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Divorcing a Real Witch: for Pagans and the People that Used to Love Them by [Rajchel, Diana]
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Divorcing a Real Witch fills a huge gap in the resources that Witches and Pagans have in the areas of family and relationships. This book is not just the story of an individual, but a practical and spiritual companion for what is truly a transformational journey. --David Salisbury, author of The Deep Heart of Witchcraft and Teen Spirit Wicca

About the Author

Diana Rajchel is a 3rd degree Wiccan priestess in the Shadowmoon tradition. Her work has appeared in SageWoman, Circle Network News and Llewellyn annuals since 1999. She has herself experienced divorce and through that process created a system of support and self-care based on her Wiccan belief system and values. She lives in Minneapolis, USA.

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  • Publisher: Moon Books (30 May 2014)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fills the breach superbly! 30 May 2014
By Lisa Mc Sherry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Diana Rajchel divorced her husband in 2002, bringing an end to a marriage that from her perspective never should have happened in the first place. Pressured into it from family, friends, and society at large, when she finally reached the inevitable conclusion that she needed to sever that relationship she found herself facing the exact opposite situation: no support, no encouragement, nowhere to turn. Of particular note as a Pagan, she found no particularly helpful resource within our own community. Personal anecdotes were the best that were offered, and were inherently hit-or-miss for usefulness. Divorcing a Real Witch is her attempt to fill the breach in support for Pagans going through this often-tumultuous experience, and she succeeds admirably

The foundation of Divorcing a Real Witch is the truly impressive amount of research that Rajchel conducted, surveying hundreds of Pagans and, to my eye, examining the resulting data with keen thoroughness to reveal insights that would otherwise have remained buried. From there she examines divorce with an investigative touch that on the one hand you might take for granted in a book on the subject yet, on the other hand, is often times missing, replaced with zealotry or an ironclad point of view that will brook no argument. She starts at the very beginning, reframing the notion of divorce in ritual terms: according to her own research, 76% of divorced Pagans did not participate in any sort of handparting (the opposite of a handfasting). I don't mean to regurgitate the entirety of her research to you, but this illustrates what is so valuable about this book - how little Pagans have to go on, or perhaps think to reach for, in a particularly troubling time.

The book is filled with a mix of survey results, practical advice and wisdom, and ritual suggestions on a number of milestones and topics surrounding divorce. Depression, anxiety, coping with the stigma or opinions from family and friends, even the mundane yet necessary evils of finances and property are all examined in this way. If the sharing of stories resonates with you, you'll be fascinated with the interspersed selections from the survey responses that she uses to illustrate and illuminate each topic. Handparting is dealt with starting from before it is to take place and on through to the long aftermath. Traditions of many stripes are considered, although Rajchel is upfront about where her own strengths are and where she needs to encourage further outside help. I found her actual rituals to be concise and very well done - if you are of a mind to there is plenty of room to expand upon them, but many of them are ready to be used with only a bit of tailoring for your particular traditions.

My only niggle with the book at all, and it is a mild one, is that it has a very rudimentary table of contents and no index whatsoever. That might normally not be a problem, but given the sheer number of subtopics and rituals that she includes it would have been handy for those who want to refer back to this book again and again. I suspect the author may not realize just how valuable Divorcing a Real Witch is, but her readers are going to be telling her in droves, shortly.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insights into a far away, yet very real, world 17 Mar. 2015
By Robert C Ross - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition

I came to discover the substance of each of the candidates for the 2014 Bookseller/Diagram Prize for oddest book title of the year. This year’s candidates:

•Nature’s Nether Regions, by Menno Schilthuizen
•Advanced Pavement Research, edited by Bo Tian
•The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones, by Sandra Tsing-Loh
•Where Do Camels Belong? by Ken Thompson
•Divorcing a Real Witch: For Pagans and the People That Used to Love Them, by Diana Rajchel
•The Ugly Wife Is a Treasure at Home, by Melissa Margaret Schneider
•Strangers Have the Best Candy, by Margaret Meps Schulte

The substance of this book was, in fact, a fascinating insight into a world I know nothing about; marriage was celebrated by normal people and by pagans; in divorce, Rajchel found no support anywhere.

So she interviewed many pagans, and in the process found many rituals to help her and other pagans through one of life's traumas.

Incidentally, she provided me with a clear headed, common sense guide through a world I only imagined existed.

Fascinating on many levels. (It needs an index in the next edition -- so many rituals, my copy was riddled with post 'em notes.)

Robert C. Ross
March 2015
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unusual book that fills a real need 18 Jun. 2014
By Laura Perry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I’ve just read an unusual book, but it’s one we need. Divorcing a Real Witch by Diana Rajchel addresses a real need not just in the Pagan community but in the world at large. As progressive and modern as we think we are, many people still find divorce to be an awkward, uncomfortable subject, whether they’re the ones experiencing it themselves or whether they’re trying to deal with the event in a friend or family member. This book helps the reader work their way through the issues divorce brings up, both practical and spiritual.

Nowhere does Ms. Rajchel condescend or preach. This is a book about making it through a difficult time and healing from it. She is very right to point out that people, especially women, feel a great deal of pressure to get married and provide their parents with grandchildren, among other requirements. To this end, many people view divorce as a failure. It is not. It is often the best solution to a bad situation.

Ms. Rajchel walks the reader through several different approaches to dealing with divorce, from handling the inevitable feelings of shame and failure, to finding a life for yourself outside a relationship. I am especially impressed by her handparting ritual. I included such a ritual in my recent book Ariadne’s Thread and I honestly felt a little awkward doing so. We are so well trained to believe that the breakup of a marriage is a failure that acknowledging it with a ritual seems almost inappropriate. Well, it’s not. We need to recognize the changes in our lives, the shifts from one stage of existence to another. We also need to admit that no one is perfect and that people change over time, two facts that often lead to the end of a relationship.

I wish I had read this book twenty years ago, when I went through a divorce. It probably wouldn’t have lessened my pain, but it would have given me the tools to deal with it and move forward in my life more easily. If you or someone you know is dealing with the collapse of a marriage, this book is definitely worth your time.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A guide to divorce, from a Pagan perspective 24 May 2014
By Taylor Ellwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In this book, Diana explores the topic of divorce and what to do when you are a Pagan (or married to one) and are about to go through the process of divorce. She walks readers through that process as well as exploring how people come to that decision. What I like in particular about the book are the rituals she shares and ideas she has for how to make a clean break of it, and make the divorce as easy as it possibly can be. I wish I'd had this book when I had my divorce. Reading this book will help you make sense of your divorce, find empowerment, and move on from the relationship you are leaving. And it can also be a good book for couples to read, to help them have some conversations that may need to occur, especially if you are in a rocky phase of your relationship.
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