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The Witches' Bible: The Complete Witches' Handbook Paperback – 30 Jan 1997

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  • Paperback: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd; New edition edition (30 Jan. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0919345921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0919345928
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Janet and Stewart Farrar have authored eight books on witchcraft and have traveled globally giving workshops and seminars


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By A Customer on 7 Jun. 2004
Format: Paperback
...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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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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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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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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but I found this book very unusual (for me) about the way it has such quite ridiculously long rituals, without really explaining about why. I enjoyed exploring the other usages of Wicca, but I do feel that this book isn't really for non-Gardnerians, unless they are studying Wicca as a second- or third-degree Witch. I enjoy learning about all aspects of the Craft of the Wise, so this made quite interesting reading. It makes useful reading...
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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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If you are just starting out as a wiccan and want to do it solo, do not read this book first, it will confuse you and make you feel that wicca can't be followed by ones self. It is very coven orientated, but for a more experienced solo wiccan
some usefull information can be taken from and adapted to suit your needs....worth reading just to widen your knowledge of all aspects of wicca.........perfect for those in a coven.
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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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