Posted by: Nyxks | February 9, 2008

Llewellyn’s 2008 Witches’ Companion

Llewellyn’s 2008 Witches’ Companion © 2008
Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN 978-0-7387-0560-6
288 pages
Paperback
$9.99 (U.S.) $11.50 (Canada)
Reviewed by: Mike Gleason

Once again, Llewellyn has come out with an annual filled with thought-provoking articles. Although I only recognized four of the twenty authors represented in the twenty three articles in this book, I found all of the articles stimulating.

I have always felt that the annual publications from Llewellyn have been among their strongest offerings. They present a variety of topics, by a number of authors and, thus, a wide variety of viewpoints. While many people object to the major offerings by this publisher, these annual offerings always have to potential to stir things up.

This year’s offerings include art by a number of artists in a variety of styles. The article topics are loosely grouped into four broad categories (Community Forum, Witchy Living, Witchcraft Essentials, and Magical Transformations), and run the gamu6 from how to gain mainstream acceptance to facts and fiction about Ouija ® boards; from how many phases of the Goddess exist (three or four?) to the life cycle of magical groups; and many others.

The final section of the book is composed of the lunar calendar (with a one page article for each month) with Moon Void-of-Course information, eclipses, and Full Moon dates and times. This is not terribly detailed, but should serve the non-specialist well enough to be useful.

It was interesting to see a number of authors in this issue whom I had never encountered before. Over the years there has been a slow movement away from reliance on “big name” contributors, and I applaud the continuation of this trend. Lesser-known individuals can certainly have valid points which are worth consideration, and they often fail to get a fair hearing because they are not better known.

I encourage Llewellyn (and other publishers of compilation works) to seek out new voices and help them, to be heard by a wider audience. Vigorous discussion of controversial (or merely unconventional) topics may bring new life and new insights to our paths.

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