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#Review: Way of the Witch by Ipsita R. Chakraverti

Way of the Witch
Author: Ipsita Roy Chakraverti
Publisher: Harper Collins, India
Rating: 5/5

I have always been fascinated by magic and its realm. Hence, stories involving witchcraft or magic spells are enticing to me. But at the end of it all, these are still stories. Upon knowing that Way of the Witch promises practical knowledge of witchcraft, legends, myths and facts about the Wiccan ways of living that have been delivered straight from the horse’s mouth, I knew I had to get this book. Having studied Wicca, Ipsita Chakraverti is a Wiccan priestess based in India. In her book, she aims at destroying the unfounded belief that witches are evil. She takes us through the journey of the witches and how they have garnered criticism for what they do.

There are so many motifs that have been covered in this book. Right from the origin of Lilith, the wife of Adam, to the origin and association of the Indian term ‘Dayan’ with the Roman Goddess Diana. The origin of Wiccan craft/ lifestyle and the other aspects of witchcraft are also brought into light. It’s not unknown how women have always been targeted for their healing powers. Now if these healing powers are associated with magic, murders and castigation should be the predicted outcome. The author touches upon these practices and it might evoke a sense of frustration and helplessness in the readers at the futility of it all. The best part, however, is the section that has actual spells and information about Amazonite, the stone sacred to Wiccan culture.

I found this book extremely interesting, for I hadn’t read anything like this before. I ended up doing a bit more research on the author as I was tempted to know about her. Hence, this one book I would cherish for time immemorial.

Best wishes to the author!

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