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Book Review – Becoming the Witch: The Art of Magick by Danae Moon Thorp

Book Review
Becoming the Witch:
The Art of Magick
by Danae Moon Thorp
Published by Llewellyn
408 Pages
Published: September 2021

 

Becoming the Witch leads you from the origins of Witchcraft to the secrets of sacred thinking and beyond. In a distinct, almost lyrical tone, Danae Moon Thorp teaches you what every beginner must know when starting on the Witch’s path, including the elements, spells, tools, deities, rituals, and more…”

Becoming the Witch: The Art of Magick by Danae Moon Thorp is separated into nineteen (19) chapters replete with dozens of spells, an Appendix of Correspondences and a bibliography containing enough reading recommendations to keep a new witch quite busy.

“The word witch comes from the old English names wicca, a male practitioner of magick, and wicce, the name for a female witch. Both originate from the Old English word, wiccian. There are many other names used to describe a person who has magickal power and the knowledge to heal. The Greeks referred to the witch as pharmakis aligning her with medicine. In Italy she was referred to as strega, her religion La Vecchia meaning “the ways.” To the early Greeks the witch was the priestess to Hecate, goddess of the crossroads, so became associated with the wisdom of age and the power of the hag. In Latin she was called saga and malefica…”

Becoming the Witch: The Art of Magick provides a step-by-step approach to the art of the Witch that incrementally builds on the knowledge base crafted from previous chapters. Each chapter contains multiple spells relevant to the chapter’s theme and in this way the reader has the experience of practical application and testing out the waters while building new skill sets along the way.

Chapter One: The Story is a beautiful opening of the reader to the memory of nature, gods and goddesses and more through the lens of their Ancestors and the continued yearning as we move further and further away from the natural world to return to the simplicity of that connected way of being.

“Imagine a time when the planets, the creatures, the plants, and the rivers were a part of you, living within you as your world, connected deeply to your soul. Imagine the awe in your heart of their power. Once there was a natural world, a place that was in constant change, embraced in the mystery of beginnings and endings, of birth and of death. Find the memory of this world within you and you will become the witch…”

One of my favorite chapters is Chapter Seventeen: The Witch’s Wheel. Ms. Thorpe covers all of the basics of introduction to the Sabbats, but what I appreciated the most, was the approach of a specific spell gifted aligning with each of the Sabbats. Again, these provide practical applications that allow the reader to engage with the energies of the Sabbats in a very organic way. Suggestions for altars, correspondences and how-to’s grace each Sabbat giving a full spectrum of treasures to access as the celebration begins.

Of note is Chapter Nineteen: The Witch’s Cabinet, which serves as a robust precursor to the aforementioned Appendix of Correspondences.

“(Ms. Thorn has) included a simplified list of witch’s tools and practical items needed to make charms and cast spells. You will always add your own unique items. Be imaginative and create a story with your witch’s materials…”

Would I Recommend:

Becoming the Witch: The Art of Magick by Danae Moon is a journey back to the natural world, to the magick of knowing one’s power and whether the reader chooses to identify as a witch or another title is of no matter because the reader will be changed regardless. This is a wonderful title to gift your budding witch or for yourself as a refresher of all those things that may have attracted you to coming “home” to the Craft those many years ago.


Danae Moon Thorp (Melbourne, Australia) is a Witch, psychic reader, and founder of SpellBox, a popular metaphysical store. She is also the creator of the Spellbox Witch’s Calendar, and she has been a guest on many Melbourne radio stations.

 

Becoming the Witch on Amazon

 

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About the author:

Robin Fennelly is an Elder within The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition and serves as High Priestess of Coven of the Mystic Path, the 12th Coven within the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition. She teaches and facilitates classes for the Pagan Experience Study Group that serves as foundation for membership within Coven of the Mystic Path.  

Her spiritual journey is strongly rooted in both Eastern philosophy and the Western Magickal systems from which she has formed a core foundation that is diverse in knowledge and rich in spiritual practice.  A life-long learner, her practice has evolved from the classical and philosophical teachings of books, practical experience and enrichment of this knowledge base by attending workshops of various spiritual traditions presented by master teachers.

Robin formally came to the Wiccan path in 1994. Following a practice as a solitary for 2 years, she dedicated to Oak and Willow Coven of The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition in November of 1996. She received her 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th (Elder) degrees within the Assembly Tradition and has served as High Priestess of two ASW covens since Samhain of 2001 and the Winter Solstice of 2015.


As a teacher of esoteric and magickal studies she uses Energetic Anatomy, Tarot, Astrology, Hermetic Qabala, Eastern Philosophy, and Numerology as the foundations of her diverse selection of workshops and writings for more than 25 years. Exploration of varied energetic protocol has been the focus of her work for some time now and the information gained through direct experience informs all of her magickal and spiritual work.

Robin’s writings have been featured online, and in print Internationally.  She has authored several books incorporating her unique style of writing making use of poetry, prose and pathworking to enhance the concepts presented.  She has taught extensively throughout the Pagan community, including Sacred Space Conference, Spring Magick, Between the Worlds Interfaith Conference and Free Spirit Gathering Festival. Her most recent projects include a channel on youtube: A Journey to the Inner Chamber. She also shares audio pathworkings and ritual on her bandcamp site: Teachings on the Path with Robin.

Robin is the owner of Holistic Embrace providing services for mind, body and spirit such as Tarot readings, Astrology reports, Spiritual Guidance and other related offerings.  She lives in Eastern Pennsylvania and her life is blessed by a 40+- year marriage, five children and the opportunity to work in the field of public education.

Robin’s Websitewww.robinfennelly.com

Coven of the Mystic Path, ASWwww.covenofthemysticpath.org

Her books can be found on Amazon or purchased directly through her website:

For more infohttp://www.robinfennelly.com/books.html

The Inner Chamber, Vol. 1 It’s Written in the Stars-Astrology

The Inner Chamber, Vol. 2 Poetry of the Spheres-Qabalah

The Inner Chamber, Vol. 3 Awakening the Paths-Qabalah

The Light of SELF: Consciousness, Spiritual Practice and Learning to Breathe

Magickal Verse: A Collection of Poetry and Prose

A Year of Gaia: The Eternal Cord

The Elemental Year: Aligning the Elements of SELF

Temple of the Sun and Moon: Luminous Devotions

Sleeping with the Goddess: Nights of Devotion

A Weekly Reflection: Musings for the Year

The Magickal Pen: A Collection of Esoteric Writings

The Enchanted Gate: Musings on the Magick of the Natural World

The Temple of the Sun: An Astrological Solar Year

Writings in the Shadow: An Exploration of the Shadow Nature