Pros:easy to read, fun, informative, practical.
Cons:Not for the heavy student seeking deeper philosophies.
The Bottom Line: This book is great for teens and also for parents who may wonder about witchcraft and its affect on their child.
I just happened to pick this book up at the library because the title sounded interesting. I thought for sure that it would be cheesy and silly, but I found just the opposite to be true.
This book gives practical advise to teens that are exploring any earth based religion. As a wiccan myself, I found this book useful and filled with common sense.
For example, one chapter deals with setting up an altar in your own private space. The ideas are simple, using every day objects you find in the yard or around the house. I found this to be a great relief because so many pagan books will tell you to go buy some expensive flat stone, hand made candles, and specialty items. Most teens are not made of money.
The author makes it clear throughout the book that you are to respect your parents beliefs and that practicing wicca is not a tool to alienate your family, but to bring peace and contentment to yourself so you may live in harmony together.
This book covers many topics such as candle magic, healing spells, love charms (don't worry parents, NOT sex magic in anyway), meditation and the pagan holidays. There are easy to follow guidelines for setting up altars, casting circles, making a wand, writing a Book of Shadows and preparing herbal mixtures found in every kitchen.
One of the features I really liked about this book is some personal testimonies from other teen wiccans. How to talk with your friends about what you believe, clothing styles, relationships, everyday life occurrences and worries.
As a mother, I really appreciated the topic on finding a local coven. The author states very clearly that your parents should know who you are with and what you are doing. There is even a list of warning signs for a bad coven that may abuse a young person. The author states that if a coven or group leader ever insist that sex or nudity of any kind is to be performed that you are to report them because it is illegal and wrong. She goes on to say that though covens like to be secret, parents should always be welcomed by the teens group leader.
Another topic that was touched upon was online covens as well. Same rules apply here too. Your parents should be able to know what you are doing and who is teaching you the craft.
The tone of the book is fun, upbeat and easy to read. Any teen will be able to relate. If my teen daughter was interested in wicca, I would suggest this book for her.
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