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The Wiccaning: A Step-by-step Guide to Becoming a Modern Witch [Paperback]

Sister Moon
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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp. (1 Feb 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806521287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806521282
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,606,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEWITCHING BOOK! 30 July 2001
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This is one of my favourite books.The poems starting each chapter of the book are so inspiring and witchy.Not only does it contain all the basics that new witches need to know,like tools,casting the circle,the rede,properties of herbs and crystals but also contains great imformation on divination using the Tarot and other systems which is relatively unusual in most witchcraft books.Sister moon also gives rituals for the sabbats and esbats as well as for initiation and handfasting.Two things I feel I shold mention;Sister moon in the book says that she believes in the Goddess and God and the Devil,most wiccans don't believe in the Devil and see good and bad as being both a part of the Goddess and God,everyone's free to their own beliefs ,so don't let it put you off this great book.Also she lists oils you can buy from occult shops and their properties,which is actually good cause when you go into an occult shop there's usually mysteriously titled oils[E.g.cleo may,blue dragon,dove's flight]and now you can actually know what to use them for!Witches looking for recipes for oils should read Scott Cunningham's excellent book "The complete book of incense,oils and brews". I can't wait to read Sister moon's next book.Anyone wanting to become a witch should definitely read this book.Well done,Sister moon
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Please do NOT buy this book 21 May 2007
By Ethony* - Published on
This book is full of historically incorrect information; there are no dates or actual references from credible books. She gleams over the inquisition, the burning times and the modern reconstruction of Wicca. This book has the distinct feel like the Author has made up what she believes and thrown into a book, without any research. This is clearly her opinion and what she practises and I can only hope that anyone reading this will use their brain and read other material and make an intelligent decision. Below are some examples from the book of the information that is incredibly questionable. There is at least one piece of dodgy information on every page.

Page 5 "The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that the Wiccans were capable of many different things" Find me a history book that says anything about Wiccans, Wicca and Wiccan are modern terms and using the words interchangeably for historical reference is poor writing.

Page 5 & 6 "The thing most dreaded among the Greeks and Romans during this period was the threat of the evil eye. They accused only the Wiccans of having this power. The evil eye is an intense look or state. It is meant for on e purpose; a warning. The warning is forbearance to refrain from action. Yes the evil eye still exists! The Author then goes on for another page about the subject.

Page 8 "The Black Witch Black Witches are not associated with either Gray or White Witches, or even the Wiccan religion. This is usually due to their affiliation with Satan or other dark forces."

Page 12 "The Book of Shadows must have solid black covers and unlined white paper" Really! Well I know a few Witches and Covens who would have something to say about that.

Page 14 "As long as the person is not married, the field is open for magick" I can not personally believe that this was allowed to be in print, there are a lot of people who are not married and have children and very happy lives. Relationships are sacred things and by saying something as blatant as that in a book like this is a disgrace.

Page 111 "4th Chakra - Pink" Most Eastern philosophy states that the chakra is green, pink is the secondary.

Page 173 "How does one become an Angel? And if out soul reincarnated, then how do you explain Angels? I believe every soul has a destination. It can rest and learn in either Heaven or hell, or even become a ghost on an earthly plane, but all souls have a destination. I believe some souls are older than others. The older, the wiser and the more pure of heart the soul is, the more likely the candidate is to become an Angel." Rest in hell, ok then, Souls becoming Angels? There are a lot of theories about Angels and their origins, I think her explanation is was to simplistic.

Page 173 "not all Witches believe there is a heaven or hell. I believe in both and that there is a ruler in hell, known as Satan. The Dark Forces are mere followers of evil" And that quote takes the cake.

To sum it all up, this book is childish, uneducated, shallow, simple, un-researched and a waste of money. Books that are actually worth reading and buying are: Wicca by Vivienne Crowley, Wicca by Scott Cunningham and The Idiots Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft by Zimmerman.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Huh? 8 Oct 2007
By Admiralissimo Voodoo - Published on
That's all I could think while reading the first few pages of this book. What was this "Sister Moon" thinking when she wrote this hogwash? I'm usually not into writing horribly negative reviews; but if I could give this book -5 stars, I would.

The author makes several ridiculous claims right off the bat: Like, ancient Romans and Greeks lived alongside the Wiccans? Huh? Someone must've eaten too much of the brown licorice at Woodstock.

To all Wiccan authors, PLEASE research your religion before you write a book about it. Remember that many young people these days are searching for answers outside the confines of the bible. Writing a bunch of nonsensical b.s. that has no basis in historical fact is not how you want to portray your religion, is it? Come On!
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smooth and gentle intro to Wicca and its practices 11 May 2001
By A Customer - Published on
I throughly enjoyed this book. Its reads with warmth and charm and it contains many throughly interesting and informative chapters on getting started, moon magick, herbs,oils and incense and spell work to name but a few. All chapters are generous with their subject matter. What I liked about this book is that it approachs the subject from a spiritual if not metaphysical point of view in some areas, its gentle in its approach and it could easily fit into the same theme "energy vibe" that comes off book catagories that you would find Scott Cunninghams work. Earthy. The sections of Tarot, Chakras and Qabala are very enlightening. A gem of a book for those just starting out and interested in Wicca. The book cover art is beautiful and will appeal to many to pick it up and give it a look through.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe good for a start but............... 8 Mar 2002
By A Customer - Published on
This book makes a claim that wicca predates christianity...
Ummm think not... wicca is about 50 years old. Go out and read more solid books.. better yet.. talk to other people who pratise the craft.. rather than just reading about it.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid this book 10 Nov 2005
By LunaNoire - Published on
Whoever "Sister Moon" is, I think they need to actually do some research and not rely on granny (providing granny actually exists ...). The errors right from the start makes this book a total joke - on page 7 apparently according to this author Gerald Gardner was responsible for the change to the British Witchcraft Laws .. really??? And the British Parliament claimed Witchcraft to be a legal religion???? I for one would be very interested to find out where this information came cos it is news to me.

Further if this book is supposed to be based on "herediary" Witchcraft, as stated on page 8, why does it contain information found in far better books on Wicca (ie Scott Cunningham) - there is no herediary information in this book.

Page 9 - the author states that the 'average age of a High Priestess or Priest is 36 years' ... really??? Again another assumption that has no foundation or basis ...

Do yourself a favour - avoid this book. There are far better introductory books out there.

I would rate this 1/2 star if I could - what a waste of trees.
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