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Modern Witch Magazine #1 (Volume 1) Paperback – March 23, 2012
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Gracious Gods, how surprised I was! The magazine is a shining example of *modern* chic publishing. Down to the very font being clear and proud. I have seen work done by Pagans and sometimes I feel so embarrassed for them AND us at the ren-faire fantasyland fonts or topics. Modern Witch Magazine is professionally done, and legible. Details make a big difference! After sharing it with my family my Mother remarked on the fonts as well and how they were so clear and easy for her to read--something to really be grateful for since not everyone has 20-20 vision.
The graphics are just stunning as well! For once I feel like I'm reading something to be proud of! Maika'i no! ('Outstanding!' in Hawaiian)
I can't wait to see the magazines for the coming year. My only suggestions would be to have page numbers on the bottom but other than that tiny bit it's 5 stars in my book!
Mahalo Nui Loa & Lady Bless,
Owner of Haumea Botanicals LLC
Host of Lamyka's Wiccan Podcast & Pagan Women's Podcast
Host of Pagan Bed Time Stories
Author of Pagan Bed Time Stories: How Maui Slowed the Sun (activity book & coloring ebook)
After a lot of talk about the magazine on the Modern Witch podcast, I still wasn't sure if I would purchase the magazine because it is for the "modern witch". As the magazine progressed to completion and I became more acquainted with Rowan and Devin's vision, I thought I would just download the digital copy and check it out. Then it finally came time for the printed version and (especially after seeing some samples) I just decided to get it. Discovering it on Amazon.com ([...]) made it super easy and it went into my cart with other items. And it was eligible for free shipping!
My anticipation manifested itself by posting the link on Facebook to friends and talking it up until it finally arrived. BEAUTIFUL! was my initial reaction. I read it over the weekend and am very impressed. The publication has a nice variety of articles from different authors (teachers and leaders in the Pagan community) providing a range of views and voices.
"Modern Witch has become a labor of love as we have searched the modern pagan world for new and exciting voices to bring them to our community," Devin Hunter, Opening letter, Modern Witch Magazine, Imbolc 2012. Print.
The theme for the issue was "Fire Within" (timed for the original release date of Imbolc) and many of the articles linked to the fire theme in interesting ways. Yeshe Rabbit's article Flame Wars and Tender Hearts addresses the all to common practice of flaming on the internet and provides great ways to put out those fires when they flare up within us. Other fire themed articles include taming anger, channelling a passion for magickal activism (great ideas and charm recipes), healing, shamanic work, and an interview with a fire spinner.
My favorite article is by Storm Faerywolf, The Magic of Wonder Woman. I really enjoyed and identified with his relationship to Princess Diana. I grew up with a similar appreciation and love for the Amazing Amazon of Paradise Island. He gave a great overview of the Earth Prime origin of Wonder Woman as well as a recap of the her history over the decades. I really liked his encouragement to actually invoke Wonder Woman as a guide today.
"Her stories have inspired people to claim their own power and to live meaningful lives in the face of adversity. To me this alone begins to reveal her power as a modern face of the Goddess." - Storm Faerywolf. "The Magic of Wonder Woman." Modern Witch Magazine, Imbolc 2012 86-91, Print.
Spells, casting circle, invoking the Goddess, and fun and inspiring articles provide a range of topics that draw the reader through the book. Rowan's chapter from Within the Cards was a really interesting story through the suit of wands. I am so glad that music reviews were included. The podcast plays great music choices, so it's nice to have a starting point to check out new music of interest.
On the technical and aesthetic side: There are a few technical things (a few spelling errors, dropped punctuation, etc) that all get worked out after holding and seeing it. One thing that would be nice is to have the "gutters" (the space between columns and edges of the pages) a bit wider, especially towards the binding. Wider gutters might provide space within the articles where one can include notations or additional references. But these are minor.
It is a beautifully crafted publication. The paper stock is a bit thicker than normal and has the appearance of parchment paper. The font is easy and comfortable to read, and the article lengths are just right. This gives the book a feel of more than just a magazine that will be read and discarded, but of a reference to be kept and used. Even the ads (which are wonderfully few) are nice to look at! The cover and artwork are so beautiful to look at, that you want to leave it on the coffee table for people to look at all the time.
There is a lot in the book to be gleaned and I don't want to share it all. You need to turn each page for yourself. I really enjoyed the publication and encourage Pagans of all paths to pick up a copy. This Druid is very excited to have the first edition and looks forward to future copies. amoderndruid.wordpress.com