Fire Child: The Life & Magic of Maxine Sanders ‘Witch Queen’, by Maxine Sanders
Mandrake, 9781869928780, 309 pp., 2008
I have been waiting for this book to be written for years, if not decades. As I have said in previous reviews, we need more autobiographies (as well as biographies) concerning those people who helped to bring our religion out of the broom closet. We already had Gerald Gardner: Witch and King of the Witches: The World of Alex Sanders as well as several books relating the life and works of George Pickingill, Doreen Valiente, Sybil Leek, and more modern practitioners such as Fiona Horne. The Internet has made it easy to find out about individuals’ actions. Their motivations, however, may not be so easily determined.
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A Voice in the Forest: Spirit Conversations with Alex Sanders
Trident Publications, 1999
This is a book which can be, and probably will be, read in one sitting. It is clearly written and not at all difficult to understand. On top of that, it is nicely double spaced throughout, which makes it one of the easiest-on-the-eyes books I have seen in quite a while. It is composed of information which Alex Sanders wanted to share with his Craft children and the other Hidden Children of the Goddess.
It is very difficult for me to be objective about this book. It is about the founder of my particular path, written by an individual who shares that path with me (even though we have never met, to the best of my knowledge, except on the Internet). I must say that, honestly, it rings true for me.
There will be many who will doubt what Jimahl has written (I know I did when I first heard about it privately). On one level, this could be material which is easily created in the mind of a writer. And for those who have no experience of the individual known as Alex Sanders, there can be no sense of rightness. I remember the controversy when it first came out.
I had the pleasure of corresponding with Alex at the very beginning of my Craft life. I never had the pleasure of sitting down with him. Nevertheless, the messages channeled through Jimahl and his coven-mates remind me very much of the tone and style of the Alex I remember from my correspondence.
I emailed Jimahl just before I started the main text of this book to relate one small thing which convinces me of the validity of his communication. Many years ago (in the early 1970s) I received a pack of photocopied lecture notes from Alex to aid me in my studies. These notes were later edited to become The Alex Sanders Lectures. The thrill that went through me, and which sent a chill down my spine, as I started to read this book matched the thrill I had when I began reading those notes. It is not a feeling that I have had often in my life.
There is only one problem with this book; and that could be a major stumbling block for some. The original publisher is no longer in business (although Jimahl is attempting to arrange another edition). So I would strongly recommend that you order your copy from Azure Green, one of the largest and best suppliers around.