"All the tricks of the trade together with an amusing story. Most of the language is a little flowery unless the author is talking about equitment. Then it's very technical. Altogether I thought it read like a middle-schooler's science book."
"The book follows a Priestess as she starts her interest to her initiation. The book not only leans heavily on feminism but also on traditionalism which I am not. Still I did find some useful elements like spells and lessons. I definitely think everyone should read this book at least once in their life if they don't own it and read it multiple times."
"Excellent information. The book seems to mostly focus on the caterpillar stage which is very crucial to a butterfly garden with a list of host plants for the caterpillars to feed on. I wish there had been a little about the adult butterflies. All in all, much more informative than most books I have found."
"This book seemed to be one big contradiction. The author insist several times that belief is the only thing nessecary to achieve success in a ritual but then says that candles, tools and undeveloped, natural land is essential.
I may use the authors recipes for incense but I think they were used in other books. Altogether, I found nothing unique and the introduction and first chapter, useless."
"Terrible book. First the author organizes the recipes, not in any kind of categories, but in order of "witchiness".
There are some anecdotes before every recipe but I don't know where the author gets her information from. Limes where eaten by Germanic tribes? How did they get them when limes need a tropical climate. Nasturtiums sprang from the mortal wound of a roman solider. I read a lot of roman mythology and never heard that one.
Even the recipes weren't great or just plain gross. Baking cottage cheese? I don't even know what a medium wing sauce is but the recipe wasn't in the book.
I would have thrown this book away but to many people wanted it."
"I love Martha Stewart Magazine so of course I ordered her books. The book is full of pictures of cakes and cookies and the pictures of decorations is almost a "how to" format. The first time I went through the book, I almost cried because I couldn't find the recipes. I finally found them in the back with no corresponding pictures so now I'm lost. The chapters don't seem to have any particular order either.
The content is right what I would expect from of Martha Stewart, classic yet innovative but if I had paid money for this book, I would have felt cheated."
"I really tried hard to like this book, mostly because so many others like Starhawk but this book is so full of fluff, it gave me a stomach ache just trying to get past chapter 7. Most of the book is centered around male-bashing (which is odd since the author says she's married to a man) and insisting everything from hangnails to cancer and schizophrenia can be cured with love and acceptance toward the individual while everyone sits in a circle and sings. She mixes up simple concepts like abstract and concrete thinking so they book is sometimes hard to follow unless you have the context of the paragraph and some of the book is the same scare tatic propaganda she accuses everyone else of using. I know this book was written in the '80's but most of the psychiatric field stopped doing electro-shock therapy in the '50's.
This book is really just one big, bad point."
"Thought it would be a how-to on ho to practice druidry. Turns out it is simply musing on whatever time of year she is writing about. I know I skip through books I get but I skipped through this one much faster."
"Honestly, I stopped reading this book when the author insisted, if you are walking through a forest and you feel cobwebs on your face, that's the faerie because spidars don't live in trees. I don't know where the author is from but in my woods, not only do spidars live in trees but there are also butterflies that spin chrysalis, moths spin cocoons and even the trees themselves, make a silkie resin.
The author lost all credibility with me at that point and the book was just taking up valuable space in my bookshelf."
"The book is a good reference. It talks about quite a few goddesses from different traditions and what you would invoke them for. The there is a list of feast days and suggestions for invokeing the goddesses. Some of the things found in the book could use some elaboration. The author suggest dancing to invoke goddess but doesn't go into detail about what type of dancing. For Aphrodite, should it be sensual like salsa dancing or belly-dancing? More provactive like pole dancing or a strip tease? Should it be how the romans were dancing at the height of goddess worship? If I have to answer these questions myself, why am I buying the book?
These are things that would have improved the book but I think there is enough good information in the book that it deserves to be called a keeper."
"This book was ok. I wouldn't really call anything in here "hexes". It's all fluffy nonsense. In fact, I think the only spell that might be considered harmful is the one to keep hecklers away. Most of them were to throw a great party or win the lottery. At least with this one, everything seemed original."
"I didn't really find this book useful. All the spells were easy and most ingredients would already be on hand but the spells are mostly designed to give the victim a bad day even though the author wants the end result of the spell to seem bigger. It's not a terrible book but I've read better."
"I guess the book is meant for those new to witchcraft. I found a few meditations and some sabbat games useful. The majority of the book was useless as there are more in-depth books out there. I am not sorry I bought the book but I don't need to keep it."
"Not the most useful book I ever read but nothing factually wrong with it. The spells were so basic, a better title would have been "Baby's first spell book". A more likely gift for bored dabblers so they don't hurt themselves."
"Nothing useful at all. Most of the book was the authors ranting about the success or failure of the particular spell. The author also seems to believe that some witches are actually trying to summon Satan and when a spell calls for doves blood ink, she goes to some herb shop and they gut a dove. I wonder where she thinks dragon's blood comes from....
For the first time, I threw a book away rather than risk cheating someone else out of a credit."