I can tell that this book was made to be a textbook of magic, not just of spells. Others will have to address the content of those sections which include some of the sigil making practices and other assortments of general occult magic. So there are parts of this book where the authors specifically refer to Witches in the plural form to mean all witches, and this is just wrong. In addition to the actual spell (which is written in a paragraph format) - there is a lot of content based on telling you different things about the spell itself. While I personally do not mind a discussion about a spell, like the content about Magical Theory, I can see these little notes being content to take up space. It's not particularly useful to discuss in your previous sections all about the theory and practical ways of casting spells including types of spells, and then reiterating it with the content of the actual spells. What is amusing to me is that sometimes the authors have citations which are literally go read some name drops books, which neither show me that the authors know and understand what the content of those books are, nor does it give me the ability to check up on the works they are relying on to build their material. The authors attempt to build one long standing chain of magic in history. Likewise, the authors take some liberties with discussing anything that they associate with spellwork as being part of that history, regardless of whether or not that society or culture that they are taking from associated it with spellwork. Racism From my view of this book, I believe the authors skim off of other cultural and ethnic groups in order to fill their pages. A lot of the content in this book takes from specific cultural groups which are closed to the uninitiated or closed to people who are not of that ethnic group. In fact, the authors directly say this, (t)he worldwide history of spellcraft fills thousands of books and ranges across hundreds of magical cultures and religions, from the Chinese Taoists to the Tibetan Bon and from the African Yoruba to Meso-American Maya. 4-5) The authors have no problems with appropriating other cultures because it is easy and non-threatening for them to do so. I have a pet peeve about talking about the access that people have to different cultures using some generic term like our ancestors. The authors constantly refer collectively to our ancestors throughout the book when discussing whatever the ancestors were doing or whatever the ancestors believe. Why did the thought never cross the minds of the authors that this was an inappropriate spell to put in the book? Why did the thought about whether or not it was ethical for two white authors who emphasize the British and European nature of their heritage and magical casting who live in a state that has been definitely a part of the slave trade to even have access to this particular type of spell? On a final note, there is one particular slur that is constantly used despite the authors specifically referring to the Rroma/Romani groups in other sections of the book. It is not okay to use a slur in magical books, we need to address that in our community as a whole. Likewise the authors spend a lot of time bickering between demonizing Christianity and Judaism, and backhandedly trying to pity them for their religious expectations. It seems like the authors wanted an evil antagonist to their poor delicate and loving pagans throughout that book. 24) The authors spend a lot of time doing these mental exercises to justify their amount of hatred towards this particular group of individuals. 267) The authors are encouraging people to stay away from doctors and alone, stick with spells to heal. This is not appropriate for any magical author to discuss, let alone to encourage in our community. It is so abhorrent that the authors would write this particular section because of their anti-science and anti-doctors stances. In fact, the authors actually spend some time on establishing the idea that there can only be Two Polarities (the authors, of course, appropriate and misinform what yin and yang are and what they represent as a multitude of things. It first is mentioned while talking about the number 2, In Wicca, the Perfect Couple,22 who work magic together. This continues in their section about dancing, For instance, because a feminine Moontime ceremony involves recognizing a young woman's ability to conceive like other women, it traditionally includes a Circle dance that symbolizes the womb, or a hand to hand spiral dance that symbolizes unity with generations of mothers.
I have bought multiple copies of this book for myself and as gifts for friends and family.
I find this book complicated and trying too hard.
Useful, certainly, but not inspirational.