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I read this in an unabridged CD format. Starhawk narrates the audiobook in a calm, clear voice starting with a brief history of Wicca and outlining its structure, belief system, holidays, the importance of the moon cycles, the God and Goddess concept, the cycles of life and nature, and then briefly describes the ritual and tools a witch uses. She then moves along to active practice leading the listener through a grounding session which incorporates slow, yogic breathing to calm the mind of busy thoughts which gently leads one into a meditative state necessary for successful ritual work. The recording ends with a step-by-step ritual.
This is a good place to start for anyone interested in learning what Wicca is all about. However there is a lot of information packed into the first section that only briefly touches on subjects that will require further reading for anyone seriously interested in practicing Wicca. That?s not really a complaint as there are so many aspects of Wicca that they could never properly be detailed in one tome (well, it may be possible but the thing would weigh several tons and be impossible to lug around!). Still, I do wish this audio were longer than a little over one hour as I very much enjoyed Starhawk's narration and her informative writing skills.
25 of 25 people found this review helpful
This is an excellent introduction to Wicca. It is inspiring and interesting. The author is amazing and is able to explain things with clarity, wit and profundity. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who might be interested or even just curious about this subject.
23 of 24 people found this review helpful
I was expecting this book to go in to some detail about the basic practices of Wicca as well as the beliefs, but found actually it's just a very long description of how the author herself perceives Wicca.
The narrator of the book is the author and, as a previous reviewer mentioned, she isn't a particularly good narrator. She speaks as if having a conversation with you and occasionally leaves strange pauses mid-sentence.
She also barely mentions the male side of Wicca. She briefly gives a small description of the male deity, but also very early on quotes, "When God is male, men are God" and talks a LOT about feminism and speaks as if the Goddess is the only deity in Wicca, which is far from correct. Wicca is about nature and life and that involves both male and female.
The author seems to believe that her personal interpretation of Wicca is what all Wiccan's believe, but I definitely would recommend further research after listening to this as on a few points she's actually pretty far off.
The last 25 minutes of the audio book is actually just a meditation that the author herself does every day, which I felt was a little unnecessary.
I've already downloaded her other audio book, so I can only hope it's an improvement on this one.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
I was interested in Wicca and thought this would be a good place to start.
The narrator has a strong American accent. As I'm not familiar with some of the terminology I couldn't catch some words even after replaying. Therefore alot of crucial information is missing through her accent.
At the start she pauses in odd places, so much so that I checked my iPod thinking there was a fault.
So, if you can understand her, I think it probably would earn 4 stars, but I'm sure there is a better audiobook out there than this one.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful