Wicca: A Modern Guide to Witchcraft and Magick

Wicca: A Modern Guide to Witchcraft and Magick

Witchcraft and Wicca for a modern world, from YouTube vlogger and Instagram sensation Harmony Nice Welcome to Generation "Hex"--an era where young Americans know that witchcraft isn't about devil worship and spooky curses, and instead are openly embracing meaningful Wiccan rituals that can enrich our lives in real-world ways. In Wicca, 21-year-old Harmony Nice--a YouTube...

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Title:Wicca: A Modern Guide to Witchcraft and Magick
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  • Natalia

    Finally a guide that’s detailed but not overly descriptive and touched upon everything I was curious about. FULL REVIEW UP ON MY BLOG -

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    So I haven’t read that many books on Wicca however so far I feel like this one was the perfect book on this topic for me. It literally had everything I wanted to learn about Wicca, well the bare bones but of course now that I know what I want to learn I can undergo independent research. I feel like that is one

    Finally a guide that’s detailed but not overly descriptive and touched upon everything I was curious about. FULL REVIEW UP ON MY BLOG -

    FULL REVIEW:

    So I haven’t read that many books on Wicca however so far I feel like this one was the perfect book on this topic for me. It literally had everything I wanted to learn about Wicca, well the bare bones but of course now that I know what I want to learn I can undergo independent research. I feel like that is one of the main reasons why I love Pagan religions and Wicca, you can really customise it and focus on whatever interest you. I like being able to pick and choose what aspects fit my lifestyle and beliefs so everything that I have learned from Harmony Nice that I feel like by adding will enhance and enrich my life I will be applying definitely.

    If you are uncertain about picking this book up because you do not know what is included, here is what you will find! So it starts off with Harmony’s story and a very short introduction to Wicca. Part 1: What is Wicca includes: the difference between Wicca, Witchcraft and Paganism; Divination; Nature; The Three-Fold Law, Morals and the Wiccan Rede; Magick; the different Wiccan Paths; the Book of Shadows; and the Deities which was definitely one of my favourite sections as it included Norse and Slavic and if you have tried researching Slavic deities you will find that it is quite hard to find them (well I struggled anyway). So yes, why I loved the Deities section so much is that I finally feel like my soul and higher self finally connected to a certain type of deities which if you haven’t guessed which ones, it is definitely Norse. I have always been fascinated by the Norse Gods and Goddesses and I always felt a connection to the Vikings and Scandinavian culture, but I am also going to be learning more about the Slavic deities as you know I am Slavic.

    Then Part 2: Why Explore Wicca, now I feel like this part was something quite different to what I saw in other Wicca based books as it explains how Wicca impacts Mental Health (in a positive way), Meditation, Self-Care, Creativity, and Kindness.

    Part 3: How To Get Started, includes: the Wiccan Holidays and the Wheel of the Year; Altars and Magic Tools; Spellwork; Colours; Crystals; Herbs and Plants; The Witches’ Alphabet; Astrology; Small Changes; When Others Don’t Accept Your Faith; Wicca on the Sly; City Wiccans; Small Spaces; Finding a Coven. In this part, my favourite sections were the Wiccan Holidays as I feel like again Harmony really made it detailed as she talked about the ways you can celebrate it, why Wiccans celebrate it, crystal, herbs and other things that correlate with that Sabbat. What else can I say, it was just so good and great to reference back when the Sabbat is near. The astrology part was also really good, but then again I might be biased as I am completely obsessed with astrology!

    At the end, she also provides some great resources for when the reader is done reading her book to access as it includes: books to read, online blogs, YouTubers, Instagrammers, shops, events in the UK. It was everything I wanted and more so I really have nothing to complain about.

    I feel like this book made me realise that I am that person that is into more of the spiritual side of Wicca so I’m guessing I could never be considered a Witch as the Magick part does not really interest me as of yet but the astrology, crystal, tarot, Sabbats, and worshipping deities part interests me immensely and I really learned a lot from this book.

    This is why I think this book is a perfect guide to Witchcraft and Magick, but at the same time very educative in the Wicca aspects as well.

    I also got the chance to meet Harmony Nice at her book signing in Birmingham and let me say you will definitely want to support this girl in anything she does as she is such a kind and positive soul, literally hearing her voice in her videos places one of the biggest smiles on my face and just getting the chance to talking to her made me see I am in desperate need of being surrounded by people like her. I feel like I could have talked to her for the whole day, she literally hugged everyone twice during the time we got to meet her and she chatted with everyone for as long as they wanted. Definitely recommend this book, her videos and her instagram as she really does put her heart and soul into everything she does, you will not be disappointed.

  • Aline

    First, the cover is stunning!!

    The writing is very clear and easy to understand. I have read a few books on wicca (I‘m a very beginner), but this is definitely the easiest to understand. In previous ones there where sometimes things that I didn’t really get because of the formulation. Because of this it‘s also great for younger people.

    It’s a very basic beginner book. It gives a great overview over everything, but doesn’t go more into depth within each of the topics, which is understandable becaus

    First, the cover is stunning!!

    The writing is very clear and easy to understand. I have read a few books on wicca (I‘m a very beginner), but this is definitely the easiest to understand. In previous ones there where sometimes things that I didn’t really get because of the formulation. Because of this it‘s also great for younger people.

    It’s a very basic beginner book. It gives a great overview over everything, but doesn’t go more into depth within each of the topics, which is understandable because otherwise the book could be 10000 pages long and more. As she says there’s always more to learn in wicca. Pick out the topics that interest you the most and learn more about these specifically :)

    I especially loved her tips on how to get started practicing wicca, practicing it in the city (even if I‘m living on the countryside too), when others don’t accept it or when you don’t have much space.

  • Boston

    I cannot praise this book enough. As someone who wants to learn more about the Wiccan faith, it’s hard to find information that doesn’t seem like you’re being talked down to. This book felt like the author was sitting down with me and having a chat. Everything was easy to understand as well. Again, can’t recommend it enough.

  • Angelica

    This is such an excellent introductory guide to Wicca and I honestly wish I'd had it when I was 13. It just simplifies everything about Wicca and practicing and how to start. I enjoy Harmony's insights and I wish there was slightly more of her own story in it, but I also know that isn't the point of the book. Well done! 🐱🦇🔮

  • Jenny

    Verdict: Story (depth of topic and execution) - 4/5

    Writing - 4/5

    Memorability - 4/5

    Enjoyment - 4/5

    Overall - 4/5

    I know nothing about Wicca, so found this book fascinating and a great introduction to Wicca and magick. I suspect if you're fairly well read on the subject, this may be nothing new to you. Harmony is incredibly articulate and writes in an engaging, accessible manner. I've bought the physical copy of the book as it is full of spells, recipes, lists of crystals etc. which never transla

    Verdict: Story (depth of topic and execution) - 4/5

    Writing - 4/5

    Memorability - 4/5

    Enjoyment - 4/5

    Overall - 4/5

    I know nothing about Wicca, so found this book fascinating and a great introduction to Wicca and magick. I suspect if you're fairly well read on the subject, this may be nothing new to you. Harmony is incredibly articulate and writes in an engaging, accessible manner. I've bought the physical copy of the book as it is full of spells, recipes, lists of crystals etc. which never translate particularly well on audio.

  • caravaggion

    as a huge fan of harmonys youtube channel i feel a lil bad about rating this book only with 3 stars so ill start with what i liked about it thouhg:

    its a really great beginners guide for anyone who wants to find out about the Basics TM of wicca and how to set everything up once youve decided to take part in it but thats also one of the things that kinda disappointed me a LITTLE bit - that this book didnt really add any incredibly new or revolutionary information and isnt that different from other

    as a huge fan of harmony´s youtube channel i feel a lil bad about rating this book only with 3 stars so i´ll start with what i liked about it thouhg:

    its a really great beginners guide for anyone who wants to find out about the Basics TM of wicca and how to set everything up once you´ve decided to take part in it but thats also one of the things that kinda disappointed me a LITTLE bit - that this book didnt really add any incredibly new or revolutionary information and isnt that different from other existing informative books about wicca and unfortunately it also didnt feel like it had more information to offer than harmony´s youtube channel tbh. i feel like her youtube channel is even better in this regard because its way more visual and explanatory which made the book feel a lil repetetive and pointless to me BUT NONETHELESS

    if you like having things in a physical format IN YOUR HOME then this is perfect for you

    (and also there is obv no way i would NOT buy her book i will support this extraordinary positive inspiring and empowering woman A L W A Y S im litterally her #1 fan)

    its really great tho as a beginners guide like i said so if that is what you are looking for, then this book might be even better for you than other more in depth books abt wicca which can be rather confusing and seem a lil weird at first and i also feel like its far superior to the random websites that come up when you like, google anything abt wicca for the first time lmao

  • Chesney

    This was a sad read. One. This book took me forever to read, over two month. I'm just not a fan. I was really excited to learn more about witchcraft, and even though I don't believe 100% the same as this book, I wanted to learn more. This book has a lot of good stuff for beginners for witchcraft and for beginners in learning about witchcraft. But this book is about how to do everything not a historical kind of book. I really did not like all the personal bits she added in, they were not necessar

    This was a sad read. One. This book took me forever to read, over two month. I'm just not a fan. I was really excited to learn more about witchcraft, and even though I don't believe 100% the same as this book, I wanted to learn more. This book has a lot of good stuff for beginners for witchcraft and for beginners in learning about witchcraft. But this book is about how to do everything not a historical kind of book. I really did not like all the personal bits she added in, they were not necessar to learning how to cast spells, and everything else; so I really didn't like those bits she added about herself.

  • Jessorella

    This book is beautifully packaged, with an illustrated hardcover (no dustjacket) in muted colours and rose-gold foil. It's a beautiful book to hold and have on your shelf!

    Sadly, I found the contents didn't quite live up to my expectations. The book does explain a lot about Wicca and the varying strains there are inside the philosophy, along with practices, methods, traditions and other practical information, like the yearly calendar. However, I found that the information was presented in a way t

    This book is beautifully packaged, with an illustrated hardcover (no dustjacket) in muted colours and rose-gold foil. It's a beautiful book to hold and have on your shelf!

    Sadly, I found the contents didn't quite live up to my expectations. The book does explain a lot about Wicca and the varying strains there are inside the philosophy, along with practices, methods, traditions and other practical information, like the yearly calendar. However, I found that the information was presented in a way that made it seem a little vague and hotch-potch. During the first half of the book there are chapters about spellwork, altars and so on, but the book doesn't explain (to a beginner) how to do these things until the second half and there are no page references made as to where you'll find the instructions. It's a fairly simple thing (and probably more editorial than due to the author), but it can leave the book feeling slightly confusing or mish-mashy to a reader.

    That being said, there were some pieces of information in this book that I found interesting - and again, the cover design is really lovely. I'm just sad to say the content wasn't quite as satisfying for me personally as I had hoped.

  • Magdalene O’Brien

    This is Wicca diluted to the point of uselessness. Although I can't imagine you can be harmed by anything written in this book, there is nothing in it you can't find online with an easy search.

    If you want to work with a coven, go find one to learn from. If you don't, stick with

    .

  • L Allen

    Most of the information could have been more succinctly explained in a Google search or have already more interestingly explained by better books. Obviously the book is aimed at beginners, but despite over explaining painfully simple concepts it expects people to know what she's talking about when mentioning other things such as the origin/reason for the Sabbats. How is a beginner supposed to know what you mean when you say that it is the time of the "oak king who rules this half of the year"? T

    Most of the information could have been more succinctly explained in a Google search or have already more interestingly explained by better books. Obviously the book is aimed at beginners, but despite over explaining painfully simple concepts it expects people to know what she's talking about when mentioning other things such as the origin/reason for the Sabbats. How is a beginner supposed to know what you mean when you say that it is the time of the "oak king who rules this half of the year"? That's not even language that most experienced wiccans or pagans I know use but a newbie is supposed to understand it? I think she chooses to talk like this purely so make wicca sound more interesting and high brow. It gets annoying fast.

    The main and unforgivable problems seem to be in poor and incredibly limited editing. I feel so bad for Harmony Nice as she was obviously so passionate about this book and education, and while she is obviously not a very talented writer, if her editor had done a better job this book might have been 2 or 3 stars for me.

    Two things I really do want to make a note of- "coming out of the broom closet" isn't a funny joke for everyone who reads it. Sure, it can be hard or embarrassing and if you have strict or religious family they may reject you. However Wiccans as a small group do not face nearly the same persecution problems as LGBT have that makes coming out such a big deal. I believe Harmony is LGBT (I might be remembering that wrong, fact check it if you care but I no longer do) and should understand that even if she finds that joke funny and uses language like that, seeing that as a joke could badly hurt an LGBT person who for whatever reason cannot come out. I know that I would use language like that in my personal life but I also know to avoid it in conversation with people who could be affected by it or if I don't know them well enough to understand their boundaries. Please be more respectful to others who havent has an easy of an experience as you.

    Secondly the mental health portion brought up a very valid question of if you can practice wicca with mental health problems... which of course Harmony takes to mean "can you practice wicca if you are depressed." I've heard that question a lot before, especially as a wiccan with mental health problems. It is usually directed at people with a tenuous grip on reality (i.e. me) because they may have hallucinations or dissociation or delusions of grandeur etc. I don't think anyone actually worries about depressed people practicing witchcraft. Engaging in a faith which encourages feeling things you cannot see or "tapping into power" is controversial for people who suffer that kind of illness, because it may cause symptoms to worsen or hallucinations and delusions might end up validated by the faith. Its an important question for all religions and I really did not like Harmony waving it off as "yep. It'll help your mental health!" It's flippant, ignorant and somewhat disrespectful.

    On the plus side, I picked up a little new info and I'll probably keep the book on hand too. The encyclopedia-esque lists that plauge it might actually be useful for when I'm crafting a ritual and I dont want to risk looking up something on my phone in case it gets dirty. I dont mind roughing this book up a bit for some reason...

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