Wiccan Spells for Beginners is a short 50 page work written by Naomi Hill, published by Wiccan Spells Edition in 2014 and published using CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform in 2013. While the cover was eye-catching and the description intriguing, the fact that it was published through CreateSpace should have been an indicator that the book would fall flat when examined fully. The writing is simplistic, using short phrases instead of full sentences at times and reflects how some individuals speak, rather than how one should provide detailed information. The lack of editor is also evident in the plethora of incorrect information and misuse of terms.
The first three chapters describe Wicca and the belief systems that the author attributes to Wiccans. This is where the author seems to confuse the religion of Wicca with witchcraft, which is the use of spellwork. While the two do co-exist, a person can practice witchcraft and spellwork without following the religion of Wiccan . So the explanation that Wiccans can also be atheist is not correct. An atheist can perform spells and do witchcraft, just as a person of any faith or lack of can. But generally, while still very open to beliefs and rituals, the religion of Wicca is duotheistic, with Wiccans believing in both a God and a Goddess figure.
In the first chapter that actually begins discussing spells (chapter four) the author uses terms and phrases such as white and dark magic, which technically doesn’t exist (though some people still use these terms). Magic is magic, it isn’t white or dark, but depends on one’s intent. If a person follows the Wiccan Rede then they do not do any kind of negative or ‘dark’ magic. Therefore, immediately following up the statement about magic using those terms with reference to the Rede made absolutely no sense. The author also uses the term ‘wizard’ in reference to a male witch. The term ‘witch’ is used to describe both female and male practitioners, no educated witch would use the term wizard. From these small, but ignorant, mentions alone the book was nearly abandoned. There weren’t any mentions of spellwork until chapter four after all and even then it was filled with inaccuracies, so many that I don’t have time to correct them all.
So from the statement on the cover of the book one would assume that this work included quick and simple magic spells and rituals that would improve your health, wealth, and relationships. It does include some spells, with chapters broken down into spells regarding luck, love, travel, health and success, personal power,
which are so simple they’re almost childlike (though it’s not recommended that children do spells without supervision). Some spells do incorporate herbs, oils, and colors correctly in regards to meanings and connections (green = money, though can also mean health), others use items that have no magical connections or meanings (rabbit pellet? really?). It definitely would be best to double and triple check ingredients when doing any of the spells mentioned in this book. Intention and visualization aren’t mentioned until chapter nine, which is well after some people may have begun casting. Only one spell mentions any aspect of the God and Goddess, making this barely a book about Wiccan spells and more a book on general spells that also includes some (often incorrect) information regarding Wicca.