There are no short cuts to becoming a Witch Traditionally, students take a year and a day to prepare for their initiation into the Craft Based on this age old custom, Wicca A Year and a Day is a one of a kind daily guide that introduces Witchcraft over aday cycleIdeal for solitary students, this intensive study course teaches the core content of Wiccan practice the tides of time, the wonders of the seasons, the ways of herbs and magic, the mysticism of the Old Ones, and the inner disciplines of seers and sages Daily lessons include exercises, Wiccan theology and lore, and discussions relating to circle work, magical correspondences, holidays, deities, tools, healing, and divination Something I will restart on Jan 1. This book takes the form of 366 daily lessons that are intended to guide someone from their first steps in Wicca all the way through their year and a day.The biggest problem with this book is that every 30 days it gives you a shopping list of supplies needed to complete that month s lessons Considering that the book is aimed at people who are new to Wicca, I suspect it could give them entirely the wrong impression and lead them into the trap of thinking stuff is a requirement.Perhaps it would This book takes the form of 366 daily lessons that are intended to guide someone from their first steps in Wicca all the way through their year and a day.The biggest problem with this book is that every 30 days it gives you a shopping list of supplies needed to complete that month s lessons Considering that the book is aimed at people who are new to Wicca, I suspect it could give them entirely the wrong impression and lead them into the trap of thinking stuff is a requirement.Perhaps it would be useful to some people, but it s not a book I respect and I m glad I didn t come across it as a beginner In just flipping through the book, a reader might think they need to go out and buy a bunch of stuff in order to be Wiccan or to practice witchcraft This couldn t be further from the truth Following this guide for practicing Wicca and witchcraft can be daunting for those with tight budgets Wicca and witchcraft is not about buying new or expensive items read Scott Cunningham s Living Wicca My main criticism of this book is that the shopping lists undermine Wicca as an accessible religion In just flipping through the book, a reader might think they need to go out and buy a bunch of stuff in order to be Wiccan or to practice witchcraft This couldn t be further from the truth Following this guide for practicing Wicca and witchcraft can be daunting for those with tight budgets Wicca and witchcraft is not about buying new or expensive items read Scott Cunningham s Living Wicca My main criticism of this book is that the shopping lists undermine Wicca as an accessible religion Some of the spells seem a bit too complicated for the beginner Someone with a bitexperience can substitute some of the items for the spells with items found around the house or outside.Criticisms aside, if you want a book that provides you with ways to practice Wicca on a daily basis, this is the book that does so Each day, you will do something a little different, from spells, to meditations, to exercises It gets the practitioner into the rhythm and mindset of being Wicca I encourage beginners to feel free to substitute items and spells and exercises to make the practiceaccessible to themselves and their situation.Word of caution the writer tends to treat Wicca and witchcraft as the same They may overlap at times, but one does not have to be Wiccan to be a witch My hope is for someone to write a similar book, but with simpler spells and cheaper ingredients I wanted to give this a 3.5, but I decided that since it mostly accomplished what it was going for I d err on the side of generous On the plus side, it s an enjoyable read with a good mix of active practice and contemplation As always, I like Roderick s psychological approach and focus on guided meditation to find personal symbolism The result isexperiential and less pedantic than some of theprescriptive texts out there It seemed like a fairly complete compendium on the basics of I wanted to give this a 3.5, but I decided that since it mostly accomplished what it was going for I d err on the side of generous On the plus side, it s an enjoyable read with a good mix of active practice and contemplation As always, I like Roderick s psychological approach and focus on guided meditation to find personal symbolism The result isexperiential and less pedantic than some of theprescriptive texts out there It seemed like a fairly complete compendium on the basics of Wicca without getting hung up on the shallow aspects of the religion My biggest criticism here is that his sources aren t always credible For example, the entirety of the section on runes was taken almost word for word from Ralph Blum s Book of Runes, which I found out halfway through might not offer reliable interpretations Also one of the deities the book has you try to connect with is Janicot, who as far as I can tell doesn t seem to have much of a history at all Little things like this scattered throughout the book made me take much of the content with a grain of salt not exactly the level of confidence I wanted in an in depth course of study I also dispensed with much of his method of circle casting once I got through that section as I found it too complicated, but that s a personal preference Overall I d say it s a good go to if you re wanting a daily Wiccan practice Although I ve been a fully practicing pagan for about 10 years now, I still found this mostly useful in terms of information, spiritual development, and discipline alike As it says there is no short cuts to being a witch This book is educational Yes it does have a list of things every 30 days for you to get but if you want to learn herbs, spells, chants, hands on This is the book to go with You can get done in a year and a day but I would not hold my breath You will probably go over those days considering getting stuff rather if you are on a budget or you have to order it when you are not near or the Mystical shop near you don t have the product All this m As it says there is no short cuts to being a witch This book is educational Yes it does have a list of things every 30 days for you to get but if you want to learn herbs, spells, chants, hands on This is the book to go with You can get done in a year and a day but I would not hold my breath You will probably go over those days considering getting stuff rather if you are on a budget or you have to order it when you are not near or the Mystical shop near you don t have the product All this means is in real life if you are needing something it is going to take time to get it to finish something If you are wanting to read something for knowledge this book will be a complete waste of time for you If you want hands on training and understanding This book is for you I however recommend this book One of My 1st This The Big Blue, A Moura s Can t think of name were my first 3 books when I started my Year a Day on December 5, 2014 I m trying to get to Another Year a Day I didn t exactly follow from Page 1 after I realized Sabbats were Chapters so Skipped to Yule Chapter I honestly cannot fully retain too much information at times so I read for 2 years Can t wait til I get to next book As I ve said in my other reviews, the Kindle Hard Copy I ve built up quite a One of My 1st This The Big Blue, A Moura s Can t think of name were my first 3 books when I started my Year a Day on December 5, 2014 I m trying to get to Another Year a Day I didn t exactly follow from Page 1 after I realized Sabbats were Chapters so Skipped to Yule Chapter I honestly cannot fully retain too much information at times so I read for 2 years Can t wait til I get to next book As I ve said in my other reviews, the Kindle Hard Copy I ve built up quite a Collection I wish I could share collection It didn t make sense to me before, WHY I buy so many books I try not to judge a book by its cover But I was correct when I did with this one As a beginner after learning of my ancestry I enjoyed the Weekly Collecting of Items ended up with a lot of stuff that I consistently needed post reading I m a collector Happy to Share that Timothy Roderick is part of my collection Happy Reading on Your Path to Healing Read and studied as a group Loved every minute of it I really enjoyed reading this book and what I learned will stay with me always I see a lot of people complaining about how each 30 days you have a list of items to purchase,let me say this What you purchase is just a tiny cost of what you learn and by the end of my 366 days I have a complete stock of herbs and items I will get to enjoy in my craft further I really hope people that truly want to learn purchase this incredible book and have amazing knowledge from there workings as I had I can t I really enjoyed reading this book and what I learned will stay with me always I see a lot of people complaining about how each 30 days you have a list of items to purchase,let me say this What you purchase is just a tiny cost of what you learn and by the end of my 366 days I have a complete stock of herbs and items I will get to enjoy in my craft further I really hope people that truly want to learn purchase this incredible book and have amazing knowledge from there workings as I had I can t wait for Mr roderick to come out with his next book because I m forever learning Many Blessings This is a great book for the serious beginner although I would think the habit of purchasing items needed would become expensive This isn t truly practical for everyone, so bear that in mind.