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Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner

Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner [Kindle Edition]

Scott Cunningham
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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.

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118 of 121 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book! 14 Jan 1998
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I have been interested in and practicing Wicca for over twenty years. The first book I read about Wicca was Sybil Leek's book The Complete Art of Witchcraft. After reading The Charge I knew that this was for me and I wanted to learn more. Several years later I obtained the Witches Bible by Janet and Stewart Farrar but I couldn't find anyone interested in starting a Coven in my area and although they pointed me to Doreen Valiente's Witchcraft for Tommorrow (which is also a book for solitaries), the Sabbats were lacking. I also read Spiral Dance at this time and again it is very well written but it was geared towards group work.I had been reading Scott Cunningham's other books and they were all very helpful but when I found this one I was forever grateful. He clearly showed how one could write their own ceremonies to perform and he gives many good exercises. Unlike To Ride a Silver Broomstick he doesn't ignore the Goddess or the Holy Days for that matter. Instead of just explaining them in one paragraph (the Sabbats) he gives actual ceremonies that can be performed and he says that you can also write your own with excellent pointers to other books for study. He will be truly missed by many in the Wiccan/Pagan community.
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86 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect introductory book! 1 Mar 1999
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I was given this book, ironically enough, for Christmas when I was fifteen. After reading it, I found that I had learned enough abot Wicca to choose my path. I think this book is aimed at the person who is considering Wicca, but either is not ready for a coven in their mind or does not want to join one. It is also for the practitioner who is disappointed with their coven or thier present solitary workings. Those who know a bit about Wicca may find the first few chapters redundant, but will find that even they learn some specifics. I learned more about Wicca, but wouldn't call it a book for those who aren't considering the Craft to read for reference- the author wrote a book just for that purpose. I especially enjoyed the rituals he included. Cunningham makes it clear to the reader that they are not required to follow the rituals point-by-point to have effects, which is EXACTLY what I was looking for in my religion. I still use it monthly and recommend highly to the said people.
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This book is an excellent source book for the solitary Wiccan, particularly as Scott Cunningham is far from dictatorial. Having been rather put off, in the past, by books that made very specific demands, this is a breath of fresh air. Solitary Wiccans individualistic by nature and generally prefer to develop their own rituals and magickal practices.
This book is ideal for the beginners as it provides a simple and very workable Book of Shadows at the end. The other two section are based on theory and practice respectively.
The Practice section includes some very valuable exercises and magickal techniques as well as a fully explained self-dedication ritual for those who do not feel fully Wiccan without one and a whole chapter on designing rituals.
The first section on Theory covers everything you might want to know about Wicca from Shamanism to Deities, Tools to Rituals, Days of Power to Circle Work.
For the perfect pairing. Read through this book first and then go on to Living Wicca, Scott Cunningham's new book in which he explains how to celebrate the feast days even in difficult circumstances and how to create and design your own personal path.
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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource for novice Wiccans 26 July 2001
The Nature religion of Wicca is developing and evolving at a surprising rate. Initially created as a reconstruction of the pagan "Old Religion", the Goddess-worship/religious witchcraft of ancient history, Wicca has had a hard time making itself accepted in a society brimming with religious bigotry, dogmatism and prejudice.
Taking advantage of today's (slightly) more tolerant outlook, this book presents many of the basic tenets and practices of various Wiccan traditions, complemented by the inclusion of the author's own Book of Shadows as a personal point of view. It provides a basic overview of the ideas behind the ritual, the mechanics behind the magic, and the issues that need to be considered by those walking the Wiccan path.
Those keen to know whether this is a "better" or "worse" book than Buckland's "Complete Book of Witchcraft" would, I think, do better to consider it simply "different". Cunningham's approach is not to handle the reader as his own student, as Buckland does, but to provide general information and answers on non-tradition-specific questions which might be asked by the newcomer or the simply curious.
Like Buckland's "Complete...", this is not a "spell book" for those raised on a pop-culture diet of "Charmed" and "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" - look to Titania Hardie for those - although neither is it solemn or grave. Wicca is, after all, a celebration of life. But to get the most out of this book, as with so many others, it's important that you are able to treat Wicca with the respect due to all religious traditions.
Overall, this is a fine reference tool, as well written and much more freeform than Buckland's "Complete..." - you can dip into this book more or less as you please, rather than having to work through a set curriculum. For those looking for general information rather than a specific course, this is ideal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars essential for a solitary novice
This book got me started with Wicca and from the basics in this book I was able to start practice and held enough knowledge to research own areas of interest.
Published 22 days ago by Miss Betty
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Very pleased with my purchase. Many thanks. I will certainly be using you again in the very near future. Fantastic.
Published 3 months ago by Tricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide!
Great guide and would recommend this book for anyone needing guidance taking the Wiccan path as a solitary practitioner 😊
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. Joan Lees
5.0 out of 5 stars Scott Cunningham...............
what more is there to say really. I have many of his books. They are easy to read and understand, full of insight and real magic. I've never been disappointed. Read more
Published 5 months ago by isismoonchild
5.0 out of 5 stars a good guide
this was my first book on the craft, it was a guide and teacher and it started me off on my own journey. I follow my own brand of wicca, a bit of a mish mash if you will. Read more
Published 5 months ago by R.Tait
5.0 out of 5 stars Wicca A Guide For The Solitary Practitioner
If your interested in finding out more about Wicca this is the book for you.
I can highly recommend this book.
Published 5 months ago by mark such
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A great guide for beginers of paganism, I would recommend this to all new to the path of Wicca. )O(
Published 7 months ago by carol louise cleaver
5.0 out of 5 stars amazed
i just been shock and amazed by the book you hear people say arr you should not get into wicca well is book as change my way of looking at wicca if you go by the guide lines it... Read more
Published 7 months ago by jillyan cahill
5.0 out of 5 stars Asound read
I was thrilled to receive a brilliant composed book with as suggested good guides for the solitary practitioner and is well worth purchasing
Published 7 months ago by barrie jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner
I'm new in magic and Wicca world. And I am still reading it. However I've already purchased the next book about Wicca from Scott Cunningham as I find a great source for a beginner... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Martina
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Once a Wiccan takes full responsibility for all that she or he has done (in this life and past ones) and determines that future actions will be in accord with higher ideals and goals, magic will blossom and life will be a joy. &quote;
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The Wiccan ideal of morality is simple: do what you want, as long as you harm none. This rule contains another unwritten condition: do nothing that will harm yourself. Thus, if you as a Wicca abuse your body, deny it the necessities of life or otherwise harm yourself, you're in violation of this principle. &quote;
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The elements can be invoked with individual gestures when approaching the four directions: a flat hand held parallel with the ground to invoke Earth at the North; an upraised hand, fingers spread wide apart, to invoke Air at the East; an upraised fist for the South to invite Fire, and a cupped hand to the West to invoke Water. &quote;
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