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too bad detail doesn't mean quality
am 13. Februar 1999
On the back of this book Raven Grimassi states that most of the information within this book has never been exposed to most practitioners. Hmmm...if it trult is a book of Witchcraft, then why is more new ager than paganism. Grimassi has basically just put together a book that is loaded with detail detals details. And since there is so much detail, he can easily get people to think that the information is genuine. Gimma a break. Most of this book is your basic highly elaborate, very occult-based Gardnerian/Alexandria crud. There's nothing in this book that you couldn't find elsewhere. The only difference is that now it's finally all in a single volume. So much for a book that claims to hold top secret info. It could be worse though, since he almost never uses the word Witchcraft, and this book is anything but a book about Witchcraft. In fact, with all the new age, energy transfering crap found within, a person virginal to Wicca might read through it and never gather that Wicca is an Earth based religion. The first chapter on the history is also very detalied, but somewhat inaccurate. There is almost nothing at all concerning Witchcraft in the agri-villagers of the middle ages. But with as much detail that this book goes into, it would be very easy for someone to get the impression that this book is the answer-all ultimate Wicca volume. The worst part of this book is where he states that Scott Cunningham was mostly responcible for the addition of new age elements to Wicca. EXCUSE ME!!! This obviously a simple ploy because Grimassi knows his book is a rip off to paganism. Scott Cunningham wrote some of the best books on magick and paganism ever published, and NEVER talked about the new age crud that Grimassi indulges in. You can see here that this book was intended for beginners, since just about anyone can tell that Grimassi's idea of Wicca, which is now considered foolish to the modern pratitioner, as well as his definition of new age, are as crooked as you can get. He's mostly one the dying out Gardnerians who is mad at the way Witchcraft is getting back to what it was in the agri-villages, and misses the early days of Wicca where it was all about power and occultism. Forget this book, and try Scott Cunningham if you want a book with a no-crap approach.