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Posted August 11, 2012
Why Raven, why? This is an author who could lend so much to the
Why Raven, why? This is an author who could lend so much to the advancement of our beliefs, and yet consistently under delivers. Mr. Grimassi is not a theologian, anthropologist, or academic, and does not have the credentials to offer an "ethnographic study" of witchcraft. His work sited page is, at best 12th grade paper. He spends 1/2 the book saying the same things over and over. This is a magazine article written by a self proclaimed expert, desperately stretched into a book. And what's the fill? Just another rehash of the same old neo-pagan nonsense. Wicca renamed Ash, Birch, and Willow "Mr. Gimassi's version of old witchcraft, that desperately tries to be erudite but falls radically short. If one has not clue about witchcraft and is looking for something that gives a sparksnotes history with the occasion 'big word' and misplaced modifier, with some spells in the back, (complete with Grimoire, naturally) then this is the book for you.
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Posted September 21, 2012
This guy reminds me of the "academic" version of someone with short man's syndrome. Academic is in quotes due to the fact that when I read an academic paper, I tend to find a higher quality of logic. His "truths" sound flimsy at best, and that distresses me because I am Pagan. I do not like to see "logical" arguments with giant holes in them presented in a way that encourages an educated response, he makes us look like idiots.
Also, this man does not seem to know who his audience is. He presents his information as if it will be submitted for peer review in an academic journal, yet the book is marketed to the general public and to Pagans who likely do not need to suffer through a multi-chapter discussion on what a witch might be. Other books manage to get to the point, he seems to enjoy pretending to be an intellectual far more than making much of a point at all. Dude sucks.
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Posted April 8, 2013
Going home to the crossroads
I have followed Raven's writings for many years and find this book refreshing in that he has stripped away all the fancy ritual, taken a road less followed, and stripped bare the concept of uniting with nature. When I was a girl my alter was a rock and some seashells and feathers. Does not having rich incantation and bright shiny objects make it any less sacred? The wiccan world and world of the Witch are very different. This book will take you to a simpler place, strip away all the drama and bring you back to the crossroads, where as children we played without fear.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 17, 2011
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