There’s something to be said about starting to read a novel while travelling. It’s as if you are literally on a journey, that your eyes are but reading off a page. Of course, every book is a journey in itself that a reader takes.
Brida, the main character in this novel is on a journey too. She seeks to learn magic. Now, I don’t mean the bunny from a hat kind of trickery. It’s the magic of the world. Her search first leads her into the forests of Dublin to seek out a Magus who coincidentally is her soul mate. She does not realise this until much later in the book.
Her second magic related encounter is with Wicca, a witch. She takes it upon herself to be young Bridas teacher. Her prescribed practices subconsciously awaken Brida to the Gift she possesses.
Finally, we witness Bridas initiation into witchdom. This is after trips into her past lives, tarot card revelations, experiencing undiluted physical love and much more. We also see how true love sets the Magus free because his soul mate encounters yet another piece of her soul in another man.
From teachings of the sun and moon, to euphoric trances around bonfires – the book incorporates many practices associated with ancient magic. Coelho’s style certainly includes journeys between planes, occurring within an individual. Rich in visual imagery and mystique, this is a perfect short read.
My take away from the novel includes three teachings. Firstly, that the universe exists and so do we. There is simply no why to the equation. Secondly, life must be entirely immersed in, with each moment becoming our focus. And lastly, love has many forms. It is the greatest teacher.
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Writing from Daresalaam, Tanzania 😊