þ Wippler, 1991 Let me begin by stating not one single book I have read, has proven the c
Let me begin by stating not one single book I have read, has proven the claim of being a "COMPLETE" source on any subject, or satisfy a reader as THE single complete edition encompassing all there is to know on a subject within its covers.
The author has made an attempt at correlating many sources into one book, which is an impressive feat provided it is done with the intent of intelligent presentation. In my opinion she has satisfied a portion of that duty at least as far as shear amounts of information.
Unfortunately her primary accomplishment is only a rehashed presentation of materials from other previously printed texts on popular amulets and talismans, which falls flat and fails to delve deep enough to provide any additional or valuable information to warrant its publication.
I am very angry that she choose to misstate many meanings of the very objects her book purports to clearly and truthfully explain.
An example is on page 40, where she has the gall to claim that an inverted or averse pentagram is evil and satanic! Where did she come up with that dribble ... the local chapter of Fundies for the re-election of George H. Bush for President? With that kind of garbage she should go on Trinity Broadcasting Network and rake up a few hundred grand preaching about her past occult involvement and her recent conversion to Fundamentalist Christian beliefs.
First of all Nothing is evil or good until it is used for a purpose wherein the underling intent is good or evil. In addition if Wonder Witch had a clue she would simply have to read a bit to discover the averse pentagram represents a multitude of things such as the duality of nature, the horned god, the Greek god Pan and a host of other Patriarchal deities stemming from pre - Sumerian days following the overthrow of the pre-existing Matriarchal deity worship.
I cannot believe after striving to gain confidence with serious practioners of Magick that a company such as Llewellyn would putout such trash. Lets get back to facts, not tabloid tales of sensationalism. I found this factor enough to poison the rest of the book for me. After discussing the book with others, the overall conclusion reached was the author lost her integrity and tried to push out a poorly conceived encyclopedia hoping her errors would be accepted verbatim or overlooked by less informed people.
In conclusion had the author taken the time to properly research her facts and then compile this work it would have been much better. As it stands it should be stricken from your list of titles under occult and moved to where it belongs under Pornography as it contains very offensive material.
Mr. Buckland's glorious review in support of this masterpiece clearly points out his lack of experience and expertise in Wicca. I'm curious
if he read the book or simply rubber stamped his approval?
I would appreciate a written response from the author and/or Raymond Buckland if either of them care enough to validate their position.
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e come up with that dribble ... the local chapter of Fundies for the re-election of George H. Bush for President? With that ki
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