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What thou wilt: Traditional and Innovative trends in Post-Gardnerian Witchcraft
What thou wilt: Traditional and Innovative trends in Post-Gardnerian Witchcraft
by Barbara Lee
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading, 8 Aug. 2011
In this book, authour Jon Hanna gracefully tackles many issues - including very controversial ones - topical in modern Witchcraft and Wicca traditions with respect and diplomacy. Whether you are an initiate with a lineage that goes back to the New Forest, or an 'Eclectic' solitary, or part of another modern iniatory system of Witchcraft this book is (in my opinion) required reading.

This is a very intelligent book, and I recommend having some paper nearby to take notes, as the book seems designed to aid the reader in further unpacking his/her own thoughts around several practices, beliefs and assumptions in Craft matters. This book is for all those who wish for something 'beyond Wicca 101' as it challenges many pet theories and popular assumptions one encounters both in print and on the internet, and further expores common witchcraft practices.

If you are Wiccan, want to be, or even simply a'Wiccan inspired'Neo-Pagan or Witch, then you should really read this book. I can't recommend it enough!

The Wildwood Tarot
The Wildwood Tarot
by Mark Ryan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.39

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than expected!, 27 May 2011
This review is from: The Wildwood Tarot (Paperback)
I had used the 'Greenwood Tarot' for many years, and so naturally I became interested in the prospect of a re-release. The 'Wildwood Tarot' however, is no mere re-packaging of the 'Greenwood', and while they certainly share themes and some of the text, the 'Wildwood' is entirely its own beast! And this is a good thing.

First of all, the text has been expanded, and changes have been made within the overall context of the set which further deepens individual card meanings and enhances the relationship to the Wheel of the Year. There is also more contemplative material to aid in meditation and provide a more spiritually focused reading. The book is organized in two ways so that you can experience the cards in the context of the 'Wheel of the Year' and/or the traditional tarot order. This is helpful for seasoned students of tarot - as you do not have to completely chuck out your tarot training in order to jive well with this system.

And then there's the art. Like many 'Greenwood' fans, I too enjoyed Potter's art, although I found it to be inconsistent in style. It would be futile to compare the art in both decks to each other, as the artist (Worthington)has provided an entirely new vision, and it stands on its own merits. The art in the 'Wildwood' is bold, crisp and evocative. The scans of various cards on the internet do not do justice to the beauty of this deck - it has a greater 'WOW!' factor than I expected (and I own other decks created by the artist). You truly have to meet this deck in person to get the full impact!

But most importantly, to any tarot reader who needs more than pretty cards to be satisfied: it reads beautifully!

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