Wicca: What's the Real Deal?

Breaking Through the Misconceptions

Non-Fiction - Religion/Philosophy
176 Pages
Reviewed on 10/17/2011
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Author Biography

Dayna Winters, Patricia Gardner, and Angela Kaufman are Witches and Priestesses in the Dragon Warriors of Isis Coven of Upstate New York. Dayna and Patricia are cofounders of ISIS Paranormal Investigations and Angela is owner of Moonlight Tarot LLC. Dayna has had previous publications in Threads Magazine, Crescent Magazine, Blood Moon Rising Magazine, and The Journal for the Academic Study of Magic: Issue 5. Angela is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over five years of experience working with individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues. Dayna and Patricia host ISIS Paranormal Radio: a weekly show exploring paranormal, pagan, and esoteric topics. They have been on a number of radio shows including Alabama ParaSpiritual Talk Radio Show, the X-Zone Radio Show with Rob McConnell, Haunted Voices Radio, The Morning Rush Show on Fly 92.3 FM, The Soul Salon, Paranormal Radio with Captain Jack, Psychic Wisdom with David James, Encounters with the Paranormal, and The Gut & Bone Show. The authors have been featured in 14 Degrees: A Paranormal Documentary, and Discovery Channel’s A Haunting.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Brenda Ballard for Readers' Favorite

Debunking the myths about Wicca, Magick and all of the related misnomers of the religion, authors Dayna Winters, Patricia Gardner and Angela Kaufman go to great lengths to explain in terms that are easily understood. From the earliest times to present, the reader is guided through traditions, taboos, rituals, spiritual communication, healing and more.

Illustrations aid in visualizing the information being conveyed. Witches, the reader will find, are found in all walks of life; they are professionals, students, members of the family, friends.

The point is made throughout the chapters that Wicca is a religion that many open minded people have embraced and follow; at the same time, many face intolerance and even discrimination. Because of this, a number have chosen to keep their beliefs to themselves to avoid ridicule and even, in some rare cases, hatred from those who do not understand.

The end of the book is filled with great information on additional reading material, an informative glossary, end notes and bibliography. To complete the lesson, the authors have each created a page telling the reader about themselves...quite an impressive trio of biographies, indeed!

What first caught my eye was the beautiful cover art. I found myself focused on each piece of the cover (it is that thought-provoking).

Having zero interaction (to the best of my knowledge, anyway) with the Wicca religion, I found each chapter interesting and educational. My favorite part was the myths and truths. It was fascinating to read the different perspectives, followed by the in depth explanations.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the religion or perhaps even just curious.