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Strictly for beginners
on 5 February 2002
After reading such enthusiastic reviews here on Amazon and having respected Marian Green's work for a good many years I was tempted into buying A Witch Alone, which I was expecting to provide me with a course of serious disciplined study. I was thoroughly disappointed; this book is strictly for beginners. If you are totally new to the Craft and want to get to grips with natural magic and the pagan worldview, then this is probably one of the better publications to help you do just that. It will help you to form a magical relationship between yourself and the natural world, and will encourage you to see yourself in terms of that relationship. It takes a simple approach to natural magic and there is no dressing up in regalia and waving swords around or trying to memorise long-winded incantations. Green's approach is centred around showing the novice how to re-examine their world and look at it with fresh eyes. Unfortunately the book is crammed with heavily-romanticised references to "simple country folk" and harks back to days of yore in an irritatingly twee fashion. Sadly the Craft is full of just such pseudo-historical romantic nonsense that has very little basis in fact, and I would strongly advise anyone interested in learning more about modern pagan witchcraft, or anyone reading A Witch Alone, to also read the works of Ronald Hutton, particularly The Triumph of the Moon. Hutton's work is the first serious attempt to give the Craft a meaningful historical context that is not based on misleading romantic notions of the Village Wise Woman, but rather on the available evidence. For this reason I am hesitant to wholeheartedly recommend A Witch Alone to the beginner without at least adding a caveat about its "historical" content.