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13 Moons: Journal of a Natural Witch -- Book Review

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As Copperhedge has suggested, this book will almost certainly never be reprinted. Fiona Walker-Craven simply wants her privacy and did not enjoy the attention that being a published author brought, especially when the publisher presented her as a public face of traditional witchcraft and tried to use the potential route towards initiation into an old craft line as a marketing tool.

 

What's on public record and fairly easy for anyone to find out is that Fiona W-C was involved with the Hagstone coven, which was an offshoot of the Whitestone line. As such, many people saw this book as giving away some genuine old craft secrets and that the writer was one of the very few who was presenting approachable material that had some potentially authentic lineage to pre-Wiccan witchcraft and country practices. That's not quite what the book is, but it's about as good as you're going to get.

 

Now, even though this book is almost impossible to get hold of, there is actually one other book that contains similar information. I forget the exact title, but it's Nigel Pearson's book on Traditional Witchcraft. This book's material is certainly not entirely of the same sources as Fiona W-C's but some of it is in there. If you're desperate to get 13 Moons, but can't find or afford it, it's well... not quite the 'next-best-thing' but there is perhaps some of the same flavour of it, if that's what you're seeking.

 

But, to make a bold statement, Fiona Walker-Craven is genuine in exactly the same way that someone like Robin Artisson is not and desperately wishes he was.

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.. I forget the exact title, but it's Nigel Pearson's book on Traditional Witchcraft. This book's material is certainly not entirely of the same sources as Fiona W-C's but some of it is in there...

 

 

Pearson's "Treading the Mill"? Excellent book!

 

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Pearson's "Treading the Mill"? Excellent book!

 

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That's the one. He's written another as well, but I haven't read it yet. Treading the Mill is a bit of a mash-up of three or four different traditions, but it does contain genuine stuff from them and is well informed.

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