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The Witches' Almanac: Issue 38, Spring 2019 to Spring 2020: Animals: Friends and Familiars Kindle Edition
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- Publisher : The Witches' Almanac (September 1, 2018)
- File size : 28421 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 208 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07BGRNC99
- Publication date : September 1, 2018
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- Lending : Enabled
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Out of the 208 pages, the reviewer takes a picture of three pages with three quick mentions of monotheistic history or lore, as in single sentences, to prove their case.
Let's dissect those images the reviewer posted:
Tarot's The Star by Paul Huson
Paul Huson mentions that the Star card is related to the Star of Bethlehem. Anyone who knows anything of the Tarot knows that the tarot (particularly the Marseilles deck which predates Rider-Waite-Smith) was strongly influenced by the Christian religion and based on religious parades called Triumphs or Trumphs in Medieval Times, which is where we get the name "Trumps" for the Major Arcana before we had the term Major Arcana. The idea that someone is accusing Paul Huson of not only being a witch but pandering to Christianity is the most laughable thing I've ever heard at best and offensive to him as a Pagan Elder. PAUL HUSON! Pick up a copy of his classic Mastering Witchcraft and you will QUICKLY see that Huson is far from promoting Christianity in Witchcraft.
Marijuana - Da Ma by Ellen Evert Hopman
The reviewer posts a picture mentioning Rastafari beliefs in the Bible. What the reviewer neglects is that it's one line in a long history that Ellen is laying out regarding the religious and spiritual history of marijuana. She goes over Chinese, Egyptian, Indian, African, Japanese, Taoist, Korean history and much more. Ellen Evert Hopman is a druid. There's no way that she's promoting Christianity in her article.
The Witchcraft of Dame Darrel of York by Charles Godfrey Leland
The last picture the reviewer posts is an excerpt from the classic "The Witchcraft of Dame Darrel of York" by folklorist Charles Leland. Leland was perhaps the largest influence on Modern Witchcraft, particularly his "Aradia: Gospel of the Witches" which deeply influenced Gerald Gardner and his Wicca. The fact that Leland talks about "The Father Creating" while talking about the origin of faeries, isn't a promotion of Christianity. Leland is a folklorist and anyone who knows the tiniest bit of the old faery faith and its history knows that there's a long Christian influence in those beliefs, just as there is Witchcraft whether we want to rewrite history or not to exclude it.
The reviewer claims there's only ONE article about familiars. That's absolutely not true. Just skimming through the book there's AT LEAST 21 ARTICLES related to familiar spirits both as animals and as non-animal spirit companions (as per the traditional view).
In other words, the one star review is bunk and the person doesn't know what they're talking about or much about witchcraft at all. Arguing against the antique writings of Charles Leland, the writings of the influential witch Paul Huson, and the druid Ellen Hopman as somehow pushing a Christian agenda is absolutely ludicrous.
Honestly, I only get this book anymore for the calendars and horoscope, but even the horoscope seems to get weaker every year in detail. At this rate, I can purchase the witches daily planner and get as much useful info and more with material and excerpts that are at least Pagan and Witch focused. Or did we forget who pushed paganism out of our lives to begin with.
To each their own, but the witches have been done an injustice in the development of our practice to be more inclusive to Christianity and have only intern adopted the practices of Christianity. Soooo why call yourself a witch? Did you hear that you can make it whatever you want? Sure, you can... But if you miss the point of a witches beliefs then just call yourself an agnostic. That is more likely what you were looking for when you thought you'd give being a witch a try.
I don't know if I can keep purchasing this.