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BOOK REVIEW - Witch Heart
Michael Gleason
Mon Aug 25, 2008 8:40 am (PDT)

Witch Heart by Jonathan Sousa © 2007 121 pages Paperback $13.66

This book is a collection of articles designed to expand on some of the
concepts contained in a typical "Wicca 101" book. As such it does not so
much introduce concepts and ideas as encourage discussion and
examination of them.

The author brings a specific understanding to this work, as do we all.
He apparently began his formal training with a Sicilian Craft group.
That colors his perceptions and observations in certain specific ways.

As I read through the first half of the book I found myself agreeing
with the majority of what he had to say, although there were times I had
questions - like his ascription of the Tenets of the Craft (found in The
Complete Art of Witchcraft by Sybil Leek to "the Traditional Craft."
Perhaps "the traditional (small "t") Craft" would be more accurate. Most
people understand "the Traditional (capital "T") Craft" to refer to
British Traditional Witchcraft, and Ms. Leek never asserted her
membership in BTW to my knowledge.

While I most definitely don't agree with all of the author's assumptions
and statements (we are, after all, very different individuals), I
respect his decision to share his thoughts with an audience beyond his
coven-mates. He puts forth ideas which are seldom discussed except late
at night around the remains of ritual fires, and then usually only by
the Elders of various groups. He has brought them before an
all-inclusive group, and these thoughts are sure to inspire discussions
and soul searching.

Although I don't often say this, if you are looking for a gift for a new
initiate, this is an excellent choice.

There are a few typos, but the quality of the writing, and of the
physical production of the book, is excellent and I recommend it highly.
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