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Witch Crafting: A Spiritual Guide to Making Magic Paperback – September 10, 2002
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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.Read more ›
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
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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This is the first book I've read by Phyllis Curott (her previous work, "Book of Shadows", is in my queue) and, as a practicing Wiccan since 2012, I can honestly say that... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Will E.
I'm about 1/4 through this book, and it is very educational & enlightening. I can't wait to read more from Ms. Read morePublished 6 months ago by TrikeRider
So many books on Wicca, Paganism or Witchcraft are fairly hit or miss, but this one I am so glad I bought. I'm really enjoying it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by msb
I am in love with this book. Phyllis Curott is a wonderful author!Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
Witch Crafting paints a beautiful and poetic picture of the spirituality of of the Goddess. It was the first book on this subject that resonated with me in spiritual sense and I... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Barbara Graver
Curott's book, although simplistic, is a fresh breath from other beginner's books. I would recommend this book to anyone who is already an experienced practitioner, wanting a... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Josh