Review: The Real Witches’ Book of Spells and Rituals

The Real Witches’ Book of Spells and Rituals by Kate West is a delightful read for the experienced practitioner.  The author is funny and down-to-earth.  I felt like through most of the book I was having a conversation with a friend.

The type of Witch I would recommend this book is someone who has perhaps been practicing for a while and needs a refresher.  West spends a lot of time describing ritual structure and outlining the differences between a Rite and a Ritual.  For someone experienced in the Craft it is refreshing to see her perspective. I would also recommend this book to a blossoming coven looking to write their rituals.

The two sections I thought were the most useful for my practice are the ones discussing the creation and examples of spellcraft.  West poses a series of questions a Witch should think through before performing a spell.  This practice broadens the understanding of a ritual or a spell, and therefore makes practices more effective and meaningful.

For a solitary, the rituals in this edition are generally coven-oriented.  While interesting to read, it also subverts the usefulness of the examples.

Overall, this book is a useful guide to creating ritual and spellcraft practice.

© Ariadne Woods

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