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Wiccan Warrior: Walking a Spiritual Path in a Sometimes Hostile World Paperback – March 8, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-1567182521 ISBN-10: 1567182526 Edition: Second Printing

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; Second Printing edition (March 8, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567182526
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567182521
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #697,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Much as the martial arts incorporate Buddhism and Confucianism, Cuhulain strives to incorporate various Wiccan philosophies into the "Warrior tradition." Cuhulain, a police officer, former Air Force officer and influential Wiccan practitioner, explores everything from the historical warrior tradition discussed by Sun Tzu to the philosophical musings of Carlos Castaneda's Don Juan Matus. Although the book is written for the practicing Pagan, much of it is bound to make more traditional Wiccan readers uncomfortable. Cuhulain makes it quite clear that "Wiccan Warriors think for themselves. They eliminate useless habits and routines. They are not fettered by dogma." Dogma includes following practices based on Judeo-Christian roots or following "traditional" rituals from popular Wiccan books. Cuhulain painstakingly documents the origins and histories of several oft-used rituals in an effort to encourage creativity and imagination among Covens. He encourages the use of chi (the energy force of tai chi), meditation, and music. Non-Pagan readers will find the Warrior qualities Cuhulain discusses throughout the book fairly interesting, but the real story for them will be the glimpse into the struggles and differing philosophies of a very private community. (Mar.)

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We all have archetypes we attempt to live by. Perhaps you consciously, or unconsciously, model yourself after a parent or teacher. Maybe you have in your mind the way a mother or girlfriend, husband or father is supposed to be. You will try to live up to those archetypes in your life. If you succeed, you feel happy and successful. If you don't, you may feel distraught and like a failure.

One of the first things you might consider doing is coming to understand that archetypes, by their nature, are perfect. As humans, we can only strive to approach the archetype. If you expect perfection in yourself you are going to fail. If you expect a friend or lover to live up to your personal archetype of friend or lover, that relationship may fail, too. The key is to accept the archetype as the indicator of the path, not a tool to judge your success or failure.

The more archetypes we can draw on, the more potentials we have in our lives. Most people discover archetypes during their personal lives (such as parents or teachers). As you evolve, you will find archetypes in your community. For example, in the Wiccan community there are archetypes of priest and priestess, healer and bard, crone and magician, and several more. But perhaps some new ones are needed.

I have always said that change is necessary, but that we should only change things when it is necessary to do so. That is one of the reasons I think Wiccan Warrior by Kerr Cuhulain is such an important book. In it he presents eight archetypes associated with the notion of a Warrior. According to Kerr, being a Warrior is about becoming effective and creative in all you do. These new archetypes focus on balance, creativity, rationality, energy work, altered consciousness, magick, ritual and initiation.

You can learn about them, and tap into one or several. You'll also learn meditation, cord magick, breathwork, trance, ritual, and much more.

No matter what magical tradition you follow, you'll find something here to direct you on your path.


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I found that it was well-organized and well-written.
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I heartily reccomend this book to anyone who is looking for a good, non-fluffy book about paganism.
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And Cuhulain is right - the world does need more warriors, in a sense!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Stormy on May 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is not a beginner's guide to Wicca. Anyone reading this book should have prior knowledge of the basics of the faith, otherwise it's not going to make a lot of sense.
That being said, this is one of my very favourite books. While there are lots of beginners' books that describe what Wicca is, how to practice it, and the history behind it, this is a book that takes a good deep look at philosophy and reasoning behind it.
My husband, a pacifist, just shook his head when his military wife (me) brought this home. In fact, this book is not about violence or conflict much at all. It's about the warrior's principles, the soldier's ethics, the martial artist's philosophy, and how it can be used by anyone to live a better and yes, more peaceful life.
I don't find Cuhulain to be hateful towards organized Wiccan traditions. Stating that it's okay to do your own thing (whether that thing be traditional or otherwise) is not hateful. I think the world needs more independant thinkers and less people who do what they're told because "everyone else does it." Question everything. Then, if you do what everyone else does, you do it for your own reasons, not because you don't know any better.
This book, more so than any of my other Wiccan material, really made me think. I wish there were more books like this, for those who, having finished the basics of Witchcraft, were looking for "second degree" material. Very philosophical, very insightful, very honest, very brave.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Sunfell on May 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
I am a military veteran and Wiccan. So, I was surprised and pleased when I saw this book, and even more so when I read it. Here is a fresh viewpoint on Wicca- from a spiritual warrior's point of view. The Wiccan mainstream has tended to marginalize the Warrior aspect of the Craft- and those who practice it. We who are veterans and police have a valid path, too, and understand the true role of the Peaceful Warrior.
This book rang all the right bells for me- bringing in aspects of Eastern disciplines, myth-busting, and plain old common sense. I think every Wiccan and Pagan student should read this. Even if you don't agree with all he says, his extensive notes and contemporary bibliography are well worth your time. No 'fluffy-bunnies' here- just down-to-earth common sense.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
Wiccan Warrior was just facinating. It was all about how to access the "warrior" archtype. Not the Conan the Barbarian kind of warrior, but the warrior energy that makes a hero a hero. The kind of person who wins fights by avoiding them, who is balanced, who is self reliant, creative, and rational. This is a book by a grown up. He shines an intense light on the Pagan path and forces us to see it in this light, and shows us a better way to follow the path we are on. He debunks pagan myths about dogma, ritual, tradition, hierarchy and lays out an approach accessible by everyone. We really needed this book! I found after reading it that I was examining all aspects of my life for ways to bring the warrior to the fore, and I'll be a better person for it. I loved the fact that this book incorporated wisdom from other philosophies in it, oriental martial arts masters, Indian Shamans, even Carlos Castenada and related it all to the practice of Wicca. It's like "Chop Wood, Carry Water" for Wiccans. In a genre in which every book is somewhat like every other, this book stands alone. A must have for every serious Wiccan, Pagan or New Age Seeker's library. In fact a must have for every young person's library.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By ivorynetsuke on April 9, 2000
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This is a no-nonsense, practical guide to accessing the Warrior archetype. Although the title is "Wiccan Warrior," as a non-Wiccan Pagan I felt that this book applied equally to me. Would recommend especially to beginners as it contains some important commentaries on Wiccan basics such as what Wicca is really based on and how modern the religion really is ... views that are often left out by other authors in preference for a more glossy, photogenic image of Wicca being the "ancient" pre-Christian "craft of the wise." Would also recommend this book to the more experienced, as it presents a wonderfully fresh view of Wicca and how to apply one's spiritual/religious beliefs to everyday life.
As other reviewers mentioned, this book is a short read, but well worth it. I especially enjoyed the chapter "The Initiated Warrior" - the initiation ceremony was beautiful!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kelli Riffle on January 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
I stared at this book for several minutes, several times at the book store. I kept coming back to it and I didn't know why. Finally, I had to buy it. I even put off reading it, but it wouldn't go away. I was pleasantly surprised with all the material in this book and recommend it highly to beginners and the experienced both. It makes you think about motivations and consequences in ways you may never have thought about before which is a good thing. It's not fluffy, it's not boring and its not a dust collector. I have even found the time to re-read it more than once. It's a great read and a great source. Thinking is not a bad thing at all.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Denis O'Brien on April 11, 2000
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I recently read "Wiccan Warrior" and attended a workshop by the author. His persepective is fresh,insightful and in many ways parallels parts of my own path. He debunks the concept of initiatory secrecy and tradition fixation, instead offering a fresh prespective in which the individual utilizes what works best for them. His reference to "Chi" energy as a form of magic, a magic that is easily accessible and practically used is refreshing, as is his connection with not the "founders" of Wicca, but with the ancient spiritual traditions of which modern Wicca is an offshoot. A great read, and one which make the reader reexamine how they can maximize the energy flows in their own life.
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