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A Witches' Bible: The Complete Witches' Handbook [Paperback]

Janet Farrar , Stewart Farrar
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30 Sep 2002
Everything you need to know is here - The Sabbats, Casting & Banishing the Magic Circle, The Complete Book of Shadows, The Great Rite, Initiation Rites, Consecration Rites, Spells, Witches' Tools, Witchcraft & Sex, Running a Coven, Clairvoyance, and Astral Projection. This collection includes two books in one volume, "Eight Sabbats for Witches" and "The Witches' Way" and is the most comprehensive and revealing work on the principles, rituals and beliefs of modern witchcraft.

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  • Paperback: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd; 2Rev Ed edition (30 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0709072279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0709072270
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Janet and Stewart Farrar, authors of many books on witchcraft appeared frequently in the media. Stewart lived with his wife in Co. Meath, Ireland, until his death in 2000.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wiccan Handbook 6 Feb 2011
By Harkon
Format:Paperback
This is almost a complete Handbook for Wiccan Background and Ritual.
It is designed to be used by a Coven but it is a valuable tool for individuals of the Craft too.
The Authors show great care and experience, explaining that what it contains is not Perfect for everyone but it is in my Opinion the best book of Ritual Wicca ever produced.

Blessed Be, Gareth
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 19 Sep 2011
By johno
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is one of the best, the Farra's do break the mold, telling what are considered secrets of the craft, I know over the years they have had allot of flack, but power to them, what a great book, I have been a pagan for over 25 years,and have seen Wicca, Druidry, and many other pagan groups really becoming excepted now by the ordinary person on the street,this is because of books like this one, I have spoke with many new pagans, who in the beginning had the desire to become part of the pagan community, but had no knowledge of the particular path they wanted to follow, it is books like this one that is able to reach those people. if you want to work in the craft, just a book will not do, it can only give you a guide, in the end it is a must to connect with a good Coven, and seek out a teacher.I highly recommend this book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming out of the Shadows 26 Jan 2010
By Greywolf TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This book, or rather the two earlier books reprinted under this title, broke new ground in modern Witchcraft. The authors were initiated into Alexandrian, not the earlier Gardnerian Wicca. As in both branches of the Craft, they made their own copies of the Book of Shadows. Perhaps because of Stewart Farrar's background as a journalist, rather than just accept everything in the BoS at face value, they wanted to know where its various elements came from. So what we have here is the complete Alexandrian Book of Shadows, as given to the authors by Alex Sanders himself, plus footnotes in which they point out where this differs from the Gardnerian version, plus information on the sources of both. These include classical literature and the writings of Aleister Crowley. The Farrars thus made it clear that the BoS was not the medieval manual of 'the Old Religion' it claimed to be, but rather an ingenious invention by members of Gerald Gardner's coven, particularly Doreen Valiente, dating from the 1950s. Depending on your point of view, the Farrars were either breaking sacred vows to secrecy or moving Witchcraft from the realm of fantasy into established history. Personally, I feel they did us all a favour by stripping away the pretence. So, if you want the complete Alexandrian and Gardnerian Books of Shadows, the true history of modern Wicca, and plenty of good advice on just about every aspect of the tradition, from Athames to Wine and Cakes, this is the only book you'll ever need. If, on the other hand, you prefer pseudo-history and airy-fairy nonsense, by all means look elsewhere, there's plenty of it about.
If, after reading this book, you would like to know even more about the true origins of modern Wicca, Ronald Hutton's masterful The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft fills in all the gaps.
Blessed Be!
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just my opinion 24 Nov 2006
Format:Paperback
i have read reviews of his book comparing it to others authors and i don't think that is fair. Far more advanced than most books it is likened to this is the one book i would recomend to anyone considering serious group work. it is more like a manual rather than a tea and biscuit read and yes it does contain nudity and if this offends are you really in the right religon. i personally don't think this was written for solitaries certainly not for fluffys, there is plenty of stuff out there for them if you take your craft seriously this is a must have in your library
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for all budding Witches 30 Nov 2013
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Really good book I gave it as a present. One of the best guides for and one interested in this subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly the Bible for Witches 16 Nov 2013
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This book is wonderfully written by one of the most influential couple in modern paganism, and contains a lot of useful information, from the Sabbats to the tools and how to run a coven, it's a great read even if you follow another path outside of Wicca, as some of the information there can and will change your perspective on certain things without "converting" you in any way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great help and guide to newcomers. 23 May 2014
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As expected, well written and compiled with the historical detail required. Ideal as a guide to newcomers to Paganism. Blessed be.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good in places but read it objectively. 4 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback
Ghastly pictures of skyclad, elderly gentlemen aside, this book has some interesting information but is firmly biased towards Gardenarian style 'wicca'.
I was hoping there would be more historical information rather than modern ideas of witchcraft. Nethertheless, interesting read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative
Very informative. On a light-heated note however, if you like doing Yule outdoors in the nude, this book is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Witchcraft
An excellent source of information which I refer back to time and time again, easy to read and I will be recommending it to everyone who is interested in this subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars exactly what I wanted!
This is a book which can give you a huge amount of information as a starter basis of knowledge for people who are learning. Great purchase!
Published 15 months ago by RMThomas
5.0 out of 5 stars A Witches Bible
The foremost Pagan authors on original Witchcraft, Janet and Stewart Farrar. Much loved and respected by most witches in the craft.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive traditional ritual guide
This is an excellent volume for those who wish to go beyond the "New Age" witchcraft press and look at more traditional ritual. It's all here. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Roy Watson
4.0 out of 5 stars Religious
Verry well thought out, gives all the main dates with details of rituals, materials and more, a very interesting read
Published 20 months ago by Julie Currie
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive handbook on witchcraft
A Witches Bible is the definitive handbook on witchcraft - the ultimate source book and guide to the rituals, beliefs and values. Read more
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