Advanced Wicca Paperback – Standard Edition, 1 Sep 2000
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About the Author
Patricia Telesco is the author of over 30 metaphysical books, including S"pinning Spells, Weaving Wonders, Wishing Well", and "Goddess in My Pocket". She lectures and holds workshops around the country. She lives in western upstate New York with her husband and three children.
Top Customer Reviews
The tecniques found in this book are wonderful ones, some the oldest forms of magick. It's great to see that an author has written and has published these techniques. Such as aura changing and advanced dreamwork and many other techniques.(Its nice to find them all in one book!)
As i'm sure you are all aware on the mulitude of ''getting started'' books on the market. Once you pass that stage i believe a lot comes from what you have learnt and how you personally adapt that.
But still it's nice to have such books for reference, different methods and techniques.
Though the excersises in the book are detailed in what they are. There isn't too much information on ''How to'' do them, (unlike some books that have pages and pages on how to, its nice to find and develope your own methods).Though i found this very appropriate, if you find yourself reading the book and feel you need the ''how to'' perhaps this is a good way of knowing that maybe you need a little longer on the basics.
Not only does this book have techniques as the title suggests. But it also includes a lot of information on healing, serving the communtity, animal totems, invoking and many others.
The author also asks you to ask yourself questions at different stages in the book, before the relevent chapter to see if you feel you are ready for the next tecniques. (Very well worked out.Read more ›
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Finally Pat Telesco moves the practicing Wiccan further down the path towards self-enlightenment. This is not a simple spell or recipe book. It's a resource on how to live a magickal life, to live, breathe, and sleep magick.
Telesco defines what it means to be an adept in the Wiccan community. She covers such things as trancework, group dreamworking, creating amulets, talismans, mazes and labyrinths, working with elementals, and group pathworking. She also provides a number of spells, meditations, visualizations and other exercises or activities. Her community ritual, which involves putting together the pieces of a puzzle, has wonderful depth and meaning.
She discusses the role for the Wiccan in the Wiccan community, and the greater community at large, whether it be as a teacher, counselor, healer, study group organizer, coven builder, or public spokesperson for the Craft. Telesco also offers wonderful guidelines for self-regulation and how to deal with difficult issues in the Craft such as the internal squabbling known as "Witch wars".
Like so many of her other books (Spinning Spells and Weaving Wonders; Wicca 2000, etc.), this one is very well written and organized. It is a highly recommended addition to the experienced Wiccan's magickal library.
I read ADVANCED WICCA thinking I would learn new methods, rituals, and practices I could use to soothe my troubled soul. Telesco is indeed a soothsayer and has plenty of suggestions for strengthening one's spiritual life. However, she also says becoming an Adept in the craft (advanced in Wicca) requires taking steps along a path you may not be prepared to take.
Like many religions, Wicca has a inward comtemplative and an outward active side. Wicca is probably the most individual religion around but it isn't about becoming a hermit. After all, Wicca is about wisdom, and what good is wisdom if you can't share it? What good does it do to only look after your own skin? You may be a solitary, but you have a responsibility to the world around you.
Telesco says, "If you are walking the Adept's Path, you must leave apathetic attitudes behind you and become proactive here and now. Nothing less than a positive, mainstream future for the Craft is at stake." These are pretty scary words for folks who are just beginning to feel their way after several centuries of persecution and riducule that even today are pretty strong. Telesco says, that while most religions of the world have a symbol, such as a cross, a star or a cresent, the pentacle of Wicca sends many folks into spasms. While most religions have high holy days that are respected (or supposed to be) in our diverse culture, many still hide their involvement in the high holy days of Wicca--which are the oldest celebrations on earth. those few members of Wicca who dare to practice in the open are often ridiculed in the press. Can you imagine the outcry if the Passover, Easter, or Ramidan was riduculed? And yet, Wiccan celebrations are often viewed as puerile activities carried out by adolescents.
The Path of the Adept is a spritual path, and like all spiritual paths involves a solitary walk to a divine source. Each person is called in a different way. You will know your call when it comes, and when you hear the call, you cannot not respond.
These days, I would like to focus all my energy on the natural world around me, my beautiful garden and the birds that inhabit it, but I cannot. The external world intrudes into my existence because the rain does not fall, the air is not clean, and the butterflies and bees are missing. Nearby, gas-guzzling SUVs are running up and down the roads, their owners oblivious to the connection between themselves and their consumption habits and pollution and turmoil all over the world. I feel called to reach out and join others who fight to reverse the effect of the sins we have committed against our mother. Patricia Telesco challenges those who wish to grow in the craft to look inward and then reach outward.
The theology present in this book is interesting, but I founfd the work of little use to my own practice-too magicky.
Perhaps Advanced Magick would be a better title, as it is much more magick than Wicca.
If possible, glance over it before you buy it.
Unless you are a true newb, there Is a chance none of this will be new to you.
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