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The Complete Art of Witchcraft: Penetrating the Secrets of White Magic Mass Market Paperback – November 7, 1989

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (March 1, 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451164210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451164216
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For me reading this book had marked a major change in my spiritual life and growth. Rather than being a book of spells or rituals, this is a powerful book describing the spiritual philosophy which is the heart of real Wicca. Today, close to thirty years after I had first read this, I find myself constantly turning back to this book as one of the most influential texts to influence my life. As a High Priest of Wicca for more than twenty years now I highly recommend this book.
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Sybil, not a "wiccan" but a witch, offers her view of the Old Religion in a way guaranteed to discourage the dilettante New Ager: she presents actual religious Tenets to follow, offers anecdotes from her own life, and presents a fascinating journey of research and acceptance on the spiritual place of gays, from a time when gays first started to emerge into the public consciousness. Best place to learn what the Old Religion was before the 1970s.
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By A Customer on March 9, 2004
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I remember hearing of Sybil Leek as a child, and even seeing her on television, in the late '60's. It was a few years later that I "found" the Old Religion and really began to understand what it was and what it was not. Long before there was the wide selection of books available on the genuine Witchcraft religion in it's many myriad forms, prior to such famous authors as Silver Ravenwolf and Scott Cunningham, there were what I refer to as the elder authors of the Craft. Among these were Dr. Margaret Murray, Charles G. Leland, Dr. Gerald Gardner, Doreen Valiente, Pat and Arnold Crowther, Dr. Hans Holzer, Dr. Raymond Buckland, Dr. Leo Louis Martello, and Sybil Leek. These were the ones later authors cut their teeth on, and these were the ones who layed the foundation for the Craft revival we enjoy today. This fact alone should command our deepest respect.
Like all true leaders and path cutters, Sybil Leek was always a bit controversial. She made no apologies and was, so far as I am aware, anything but pretentious. She presented her idea of the Craft as it was, based upon her life's experience. Her views were those of the old country Witch, simple, basic and no-nonsense. Though I never had the honour of meeting Sybil Leek personally, I did know a lady from Wales who had served in the Royal Navy during WWII and whose father was the last Druid of their family line (as her two brothers were both killed in the war). She knew several Witches from her native land as well as all of the British Isles, and from what she told me their views were accurately reflected in those of Sybil Leek.
Both long-time members as well as newcomers to the Craft would be well served by embracing the wisdom of this wonderful lady, who has now passed from this world.
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Sybil Leek speaks for many, and for me especially in the way she describes the tenets of the Old Religeon. Never before has anyone been so eloquent in the description of Witchcraft in the ways I have always followed (without formal training). For the beginner, this book outlines a wonderful path to travel, with easily understandable wording and phrasing. Sybil follows the Dianic Tradition, but her description of the Craft can apply to all.
A book to earmark, underline, return to again and again and passages to add to one's own Book of Shadows.
Sybil, I do love you. Blessed Be.
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The thing that strikes me about this work is that it clearly reflects the world in which Sybil Leek grew up -- a social class system in England. And there's a subtle -- and at times not so subtle -- bias that promotes a distinct lack of empathy/sympathy for those who are suffering. In fact, she states explicitly: "We do not condone misfortune in any way, nor do we sympathize with it, for we believe that misfortune comes through a person's being careless in his own life or deliberately moving away from a conscious knowledge of rightness". Tell that to the untold number of children who have been the victims of incest, or sexual abuse at the hands of so-called religious leaders, or the legions of women who have suffered at the hands of abusive spouses. I personally find that sort of neutral/laissez faire attitude to be offensive, and reminiscent of the great princess who (purportedly) uttered the phrase (in response to having been made aware that the peasants had no bread to eat): "Well...then let them eat cake". It's also dangerously similar to the notion of blaming the victim, although that might be pushing it a bit far.

There are many things to be gleaned from this book, but I think it has to be looked at with a critical eye, and not taken as gospel.
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By A Customer on January 20, 2000
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Hi I just recently finished The Complete Art of Witchcraft and I found it to be useful in my studies of religions. When i heard of the witchcraft religion or as Ms. Leek said the "Old Religion" i was insantly attracted. See i have always been intersested in witch stuff. I have really all my life, 13 years of it, and i may seem young but remember most young people have very good judgement on things they like. Anyway i thought the content was very good and she explained it very well. I think Ms. Sybil Leek did an excellent job if you people would rate higher than five i am positive in knowing that i would have given at least a ten on this.
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