Book Review: The Circle Within

“The point of Wicca, the real mystery behind it all, is to remember the Divinity within ourselves and all things; to manifest our God and Goddess all the time, every day, every moment; to love as They love, to give as They give; to serve Them in perfect trust, and thus bring Their grace more fully into the world; to understand that we are the embodiment of the Divine love and nurture, and to express that love in the world; to walk as God and Goddess.”

-Dianne Sylvan

I recently re-read Dianne Sylvan’s The Circle Within: Creating a Wiccan Spiritual Tradition. The book wound up in my possession on a whim, and I did not expect much given the outer design (an eclipse on black background) and a certain crescent moon present on the spine. Here I must admit to ignoring the age-old adage of never judging a book by its cover (or its publisher, for that matter). The first time I read The Circle Within, I finished it in a single weekend – impressive for an overworked college student who barely has time for extracurricular reading – and felt myself smiling for a full week afterwards. Read ahead to find out why I gave this book 4/5 stars.

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