When I was a pre-teen/teenager, I found myself moving away from the faith in which my parents raised me (Judaism). I’m convinced it has to do with my anger at the G-d I’d known, since this was just after my Mom died.
Tangent: Some Jewish people don’t write the word G-d out, because it might get destroyed or damaged, which is seen as a sin. It’s a habit I can’t seem to shake. Curious to know more?
Why am I rambling on about this in a post? Well, that’s where I got this book! I love telling you all what led me to read a book.
Please tell me if you enjoy this part of the reviews, or if you think it’s silly – I’d love to hear from you!
I started leaning towards Wicca, earth magic, & paganism in my early teens. It helped me to connect religion & faith to something I could experience viscerally – the wind blew my hair, the water made my hair curl up, fire warmed me, earth got under my fingernails.
So, I gathered several books on Wicca. I never read them, but I had them on hand for reference to do my “spiritual activities” (or “spells,” as Wiccans often call them).
Now, I’ve added them to my selection of religious texts. Alongside The Torah & The Koran (which I haven’t read yet, but my Dad has a copy), I’ve read books like Kitchen Witch’s Cookbook & Cat Magic.
Let’s get on to Earth Power, shall we?
Spoiler-Free! All the flavor, none of the spoilers!
Unfortunately, Earth Power fell short for me. It’s possible I may not have liked it as much because I have a monotheistic bias. I fully understand & admit that possibility.
I also admit that my lack of faith in a higher power – or, at the very least, a serious anger towards said power – affects my reading of this book. Probably all religious texts.
Then again, there were a couple of other elements of the book that made me dislike it:
- Inconsistent capitalization. Sometimes the word “Magick” is capitalized, sometimes it’s not. Some words in a sentence are capitalized, then a word like “earth,” meaning the planet, isn’t capitalized where I think it would be appropriate.
- Text waffles between “magick” as a spiritual or meditative process & a religion with form & deities. If it can be both, which it seems, in my reading, it is, I think that’s something Scott Cunningham could have addressed. It seemed like he was unsure of it himself without the necessary clarification.
- Many sentences are very repetitive. In fact, entire paragraphs – one following the other – say the exact same thing only slightly reworded.
2.5 out of 5 stars! Cunningham gives some decent advice for scrying – a form of meditation using a visual aid, like a stream, lake, or mirror – which sounds interesting. But the questionable grammatical choices & repetition annoyed the crud outta me.
Like I said at the start, my biases may impact my reading. However, I’ve thought better of other Wicca-based books.
Scott Cunningham does use some nice pictures in his books, though.