The Goddess Is in the Details
The Goddess Is in the Details: Wisdom for the Everyday Witch
by Deborah Blake. © 2009 Llewellyn Publications. ISBN 0738714860 .
240 pages. Paperback. $16.95 US.
From the hearth to the altar, make magic in every moment. Being a Witch isn’t limited to casting a spell under the full moon or consecrating a ritual circle. Whether you’re calling the Goddess or doing the dishes, your wonderfully witchy ways are woven into everything you do.
With her signature down-to-earth wisdom and warmth, Deborah Blake takes you into the heart of what it means to be a Witch all day, every day. Filled to the brim with practical suggestions, Pagan and Wicca spells, and helpful advice, this essential book brings to light all facets of a modern Witch’s life: The seven core beliefs of Witches, mindful eating and health, creating sacred space at home, relationships with non-Pagans, sex and the single Witch, raising Pagan children, solitary and coven practice, Pagan ritual, and green living.
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The Goddess Is In The Details
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March 26, 2009
I recently finished reading Deborah Blake’s latest book “The Goddess is in the Details”, which is releasing in May. What a wonderful read! As Blake points out in her introduction, there are “many books out there for the witch just starting out. Lovingly (or not so lovingly) referred to by many of us [Wiccans/Witches] as ‘Wicca 101′ books.” What has been lacking in the vast Wiccan book marketplace are books that talk more about what it means to be a Witch, the more spiritual and philosophical side of those who call themselves Wiccan. “The Goddess is in the Details” fills the void.
Blake’s book asks, and answers, just about any question you could ask about what it means to be Wiccan. The book is divided into six parts: The Everyday Witch, The Inner Witch, The Outer Witch, The Social Witch, The Practicing Witch, and The Natural Witch. Within those six parts, Blake discusses everything from “The Seven Beliefs at the Heart of Being a Witch” and “Mindful Eating” to “The Witch and Marriage” and “Interacting with Others at Work and Play”. Better still; at the end of each chapter, Blake has “Something to Think About” and/or “Something to Try”. These ask you to consider how you deal with or view the things previously discussed or offers exercises to try to incorporate what you’ve just read into your life.
I tend to think of this book as kind of a “High Priestess in a Box”. Any question you would think to ask a High Priestess, Blake answers. This makes the book an invaluable tool for Solitary practioners, individuals interested in becoming leaders within their respective spiritual communities, and any Wiccan looking to find what it means to be a Witch.
For me though, the best part of this book is the writing style. Deborah Blake and I have interacted frequently since our introduction in September of last year . She is a very warm and wise cracking lady and fortunately, she doesn’t edit her personality out of her writing. This makes the book an engaging read, with a lot of heart, instead of a dull philosophical text.