Wicca, Plain & Simple: The Only Book You’ll Ever Need
by Leanna Greenaway
Series: Plain & Simple
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing
Greenaway takes a contemporary approach to Wicca, also known as witchcraft, and shows you how to use it as a healing and positive force. Practice magic with tarot cards, agents, and pendulums; cast love, health, wealth, family happiness, and career spells; and discover which herbs are beneficial when conducting spells and rituals. Greenaway makes these life-affirming, ancient Wiccan traditions meaningful and accessible to us today by providing a basic understanding of the key elements of Wiccan practice, including:
- Lunar magic
- Herbs and gardens
- Pendulum power
- Animal magic
Eminently practical, Wicca, Plain & Simple also includes over 25 spells for beginning practitioners that range from fertility spells and money spells, to love spells and much more.
In all honesty, I liked Greenaway’s book “Practical Spellcraft: A First Course in Magic” (link) much better. While the two books do complement each other to a certain degree, I think that most readers will enjoy, and benefit from, Practical Magic.
On the plus side, I liked the artwork in Wicca, Plain & Simple. The book is easy to read and understand, it has a nice flow, and the Foreword by Judika Illes was excellent. On the downside, I didn’t like the lack of detail on the tools.
A paragraph on tools like the Athame, Cauldron, and wand, was “plain and simple” not enough — not nearly enough. Believe it or not but there is more on Aloe Vera in the “Teas, Tonics, and Superstitions” section ( page 48 ) than there is on any of the above mentioned tools? Really?
I also didn’t agree with several opinions expressed in the book. One of which was, “It was only in the 16th century, when the witch hunts began, that these people and their knowledge were forced underground.” Try 15 century and earlier in some cases, the Malleus Maleficarum (The Witches’ Hammer) was written about 1486-1487’ish with the major Witch hunts starting about 1450. While the Inquisition targeted Gnostics, in 1326 the church authorized the investigation of witches. “Plain and simple”, the witch hunts began long before the 16th century.
That brings me to a problem that I have had with both of Greenaway’s books, a lack of documentation to support her opinions. I want to see some footnotes. That being said, I thought Wicca, Plain & Simple was okay and I give it a score of 3 stars out of 5.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Hampton Roads Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”