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Fifty Years of Wicca
Fifty Years of Wicca
by Frederic Lamond
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Insights! Must Read., 15 April 2006
This review is from: Fifty Years of Wicca (Paperback)
Fantastic to hear such personal accounts from a man who was THERE. No speculation and no-nonsense, Mr. Lamond takes us through the beginnings of the Wiccan movement, with personal accounts of what life was like working with Gardner himself and other people since those days.

I had the priviledge of seeing Mr. Lamond speak at Witchfest in Croydon last year and enjoyed myself very much. Excellent speake and great to hear it from "the horses mouth" rather than the constant speculations on what Wicca is and what it is not. Who could know better than someone who has been practising longer than most people alive today?

This is not a "how to book" for that I would recommend CIRCLE OF FIRE (Rankine & D'Este) or WICCA (by V. Crowley) - -- - but if you are Wiccan or are thinking of following this path as your magickal and spiritual calling, then do yourself a GREAT FAVOUR - READ THIS BOOK NOW. It will give you insights that you can never get anywhere else.

HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner
Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner
by Scott Cunningham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars There is more to Wicca than this.... BUT, 15 April 2006
Ok, I usually stay away from writing reviews on Wiccan books. But I just wrote one for the excellent CIRCLE OF FIRE by UK authors Rankine & D'Este, so I thought, I am on a roll, why not continue on!

This book by Cunningham was one of the first I read on the subject. It introduced to me to many of the concepts within Wicca which seems to be inherent in the system. This is a good introductory book, so recommended to newcomers - but not newcomers to WICCA - newcomers to PAGANISM. For truly this book is about Paganism NOT wicca.

For Wicca - read books by Vivianne Crowley, Kate West, Patricia Crowther, Gerald Gardner, Rankine, Rainbird, D'Este, Lamond....


Qabalah: A Magical Primer
Qabalah: A Magical Primer
by John Bonner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT WORK!, 15 April 2006
This is an excellent primer in Magickal Qabalah. The practical approach taken by the author and his easy to follow and flowing writing style makes this book an excellent read for students interested in magickal qabalah.

Read this book if you are new to the system, or if you struggle(d) with books such as Mystical Qabalah by Dion Fortune.

Highly recommended!


Circle of Fire - The Symbolism & Practices of Wiccan Ritual
Circle of Fire - The Symbolism & Practices of Wiccan Ritual
by Sorita D'Este
Edition: Paperback

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple & To the Point, 15 April 2006
Wicca has become so fluffy! Everyone seems to be writing about it, never mind if they are Wiccan or not, have any experience of the system or not, ever practiced it or not!

Everything seems to go, but no-one ever tells you why exactly. It seems that it just feels right, so do it and its all ok, never mind what it is you are doing.

If this is all true then why ever bother doing anything?

THIS BOOK IS STRAIGHT TO THE POINT, SIMPLE AND THUS GREAT.

If you think of Wicca as your magickal path of choice you will love this book. It gives the symbolism and reasoning behind all the component parts of the ceremonies - such as why Salt & Water? Why Circle Casting? What is the symbolism of these things? Why do you use the tools you use? What are their purpose and what is their symbolism?

It may not be a wiccan bible with a million pages of wasted paper and ink, it may not have pretty barbie-like goddess figures on every page - but to me, that makes this book all the more excellent!

Buy this book if you are seriously interested in Wicca. Buy this book if you are a Wiccan (initiate or self-dedicant) wishing for deeper insights into the symbolism and practices. If you want practical thoughts and ideas on constructing and understanding Wiccan ritual you need this book.

If what you are looking for is a feel-good do-nothing book - then don't buy this book. If what you are looking for is a recipe book - then also don't bother buying this book.

But if you are serious about Wicca as a spiritual and magickal mystical path - what are you waiting for. Get it now.


Climbing The Tree of Life: A Manual of Practical Magickal Qabalah
Climbing The Tree of Life: A Manual of Practical Magickal Qabalah
by David Rankine
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.99

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insights of an Excellent Genius Magickian!, 15 April 2006
Qabalah, or Kabballah or whichever way you choose to spell it continued to be a painful experience for me until I bought and read this book. Rankine's take on it shows that he has done his research, but not only through books and journals, through hard work in the system itself.

The book gives all the theory you could ever hope for. It gives practical examples and exercises and it gives insights that I could only vaguely glimpse in other books on the subject.

No doubt that there will be some who struggled through Mystical Qabalah by Dion Fortune and other books of that era on the subject of Western Mystery Qabalah who will pick up this book and scratch their heads in disbelief. This book is no-nonsense, no-fluff, ultra-practical, ultra-readable, ultra-excellent.

The author has been a practising magickian for many years and through the material made available in this book, I have no doubt that he must also be an excellent teacher.

If you have an interest in magickal qabalah you can do no wrong purchasing this book. It will in time, I believe, replace most books on the subject available today. No doubt it will ruffle some feathers with new informed and thought through takes on the Middle Pillar and other such rituals, but it makes perfect sense and gives perfect well thought through reasons for doing so.

Part of me felt like I should keep the knowledge of this book to myself. It is a real insight into the mysteries, but this book should be shared. You will save yourself years of struggle and gain great insights if you work through the exercises and visualisations in this book.

Enjoy.
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