When I first read about Moon Spell Magic For Love: Charms, Invocations, Passion Potions and Rituals for Romance, by Cerridwen Greenleaf, I was excited to see a Wiccan approach to magic, and with a Moon focus on the matter? Way much better! The Wiccan faith worked and focused from the perspective of the moon, the symbol of the Triple Goddess, was too attractive a mixture to let it pass. However, the content with which I found was far from what I expected.
The book is well written and goes straight to the point. You don’t need a strong background in witchcraft or even Wicca to use the spells, rituals, meditations and incantations the author includes, I am sure anyone with a basic knowledge on magic and witchcraft can work nicely with Moon Spell Magic For Love.
Cerridwen Greenleaf keeps a simple style that is easy to follow and understand. She gives enough details when she needs to and has a solid understanding on how spells, rituals and more should be prepared, guiding the reader through the different steps in order to perform them in a successful way.
However, we are speaking about a book that is being advertised as “A Wicca spell book of love magic,” according to the synopsis, and Wicca forbids and prohibits using blood in magic, along with binding spells, which may be okay in other religions or paths, but are unacceptable in a Wiccan context. Both cases are present in Moon Spell Magic For Love.
Not all witches are Wiccans
What makes me doubt even more is that there are sections in the book in which Cerridwen Greenleaf uses “Wicca” and “Witchcraft,” and “Wiccan” and “Witch” as well, as interchangeable terms, while they are not. Although the first one has been more popular and maybe the most accepted form of using witchcraft, doesn’t mean they are the same thing. Not all witches are Wiccans, and I’ve known about Wiccans who prefer a more contemplative practice that doesn’t include spells or rituals.
The book doesn’t work with the Wiccan Goddess and God either. Instead, it focuses on the feminine side of the Divine and sacred sexuality. Moon Spell Magic For Love is exactly what its title says, a spell book that focuses on love, and has a varied collection of potions, spells, and even recipes, although I am inclined just to try the recipes; I may need to learn how to cook first, though.
Cerridwen Greenleaf did a nice job in her subject, I won’t deny it, yet I’m not sure this should be advertised as a Wiccan book at all, and would need further editing in order to avoid confusion among the future Wiccans.
I’m especially sensitive about the second point since that was the religion that made me discover Witchcraft, and the same happened to several witches. For some of us it was a phase that paved our way, but it was the right path to follow to others. Moon Spell Magic For Love shouldn’t blurry the line.
To the author, I would suggest a second edition with the right terms, and to the readers, enjoy it as a good reading and take what works for you, but always know the difference and the correct words when referring to something.
About the book:
Moon Spell Magic For Love: Charms, Invocations, Passion Potions and Rituals for Romance
Print Length: 192 pages
Publisher: Mango (February 14, 2019)
Publication Date: February 14, 2019
About the Author
Cerridwen Greenleaf has worked with many of the leading lights of the spirituality world including Starhawk, Z Budapest, John Michael Greer, Christopher Penczak, Raymond Buckland, Luisah Teish, and many more. She gives herbal workshops throughout North America. Greenleaf’s graduate work in medieval studies has given her deep knowledge she utilizes in her work, making her work unique in the field. A popular blogger for New Witch Magazine. Her books have sold over 100k sopies.
About the Reviewer
Bader Saab is a digital journalist and solitary, eclectic witch interested in the darker side of magic and divination. Besides reading and writing, Bader also enjoys studying the Gothic subculture, which he belongs to, learning new languages and making endless lists of movies, music and the like. He can be found on Instagram as @saab.bader.