Woodbury, Minnesota: Llewellyn Publications, 2018. Paperback, xiii+188 pages. New.
Thorn Mooney’s Traditional Wicca: A Seeker’s Guide is the first book which examines Gardnerian-Alexandrian initiatory Wicca specifically for people who are considering approaching it. She brings her years of experience as a Gardnerian priestess, and the result is a book which is receiving a great deal of attention. It looks at the structures and essential dynamics of covens, the importance to the tradition of the rites of initiation, and the thinking around the subject of lineage. She also looks at how hierarchy works in covens, explaining how how it works when it goes properly, and how to recognise when it doesn’t. It is unlike most books on Wicca which rehearse the general concepts (deities, elements, circle, wheel of the year) but rather does something different. Aimed at seekers and explorers, it helps the seeker understand the key functioning qualities of the Gardnerian and Alexandrian streams; the reader comes away having a good idea of what constitutes a healthy and reputable coven, and how to navigate the process of training and initiation.