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What Witches Do: A Modern Coven Revealed Hardcover – 31 Jul 1991


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd; New edition edition (31 July 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0709045565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0709045564
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 362,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Katherine Glover on 5 Sept. 2003
Format: Hardcover
This was one of the first books to accurately show how traditional Wicca operates. It presents an overview of the craft without assuming that the reader already knows anything at all about Wicca.
At the time of writing Stewart Farrar was an Alexandrian initiate - of Sander's original coven no less. While admittedly the work of a starry-eyed newbie, it gives a good view of the feel of a traditional Wiccan coven. Even today, 30 plus years later, it's still a good intro to coven craft.
If reading this book leaves you wanting more, Stewart & his wife Janet have also written 'THE WITCHES WAY', 'EIGHT SABBATS FOR WITCHES' and 'THE WITCHES GODDESS'. These contain more than enough information to satisfy those interested in reading more on traditional Wicca.
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As a record of an outsider entering the Craft via a coven run by two of the earliest adherents. Alex and Maxine Sanders, it is a very personal view.

It's date of 1970 makes it an important record of those early days, an interesting read but being a personal record of a belief path that varies from individual to individual it is more of historical interest that as a learning aid.

Nowadays the title might be amended to read "What some witches do" but definitely not "How to do what witches do".
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By Brian Abraham on 5 Mar. 2015
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excellent
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 July 2000
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A well worthwhile read. It gives a lot for a little. Inspires one to greater things, and instructs the mind whilst feeding the soul.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
My Introduction to British Traditional Witchcraft 17 April 2001
By Elderbear - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After reading Starhawk, some non-descript stuff on "family wicca," and some other new-agey-witchy stuff, I asked somebody a "real" witch to teach me about Wicca. He demurred, but gave me a reading list, with this book at the top. I started reading WHAT WITCHES DO on a cross-country business trip. Within the first chapter I was hooked. This had the ring of authenticity that I was seeking.
Farrar's book provides a good introduction to the British Traditional Craft. It presents an overview without assuming that the reader already knows anything about Wicca. A great book to give to somebody open-minded who wants to understand the traditional craft. If reading this book leaves you salivating for more, Stewart & his wife Janet have written THE WITCHES WAY and EIGHT SABBATS FOR WITCHES. These contain more than enough information to satisfy those interested in more details.
24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
What some witches did... 18 Aug. 2000
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This is an account of British traditionalist Wicca as it was practiced thirty to forty years ago; the 1983 revision is a fairly minor update to a book published in the 70s.
_What Witches Do_ is written predominantly in the first person plural -- "Here is how we do it... Here is what we believe" -- rather than in the second person; it's obviously a self-description rather than a how-to. It's a fairly in-depth presentation of the beliefs and practices of the Alexandrian tradition, and it's presented as information, not instruction.
However, many of the beliefs and practices here are specific to British traditionalist Wicca, which is very, very different from the eclectic and feminist traditions that have evolved in the years since this book was first published. It's almost as though a book on the theology and liturgy of the Russian Orthodox Church were published under the title _What Christians Do_.
That being said, I'd recommend this to folks who are curious about British traditions or about the portrayal of the Wiccan faith in the 70s -- and I'd recommend it to folks who are looking for the broadest possible picture of the Pagan community.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A Great Book That Is A Must! 31 May 2004
By Larry M. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Look into the eyes of Mr. Farrar and see how moderen witchcraft was in the Alexandrian tradition (before he discovered Alex's lies). In the book you can see how a moderen coven is working. Mr. Farrar lets all the readers know what truly happened after every chapter and tells the readers what witches truly do through his eyes. This book is well worth the money and time.
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The Best of the Best 18 Jun. 2005
By GW Alumna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book tells the truth of Witchcraft, and is untainted by the revisionist trend of the past few years. I'm surprised that some well-meaning but clueless 20- or 30-something hasn't tried to force the title to become What Wiccans Do. If you want to find the roots of the Neo-Pagan revival, if the word Wiccan used as anything but an adjective offends you, then you need to read this book, and then find a coven that worships the Old Gods as described herein.
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British Traditional Wicca 9 April 2002
By "christina_rain" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the most comprehensive, detailed, and informative book I have ever read and will probably ever read about the British Tradional Wiccan traditons of Wicca. I would guess this will be the most anyone who reads this book will ever know about these oathbound traditions short of joining a British Traditional Coven themselves.
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