be pagan to enjoy this book. If you’re looking for a warm, humorous enjoyable read, you’ll love it. If you’re looking for magic and mayhem, you’ll love it too and if you’re looking for a book to inspire, with women as heroes, look no further.
The action centers around a trio of women (a mother-daughter pair, Minerva and Rhiannon, and the mother’s best friend Isis) in a village in Britain. They face the usual round of modern-day problems—family, relationships, growing older—with humor and a touch of magic. There’s a Terry Pratchett-esque feel to the story, the kind of absurdity we find when we have to either laugh or cry and we choose to laugh. But there’s depth underneath the joking, and that’s what makes The Madness and the Magic really stand out for me. It’s a funny story but it’s real, too.
And the magic is real. I find that quite refreshing, in a world that relegates anything magical to the Fantasy section of the bookstore, when we Pagans know quite well it’s anything but fantasy. But lest we take ourselves too seriously, Minerva, Rhiannon and Isis are there to remind us that sooner or later we’re going to say something we shouldn’t, or do something we shouldn’t, or (heaven forbid) pee ourselves while the vicar’s standing right there. And when that happens, we’d bloody well better laugh if we want to survive.
This is a fun read but it’s not fluff. It’s quick but it won’t be a waste of your time.