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Home > Books & Reviews > Pagan > How to be a Wicked Witch Search

Book Review:
How to Be a Wicked Witch: Good Spells, Charms, Potions and Notions for Bad Days

Author: Patricia Telesco
Trade Paperback, 202 pages
Publisher: Fireside
Publication date: September 2001
ISBN: 068486004X
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Despite the title, I would not hesitate to recommend How to Be a Wicked Witch to any new witch. It's a very practical guide to using magick that will appeal to people of many different spiritual frameworks or none. The book is ethical, accessible, and non-path-specific. The term "wicked" in the title means being proactive and having the self-esteem to go after what you want.

Many books I've seen on spellcasting have been Wiccan-oriented. This small book is approachable by witches across the spectrum of belief. It does not not neglect to mention ethics, but does not restrict its lessons only to "harm none" types. Magic used as vengeance and defense are discussed within the parameters of being able to accept the possibly negative consequences of such actions.

The style of writing is friendly but not over familiar. The chapter layout is well organized, but the lack of an index disappoints. The spells presented range widely and there are few that strictly involve candles - a refreshing change from other spellcrafting manuals. For the most part, spell components used are easily accessible, and often found already in your own home. This will appeal to the beginner hedge kitchen, and hearth witches among us.

All in all, How to Be a Wicked Witch is a solid look at learning to work with magick in a light-hearted way. I enjoyed my look at it. It's not one that I will refer to again and again at this point in my spellcasting work, but it will be a valuable reference to those just starting out.

Reviewed by Leigh

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