Progressive Witchcraft: Spirituality, Mysteries & Training in Modern Wicca
By Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone, New Page Books (Career Press) © 2004Another winner from Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone!
This is an excellent book for those new to the Path of Wicca. There are even a few tidbits in the beginning chapters that a long time follower of The Way might find extremely interesting.
The authors explore and truthfully examine our history, both fact and fiction. Like myself, they believe that both the myth and the reality of where Wicca and Witchcraft come from are relevant to the modern practitioner.
The authors use the early chapters in the book to explain who we were, who we are and where we are headed as a community. Using their own pasts and experiences as reference, they take us on a journey through the evolution of Witchcraft into the diverse Traditions and Paths that have come into existence since Gardner, Sanders, Valiente and Crowley (among others) first came on the scene.
After the history lessons the reader is treated to an in depth study Wiccan spirituality and those oh so elusive mysteries. The Gods and Goddesses are touched on briefly and then the book moves on to what is and how to “be” a witch. Myths about coven life and solitary practice are discussed and refuted.
The Wiccan belief system and cosmology is given a high priority in the book. In fact there is little left unexamined in the practical aspects of following a Wiccan Path.
If you are looking for yet another spell book, you won’t find that here. Although the authors include several meditations and a few rituals, they did not comprise the meat of the book.
There were a few places where I was left scratching my head. I am still trying to figure out how the Sun manages to rise in the West and set in the East for our brothers and sisters who live in the Southern Hemisphere. Another feature of the book that I found distracting was the constant reference to other pages or chapters in the book.
The authors’ biases are very apparent in their writings, but I enjoyed the book and found it to be informative. I recommend this book as a fine addition to your spiritual library.