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Book Review:
The Real Witches' Coven: The Definitive Guide to Forming Your Own Wiccan Group

Author: Kate West
Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Thorsons
Publication date: 2003
List: US$15.95, C$23.95
ISBN: 0007143893
Price & More Info: Click Here

Lest you be put off by the title, let me assure you that "Real Witches" refers not to "the one, correct" way to be a Witch. Rather, it refers to being a Witch in the real world - the one with mundane jobs, children, family, etc., all demanding part of your time and attention. There are few people whose entire lives are Craft-oriented, and Ms. West shows you how to integrate all of the aspects of your life.

This is one of the best books I have read lately with the intention of helping to train those who are responsible for training the new comers. The author lays out the positive and negative experiences you might expect to encounter during your life in a Coven. She explains what should be expected at each level of experience; what a High Priestess should do to keep her Coven running smoothly; how to deal with problems (and problem Covenors) effectively and sensitively; and in the final chapter sets out a series of guidelines on how to be a good Covenor.

This book will be valuable for those without formal Coven training, and can be a valuable resource for those who have had the formal training. Checking the items in this book can serve to keep things in perspective and help one to avoid over-reacting. It does not contain all the answers, no single book could. What it does is to provide a basis for helping to determine what whether what you experience is "normal" development, or if there is a problem developing.

If you think you have seen and heard it all, you may be surprised by some of the things in here. Enjoy this book, I did.

Reviewed by Mike Gleason

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