Many books line the shelves of new age and pagan book sellers. Often times, these books end up being Wicca 101, or watered down versions of the respectful and honored traditions that are wicca.
Simple Wicca, by Michele Morgan, is a refreshing change from the norm. Delving deep into the cycle of being a witch, Morgan brings a richly descriptive explanation to many of the meaningful things in a wiccan path.
What draws me to this particular book, is the real life sense that Ms. Morgan weaves into each chapter. You will find her words not only explain what drew her to learn all she knows about the spirituality and history of wicca, but there is a sense of realness, of honesty, that not many wicca books bring to the reader.
Starting with the wiccan philosophy, her words bring the truth about a wiccan's self discovery: How it is not about the decoration or the declaration, but the journey to finding the joy and energy in doing something meaningful to further one's spiritual path.
A section on the traditions of wicca is interesting. I have a hard time keeping all of the individual practices straight. Ms. Morgan gives an overview that may be just what the reader needs to point themselves in the direction that is most useful. This book includes 13 different views!
Following the descriptions of some of the various traditions, comes a list of gods and goddesses. This often is a sticky point for those reading wiccan books, especially when they are already drawn to particular deities that may or may not correspond to the book's definition. Simple Wicca includes a nice mix of both gods and goddesses, and the author continues her respectful tone as she gives information on each of them.
Next, Ms. Morgan continues with a chapter entitled: A year in the life. The wiccan days of celebration. I enjoy reading how the wheel turns for any witch. There again, are ideas for real life celebrating that make it easy for a beginner to easily celebrate the sabaats.
Moon magic, correspondences,the elements of direction, creating spells and rituals; this is only a small sampling of information packed into this seemingly small book. I highly recommend this book. It is truly a gem that everyone interested in learning more about the wiccan tradition will benefit from and enjoy reading.