Witchcraft: The Big Book Of Spells by Justin Kase Book Review/Breakdown

In which everything that can be wrong, is. So it’s time to tear this book apart… figuratively. Because, you know, this book is free on Kindle. 

That’s the only reason I got it. It already had bad reviews on it and now I know why. Also, why it was free. Dear gods this book is terrible. So, let’s get to tearing the book apart.

First of all, I did a little digging on the author after reading a few pages. He wrote Witchcraft: The Ultimate Bible: The Definitive Guide on the Practice of Witchcraft, Spells, Rituals, and Wicca. Yes, that is the actual title. It’s also on Kindle, but I’m not paying $2.99 to read it and hate it. If it’s on Kindle Unlimited when I get it, I might read it then and break it down too. The next title on the list is another long one. Reiki: The Ultimate Guide: The Definitive Guide: Improve Health, Increase Energy and Feel Amazing with Reiki Healing. He Also wrote How Republicans Became the Party of Stupid Introducing: The Tea Party. I don’t know about you, but I like it better when Pagan authors stay out of politics. As far as I’m concerned, Politics= Crazy. On the other hand, the guy can write whatever the hell he wants.

Now, ‘Witchcraft’ has 15 chapters, not including the introduction and conclusion. Let’s start from the beginning.

Introduction

Right off I can tell you that this guy does not interact with the Pagan community. There is so much infighting it’s not even funny. I’ll admit that things have calmed down in the past few years, but it’s still rife with assholes that think their way is the only way. The author also uses Witchcraft and Wicca as interchangeable words. They are not. Witchcraft is simply the practice of magick that doesn’t have to be linked to a religion. Wicca is a religion. He even says that they are. Again, they are not.

This should tell you that you can look forward to a terrible book full of misinformation.

Chapter 1: The History of Wicca/Witchcraft

I was nervous about reading this chapter and with good reason. Right off the bat the author claims that soothsayers were banned in Ancient Rome. Unless someone else knows something I don’t, this isn’t the case. Everyone went to them as far as I can remember and they held positions of respect. In the same paragraph he claims that the Pharaoh and priests “actively fought the sinister forces and magic in the world”. I don’t recall any ancient witch hunts from that time.

Then comes the part about Christianity, which is only partially right. He claims that the Inquisition was only between the 14th to 18th centuries. In truth, it started in the 12th century and didn’t end until the early 19th century.

His information on Wicca ( Surprise, Surprise) is mostly right. Honestly, I shouldn’t be surprised, but after all the crap he made up you can’t blame me.

Chapter 2: What It Really Means to Be a Witch

I honestly can not understand the first paragraph. It’s just a jumble of words and grammatical errors. The most I can actually gather from it is that the gods won’t be mad at you if you do something wrong. Please, if I kicked a cat I would regret crossing Bast. Not that I would ever in a million years do that. That’s animal abuse and just plain wrong.

Next he talks about the Rede. It’s the basic stuff you expect to see. I’ve just never heard of adding ‘An it harm none’ to the end of a spell. I am not even getting into that whole thing. He talks about the rule of three and says that it’s kinda like Karma. It is Karma. Not Kinda like it. Then again, that’s just me.

He then goes on about how we’re all connected and everything you do effects someone else. I’m sorry, but my feeding the chickens doesn’t effect another person in the slightest.

The ‘Nature Is Key’ section of this chapter is all over the place.

The next section is title ‘Sorry, No Satan’. This book should have been titled ‘Wicca’ and not ‘Witchcraft’. I know a few Lucifarians that would buy a copy of this book so they could burn it. Let’s not make people mad, shall we? After all, there are at least a few Lucifarians and Satanists that practice Witchcraft.

Chapter 3: Hedgewitch or Coven?

In which Hedgewitch is apparently synonymous with Solitary. This is yet another screwball chapter in which Mr. Kase makes shit up. While he’s right in thinking of Hedgewitches as being solitary, the rest is crap. A Solitary Practitioner can be a Hedgewitch, but not all SPs are Hedgewitches. Hedgewitches are like herbalists and in some cases, midwives. He goes on to talk about Solitaries as ‘solos’ and if you should join a coven. In a way he makes covens out to sound like greedy people.

Chapter 4: Gods That are Honored

Yes, ‘Gods’. Not Pantheons. Just Gods. This list is strange and very, very wrong. Not to mention the part where he says ‘as a Wicca’. He also talks about how the Gods and Goddesses are all benevolent (read: fluffy creatures in children’s stories) that will never seek retribution for any of your wrongdoings. Oh yeah, we kind of went over that already.

Apparently the list is broken up by cultures. I don’t see it. Almost everything he has to say is absolutely wrong. Where does he get wealth from Cernunnos? He doesn’t even mention the Wild Hunt when talking about him.

When Mr. Kase says he’s breaking the list down by culture, I think he really means he’s breaking it down by his own associations. Norse, North American, Inca, India, and Egyptian are just a few.

Chapter 5: Goddesses That Are Honored

Even less thought was given to this chapter than the previous one. Apparently the Goddesses of India aren’t important enough to separated from the unrelated Goddesses of Russia. He makes the same mistake that anyone that doesn’t work with Bast makes. Instead of honoring her as she originally was they use information from after Upper and Lower Egypt were merged. I know Bast as a War Goddess. Cat’s are not all fluffy lap pets. They have claws and they aren’t afraid to use them. Bast is the same way. She won’t hesitate to correct you when you’re wrong.

Likewise he messes up massively when describing Macha, the horse goddess of Ireland. He also says very little on Morrigan since there’s really no way to make her (or should I say them?) sound like sunshine and rainbows. He’s so busy trying to make things sound that way that he’s completely disregarding facts.

Chapter 6: Visualization

This chapter wasn’t too bad information wise, but I kept zoning out. In short, it was boring. I liked Scot Cunningham’s Jupiter vegetable better. If you recorded yourself reading this chapter out loud, you could literally put yourself to sleep with ease every night. Without fail.

Chapter 7: Divination

The first thing he really talks about in this chapter is tarot and how apparently it takes a lifetime to ‘properly’ interpret the cards. What a load of crap. There is no proper way. The imagery of the cards can mean something different to everyone. Not to mention all the times he doubles back and contradicts himself.

He moves on to oracle cards and has next to nothing to say about them. Personally, I don’t think of them as being the same as tarot. And again he has next to nothing to say about Scrying.

His ideas on pendulums are probably just his own experiences. It’s just one way of doing things. He’s a little too redundant for my tastes, but this section wasn’t too bad.

The section on Palm Reading sounds a little ‘off’ to me, but Palmistry was never an interest of mine. This section is literally a paragraph.

I’m not sure why he chose to add dreams to this chapter, but he did. I personally don’t see dreams as anything worth note. On the other hand, my dreams are nothing but nightmares that I’m comfortable with, so I don’t really have room to talk.

Kase talks about writing down your dreams in a journal to keep track of them. If I did that I might have the world’s greatest horror novel. Maybe I’ll start writing them down and see what kind of book comes out of them. Probably short stories. He does give some good suggestions, but it isn’t anything unique that no one else has suggested.

Chapter 8: Rites and Rituals

As of this sentence, I haven’t read this chapter yet, but if this chapter follows most of the chapters before… I feel sorry for anyone that takes this chapter seriously.

I was wondering where the chapter on Altars would be, but apparently it was stuffed into this chapter. The section it gets mentioned in involves preparing for rites and rituals, but he gives no information on preparation. None. He then moves on to general information about tools and set up. Or should I say generic? It’s nothing new. Just the same rehashed crap everyone uses.

The section on Symbols doesn’t stand out in any way. The list of animals in the next section is unremarkable at best. Not complete crap, but not exactly good enough at the same time. The ritual objects section is pretty terrible. Some stuff is ok and others are terrible and not thought out. Once again we find the author making shit up.

I’ve decided that he just randomly names the chapters with no thought toward the contents. So far the chapter names have had next to nothing in common with what he’s talking about.

Chapter 9: The Sacred Circle and Raising Power

This chapter is just information and it isn’t that bad. It’s only a few paragraphs long, yet again. The only fault I can find here is that the first sentence in the chapter is so poorly worded it makes your eyes cross. So there’s that.

Chapter 10: Spell Casting

So, I can safely say without reading this chapter just yet that it will be nothing but information. Of course, I was right.

It’s another short chapter. Just a bit long than the last chapter.

All I have to say about this chapter is that while you may cast a spell during a ritual you don’t have to do a ritual to cast a spell. Enough said.

Chapter 11: Writing Your Own Spells

The first section of this chapter isn’t that bad, but I do have a problem with ‘all spell must end with “An it harm none, so mote it be!”‘ Yeah, I actually have a huge problem with that. Remember, intention goes a long way to keep from screwing someone else over.

The next section gives bare bones information about using oils on candles. It isn’t bad, but the amount of info sucks. The same goes for the section on incense.

The section on crystals makes me want to scream. This guy is asking for an energy break when he talks about using Fluorite as a substitute for any other stone. Fluorite is a stone that needs to cleansed often to keep it from physically breaking like pendulum did.

Otherwise the information given isn’t total crap. However, I would never put oil of any kind on a crystal or stone.

Chapter 12: Spells for Attracting Abundance

At first this chapter does start off with spells for abundance, but then the author losses track and goes all over the place. You end up with everything from money and job spells to spells for dreams and psychic abilities. They aren’t even that well written and the list of things you need is usually a little too costly.

Chapter 13: Spells For Good Health

I have a very good question for you: If you saw someone hurt would you hesitate to call 911? Of course not. So if you knew someone that could benefit from a healing spell, why in the hell would you not do it for them, especially if you feel compelled to do it? There have been flat out wars over if it’s right or wrong to cast a good spell without someone’s permission. Most people (for some ungodly reason) think it amounts to a curse or hex, while the rest of us think those people are idiots that think too much. That’s basically how this chapter starts out. Telling you that you should never cast a spell for good health on someone that needs it without their consent.

After all that there is one crappy little healing spell.

Chapter 14: Spells for Attracting Love

I hate love spells. There is so much crap that can and will go wrong. Trust me, I know from experience. My advice? Do not do them. EVER. With that in mind, I don’t see anything wrong with the first spell. It’s a simple little spell asking for love and not a specific person. The second spell isn’t too bad, but it does have the potential to backfire.

Chapter 15: Spells for Good Luck

The first spell in this chapter is a freaking protection spell. Can you see where that might bother me? Protection spells have next to nothing to do with good luck. Not to mention, this is the most complicated protection spell I’ve seen since Silver Ravenwolf.

Only then do we get a complicated luck spell, and then another, and then a lost object spell. I’m tempted to try it. Maybe it can help me find my mortar and pestal… which have been missing for a while. Never mind. I think I’ll just walk around the house and yell at the fae to give the damn things back. It’s always working in the past.

Now we get a banishing spell. At best, it might help me banish the fae from my house so I don’t have to deal with them stealing my shit anymore. Never mind on this one too. It’s just a very complicated way to make yourself gain a bad habit while trying to banish another.

Conclusion

He’s just thanking you for downloading his book.

To tell you the truth, this book was much worst than I actually thought it would be. I’m getting Kindle Unlimited soon, so I’ll do the same thing for his other ‘Witchcraft’ book. I’m sorry if I lost my temper. I suggest you read this for yourself if you don’t believe me. After all, if you have a tablet or smartphone (like I do) the Kindle app is free and so is this book.

I hate this book.

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