Having known Francesca since before her name was "De Grandis" ( what is that- "The Great?") and when she considered herself a Human Being rather than some kind of Otherworldly Being hovering about us puny mortals and shaping our destiny , I found the opening of this book actually embarrassing. Francesca is a talented, intelligent, very creative person, but she's a person, folks, not any more Divine than the rest of us. I would like to think that she was trying to tell us that we are all Divine, but this is not quite how it comes across. My enjoyment of the rest of the book was sadly effected by the enormous ego that continuously comes through.
Yes, it's a well thought out practical system, I have no doubt that it works, but I kind of wonder what audience Francesca is pitching for. As a one on one teacher, I have heard she's wonderful, but a number of statements she makes are a bit misleading. Without a real teacher there to sort out the problems and misconceptions, confusion will reign. Francesca's teaching is based on the Feri Tradition, as passed on by Victor Anderson ( who I also knew personally) and Victor never claimed his wonderful tradition was exclusively Celtic. Victor was very eclectic, and VERY non commercial and the idea of throwing his name around to mass market a book bothers me. Victor never tried to make money from his teachings, and while he appreciated pride and self esteem, enormous egos were not encouraged. Victor always considered himself to be a Human Being, should his student so exceed her teacher? Maybe "Be a Goddess" is a good Wicca primer, but I would feel better if she stopped implying the Feri Trad. and her "Celtic Shamanism" are the same thing. Even if she does not say this explicitly, this is the impression people are getting from this book.The Third Road, Francesca's School, evolved from Feri which is perfectly OK but she never misses the opportunity to speak to the media as a Feri when she has the opportunity. It's confusing, and it does not do credit to either the Feri Tradition or Wicca ( and they are NOT the same, ask any Feri practitioner who is not trying to sugar coat Feri to make it more appealing to a mass audience).
No, I never studied with Francesca- I met her in poetry circles , and I have nothing against her personally. I just have too much respect for Victor's memory to like the direction she seems to be taking.
This is a good practical primer. On its own. Francesca needs to start stepping out more on her own and not standing on the shoulders of a teacher and a tradition who would not necessarily agree with what she is doing now.
But I guess it sells books.
This kind of book makes me sick. "ANYONE CAN HAVE ANYTHING THEY WANT IN 5 MINUTES A DAY!!!" That is NOT the way magick works. This book is full of inaccuracies and fluffy nonsense. It doesn't even deserve 1 star, but perhaps a minus 3. The stench of this author's ego is enough to make me retch. How many times can she say how brilliant & wonderful she is?
I am a practicing witch, and this kind of poorly-written, badly researched schlock makes witches look bad. It makes the public think that we are all a bunch of idiots who buy a book & think we are instantly magical. I don't know what kind of people this "author" has as clients, but Goddess help them.