This was my first ever book on Paganism. I ran into it during a weekly trip to Borders with my best friend, when we were 13 years old. Not only is it a perfectly fabulous intro for teenagers to the world of Wicca and Paganism in general, it’s also perfect for adults who are new to all this. The information is accessible and intelligently curated. You don’t get overwhelmed with information, but still get everything you need to get started. There’s also a healthy emphasis placed on the religious aspects of Paganism, which is something a lot of other books coming out around the same time geared toward teenagers missed out on. For example, you’re going to find a lot more practical approaches and spiritual emphasis in this book than in a Silver Ravenwolf book. For me, always more interested in the religion than the witchcraft, it was absolutely perfect.
I’ll always be thankful to Lauren Manoy for providing me with such an excellent introduction to the belief system that has become a part of every moment of my life. Blessed Be.