Today I’ll be reviewing a book called “Of Witchcraft and Whimsy – A Beginner’s Guide to Witchcraft” by Rose Orriculum – @orriculum , there on Tumblr.
You can find their book on Amazon [ here ]. Which is where I purchased my copy (see below) for around $5, not including the shipping cost.
It is a paperback book, for those who wish to note that. The title cover is really pretty and I was happy with the condition of my copy when it arrived, new, fresh, and clear. It’s also super cute with the plants on the cover, in my personal opinion.
The table of contents is clean, well-formatted, and the names of the chapters are indeed fun and also easy to understand. It has a pretty thorough index at the beginning, which nicely outlines the kind of contents to expect, as far as topics, and is nicely detailed for such a fairly thin and short book.
It gives a nice introduction to the craft to those new or just beginning, while also giving a nice refresher to those who might have otherwise forgotten what some questions those starting out might have. It’s impartial but honest, and the opening feels a little like a Q & A session, between you and the author, which I really like and find refreshing. It is a really nice introduction to what to expect, in reactions and falsehoods you might find floating around in information, what not to do (as far as the basics of appropriation), some basics of religion in witchcraft, what Wicca actually is, covers basic terms to know, and so much more. It also goes over the basics of casting a spell, tools, building or making of said tools, imbued powers, basics of tea and candle magic, and altars in witchcraft. It also includes some spells you can incorporate for yourself and nice correspondences as well as warnings, such as what could possibly go wrong. It has a healthy overview and a friendly tone in the text itself, without ever seeming to talk down to you, informing you, without ever looking down or excluding you from what you need.
I definitely recommend this book, especially if you’re just starting out. It’s a great introduction to witchcraft for new and old practitioners, and it is well written.
review by Ciera H. [stubbornbudgie]