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Author Topic: Review: Basic Witches  (Read 1176 times)

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Review: Basic Witches
« on: May 13, 2019, 10:44:59 am »
I picked up this book along with Wicca by Harmony Nice.

It's not good.

First off, it's super lazy. One of the "spells" required the following:
- Netflix
- a blanket
- popcorn

Another "spell" to feel comfortable at appointments pretty much said:
'Take a stuffed animal & hug it a lot'

It's also super materialistic, too much emphasis is placed on owning stuff. Which is just ridiculous & paints witchcraft as something accessible only to people who can afford lots of stuff.

I think the worst thing about it though is that it pushes the false narrative of the "burning times".

I honestly think that the point of this book is to capitalise on the popularity of the witchy aesthetic. The authors have absolutely no background in the subject at all & it really shows.

If you want a Buzzfeed-level take on witchcraft this is for you. But if you want something well researched, with substance to it then steer clear.
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Re: Review: Basic Witches
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2019, 05:10:29 pm »
I honestly think that the point of this book is to capitalise on the popularity of the witchy aesthetic.

Unfortunately, there have always been books like this. I remember reading a couple back in the 1960s!
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Re: Review: Basic Witches
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2019, 06:29:02 pm »
I picked up this book along with Wicca by Harmony Nice.

It's not good.

First off, it's super lazy. One of the "spells" required the following:
- Netflix
- a blanket
- popcorn

A lot of pagan traditions do have a superficiality problem. Because the appeal is often partially based on aesthetic, you get some people who are interested in little else.

This title is pretty funny. You don’t want to be a basic witch.

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Re: Review: Basic Witches
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2019, 08:35:54 pm »
I picked up this book along with Wicca by Harmony Nice.

It's not good.

In my experience and opinion, the source of any spellwork comes from within. The rest is tools to help you harness and reach the right state of mind. This takes that a little too far and not a very good system for the stepping stones needed.

However, I look at books from the perspective of did I learn anything? Even if I learned what books not to read it was worth it. Once I bought a system to take a class for astral projection. In reading the material I realized that I was already doing it, I just didn't know. That knowledge was well worth the cost.

 

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