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