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5 Easy Steps to Becoming a Witch Hardcover – 16 Oct 2000


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons (16 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007102216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007102211
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 2 x 16.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 441,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gilly Sergiev describes herself as "a natural-born white witch" and a "solitary". The "solitary" aspect comes through clearly in this little guide to the life and habits of a witch--it's very much her personal view, rather than the well-developed beliefs and practices of Wicca. In fact, some Wiccans might be irritated at her assumption throughout that witches are female, and on her spending a 10-page chapter on "Appearance", which gives the impression that this might be a rather trivial approach to the subject. In fact, much of the content of this book would probably be acceptable to most witches; Wicca is, after all, one of the most individualistic religious practices. Included in Sergiev's 5 Easy Steps to Becoming a Witch are thumbnail sketches of the eight major annual festivals, advice on rituals, and on the care needed in choosing and looking after the various "tools of the trade", including the cauldron, the athame or ritual knife--and the broomstick. (This is used for sweeping out a ritual space, not for flying over the rooftops.) There is also a useful compendium of spells for love, luck, protection and so on. This is a light-hearted and attractive book, nicely illustrated in a simplified version of Aubrey Beardsley's style. A useful introduction for those who might find more heavyweight books on Wicca a little off-putting. --David V Barrett

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If you've ever wondered about becoming a witch, this book will get you there faster than the blink of a toad's eye!. Follow the exciting and easy steps in this book to discover your special gifts and powers, develop your hidden inner abilities and realize all your unique talents – by letting magic work through and for you.

THE FIVE EASY STEPS INCLUDE
• Finding your guardian angel – the perfect guide to work with
• Your appearance – express your unique self through your wardrobe
• Your spells – simple ways to attract desire, happiness and protection
• Your tools – everything you need to get your spells started
• Your special mystical talents – how to cast them over friends, family and lovers!

Gilly Sergiev is descended from a line of potent witches

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Jan 2003
Format: Hardcover
When i first got this book i knew completely nothing of the craft except for a few basic guidelines such as mediation, incantations, spells and that it was a religeon but even knowing this i didnt know about them into great depth.
If you are a beginner i do really reccommend this book, it tells you everything from tools- on how to use them, their meaning and how to get started with them. It also tells you the meaning of wicca etc. You dont even need to go buy a book of spells or anything straight away as it has a few spells and recipies in the back! its more than worth its small sum!
p.s i hope this reiew helped
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "kasaj100" on 29 Jun 2002
Format: Hardcover
First of all the title is just a title of this book it does not explain what the book is really about like some seem to think it does, it in no way tells you that you can become a witch in 5 easy steps, they had to call the book something !!
This book is amazing, i have been a Witch now for 11 years and i am no way still a teenager but i did enjoy reading every bit of it. Normally the books i have read on wicca i skip most pages due to it being boreing or hard to understand and read the bits that i want but with this book i read it over and over again every word.
It teaches wicca in a very up to date fashion, its not hard to understand and its in no way old fashion like most books are.If your looking for a new view on wicca and want a fun way to get into wicca this book is a must! Some people like the old and in my view boreing way of reaserching the "old craft" i am very much a cool chick witch and like to show people that wicca doesnt mean you have to wear black and look and think like a hippy (nothing wrong with that at all its just not my cup of tea)but i like to make it look more like fun, wicca is all about having fun and doing what you think is right and it shouldnt be a chore.
The last few pages are my fav so dont miss reading them.I have had many friends who have asked what wicca is all about and i lend them my other copy (i have two i loved it that much !!) and so far everyone who has read it has been converted and been drawn to wicca.
Only one thing, if your are looking for a more complicated book which goes a lot deeper this may not be the book for you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jan 2001
Format: Hardcover
Well, I hate to burst everyones bubble, but I did not think much of this book. First of all, I am a teenager as well. OK. Now, I got this book for Christmas, and as soon as I saw the title I felt put off. If you read any other wiccan book, you will immediately understand that you CANNOT ''become'' a witch in 5 easy steps. Many wiccan authors have different views on different matters, but they all agree that becoming a with is something that occurs naturally, when you feel the time has come.
Second of all, in this book Gilly devotes a whole chapter to your appearance, which frankly is disgusting, and totally contradicts the whole wiccan state of mind. I mean, isn't wicca a religion where you can wear what you want? Yes, it is. I know in this book Gilly is simply suggesting that we wear the colours assigned to us via our birthdate, telling us which shoes to pick etc. but I do not particularily enjoy someone telling me how to dress, and certainly not a supposed witch. Supposed witch. Another thing, in the introduction how she kept bragging about how she was a natural born witch. Do we care? On the other hand she did cover the tools very completely anbd very well, I'll give her that. Her information got confusing at times, as she did not explain the phases of the moon very well, and they didn't correspond to the explanations of other extremely well known wiccan authors very well. To conclude, I will warn you to stay away from this book. Whilst creating a portion of my BOS, I wanted to refer to a few of my books on subjects I wasn't too clear about, and opening 5 EASY STEPS TO BECOMING A WITCH was a complete waste of time, as all that happened was I was left very confused, and was left with no other option but to read someone elses book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "babz16" on 25 Nov 2001
Format: Hardcover
this book was the first book on wicca i ever got and it helped me a great deal!i ahd been trying to find information on the web but i felt like i was going round in circles!After reading this book i knew that i was going to do the work to be part of wicca!It explains in detail about the god and goddess!Ur guardian the tools and the book of shadows and dreams!It gives detailed spells and informations on your altar,candles,gemstones,colours and karyaltar!For the beginner or advanced witch this book is definetely an essential111
Blessed Be! barbara xxx
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Nov 2001
Format: Hardcover
Some books on wicca are quite hard going, but this book was funny, informative and had a lot of answers to a a lot of questions I had - I loved it!
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By A Customer on 25 Jan 2001
Format: Hardcover
I ordered this book merely as someone who is curious in the ways of wicca and magic. I don't know enough to state whether this is a good book in the information it gives but I found it easy to read and it answered many of the questions I had. I would recommend it to anyone who would like to know more about the subject and feel that it would be of help to a beginner.
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Small, easy to read. A good starter. Perhaps more suited to teenagers like myself than adults and illustrated with groovy little drawings throughout. Its a cute, fun little book, maybe it trivialises WitchCraft a little by making it seem so simple, but its full of wisdom, is this one
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