Posted by: Nyxks | February 8, 2008

Provenance Press’s Guide to the Wiccan Year, The

Provenance Press’s Guide to the Wiccan Year, The
by Judy Ann Nock © 2007
Provenance Press an imprint of Adams Media (www.adamsmedia.com)
ISBN 978-1-59869-125-2
252 pages
Paperback
$12.95 (U.S.) $15.95 (Canada)
Reviewed by: Mike Gleason

Ms. Nock refers frequently to astronomical and astrological themes in this book and, for that reason; this book suffers from a lack of illustrations. It would be nice to see a sketch of the constellations she sends you outdoors to see. Many of these constellations are less familiar to the average reader so simply saying “Look south above the tree line” really isn’t much of a guide or help.

As she explores each of the Sabbats she provides some mythology (which is a vital part of our religion, in my opinion), a guided meditation, some recipes and a ritual format as well as astrological interpretations. None of this is particularly in-depth, but this book is designed to be used by all levels practitioners, so that is understandable.

Even after decades of observing the turning of the wheel of the year I found new inspiration within the covers of this book. I didn’t find many new facts, but I didn’t really expect to. I was pleasantly impressed by the author’s style and her feel for the various festivals.

I reviewed an earlier book by Ms. Nock last year. It was a basic guide to creating your own book of shadows. I didn’t agree with everything she said then, but I did feel she did a good job presenting her information clearly. I felt that way about this book as well.

This book is easily usable by people of all experience levels (thus fulfilling the author’s stated desire), and that is rare occurrence in the world of Pagan books today. It offers a fairly straightforward cycle of rituals and the mythological cycles associated with it. The astrological descriptions could benefit, as I noted earlier, from a few illustrations. That is the only major complaint I can make about this book. There were a few technical problems (like an occasional dropped word), but they were very few and far between.

I recommend this book without hesitation. It definitely is top of the line.


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