In Focus Wicca
Your Personal Guide
by Tracie Long
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Pub Date 31 May 2022 | Archive Date 26 Apr 2022
Quarto Publishing Group – Wellfleet Press, Wellfleet Press
With this beautifully designed and accessible guide, learn the basics of Wicca and how to use it to manifest positive opportunities and events that enrich your life—includes a frameable poster.
Connecting intimately with the cycles of nature, Wicca calls on a rich pantheon of ancient and modern deities, including the transcendent Triple Goddess, and its powerful rituals and spells allow you to channel their energy into your own. This book will show you, by working with the elements and focusing inward, how to create a more magical, powerful way of life, increasing your chances of discovering peace, creating abundance, making friends, and even finding love. Along the way, you’ll discover:
- the history of witchcraft
- different kinds of witches, their symbols, and tools
- how to work with the elements and observe the vital turning points of the year
- the power of candles and the moon
- how oils, incense, and herbs harness intentions
- the basics of spellcasting
Included is an 18 × 24–inch wall poster covering the basics of wiccan magic such as altar arrangement, using candles, and the Wiccan Rede. Combining elegance and expertise, this is your essential modern guide to an ancient tradition.
The In Focus series applies a modern approach to teaching the classic body, mind, and spirit subjects. Authored by experts in their respective fields, these beginner’s guides feature smartly designed visual material that clearly illustrates key topics within each subject. As a bonus, each book includes reference cards or a poster, held in an envelope inside the back cover, that give you a quick, go-to guide containing the most important information on the subject.
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Average rating from 25 members
I love the general aesthetic and colour scheme, and it’s beautifully organized.
The symbols and sabbats are explained very well. There’s a little information about everything and it’s clear and concise. It even includes a few simple rituals and spells.
It also delves into tarot, runes, and other divination techniques, where I found the wax candlemancy particularly interesting.
I would have liked to see more variation in the “Deities” section, as there are so many cultures to pull from and not everyone will connect to Celtic or Roman mythology. This section was very sparse.
Overall, it was very informational and adds something new to the genre.
Thank you to the author, publisher and Net Galley for providing a free e-ARC edition of this book in exchange for my review.
I'm not a complete newbie to Wicca topics and practices, so some of the details in this book were more of a review for me, but overall I thought it was well put together with nice illustrations and some really nice basic, beginner information. Many of the newer Wicca beginner books are questionable with their details and manner. This was informative and easy to read. IT was easy and quick to read, and if I had a print copy I might have made lots of notes and flags throughout the book.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has questions about Wicca, it's practices and a good basic beginning level. Naturally there are sections that could have added more information, but you can't put everything into just one book. I think if I'd had this as a first Wicca book, it would have given me the information and drive to keep searching, questioning, researching, learning and reading. I would gift a copy of this book - in print! :) - to anyone interested in the practices.
Rich in everything wiccan, fascinating section on the history of wicca. Easy to understand, illustrated beautifully.
Amazing and compelling book about the practice of Wicca, with a little bit of history, spells, and elements if you're interesting in following this path.
I really enjoyed this book. I thought the first part, or the background of Wiccan/witchcraft traditions, was a very good if broad overview of the practice and history even if it was a little light. I enjoyed the breakdown of the different aspects of practices and tools as well as the discussion of the sabbats and even practical spellwork, tarot, and rune reading. I enjoyed the diagrams and the key callouts throughout the book as well and thought they added a nice touch to remind the reader to be patient and/or to add an extra tip about a spell.
Unfortunately this won't allow me to send to kindle so I cannot read it and cannot give a genuine review but I need to leave something otherwise my percentage goes down
Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC!
3.5 for me, I will say that is partly due to the way it was given via PDF in the advanced copy.
I have read the In Focus: Reiki from this series and felt this to be of a similar caliber. This book is great for anyone looking to get a basic understanding of Wicca, and its deep roots and nature connection. The diagrams are beautiful, and many topics are touched. I imagine a non-digital (NON PDF AT LEAST) copy of this would make the book easier to follow along. I found it tough to zoom in and out of pages.
The modern approach that "not all of Wicca is witchcraft" is very much appreciated. The focus on "manifestation" is very of the moment, but I do wish the book didn't fall into that trap. It is great info on its own. The book tries to pack a LOT into one source, and I can see that being overwhelming for some. On the flip side, it gives many starting points to the journey of Wicca, where someone could begin down one of the many paths presented. This really depends on your information consumption style. Short introductions make it easy to choose which pieces resonate with you the most. Since it is small chunks it is easier to put down and come back to without feeling lost.
I have read a lot of books on this topic, so I am not usually expecting to learn anything new - more that it will be a refresher. However, I was really pleasantly surprised by this book.
I really did get something new from this book. I particularly liked the historical aspects.
I also really liked the structure and layout of this book. It made it super easy to understand and also to look up certain sections as and when.
Really enjoyed this!
A good, comprehensive guide for beginners and a great tool overall. Well illustrated and aesthetically pleasing. A good book for someone interested in learning more about Wicca or for use as a reference.
This is a comprehensive but practical way to live a wiccan life. I have read many books on Wicca over the years but this one is special. For once , Ive found a way to focus on the holidays from an altar standpoint. Many books seem to think that everyone has unlimited outdoor space to work and celebrate the Sabbats. Ms Long has give a way to celebrate with a focus that is common sense IMO, and easy to do. But still containing the important seasonal Dieties and life focus these rituals are uplifting and doable by yourself or with others. This book has simple spells and astrological information that put it all together. Very well written and illustrated a great addition to anyones library or for those that practice.
Thank you Netgalley for this ARC for an exchange for an honest review.
Love it, very helpful and very interesting.
Questa serie di libri mi piace un sacco perchè sebbene siano dei riassuntazzi, in qualche modo ti ricordano sempre che non basta leggere solo loro. Questo in particolare lo ha proprio scritto all'inizio e più volte all'interno del libro, che comunque è carino per quanto superficiale, quindi lo consiglierei di più a chi non ha mai letto nulla sul tema: c'è una introduzione alla Wicca attraverso la sua storia (finalmente qualcuno che ammette essere nata nel 1950), i suoi simboli, i suoi strumenti, le sue celebrazioni.
this book explains the difference between a witch & warlock. It also provides a little history on witchcraft. The book explains that there are many different types of witches such as gardnerian witches, alexandrian witches, auguy witches, celtic wtiches, ceremonial witches, electric witches, elemental witches, faery witches, green witches, hedge withces, hereditary witches, kitchen witches, solitary witches, secular witches, wiccan witches, so many different witches, i never knew there were so many. I know there were wiccan, kitchen, green, hedge, fairy, ceremonial, elemental witches but the rest are new to me. it was nice to learn how they are different. The book also focuses on the deities, the gods and goddesses that wiccan believe in. Each god/goddesses tells what they are the patron of and which are called upon for base on your desire goals. the book introduces basic wiccan symbols, and tools that are used and how to set up an altar. It also talks about the different festivals/holidays that wiccans hold sacred and celebrate. the book also provides information on the days of the week and moon phase in order to cast the spells you want. There is also a section on how to work with elements, the different color of candles used. and special herbs. the book also provides spells that you can use, such as energy, career, money, banishing spells, etc. honestly this book has a lot of information and the basic information for those who are interested in learning more of the wiccan practices. i would recommend this book for beginners or those who just want to learn more or have a reference book. would've love if it had more spells and tarot cards and their meanings. There was a tarot part but it was more of which tarot card goes with your zodiac sign. there is also an index at the back of the book if you are looking for a specific key word.