Welcome to The Wilted Rose Book Club! A Secret History of Witches Discussion #3, the final discussion! As a reminder, this part covers The book of Veronica. Before sharing my thoughts, I have a few questions for you.
1- It seems that the powerful women of this novel can’t have a partner and a child altogether: if they have one, they can’t have the other one. For you, why is it so?
2 – During WWII, we see Veronica practicing rituals for almost every night for many months. We all know that Hitler studied and practiced occultism. But, did you know that many English occultists performed powerful rituals to protect England and defeat Hitler? Do you think that these rituals have influenced the events during the war?
3 – On page 473, Valéry asks Veronica to put witchcraft apart because it’s too risky. “Veronique, you must listen to me. You, my aunt, my grandmothers — they were women of power. Men fear such women. They might not put you to the flame, as they once did, but they will not hesitate to harm you in other ways, ways that can make your life unbearable.” Despite he was grown in a gypsy family, he asks her to renounce to her powers. Do you see a pattern here?
4 – Who are your favorite male and female characters? And, why?
5 – What are your overall thoughts about this novel?
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One of the patterns that I’ve seen in the story is that if the powerful women of the family had a husband, they couldn’t have a child and vice versa. I think this was like a curse on them, something that they had to pay to have powers. It was like some kind of universal law, where in order to keep a balance there’s an exchange of energies between the micro and macro cosmo, so to speak.
Many English occults worked energetically hard (like Veronica) to keep the evil Hitler out of their homeland. Dion Fortune and her members of the magical order (Fraternity of the Inner Light) performed rituals and she sent several letters to her members giving orders on how to perform these rituals; meditation was the key. She wrote a book that you can buy here if you’re curious to read about the hidden side of the war that you don’t find on the textbooks. And she was not a case alone. I do believe that this contributed to the final result of the war.
Toward the end of the novel, we meet kind male characters, we meet men who finally understand the powers that these women behold, but still, they’re afraid. They’re afraid that their loves can in any way be hurt. So, the hidden message to me is like: “if you have me, you are not allowed to have powers.” Unconsciously, the pattern repeats: powerful women can’t be powerful around their men. This is how I interpreted.
There are two female characters that I really like, it’s Ursule and Morwen, grandmother and daughter. Ursule is very sweet, a hard worker, who’s happy the way she is, a grateful woman who never complains. Morwen is a rebel, smart, sweet young lady who seems to have taken so much from a grandmother who barely knew. Jago is my favorite male character because he’s always there, a kind spirit, who never loses self-control, a wise man who has never criticized anyone, not even Irene, who probably was the most detestable character in the story.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book, and I feel like reading the next two books that the author wrote about witches.
Thank you to all who have joined in the conversation!