Book Review: The Solitary Wicca Guide

reviewcover - the solitary wicca guideTitle: The Solitary Wicca Guide

Author: Rowan Morgana

Genre: Non-Fiction, Wicca

Rating: 5 Stars

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Description/Synopsis:

Wicca centers around harmony, balance, wholeness, and a reverence for all living things. The Solitary Wicca Guide gives you the freedom to choose how you practice and where your magick takes you. You’ll find spells to help you grow more enlightened every day and focus on bettering each moment through your magickal work.

Build your Solitary Wicca practice with an overview of Wiccan deities, guidance on drawing out organic power, and ways to embrace the elements no matter where you live. Learn to set up an altar with essentials before exploring more than 100 spells to improve your magickal life and the lives of those around you, as well as celebrating the seasons and lunar cycles. You’ll even find appealing celebratory recipes, like Cupid’s Carrot Cake, and personalized charms and potions perfect for gifting.

The Solitary Wicca Guide includes:

  • Magickal roots―Explore the belief system and benefits of Solitary Wicca with an overview of Wicca’s history, its spiritual connection to the natural world, and how to honor nature whether you’re in the country, town, or city.

  • At the altar―From cleansing to consecration, you’ll find enlightening illustrations to help set up your altar for solo work, including herbs you’ll be working with and common Wicca ceremonial tools.

  • Wicca for one―Empower yourself with 100+ spells, rituals, recipes, and magickal preparations, including Self-Healing Spell, Yule Sabbat Ritual, Chocolate Mousse Happiness Spell, and a Rosebud Love Salve.

Deepen your faith daily with Solitary Wicca as you cast your own path for a better life.

WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW

As someone who is outside the practice of Wicca, I found The Solitary Wicca Guide by Rowan Morgana a compelling read. I’ve done quite a bit of studying into modern Wicca and witchcraft practices this year, as well as delving into trying to understand the history behind witchcraft and Wicca, and I’ve enjoyed delving into different practitioner’s views on the practice.

Though not religious or spiritual myself in any real way, I find the thoughtfulness and calmness of how the solitary Wicca practice within this guide is presented, both reassuring and welcoming. It’s lovely to learn about a spiritual practice such as this that is so inclusive and moldable to each person’s experiences, rather than the usual strict views and practices of other religions.

The book was filled with an array of rituals, spellwork, daily practices, as well as more specific holiday practices. There’s a lot of practical information for the practitioner on how to work each ritual, the meaning behind it, the tools needed, and how to customize it to their own preferences. I think that if you are new to Wicca this would be a fantastic reference to have in your library to guide your way.

Book Review: Modern Wicca

cover-modern wiccaTitle: Modern Wicca: Beliefs and Traditions for Contemporary Life

Author: Rowan Morgana

Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Non-Fiction

Rating: 5 Stars

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Description/Synopsis:

Lighting the Wiccan path for the modern practitioner. The magickal practice of Wicca centers devotion to nature, promotes peace and balance, and embraces self-determination. Walk down the divine path with Modern Wicca, an up-to-date overview of the principles of the faith. Whether you’re just starting out or have already begun your journey, this inclusive guide can help you focus your intentions and claim your personal power.

Learn the history of Wicca, and find out how it has evolved into the modern day. Get acquainted with common deities of the Wiccan traditions, observe the spiritual significance of the holidays, and celebrate the full moon’s monthly cycles. Details for creating altars, gathering tools, and spellcasting offer plenty of possibilities to adapt and enrich your worship.
Inside Modern Wicca, you’ll find:

* Diverse traditions―Explore the variety of belief systems, and examine the pros and cons of joining a coven or practicing Wicca solitarily.

* The power of spells―Harness spell casting for positive change with 8 spells for protection, house purification, healing, and more.

* Rituals and rites―Learn 8 key rituals to foster connection with the moon and sun, Goddess and God, and Mother Earth throughout life.

Step into the light of the Wiccan way with the guidance of Modern Wicca.

WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW

Modern Wicca by Rowan Morgana was an eye-opening and intensely thought-provoking read for me – someone not of the Wiccan faith. I have never been a religious person and classify myself as something akin to an Athiest or Agnostic dependent upon my place in life… but after reading this book, I can say that IF I were to ascribe to a system of belief, it might very well lead me towards Wicca.

The Wiccan belief system, which centers around nature, inclusivity, and the idea of balance between our actions and their consequences spoke to me on a very human and basic level. Though the idea of altars, rituals, spells, and magick may seem silly to the casual observer, it was fascinating to see the underlying currents of real thoughtfulness and awareness that went into the physical acts of ritual and spellcraft. There is a sense of patience and understanding in what Wiccan practitioners do that goes beyond the surface level things we see and hear about Wicca in the media.

I hold a certain respect for Wiccans after having delved this little bit into their world and am certainly interested in reading more. (Author, hit me up if you need more reviews!) This book was well-written, well-organized, and came across as both thorough and unbiased in the way the author portrayed information. If you are interested in learning about Wicca, I’d say that this is an excellent place to start.