What Witches Do: A Modern Coven Revealed Paperback – Mar 1984
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'At last, a really intelligent, well-written and informative book on present-day witchcraft.' -- The Australian --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Stewart and Janet Farrar were both initiated by Alex and Maxine Sanders in 1970. After receiving their Third Degrees from the Sanders they married and moved to the Republic of Ireland where they established their own coven. Together they wrote Eight Sabbats For Witches', The Witches' Way (jointly published as The Witches Bible), The Witches' Goddess, The Witches God, Spells and How They Work, to name but a few. Their books have become some of the most influential in Witchcraft and have set the mould for modern Craft writers worldwide. Stewart Farrar passed away in February 2000. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
_What Witches Do_ is written predominantly in the first person plural -- "Here is how we do it... Here is what we believe" -- rather than in the second person; it's obviously a self-description rather than a how-to. It's a fairly in-depth presentation of the beliefs and practices of the Alexandrian tradition, and it's presented as information, not instruction.
However, many of the beliefs and practices here are specific to British traditionalist Wicca, which is very, very different from the eclectic and feminist traditions that have evolved in the years since this book was first published. It's almost as though a book on the theology and liturgy of the Russian Orthodox Church were published under the title _What Christians Do_.
That being said, I'd recommend this to folks who are curious about British traditions or about the portrayal of the Wiccan faith in the 70s -- and I'd recommend it to folks who are looking for the broadest possible picture of the Pagan community.
Farrar's book provides a good introduction to the British Traditional Craft. It presents an overview without assuming that the reader already knows anything about Wicca. A great book to give to somebody open-minded who wants to understand the traditional craft. If reading this book leaves you salivating for more, Stewart & his wife Janet have written THE WITCHES WAY and EIGHT SABBATS FOR WITCHES. These contain more than enough information to satisfy those interested in more details.
Most recent customer reviews
I really enjoyed this book. It was originally recommended to my by my mentor as a look back to the roots of my coven. Read morePublished on May 24 2003 by T. Bailey
This is the most comprehensive, detailed, and informative book I have ever read and will probably ever read about the British Tradional Wiccan traditons of Wicca. Read morePublished on April 8 2002
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