Craft of the Wise: A Practical Guide to Paganism and Witchcraft

Craft of the Wise: A Practical Guide to Paganism and Witchcraft

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Craft of the Wise: A Practical Guide to Paganism and Witchcraft
Vikki Bramshaw
O Books
405 pp, $29.95

Review by Christine Gertz

Craft of the Wise is a witchery textbook, but don’t assume by the use
of the term textbook that it is dull and dry. On the contrary: it is
informative and a useful reference for junior witches.

Each chapter explores a basic part of the Craft. Bramshaw begins with
the history of the Craft, explores the roles of tools and various
elements and describes how to create personal symbols and evoke the
gods. She also explores the components of basic rituals, explains the
solar calendar, including principal events, and explains healing with
herbs, tinctures and potions. The section on ethics is a bit short,
though there are references to ethics in witchcraft throughout the
book.

The chapters also include various tasks, or learning exercises, that
the practitioner can use to cultivate the skills and practice the
methods discussed. It would be useful to keep a journal or notebook
with Craft of the Wise, and some of the meditation practices should be
recorded and used to assist in completing the task, but these are
preparation tasks that the reader can assume.

Craft of the Wise is a good book for solo practitioners and junior
members of a formal coven, though the book will have to be
supplemented with resources from the local coven’s practices and
rituals.

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