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Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner Paperback – 1989
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Cunningham’s classic introduction to Wicca is about how to live life magically, spiritually, and wholly attuned with nature. It is a book of sense and common sense, not only about magick, but about religion and one of the most critical issues of today: how to achieve the much needed and wholesome relationship with our Earth. Cunningham presents Wicca as it is today: a gentle, Earth-oriented religion dedicated to the Goddess and God. Wicca also includes Scott Cunningham’s own Book of Shadows and updated appendices of periodicals and occult suppliers.
Explore a sacred, solitary path with Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner. "This is one of the most widely recommended books you will hear mentioned when talking to anyone who walks these paths. Countless thousands have come to understand and embrace the Lord and the Lady through the words and the wisdom revealed within." -- The Celtic Connection
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I can appreciate what Cunningham was trying to do, and also recognize that he died before he could have made any updates. However, there really no excuse when the academic information was there to begin with; all he had to do was look. Two stars because there are a few different points of interest for newcomers, but that's not really worth the price. Above all though, this book fails to, at any point during is course, explain the "why" of the religion. When discussing the altar, why is the left side to the God, and the right side to the Goddess? Why is it necessary to cast a circle? Why are the tools mentioned used? Why are the symbols used at all? Why do certain colors mean certain things? Books of this nature tend to create a flock of sheep rather than witches. I recall someone once telling me when I was younger that purple is a powerful color. This was someone who was a lover of the writings of Cunningham, Ravenwolf, and the like. I asked them why purple was a powerful color. What about purple makes it powerful? All they could say was that purple was a powerful color.
When they told my fourteen year old self that it just is, I remember thinking that I wanted to know more. Only years later did I remember that I never got my answer, and after researching found that the color association comes from the history of purple being used by royalty and others who had the money to pay for the indigo to dye their clothes. These people also tended to have influence on those around them, and in politics. Hence, powerful color. But things like this are never mentioned in this book. Instead, Cunningham just parrots information he was given without seeking out why the information was given to him. The tone of the book is such that, as it's written, people will also not care to seek out the information. Instead, it's very much "this is the way it is, and that's it." There is not depth, nor hope for growth with this. Hence, the creation of sheep. Seek out answers. Ask why. Do your research. Be a practitioner who can find their own way, rather than having to have their way handed to them.
If you want to learn about Wica (note the spelling being different from the title of this book) you will want to look towards "A Witch's Bible" the Farrar couple. This book goes in depth about Wica, how it is practiced in the Alexandrian Tradition, and will give more than enough information to assist one in learning about the Wican Religion.
I can not speak for the authenticity of the writing, because I am so new, there is no way for me to know if this book is a good place to start. But from reading other reviews and listening to those who recommended it to me, I am confident this was a good purchase.
I can however at least speak on the condition of the book I received. It arrived very quickly and in wonderful condition (pictures included in my review). The print is great and the book is definitely brand new. I was very happy this book included the author's own personal Book of Shadows. From what I understand, you should make your own Book of Shadows to fit your own needs/beliefs, but it is really helpful to have an example to get an idea of how you will want yours to be.
I can not wait to continue reading this book. I most likely will update my review after I finish to add more details if I feel it necessary.
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solitary practitioners just starting out. Inspiring read.