"A Witches Bible" contains, in one volume, Janet and Stewart Farrar's two books, "Eight Sabbats for
Witches" and "The Witches' Way." These two books are classics in the genre of New Age literature and a
necessary addition to the library of every Wiccan and Pagan. Together, these two books provide the best
published manual on Wiccan practice ever printed.</P>
The first section describes the meanings, history and ceremonies of the Wiccan holidays. The eight
Sabbats are described in detail just as they are practiced by the Farrar's coven. To the fragmentary rituals
of Gerald Gardner's "Book of Shadows," the Farrar's have added their own material. Based on extensive
research and practice, the result is a rich and powerful tradition rooted in the most ancient of lore.</P>
The second section deals with the rest of "The Book of Shadows." The Farrar's detail the initiation
rituals, lunar rites and magickal workings which form the core of Witchcraft. Included is extensive material
on divination, astral projection and healing. This book also gives important advice on working with others
and on running a coven responsibly.</P>
The Farrar's have provided an informative work that is more than just a how-to. They have captured
the spirit of "The Old Religion" and it's relevance in helping people to live in better harmony with nature
and themselves. This classic helped to establish modern Witchcraft as a religion that focuses on the values
of personal growth, sexual equality and love of Nature.</P>
In America, Wicca has by and large degenerated into silliness, choked on crystals and blinded by white light. This is unfortunate; the religion of Gerald Gardner (and later Alex Sanders) and generally had solid scholarly roots. While some of those roots have since been disproven -- notably Margaret Murray's "Witch Cult" theories -- there was real intellectual activity, and real philosophical rigor, behind this religion. These were serious people who weren't afraid to visit a library, and who even included some decent poetry in their rituals.
*The Witches' Bible* is compiled by two of the most famous of the Alexandrian Witches, Janet and Stewart Farrar. The title does not lie: it truly is a complete witch's handbook. After reading this, you will know everything you need to hold a circle and to practice Wicca. You won't be an initiated Wiccan -- that can only be done by someone who possesses the lineage to do so -- but you will be able to serve the God and Goddess in a Wiccan style. You will also be ready to study for initiation and to reap its benefits and fulfill its responsibilities.
This book isn't perfect: I disagree with some of their views on gender polarity, while their views on "Gay covens" are quaint at best. Still, it deserves 5 stars merely because it stands so far above its competition. This volume will prove more useful to you than any of the silly fluffy-bunny trash which pollutes so many Newage bookstores today. It's Wicca as it was, as it could be, and as it should have been. No Neopagan should be without it.