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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; Reprint edition (September 10, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767908457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767908450
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Published on the heels of her enthralling memoir, Book of Shadows,Phyllis Curott's second exploration of Wiccan magic, Witch Crafting, delves deeper into the spiritual beliefs and practices of the fastest-growing religion in America. Rather than provide a mechanical course on becoming a witch, Curott wanted to "create an inspiring primer on how to live an empowered, divinely guided, magical life," exploring both the hows and the whys of witchcraft. This substantial volume introduces new practitioners to the techniques and tools of witchcraft, and explains why certain rituals are undertaken. For the experienced practitioner, Witch Crafting encourages deeper spiritual exploration and offers extensive theological discussions about Wiccan practices, past, present, and future. Chapters titled "Divination," "Nature," "Sacred Space," "Witchcraft Without Rules," "Solitary Practice," and "Groups and Covens" are designed to help skilled and new practitioners alike study and perform contemporary acts of magic while examining and developing their own emotions and spiritual beliefs. This is no book of magic potions (although it does supply specific spells and rituals); it's a serious resource for those serious about the fascinating tradition of Wicca. (Ages 14 and older) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

Curott (author of the bestselling Book of Shadows, 1998) presents an expansive, poetic and spiritually replete version of the traditional Wiccan how-to. Those who wish to undertake witchcrafting in a serious way will find Curott a wise and inspiring teacher. Systematically covering familiar elements ("Divination," "Sacred Space," "Witchcraft Without Rules"), Curott captures the spirit of Wicca as a religion or personal voyage, rather than a means to an end. The result is enjoyable reading for the merely curious as well as would-be initiates. (on-sale Sept. 11)

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

This is a very interesting book.
Cheryl Griffin
I highly recommend this book specifically for those who want to view and to practice Wicca/Witchcraft as a modern religion.
Raven Grimassi
There is absolutely no "we're right you're wrong" thinking in this book.
Marisa Young

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115 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Raven Grimassi on October 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I found Witch Crafting, by Phyllis Curott, to be an interesting and very worthwhile read. The author provides sound advice for beginners concerning many areas of practicing modern witchcraft. The chapters are titled: Real Magic, Divination, Nature, Sacred Space, The Goddess, The God, Witchcraft without Rules, Secrets of Spellcasting, Potions-Notions & Tools, Energy, Solitary Practice, Groups and Covens, and Sabbats.
For the more seasoned practitioner, Curott discusses such topics as the relationship between magick and quantum mechanics, which has been an area of my own interest as well. Overall the book was an informative and delightful follow-up to her previous work, Book of Shadows.
Now, turning to another matter - I found much of the critical reviews of this book to be totally unfounded. Curott makes it very clear in the introduction that she is NOT setting herself up as the authority on anything. In the book's introduction she writes: "This book is not the gospel according to St. Phyllis. Not everyone will agree with the conclusions I have drawn..." Curott then goes on to explain that her goal in writing this book was "not to convince you that all of these ideas are right, but to stimulate dialogue, innovative thinking, and creative practice." It appears that the stimulation has been successful.
Regarding the allegations that this book attacks the hereditary witches' lineage claim, I don't really see it that way, per se. What Curott says is: "...there have always been individuals who claim they were initiated in traditions which remain hidden behind the veils of secrecy - and there may indeed be hereditary traditions waiting for a safer time to emerge.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Chris Degraffenreid on March 23, 2005
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Phillis Curott is an excellent writer with an easy to read style that makes concepts that would be difficult for beginners easy to digest. I am no beginner, but I was once and I know that I would have welcomed her writing.

A really great thing about this book is that it is not yet another compendium of spells and potions and herbs, etc. These books exist ad infinitum and if you read any two Wicca 101 books you've read them all. I am certain that many of you reading this who have purchased many books on Wicca will agree with me. This book is a book about the spiritual dimension of Wicca, its metaphysics and why Wiccans do what they do. Don't worry, Phyllis is not saying that her way is the only way. In fact, she admits that there is no way to really get Wicca wrong and that you are supposed to come to your own understandings.

Phyllis is a bright star on the Wiccan horizon and will, if she maintains the quality of her writing and the knowledge she imparts will, in short order be one of the true luminaries of Wiccan writing specifically and magickal writing in general.

If you want to deepen your spirituality, your relationship with the God and Goddess, read this book and let its ideas pass into you to inspire you. Sometimes, just sometimes someone who possesses the title of High Priest or High Priestess actually, through their apparent knowledge and expertise has actually earned the title.

Buy this book! Buy it new, buy it used, just buy it and support authors who write books that are more than mere tables of correspondences and alphabetical listings of various divinities.

)o( Blessed Be

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55 of 64 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
In "Book of Shadows", Phyllis Curott took us along on her spiritual journey where she recounted her introduction to through initiation as a high priestess in the religion of Wicca. Phyllis takes us into her circle in her new book, "Witch Crafting", and explains how one can make everyday magic using the practices of Wicca, a shamanic tradition of ecstasy and communion with the Natural World and the Sacred Universe.
Unlike so many books on Witchcraft which merely explain how-to, Phyllis thoroughly explains the theological underpinnings of "why" Witches do what they do. Rather than downplay subjects like divination and spellcasting, she reclaims them as spiritual practices used by Witches to communicate with the immanent divinity and religious rituals where Witches "co-create reality with the Sacred." Tackling serious ethical issues, Phyllis urges Wiccans to abandon dogma and reframes Wiccan ethics to harmonize with sacredness in the world. Going beyond the standard rhetoric regarding nature and the elements, Phyllis provides exercises for both the beginner and experienced practitioner that allow one to experience rather than merely imagine these potent elements.
Bravo, Phyllis, for providing a groundbreaking primer in Wiccan theology! This book is a must for every Wiccan's library.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By GuitarDave on March 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is extremely well written. It is intuitive and relaxed. I felt comfortable reading it. I have learned very much from it and have had some of my own ideas validated by Phyllis Curott. It is a very good primer and allows one, even persuades one, to think for themselves. A very fine example of teaching. I don't remember who bought this book, my wife or myself, but I found it on one of our bookshelves and haven't put it down since. The more I learn, the more I want to learn. What better inspiration can a writer or teacher convey to a student?
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