In a nutshell - all aspects of modern western pagan practice are reviewed in this book. ("Modern Witchcraft" in this context, refers to the practice of a nature religion, in which the underlining tenet is to seek a harmonious balance with the natural world, with society and within the self. Modern Witchcraft borrows elements from old folklore beliefs, and various other traditions including Shamanism, Eastern mysticism and Judaism.) Meditation, herbs, working tools, planetary correspondences, Deity forms, pagan festivals, groupwork and more - they're all in here complete with simple exercises for the reader to explore. Presentation is clear, insightful and encourages individuality. If you are starting out on a modern pagan path, this book is a highly satisfactory, well-rounded introduction.
WICCA AND WITCHCRAFT? Well if you ever wanted one book that says it all in clear, no nonsense and practical language, without being fluffy and basic I would recommend Magick Without Peers. David Rankine is well known for his fantastic open rituals and workshops on Wicca and Ritual Magick in the UK, but is also a rising writer of a very much needed new generation of occult writers. This is his first book...
If you want to learn about magick and witchcraft/ wicca and if you are serious about taking the Craft seriously, then this book is for you. It contains everything a neophyte would learn in a traditional coven, though the methods and ideals have moved on with the times and into modern times, hence the sub-title -' a course in progressive witchcraft.' I would seriously recommend this book to everyone who is just starting out on their path into magick and witchcraft, but also to those who have been dabbling without direction for some time. Rather than buying ten other books and having to read them all, this book is to the point and contains it all, from herbs to rituals, spells, chants etc.
Well, then this is the book that will get you there quickly! In its pages you will find information both technical and theoretical on what you need to know to be initiated into witchcraft, or if you decide to do a self dedication. Either way, this is the best book I have come accross as yet...
This book has helped me more than any of the books by the Farrar's, Cunningham or Starhawk. This is the book that has taught me the techniques and visualisations, the meditations and the rituals, about the Sabbats, the Esbats, Herbs, Incense, Casting Circles and working with site guardians, knowing the Goddess and the Horned God and everything else in one volume, straight to the point, easy to read, easy to follow, but very intellectual, very accurate, very modern! Thank you to Ariadne and David for making the material available in such an unpretentious and practical manner. This book is simply the best you will find if you are looking to start doing rituals or look for a coven.
This is a book about Progressive Witchcraft which the authors see as being more eclectic and universal than Alexandrian and Gardnerian Wicca. Witchcraft is composed of three main elements - Magic, Mysticism and Religion - each treated in depth, and integrated in this excellent, practical book. Witchcraft contains elements of Shamanism and this book includes techniques such as dance, breathing techniques and the use of sacred herbs to explore other states of consciousness. Techniques and teaching from many different countries and cultures are integrated and used to great effect, drawn from the courses and teachings carried out by the authors. The book gives a solid grounding in personal magical work, aimed primarily at the sole practitioner, though members of groups will also benefit from the teachings given.
This book is an excellent introduction to general magical practices, especially for the solitary practitioner. An 'old hand' could also use this book to sharpen up their skills. I like the idea of 'progressive witchcraft'. Contains some interesting info on coven structures etc.
It would be an interesting book too for a general magician or esotericist who wasnt so into wicca per sey. I did however, find the material upon 'body types' to be highly questionable and wondered why the authors included this material at all.
In short its a lot better than many of the books out there on these subjects.
I am really enjoying this book so far. It delves into lots of different spiritual practices, very interesting read. Lots of info on chakras and meditation. Learning to harness your mind for positive thinking.