An excellent source book for the novice pagan. When I first came across this many years ago I found it highly useful.
a great author with another good book on the earth religions
Completely enjoying this. Lots of good information, as well as history.
While the book would be classified as a Beginner Wiccan book, this is a completely different book than the many titles swarming around out there. Laurie Cabot provides the historical background and science behind modern witchcraft. Rather than filling the book with a bunch of spells, this book carefully educates witches on the past, present, and future of the religion of witchcraft. It should be more accurately titled as "Guidelines for Witches to Live By" as it encourages witches to get back to their roots and live a life of service to others.
The writing is a bit dated (written in 1989) but the premise of the book still holds firm. It is obvious that Laurie Cabot cares very deeply about her world and religion and truly wants humans to return to a more magical existence. The book has a "preachy" kinda feel in parts, but I don't think any witch would disagree with Cabot's beliefs. The information can fill in the gaps for beginning witches as to "why" certain things are done in the Craft but the ritual instructions and spellwork are left for witches to discover somewhere else.
It's a great book for new witches, but I would not recommend it as the first book they read. Most experienced witches would probably learn a few things too. And everyone would certainly feel empowered and proud after reading Cabot's passionate words.