Waking the Witch

Reflections on Women, Magic, and Power
Narrated by: Pam Grossman
Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (289 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A whip-smart and illuminating exploration of the world’s fascination with witches from podcast host and practicing witch Pam Grossman (The Witch Wave), who delves deeply into why witches have intrigued us for centuries and why they’re more relevant now than ever.

When you think of a witch, what do you picture? Pointy black hat, maybe a broomstick. But witches in various guises have been with us for millennia. In Waking the Witch, Pam Grossman explores the cultural and historical impact of the world’s most magical icon. From the idea of the femme fatale in league with the devil in early modern Europe and Salem, to the bewitching pop-culture archetypes in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Harry Potter; from the spooky ladies in fairy tales and horror films, to the rise of feminist covens and contemporary witchcraft, witches reflect the power and potential of women.

In this fascinating listen that is part cultural analysis, part memoir, Pam opens up about her own journey on the path to witchcraft and how her personal embrace of the witch helped her find strength, self-empowerment, and a deeper purpose. 

A comprehensive meditation on one of the most mysterious and captivating figures of all time, Waking the Witch celebrates witches past, present, and future and reveals the critical role they have played - and will continue to play - in shaping the world as we know it.

©2019 Pam Grossman (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Super!

I would love to see more ppl of color books about this topics!!! We're here too!

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Was like a too long podcast

This felt like a podcast that was too long or a book that wasn’t ready to be written. I love Pam and her podcast, but book was a miss for me. Too many pop references and details of movies or other books. I wanted a lot more about being and becoming a witch. More practical daily stuff.

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This witch is woke :)

I’m new to witch craft & am still finding my way through the practice. I found this audiobook not only very informative, but also very entertaining & inspiring. I was easily drawn into the subject matter of each chapter & Pam’s soothing & engaging narration only increased my enjoyment while listening to this audiobook. Would highly recommend :)

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very political

I was hoping to be shown insight to magick and spells but it's all about women's struggles. yes, I get women have been through a lot throughout history but it barely gave any insight into an actual occult.

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Great book until the later chapters

I really enjoyed this book until the later chapters. it was well written, interesting and educational. Unfortunately, In the later chapters she delved into the current and recent political landscape. She is obviously a dyed in the wool bleeding heart liberal. But that wasn't what bothered me the most. I was very disturbed when she presented that if you did not subscribe to the liberal agenda you are not a true witch. I don't think I really fall squarely in either camp. I take my beliefs from all sides. The politics became so distasteful to me that I was not able to finish the book. My suggestion is to enjoy the book but consider turning it off about halfway through the coven chapter.

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Not what I was expecting

This book reads like a student's review paper or essay. Conclusions are presented from lots of pop culture, which is fine, but is poorly constructed. The vocal fry and efforts to end most sentences on a decending vocal note are also noticable and irritating like a flickering light or dropping faucet. I get absolute no joy from being negative, but this just isn't good.

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Pam Grossman is the best

I love this book, Pam is so knowledgeable and her voice is so soothing. Can’t wait for her next book... no pressure! :)

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Excellent Witch Book!

Loved this book, it gives so much cultural history of the witch over time and in popular culture. The author's stories about her own path are delightful as well.

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Show me your witch!

A beautiful and insightful look into the past and present idea of what it means to literally and figuratively be a witch.

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Misleading Title

If you are looking for a neo-liberal feminist perspective on history and society, then this book is for you. If you are looking for a book about witches, power and really anything occult or supernatural, then I would listen to something else.

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  • helen entwisle
  • 01-29-20

Brilliant!

Full of history, well researched, thorough, succinct. Definitely listen if you have an interest in witchcraft!!

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  • TH
  • 01-21-20

Really enjoyable book

I was not expecting to enjoy it as much as i did. Really informative and well read. Keeps the listener engaged at all times. Such an interesting take on our Witchly emergence and its effect on history and society. Highly recommend.

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  • theonewhogotaway
  • 12-23-19

Set to soar the heights

A totemic book. Waking the Witch is rich in wisdom, erudition and compassion - and boldly visionary. It combines the personal with the general in conveying the myriad manifestations of the witch in history and culture, tracking her shape-shifting transformations in places both recognised and unexpected. As the book's journey reaches its conclusion, it dawns on your that Grossman has perhaps crafted her most powerful spell of all in its writing: the setting out of a path - one that can be personal, private, public, radically political, and creative in ways ordinary and divine - for the harnessing of female power for the greater good of humankind. In its thoughtful and nuanced inclusiveness, here we find a truly egalitarian space, transcending hierarchy and gender, in its honouring of womankind - a sisterhood whose magic has been thwarted, warped, denounced and demonized; whose scars may more often be hidden in a fug of shame, but whose seat of power can not be obliterated despite the best attempts of patriarchy. This spell-binding account speaks to this moment in time and its message is clear: We have always been here, even when we have been silenced and oppressed. Denial, brutality and pain have made us stronger, have honed our wisdom and determination. We walk among you, your mothers, sisters, aunts, nieces, friends, lovers, colleagues. And this is our time to magic-make, trouble-make and rise up in power as never before. Thank you Pam Grossman for articulating so beautifully and with such lightness - and sureness - of touch the story of the woman's secret heart, her most guarded treasure, and for resurrecting its honoured place in divinity. Solstice blessings to you and yours.

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  • R. Long
  • 09-09-20

Super interesting and absorbing

Pam Grossman has done a fantastic job of examining the role, representation of and relationship to the Witch. Interwoven with personal anecdotes and a great sense of humour this book is both informative and entertaining. Anyone identifying as female will find themselves within this text. It is our past, present and future.

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  • Kitty
  • 04-26-20

Insightful, empowering and accessible

A well written and relatable read exploring the witch through a modern and historical eye. Whether a practicing witch and/or interested in understanding the history of witches and updates on previously misunderstood practices, the author cleverly narrates a winding road, with a firm grip in modern society. Exploring feminism and witchcraft in particular this is a must read.

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  • S L PERKS
  • 09-26-19

Great listen, insightful and entertaining

Enjoyable narration by the author, a fascinating insight for novice or expert into all things contemporary witch

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  • iamhayley
  • 09-14-19

Magical Read

Really enjoyed this audio book. Excellent narration. Easy listen. Interesting content and never got bored. Hope there are many more to come.