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on 10 August 1999
Scott has a writing style that seems to speak to you, not just like you're reading the words. This was the second book I've read by him and I honestly think he is the best Wiccan author I've read so far. May his next life be as fulfilled as this one. Blessed Be.
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on 2 April 1999
It was a very informative book, Propbably one of the best wicca books I've ever read.I found the index of wiccan covens especially helpful.
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on 17 March 1999
I loved the first book, A guide for the Solitary Practitioner, but this just did not measure up to my expectations. I am a solitary by my own choice, not through circumstance, and choose not to involve myself with the hierarchies associated with wicca and many other religions. This book, however deals mainly in those terms like so many others I have read. It is an interesting addition to my collection, but does not come close to the standard of the first book, IMHO.
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on 1 September 2013
I found Scott Cunningham's book very easy to read and follow and also an excellent guide to the solitary craft. Very informative and full of very practical ideas too.
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VINE VOICEon 11 January 2002
Scott Cunningham has here performed the pagan version of the loaves & fishes miracle, in that he has spread a negligable amount of information over 200 pages. This book is completely devoid of any useful content.
Do we really need a whole chapter discussing whether or not we should practice ritual when we're bedridden with illness? Apparently this subject is so important it deserves a whole chapter, I would have thought common sense would have answered it.
This book is also characteristically well padded out with 26 pages of oversized drawings of Scott's symbol ideas, such as a water drop for water, or a heart shape for love & a candle for....a candle! Is this really necessary information? I think not.
Now you have all this important information you're supposedly ready to start your own tradition! Step one of course is choosing your tools, but first you must find out that "the cup holds wine", "incense is burned in the censer" & that the "bell is rung at certain points", heavy stuff!
Ritual design follows & armed with the knowledge that red & black are good colours for Samhain and that pomegranates are particularly seasonal, you can construct your Sabbats. It apparently doesn't matter that you know practically nothing of the meanings behind them, just so long as your colours are right.
Although the blurb promises that by reading this book you will "add depth & great spiritual meaning to your rituals through the knowledge of the Wiccan mysteries (those are covered in 4 pages), I can't see that the suggestion of "eating bread at Lughnassadh" particularly fulfills that vow.
Once all this is out the way you can learn the beliefs of Wicca (or what Scott percieves they are anyway) in all of 4 pages, this truly is the philisophical look at witchcraft promised in the blurb.
You've created your Book of Shadows, so what next? Well it seems to be assumed that you are ready to teach & spread your trite shallow tradition with others. It apparently doesn't matter that you don't know very much because Cunningham believes "you already know more about Wicca than many others".
In short this book is absolute trash. It's a waste of time, money & energy. If anyone really believes that once they have read this they are following anything even approximating Wicca, then they are sorely misguided. If however you are looking for a decent starter book then I suggest In The Circle by Elen Hawke, where you will find the basis for a truly informed practical Craft.
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on 20 January 2016
Arrived quicker than expected and in perfect condition. Would have struggled to find these books, especially at this price. Very very happy.
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on 28 November 2010
Scott Cunningham is one of the authors you must read if you're starting to know what Wicca is. Very well written and simple to understand.
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on 21 March 1998
a must for all solitary wiccans. well written and easy to understand, an informative and more complete guide for wiccans.
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on 24 February 2016
This is a follow on from SC's first and excellent book this too is another brilliant highly recommended read
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on 11 July 2015
Well written , easy to understand , thorough without being boring , another Scott Cunningham hit
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