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A Witches' Bible: The Complete Witches' Handbook Paperback – 1984

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  • Paperback: 349 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Hale; 1st Edition edition (1984)
  • ISBN-10: 0919345921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0919345928
  • ASIN: B000UVMTQ2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,973,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Dec. 2001
Format: Paperback
This book has two parts: Eight Sabbats for Witches' and 'Witches Way '. The first part of the book ' Eight Sabbats for Witches ' gives a more detailed insight of working in a coven.Detailed explanation of how to do the ritual for each of the eight sabbats, and a detailed explanation of the opening and closing rituals and the great rite. A good source of information for those of us planning to join a coven one day , and for solitaries who are curious of how working in a coven is like.
The second part of the book ' Witches Way' contains lots of information about the witches tools, casting the circle, raising power, healing, and a lot more. I like the way the Farrars write - clear, simple and personal.( it seems that they are talking to you while you read the book ).Footnotes, and appendices provided additional information which are very helpful specialy for beginners. Reading this book increased my knowledge about the Craft a great deal .It made me feel good to be a woman. It made realise that the Earth itself is alive, not just a pale blue planet revolving around the sun. It made me realise the power I have in myself , in my mind and in my heart. This book is definitely one of my treasured books on the Craft.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Jun. 2004
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...book on the Old Religion I've ever read. Unlike many of the 'how-to' guides on the market today 'The Witches' Bible' is highly intelligent, poetic, practical and extremely readable. It was one of the first books recommended to me when I was starting out six years ago, from a member of an old Witch family, and it contains far more information than could be found within most of the more 'modern' books. As I solitary, I had no problem adapting the rituals; the chants and songs were inspiring, and the second part of the book contains information specifically for the solo witch. Amazing value for money.
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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful By sticky_wicked@hotmail.com on 15 Aug. 2001
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I made the mistake of thinking this was equally applicable to the solo Witch. I was wrong. This is really coven oriented, although it does have many useful reference points for all Witches. However, the book has a 'coven is better' attitude to Witchcraft which I really don't like, and hardly mentions the solo Witch. It really should be the Gardnerian Witches Bible, as thats essentially what it is, more traditional Witchcraft than Neo-Wicca. I also resent the view on skycladding. The very essence of the Pagan religions are that they are open and non-dogmatic, and here you have some know-it-all saying skyclad workings are better and your magick wont be as good if you don't? I would rather be outside in nature, wearing clothes, than stuck inside a house skyclad. Definitely one for the Gardnerians and probably Alexandrians, but perhaps not for eclectic, more modern influenced Wiccans.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Chamberlain on 28 Dec. 2006
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If you are looking for a book that details the complete histories of the Sabbats as well as valuable information regarding certain types of rituals (not spells) then this book is ideal.

This is not a book for a beginner or someone vaguely looking at witchcraft, it is a no frills book that gives the facts. It strongly focuses on Celtic coven magic but it's much more valuable then that.

The most important thing i take from this book is that it has helped me prepare on a greater level for each of the Sabbats.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 May 2002
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Yes, it was a long book, and it does seem intimidating because of the many footnotes throughout, but I'd advise anyone to stick at it. It IS very coven orientated, but I gained a huge amount from it even though I'm a solitary witch. It's packed full of information, not just about witchcraft, but from where the traditions of today came from. Most of all, I found the info on how Christianity was introduced over the top of the old pagan beliefs facinating - you'll be shocked at the whole history! It's true there's sometimes too much info to handle, and even now I feel the need to read it again to let it sink in, but anyone who disgards this book purely due to it's factual content is missing out! I'd much rather read this book 10 times and learn something historical than read another airy-fairy book about the craft, which doesn't really tell you anything you haven't already read in a hundred other books. Read it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "theash" on 1 Sept. 2003
Format: Paperback
A very in-depth and well-researched book. Lots of information
from basic to advanced.
Celebrations and the calender year through history of the different schools of witchcraft.To candle magik and astral projection.
Theres alot here to get through, but is useful as a reference guide as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Griffith on 23 April 2001
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This book has been around sometime as Eight Sabbats and the Witches Way. Two great books for the price of one is truly great value. This book is not a beginners guide, don't buy this if your into Teen Witch. This book is for the more serious and experienced practioner of magick and the religious aspects of the Craft. The rites are dramatic and can be complicated, it takes confidence and experience to adapt them for personal use. This is certainly true if you are a solitary. This book gives indepth background to the sabbats, their history and folklore. It is a classic and stands head and shoulders above much that has been published in recent years.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 Mar. 2003
Format: Paperback
One the whole this is a fantastic book. Clearly outlining the Thoery and practice of this traditional branch Modern Witch Craft. The Ritual description and explination are fantastic.
One critiscim, which isnt really a criticism, is the shere detail and complexitiy. For the beginner it can all seem a bit danting, and as is expected it inly deals which a specicfic branch of Wicca, however it is a book I would highly recomend reading in conjunction with other and it takes some of the flash and spin away from more modern and 'teen focused'titles.
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