The name Christian Day in the Pagan community comes with a trail of controversy. Luckily for me, I feel, I had no clue who he was before reading this book (to be frank, I never heard of him...I just liked the book's premise. Hell, I didn't even read the "about the author" till after I read the book!), so whatever he said on TMZ about Charlie Sheen or what not had no effect on my review. With that being said, I thoroughly enjoyed The Witches' Book of the Dead and have been dying to tell you all about it!
The book opens with a bit of history and back story about Witches and their role in the practice of talking to the dead. Day does a very good job at showing how in old times, people who were known to communicate with the dead were outcast...yet called upon in secret by people in power. It's well written, not too long or drawn out, and interesting.
The next part of the book goes into the basics: tools, connecting with the spirit world, and what Christian calls "The Death Current", or the state of being connected with the flow of energy of the dead. Day also goes into having an altar to the dead and the importance of the Skull to a Witch. To some, the idea of having an actual skull is a bit...well strange (I thought so at first), but Day does a fantastic job in letting people know the importance it has in working with the dead and the symbolism it hold in Witches' history (I still do not own a real human skull, but I do have plenty of great substitutes on my altar such as a glass skull and a resin skull with a lid I use for offerings to The Morrigan).
The book then goes into the heart of what readers want to know, how to work with the dead, protect yourself if needed, and how to communicate with the dead. Each of these sections are covered step by step, making it easy for both the novice and the expert to commune with those passed over. Every form of communication and spellwork you could think of performing is listed: Mediumship, EVP, Scrying, Ouiji board,the Pendulum, and so many more!
It also goes into how you can ask the dead to work with you in casting spells as well. The one thing that I didn't like about this section is how Day gave the sense that it was perfectly fine to call upon the dead everyday if needed to work magic. This is just my personal opinion, but I think the dead should be allowed to rest in peace and should only be called upon to help you with spells when they are needed in a dire situation, on Samhain, or if you are working with a loved one who really doesn't seem to mind helping you (my mother's spirit for instance helps me all the time, even without me asking!). Again, this is my personal feeling towards working with the dead in magic, and Day's is different, as is every Witch's
This book is a must have resource in every Witch's library! Even if you don't agree with everything in the book, the information on how to communicate with the dead, work with them, and how to protect yourself in the event it becomes necessary is something every Witch should know. Whether you buy into the controversy surrounding Christian Day or not, this is one hell of a good book! Get your copy now HERE!
Blessed Be )O(