A long time ago, I bought two books about witchcraft written by the same author, “Wiccapedia” and “The Good Witch’s Guide“ by S. Robbins and L. Greenway. For my knowledge, they’re quite known among witches, even though I heard many people in doubt about the purchase, so time to review! Hope to clarify your doubts! Let’s start with Wiccapedia!
I have to say that I was much more enthusiastic about this book at the very beginning, then I’ve discovered other ones about the same topic. Comparing them, it’s not a bad book but definitely not complete. Like “Green Witch” (which I reviewed here), it’s more appropriate if you’re a beginner and you need a smattering about witchcraft. It is indeed a compelling book, with notable tips and information. Although, I wouldn’t recommend it to people with more advanced knowledge about magic.
“Wiccapedia” is divided into five main parts plus 2 appendixes. The first part, excluding the authors’ notes, is mostly focused on the witch’s tools and on a more “Wiccan” approach to witchcraft. The title itself suggests that, so it’s not a surprise. I always like to remind, especially to baby witches, that to practice witchcraft you DON’T NEED to be a Wiccan nor follow a particular religion. You really don’t have to, it’s not written in stone and you’re absolutely free to believe or not in whatever calls you.
With that being said, let’s move on to part two, entitled “The Spiritual World“. In this part of the book, there’s an enjoyable introduction about the concept “witches never die” and reincarnation of the soul. I found it quite interesting, despite I wasn’t on the same page about every information there.
The second chapter in this part is about Angels and then about the Ouija Board. I was quite disappointed in this last part because it takes the tool a bit too “light”, which is, in reality, definitely not a toy. There’s a pleasant introduction about the history of it, but then it falls down. It does explain that the Ouija Board should be taken seriously, at the very beginning. Then, in “prepare to make contact”, I have the opposite feeling. Maybe a few more safety tips wouldn’t have damaged anyone, in my opinion. So if you decide to use this tool… I recommend to dig a little bit more and find more in-depth information.
Definitely better the third part, more focused on spell casting and the practical aspect of witchcraft, linked to the fourth part about love magic and such. Last part is an introduction about psychic abilities and divination practices.
As you probably noticed, I’m a bit on the fence with Wiccapedia. There are some parts that I found particularly interesting and I’ve enjoyed, some others that disappointed me. Overall, what I’ve appreciated the most was the first appendix, “Dos and don’ts about Witchcraft“, which includes much useful information for baby witches, and little reminders for advanced witches. I’m more of the school of thought “witchcraft has no rules, do what you want as long as you don’t harm anyone“. However, a few guides lines are necessary for those who are taking their first step into this vast world. I would say that this book completes “The Good Witch’s Guide” (more practical), which I reviewed here.
The writing is easy even for non-native speakers, the reading is fluent.
Would I recommend it? Uhm. To baby witches, yes but with the promise to look for more information on other books. To advanced witches, no. Despite a few interesting tips, I think a person with a more advanced knowledge would probably find it a bit “empty”.
My overall rating is 6/10. Here you have the Amazon link!
I hope this review helped you to clarify your doubts!