By Nicholas Graham
Megalithica Books, 2007 $21.99 US
Review by Erin
About four years ago, I was looking around for books to recommend to the teens that came to me for training in Wicca. At the time the only book on the market was “Teen Witch” I didn’t think it was very good. I thought I should try to write my own.
With this book, Nicholas beat me to it.
The premise of this book is to make magick accessible for beginners, to teach them basic magickal theory allowing them to make changes in their own lives. With that as his goal he does an exceedingly good job. One point that I missed is that this is geared toward beginners, not specifically teens, but since most beginners are, in fact, teens, this book is absolutely appropriate for them.
While on the surface this may look similar to Deborah Lipp’s “The Way of Four”, instead of using an elemental model to describe basic magickal theory, Nicholas goes for the “the Four Powers” model of “To Know, To Will, To Dare, To Remain Silent”. All of the theory he demonstrates fits into one of those four classifications.
Nicholas does an exceedingly good job of breaking down and explaining clearly the various traditions and methods of doing magick. He explains Tantra, Quabalah, the Cybernetic Model of magick, and many other forms of practice and models of magick. I learned a lot in some sections since I had vague clues regarding areas outside my personal interest, but not a complete picture.
Nicholas has even added “Experiments” that are intended to be practical exercises the reader can do to get practical experience on what the chapter just covered. Also at the end of each chapter has several pages of “Suggested Reading” to help expand the novice’s knowledge in the topic covered.
He addresses the parents in the very beginning of this book, talking to them and attempting to take their fears and explain them in a non-hostile way. Silver RavenWolf used a similar tactic in a couple of her books, but where she spouted platitudes, Nicholas actually speaks to the fears in each parent’s mind and points out that they are the ones ultimately in control.
Honestly, I forgot all the things I thought were wrong with this book. I know there were some, but it has been so long that old age has caught up with me and I can’t remember them. I certainly can’t hold my lapse against him.
I would say that this book is a 5 out of 5 stars for a beginner. I add that there may be things that others may see as questionable, but if there are I can’t remember them. In and of itself that should say something. I can remember the good, but the negative is so minor that I don’t know what it was.
Good job Nicholas.
Originally posted 2013-09-23 12:51:17. Republished by Blog Post Promoter