Book and Music Reviews

Book and Music Reviews

Top 100 Most Popular Wiccan Books and DVDs

We always get so many books and CDs to be reviewed that we never have enough space in the magazine to review them all, so we will start posting the reviews here. We hope that you find it informative and helpful.

    Wild Women by Moira Hodgkinson

    Publisher:  CoA Publishing

    Pagan fiction is a niche that has yet to become mainstream in any real way. Harry Potter, and many fantasy books that are very close to pagan concepts, but they are explicitly not real. What of fiction that is based in the real pagan community of today? We all know there is plenty of scope, dramas, feuds, inspirational stories, but no-one has attempted to capture that reality until now.

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    Book of Spells Coloring Book of Shadows by Amy Cesari

    This is the first pagan coloring book I have ever reviewed, I expected the usual patterns and images to colour in, I didn’t expect the information that is included. The book includes resources for the beginner, illustrated and easy to understand. These range from the usual correspondences for Moon Phases, Colours, Planets, the Zodiac and more. Many of the illustrations have meanings embedded within them,

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    Magical Tales - To Delight & Inspire by Diane Narraway

    Publisher Dark Moon Press

    Children will love this book of short stories, poems and activities on folklore, fairies and myths. This book is an easy way to teach children some of the concepts within paganism in the entertaining form of stories. While this book is ideal for any pagan child, especially those who are beginning to ask questions, that is not it’s only audience. In this multi-cultural world children from any background would enjoy the stories,

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    Y Mabinogi by Damh the Bard

    “The First Branch” is possibly the first part of the most important retelling of the Mabinogi since it was translated into English. While it is true to the original, it is completely spellbinding to listen to. Those fortunate enough to have heard Damh speak will know he is an great story teller, and this is superbly presented. I would recommend you to listen to both CDs in a single sitting, not much of a hardship when they are as addictive as this.

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    Dancer In The Wind by Perkelt

    Perkelt are Pagan Speed Folk, this album demonstrates exactly what that is. They can do slow and atmospheric, as in start of Black Wedding, but their energy and passion is clear even here as it progresses. This captures the breath-taking pace of their live performances. Even the traditional folk song Greensleeves takes on a new life with the Perkelt treatment, you will have never heard a rendition with so much life,

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    Every Day Magic A Pagan Book of Days Edited By Lucya Starza

    Publisher Moon Books

    Pagan calendars are beautiful and full of useful knowledge, but after a year they are obsolete. Every Day Magic is an ideal replacement, an eternal book of inspiration for every day of the year. There is a summary for each month giving moon names, astrological information, practical advice and associations. The daily entries contain a wide variety of content including spells, rituals, ancient pagan festival days, meditations,

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    The Mountain & The Stream Rural Animism and Pagan Practices by Paul Pearson & Tallis Harrill

    Publisher Windgather Publishing

    This is a unique book, it is not just another Wiccan or Druid book, it is written directly from the authors personal experiences and their resulting research. It is unusually readable for a book that is written in a quite academic way. It is also refreshing to find authors that freely admit the ideas in the book are just theories, as proof in this area is hard to find.

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    Nuada by The Dolmen

    This album opens with a majestic first track in “Lost Realms”, it starts as if it is going to be a ballad Taloch’s vocals carrying the song, then half way through it takes off with guitar and drums into a Dolmen anthem. “The Gaffa” is is a Celtic-Folk track acoustic throughout with a good bass drum beat, again the song soars into a acoustic stormer. The third track “Devil’s a Cheapster” reminds me of early Bowie rock, perfect.

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    Witches Wisdom Oracle Cards by Barbara Meiklejohn-Free & Flavia Kate Peters

    Publisher: Solarus Publishing

    The incredible artwork on these cards is the first thing that attracts people to them. Each card is a work of art in it’s own right, any one of them would look good framed on a wall. Then the subject comes into play, it is rare that cards are so Witchcraft/Pagan themed, there are a handful of Tarot decks, but Oracles tend to avoid the subject. The message behind each card is clear, I have many favourites, naturally all the sabbats are there,

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    Barrow Wake by Inkubus Sukkubus

    Barrow Wake is very much written around a Witchcraft theme, with the note on the cover “Tales of Witchcraft and Wonder” making that very clear. The music as always is very good, this album showcasing Candia’s vocal ability extremely well. The music varies quite dramatically between the tracks from the classic Inkubus guitar driven rock sound of “Lily Bolane” to the much more thoughtful “Lost to the Sea”.

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    Candle Magic by Lucya Starza

    Publisher: Moon Books

    Because of its association with fire, and the fascination many of us have for the flickering candle flame, candle magic is probably the most popular form of magic used by Witches and Pagans today. Candle magic is almost always one of the first magical skills learned by a new Witch, and is often overlooked later for this reason. A skill half learned is never a good thing which is where this book comes into it’s own.

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    An Introduction to Anglo-Saxon Magic and Witchcraft by Tylluan Penry

    Publisher Wolfenhowle Press

    For those who are drawn to Anglo-Saxon heathenry and want to know more about their magical heritage, this booklet is an excellent place to start.This booklet priced at only £2.50 plus 63p postage may only have 40 pages but it is packed with good information with absolutely no unnecessary padding. It gives you a good background on what sources of information are left for a period when almost nothing was written down,

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    Divination of the Ancients Oracle Cards by Barbara Meiklejohn-Free and Flavia Kate Peters

    Publisher: Blue Angel Publishing

    These cards and their accompanying book have been produced to the highest standard I have seen, with a quality feel as soon as you open the box. These are not just another oracle, these cards really tell the story of divination through the ages to the present day. A unique mix of information and divination tool that really works as the subject you are learning the history of is divination itself.

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    The Grammar of Witchcraft by David Parry

    Publisher: Hereford Press
    Reviewer: Tam Campbell

    This small book of poetry and prose insights is a juxtaposed interaction with a rather individual imagined character, Caliban and a form of reality as perceived through the lens of a romantic form of ancient magic.
    The prose, in a style which, to my eyes, comes over with a hint of personal intimacy reflected in the poetic muse This, in itself, has in its essence, an indirect link with the spirit of Paganism,

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    Mother Moon by Inkubus Sukkubus

    Mother Moon is their 19th album I have been a fan of their music for years and still look forward to new releases to see what new directions they are exploring. This album starts with the title track in typical Inkubus goth rock style, lots of guitar and a great bass line with Candia’a vocals setting the mood of the whole track. It would have been simple for them to continue that theme for the entire album, but they didn’t.

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    Magical World of the Anglo-Saxons by Tylluan Penry

    Publisher: Wolfenhowle Press

    The Anglo-Saxon and Norse periods of British history has always fascinated me since my introduction at junior school, I was disappointed that earlier periods were never covered later in school. The problems facing any scholar of Anglo Saxon history in this country are the lack of archeology, with the exception of a small number of spectacular finds, and the only people who could read and write during that period were Christian priests.

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    Mrs Darley’s Practical Pagan Magick by Carole Carlton

    Publisher: Wolfenhowle Press

    I have never read a Mrs Darley’s book before although I’ve heard good reports from people that have. So I had high expectations for this book before I even started. It is a hard book to classify, partly a story, and partly a practical reference, although that sounds an unlikely mixture I am glad to report that it works really well. The country cottage environment gives the book a suitably old witchy feel, and the information it gives is excellent too.

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    Doreen Valiente Witch by Philip Heselton

    Publisher Centre:  for Pagan Studies

    Philip Hesleton has continued his series of books on major historical figures in paganism with this excellent biography on Doreen Valiente. The book covers her entire life and concludes with the impact of her legacy. I am fortunate enough to have met Doreen myself on two occasions, and talked to her several times on the phone, and I can confirm the impression of her given in the book is accurate.

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    Knot Magic by Tylluan Penry

    Publishers: Wolfenhowle Press

    Knot MagicThis is by far the most complete book on knot magic I have seen, and includes absolutely everything you could need to know. This ancient form of magic is not used as often as other more visual alternatives such as candle magic, but it is every bit as versatile and powerful as you will find out in this book.

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    Journey to the Dark Goddess by Jane Meredith

    Dark Goddess

    Publisher: Moon Books

    Jane Meredith is an experienced ritualist, and expert in mythology, so I expected great things from this book, I am pleased to report I was not disappointed.

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    Sabbat by Damh the Bard

    Sabbat-DamhtheBardDamh the Bard is one of the top Pagan musicians in Europe, and this CD proves that beyond doubt. From the start you know this is something special, the vocals, lyrics, and music are perfect, but this time there is even more.

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    Way of the Faery Shaman by Flavia Kate Peters

    Way of the Faery Shaman

    Publishers: Moon Books

    Many people today think of fairies as the tiny sparkling creatures created during Victorian times and popularised in the 20th century by Disney and others. Flavia Kate Peters shows us their true and sometimes darker origins in ancient myth as magical elemental creatures of the Earth.

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    Divination by Kevin Groves

    Divination

    Publishers: Wolfenhowle Press

    One of the most common occult techniques used is divination, and it comes in an amazing variety of forms. The difficulty many have when starting to learn to divine is how to start, what of the many systems on offer to use, and how to interpret the results you get.

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    Sacred Sites Oracle Cards By Barbara Meiklejohn-Free

    Sacred Sites Oracle Cards

    Publishers: Watkins

    The Sacred Sires Oracle cards are truly beautifully illustrated by the spiritual artist Yuri Leitch, with each card showing a different sacred site from around the world.

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    Pendle Witches and their Magic by Joyce Froome

     Pendle2Publishers: Palatine Books

    The story of the Pendle Witch trails is justifiably famous. While the names of many of the accused are instantly familiar, the actual details of their involvement and the crimes they were accused of are frequently not.

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    Witchcraft out of the Shadows by Leo Ruickbie

    Witchcraft-Out-the-Shadows

    Publishers: Hale Books

    This is an unusually detailed history of Witchcraft, spanning the period from the Ancient Greece to the present day. The book starts with the history of magic and Witchcraft in ancient Greece, where the author claims all European Witchcraft stems from.

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    The Global Wicca Revolution by Swati Prakash

    Global Wicca Revolution

    Global Wicca is a new tradition founded by Swati Prakash. Global Wicca has a specific focus of using magick and Witchcraft to help heal our world. 

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    Myths and Legends by Spriggan Mist

    MythsLegends-CD

    Spriggan Mist have grown into one of the premier Pagan bands in the UK, I can honestly say that every performance and every CD has been better than the one before. This constant improvement means that this new CD should be amazing.

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    All Acts of Love and Pleasure: Inclusive Wicca by Yvonne Aburrow

    Inclusive Wicca

    Publishers: Avalonia

    Yvonne Aburrow’s book is aimed at coven Wiccans, but it will also appeal to other readers, especially those interested in gender or sexuality issues. It includes discussions on Wiccan theology, ideal for established Wiccans who want to move on to the next step.

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