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Being a huge fan of Paulo Cohelo's work it was not difficult to enjoy reading this book, however it has encouraged my journey into the feminine side of spirituality more so and the desire to feel at one with the feminine spirit world and what it can hold for us.
Based upon a girl who is searching for answers and reasons to life through the essence of spirituality and essentially traditional witchcraft, this girl is an essence of love, life and passion for all around her and the world around her and she learns to use this through practice of ritual and spiritual contact.
She goes in search of ritual and spiritual awareness with the use of two teachers one of whom is her soulmate and the other whom is far stricter and teachers her through the use of ritual and practice. Her soulmate recognises her straight away and this causes both instant love and tension, but the experiences they share together are beautiful and unique.
The book goes through bridas journey to become a witch and to be involved with ritualistic magic all based upon the nature and beauty of the world. She learns in stages and gradually visulises and views things through her own eyes and in turn becomes a fully fledged witch through a beautiful ceremony full of love, compassion and excitement.
There is a running love story through this book whilst its main objective is to teach us the essence of feminine life through a magicians eyes and through witchcraft and in turn seeing spirit and working with spirit and natural magic to maintain and energy with the world around us and live in the most holistic and spiritually charged way as possible.
Not only is this book a story but offers us the ideas to move forward with our own interests in magic and witchcraft and hence entices us further to look more deeply into life. It also shows us more so of the beauty of witchcraft rather than the misconception of witchcraft being bad when in fact traditional witchcraft is based on the beauty of nature and the world around us and the spirituality that is involved with this. Sadly there is a huge misconception regarding witchcraft and a huge ignorance, but this book delves into the beauty of it, the feminine power and how the feminine should be enhanced daily.
Brida is a tale of self discovery. This was the first novel of Paulo Coelho's that I've read and I am entranced. The novel follows the life of a young Irish woman, Brida O'fern, as she finds herself through her journey to become a witch. She is set on her path by a mysterious man in the forest. It is difficult to understand how she arrived at that point in the beginning, but her transformation begins then. Set mostly in Dublin, Ireland, Brida follows the Tradition of the Moon, learning her way between the visible and the invisible world.
Coelho was able to combine Christianity and Paganism in a way I had never seen before and it was inspiring. He was able to tie soul mates and past lives into Christianity in a way that made it sound like that was how the religion was always meant to be. I loved the way he tied in many true Wiccan and Celtic traditions. In my opinion, the mysticism was the best part.
I found Brida to be a difficult character to like, as she was often selfish and asked a lot of her teachers. This of course was important, because this made identifying with her easier. Some mystical components of the book were difficult to follow. I found the end of the novel to come quickly, and I was not fond of how it ended. I am embarrassed to say I had to reread the end because I didn't quite catch it all the first time and it was so abrupt.
Over all, I would recommend this book. It is a beautiful story about love and finding oneself. There are definitely lessons within the novel that everyone can learn from.
The spellbinding new novel from one of the world's best-loved authors, Paulo Coelho, recounting the story of Brida, and her pursuit of wisdom. This is the story of Brida, a young Irish girl, and her quest for knowledge. She has long been interested in various aspects of magic, but is searching for something more. Her search leads her to people of great wisdom, who begin to teach her about the world. Her teachers sense that Brida has a gift, but cannot tell what that is. Meanwhile, Brida pursues her course ever deeper into the mysteries of life, seeking to answer questions about who she is. She meets a wise man who dwells in a forest, and teaches her about overcoming her fears and trusting in the goodness of the world, and a woman who teaches her how to dance to the music of the world, and how to pray to the moon. She seeks her destiny, as she struggles to find a balance between her relationships and her desire to become a witch. This enthralling novel incorporates themes fans of Paulo will love. It is a tale of love, passion, mystery and spirituality.