Basic Witches

I’m a bit older than the target audience for this book (actually, quite a bit older) (all right, a lot older), but the note in the description about exorcising a toxic friendship was made the decision to request it. I was curious. I’ve always had an interest in how people integrate spirituality of whatever flavor into their lives – and I ended up being deeply impressed by this book. It’s not a deep and in-depth guide to how to practice wicca, not a hardcore spellbook or grimoire or whathaveyou, as such; the prevailing opinion I’ve always encountered is that it’s flat-out dangerous to mess around with something like that on your own, especially when very young and inexperienced. (I mean, it’s the sort of thing which, even if you don’t believe in any of it, still – a bit of common sense never hurts. Never go jogging wearing earphones that render you deaf to your surroundings (especially if you’re a woman alone), be aware of your surroundings, never ever play with a Ouija board, and never mess around with spells when you don’t know what you’re doing. The demon you prevent from entering this dimension may be your own.

What this actually is is a positive, warm, funny guide to how to handle situations that are bound to come up in everyone’s life. For example, that note that got my attention about toxic friends? I’ve got two, people I work with who used to be friends who knifed me when I wasn’t looking, and whom I can’t avoid. Will the section on what to do about it make it all better? Nope. But it serves as proof that I’m not alone – I’m not the only one who is going through something like this. And it does serve as a pretty good guideline of how to manage the way I think about it.

I’m not entirely thrilled with the light tone with which demons are discussed, but maybe I’ve been listening to too many funky podcasts lately. And nothing in here seems at all dangerous – quite the opposite.

In a lot of ways this is more therapy or counsel than Magick. Well, maybe it comes to the same thing, in the end.

The usual disclaimer: I received this book via Netgalley for review.

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