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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; 1st edition (April 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738707511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738707518
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. In her first book-length work, Sabin presents a first-rate, fresh and thorough addition to the burgeoning field of earth-based spiritual practice volumes. Sometimes using examples that young people can relate to (SATs, dying grandmothers), she opens the door to this path for people of all ages who want concrete beginnings to "work actively and spiritually to develop as a person." Sabin covers well the familiar territory of the calendar, circle, pentagram, tools, etc., but she shines distinctively in several areas. The first is in Wiccan history, written in a light, informative style that magically mines depth, breadth and brevity. Another is in the emphasis on personal will and ethical practices that transcend reliance on external paraphernalia. She also deftly shows how the various tools and spells can be put into use, but always encourages practitioners to utilize their own experiences, environment and spiritual intelligence to shape their practice. Especially helpful are the criteria to assess groups and potential teachers, and the volume is capped by a fine bibliography. Sabin advocates consistent study, practice and evolved learning. Gently admonishing her reader not to become a "one-book wonder," Sabin has nearly voided her own advice with this important first effort that is perfect for novice Wiccans. (Apr.)
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"...first-rate, fresh, and thorough...written in a light, informative style that magically mines depth, breadth and brevity." -- Publishers Weekly

"Sabin offers a practical and cohesive look at the earth-centered religion of Wicca...Highly recommended." -- Library Journal

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This book is easy reading and very informative.
Sassy Graham
Really loved this book...when I didn't know anything or almost anything at all this helped me get a better understanding of Wicca and its practice.
Dayrin
I would recommend this book for anyone that is interested in learning wicca, this is a good place to start.
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172 of 176 people found the following review helpful By Adona on June 19, 2006
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As a teacher of Wicca for many years, I'm always looking for better materials to use for training. I am grateful to Ms. Sabin for providing what will undoubtedly be the introductory book I will recommend for the foreseeable future. She presents the basics without pushing any given path or tradition, often presenting varying interpretations and viewpoints in a non-judgemental manner. This is a solid foundation for seekers to use as a springboard to whatever flavor of Wicca they choose to explore.

I appreciate that she addresses ethics within Wicca, which many authors seem to avoid, or present in a highly simplistic manner.

The book is clearly meant for beginners, hence the title, and is possibly the best overall introduction I have yet seen.
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104 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Lily Stone on May 31, 2006
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As a Buddhist with Wiccan tendencies, I found that Sabin's thoroughly engaging, witty, non-threatening introduction to earth-based spirituality was just the ticket to satisfy a lifelong curiosity and a nagging sense that modernity and monotheistic religions are strangling our collective connection to the Divine in its feminine and masculine totality. The historical context, the DIY common sense and the conversational style reveal a mystical writer with an academic's intellect and a believer's heart. I've actually used some of the protective skills and guided imagery, and I think that as I become more comfortable with my own skin, I'll explore her teachings in more depth. I highly recommend it.
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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Tracy McElroy on June 10, 2007
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I bought this book to learn more about the wiccan religion as my girlfriend is wiccan and I had no prior (correct) knowledge of the religion. This book offers an excellent intro to the history, philosophy and basic practices of the religion as the title suggest. Its also doesn't read like a textbook so its fun and to read. In general I would reccomend this book to anyone just starting out who wants to learn more about the religion.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Sadie J on February 25, 2008
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As a new Wiccan with my only pagan friend hundreds of miles away, I was searching for something to help answer many questions I had. Was I on the right path? Did I truly understand where I was going?

Something made me click the link to this book and I'm glad I did. I bought the book based on the previous good reviews, and it paid off for me.

Thea Sabin starts the book with a wonderful introduction into the history of Wicca. Bits of humor are littered among the facts, keeping it from being too dry (hey, history is boring to me). From there she goes into a full chapter on the principles and ethics...topped off with a great section of "What Wicca is NOT".

I appreciated the first two chapters and the scope of what they covered. She made sure to point out that everyone's path is unique and that while you may not practice everything mentioned, it is important to know about it.

By the end of the second chapter so many of my questions were answered I was eager to read on. The exercises she gives to help you along are fun and challenging, working your magical muscles in an effective way.

For me this book was a great start, and a wonderful accompaniment to the aide of friendship I have in my pagan friend so far away.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Trudy Allen on October 19, 2009
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I have been exploring different religions for some time now. I have been having trouble finding anything that did not contradict things that I felt were fundamentally true about the universe and about life. I was reluctant to pick up Wicca because my husband was raised Catholic and his whole family is very religious.

This is a fabulous book! And I have found my true religion. The ideas of Wicca coincide with what I have always felt. This book is truly a wonderful resource. It is informative in a gentle way. There is not a lot of bibitty bobbity boo, just good old fashioned facts. The meditation exercises are wonderful.

Now, as long as I don't talk about this near my husband and his family, all will be well.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Schtinky VINE VOICE on December 6, 2010
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So you've discovered Wicca and think it might be the Path for you? Then do yourself a favor and read this book, along with `Practical Magic For Beginners: Techniques And Rituals To Focus Magical Energy' by Brandy Williams. The combo of these two beginners books is enough to get you on your Path. Williams focuses more on ritual while Sabin focuses more on feelings and beliefs.

This book covers the Sabbats (the Wheel Of The Year), although briefly) introducing us to the celebrations of Sabbats and Esbats. Sabin discusses some of the Wiccan Gods and Goddesses, the practical tools of the witch including the invisible (grounding, centering, visualization, casting a circle) and the physical tools (the altar, athame, bells, candles, wands, etc). Your altar can be as simple or elaborate as you wish.

She covers the Elements and the Quarters (directions associated with Elements), Meditation, Ethics, the Wiccan Rede, and lastly putting together all the information you've gathered and putting it to good use. I highly recommend making Sabin's book and Williams' book your first books along the way to finding your own Path. There are many other books to branch out from, including the highly recommended `The Way Of Four' by Deborah Lipp that gets into intimate detail regarding the Four Elements (a special focus of mine, along with celebrating Sabbats). I highly recommend this book. Enjoy!
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