In a short (60 pages) punchy book that has no padding at all (thank the Goddess!) Penny digs deep into the question: what happens when we do a magical working to stop a downpour and then it instantly stops? It happened to her and a group of people after a talk she gave, and most of us in this field have stories of how the weather seemed to respond to our intentions, and yet our skeptical scientific minds just can’t accept that the magic actually worked – it was a coincidence, surely? From this starting point, the book takes off – asking ‘what really went on?’ and ‘how can we make this happen again?’ from different angles until by the end of the book you are encouraged to Know, to Will, to Dare, and be Silent! This book comes at a very apposite time, when rain is so very often desperately needed, and we need to learn not only how to stop it but also how to start it!
An Amazon reviewer writes: This compact little book has more useful information about magic than many weighty tomes. Written in Billington’s characteristically accessible style, it presents a comprehensive theory of magic and magical practice in the context of a single excellent, real-world example – an occasion on which the author led a group of students in a spontaneous ceremony that actually stopped the rain. You’ll have to read it to find out how this happened! From this one example, Billington sketches out the world-views and metaphysical assumptions that underly our understanding of magic, and shows the way to an ethical and effective way to practice that works in the physical world because it’s rooted in a thorough and sophisticated theoretical basis. Highly recommended!