I know, I know, this is coming off as a bit of a rant. It might be. I'll try and restrain myself a bit. However, I felt the need to acknowledge this complaint as I just read it again the other day in a forum with the complaining party discussing how a writer s/he knows is working on a beginners books for witches. My first reaction was annoyance and a little bit of anger, I must admit. Writers should be encouraged, not broken down because of the subject of their writing.
As years go on, books on the basics will be called upon to cover different things in order to be relevant to the new reader. For example: new witches in the city who don't have much access to the wilds of nature need books that discuss the basics of how to live a magickal life in an urban setting. While, yes there are books about urban magick, they need to be updated for new generations as terminology, dates, spells, and illustrations will quickly become outdated as technology grows. Already, my copy of Patricia Telesco's book The Urban Pagan looks retro to most young pagans who are looking for a book written just for them.
New witches and spiritual seekers need new information (and, lets be honest, our veterans could also do with a return to the basics in new light every one in a while).
- For one, it is indeed easier to write what you know and most practitioners who are writing have the basics down already.
- It is easier to re-invent the wheel than it is to, say, reinvent the whole car. Writing about something already fully developed by others is going to give authors more ideas and they will see their own angle easier when they can see the whole box.
- There already are advanced books on the market. With the complaints about 101 books being what they are, the publishers and authors of the more advanced books might not want to have the same objections raised towards their category.
- Authors that are advanced and could write books on the intermediate and advanced levels are busy. I have this image that the advanced masters of the craft are occupied with studying the mysteries of the occult and have no time to explain their findings to us mere journeymen. Or, more likely, they are busy at the conventions, gatherings, and books signings. (This is probably far far from the truth, but its an idea I had and thought I would share.)
- Lastly, authors and publishers might simply not be aware there is a market for advanced books. There certainly isn't much of a section for them in the store that I've seen. Maybe they simply need to be aware that their readers want more.
P.S. I do want to thank writers like Raven Grimassi, Patricia Telesco, Raven Kaldera, Eileen Connolly, and the many others who do write amazing books and resources not only for those just starting out but also for those practitioners wanting to deepen their magickal experience and go further. Thank you, thank you.
What is your favorite intermediate or advanced book on magick, divination, healing, etc?
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