Wednesday, April 11, 2007

"In 13 Moons Fiona Walker-Craven goes with the natural tides and changing seasons, according to Nature rather than any established calendar. Her spring ritual is timed to coincide with the flowering of the may (hawthorn) rather than some misaligned Celtic festival, or an official Bank Holiday.

Autumn comes when the air is perfumed with that indescribable fragrance which is instantly resognised and never forgotten. Her 'wheel of the year' takes us on a strangely familiar journey through the woods and hedgerows where age-old secrets and magic can still be discovered.

On an inner note, this will be an enlightening book for those who have always felt they were, in some way different, and yet found no solace in the established modern traditions. 13 Moons shows that it is not enough to want to be a Witch; the seeker must be prepared to live as a Witch - every day for the rest of his or her life.

The comfort is discovering that you are not alone."

This is not your typical book on witchcraft, this one does not spend ages talking about tools, correspondences, elements, ritual structure etc. It leaps straight into the lunar cycles and encourages a respect and attunement with Nature and Her cycles. Although it is aimed at beginners, it still has ideas for the more advanced follower. The thing I enjoyed about it the most was that it made me think and assess my beliefs. The author has some very set personal opinions, which I didn't always agree with but did not lead me to question why I didn't agree.

If you are a fan of Rae Beth or Marian Green, Fiona Walker-Craven takes things that one step furhter. An excellent antidote to a lot of the wicca and witchcraft books filling up the MBS sections of bookshops. Some excellent points, I recommend it to anyone interested in practising witchcraft in it's more natural form.

****1/2 out of 5