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on 4 November 2005
In this follow up to his very successful handbook "Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner", Scott Cunningham expanded on his original material and gave the solitary practitioner more information, more material to build on and further encouragement to practice as they are inspired by their Deities.
The book opens with a "Note to Traditional Wiccans". His original book, published in 1988, seemed to threaten many Traditionalists. This book, published in 1996, has a note to let them know that he never intended to attack their ideas or ideals, but rather he meant his books to be general access to those who are not part of Traditions, covens or to those who do not have access to traditional training.
This book is broken into three sections; learning, practice and your own tradition. Scott advances the solitary path and gives guidance to those who want to pursue their spirituality even further.
Scott carefully goes over these elements, showing where you can pull things to make the traditions specifically yours, yet having it remain always identifiable as Wicca. Discussions include Deity Concepts, tools, ritual designs, beliefs and rules. Some of these sections include Suggested Reading lists, or tables of correspondences to aid you in your choices. There is further discussion on Wiccan Symbols, Books of Shadow, and passing on your tradition. There is also a chapter on Living Wicca; walking the walk as well as talking the talk. The book concludes with a glossary and a bibliography.
What Scott Cunningham started to do in his first book is continued in this second. The path of the Solitary Practitioner, in the Tradition of Scott Cunningham, is developed even further, giving the practitioner more food for thought, more direction and additional instruction in how to live as a Wiccan in today's world. The book is a good follow up to the first and is again a book that has been lovingly dog-eared and held dear by those who follow the Solitary path. boudica
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on 2 April 1998
This book is a good follow-up to his first book. Cunningham discusses Wiccan protocols and idealogies in more detail. Although I find this second book useful, I enjoy the first book a lot more. Cunningham seemed more cordial and open-minded in his former book. In reading the second book, bear in mind that Wicca is a very personal religion. Hence, one may not agree with everything Cunningham says, which is perfectly alright in the Wiccan sense. Overall, I recommend this book as a good resource for ideas on Wiccan practices, and important exposure to another Wiccan's religious interpretations.
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on 14 February 1998
There are many incorrect wicca books on the market but Scott Cunningham's books can be trusted. Not only was it informative but also very enjoyable to read. This should definitly be the second book anyone interested in wicca should read(the first being the prelude to this book).Blessed Be
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on 11 May 2016
Not one of the better books I've read to be honest, not that informative and rehashes many of the same ideas that are in the first book. If you are new to Wicca then the first book 'Wicca - a guide for the solitary practitioner' is worth reading, but this one isn't - especially if you've been on this path for awhile.
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on 28 February 2000
I had read Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner before this book and I couldn't help but feel that alot of this book was repeated from the first. It was still an excellently written book and a joy to read though. I am glad I bought it.
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on 8 November 2013
Love it so much - I have bought 3 copies, one for me 5 years ago, 1 for my sister and 1 for my Mum this year for Christmas.
I love everything EVER done my Scott Cunningham and he explains stuff so well and simply and - just LOVE IT.
Easy book to read - gets me excited every time I open it. Really good if you are showing someone how to start out in Wicca as well xxx
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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 21 March 1999
This book may not be bad if you're a beginner, and you've read no other books on witch craft. Basically Mr. Cunningham has repeated the basics from any book, as well as his own previous work. I don't recommend buying this as well as the Guide to the Solitary Practitioner. I believe a book on Wiccan should give something fresh to work with instead of the same material in different words.
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on 23 February 2000
This brilliant follow-up to Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner is worth ten times its weight in gold. With both feet on the ground, this will encourage the reader to live the Craft, rather than play at it. It is one of the most refreshing books among so many which are "rose-tinted". Or should that be Silver-tinted?
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on 21 May 1999
This book, and it's predecessor, are some of the best books I have ever read on solitary Wicca. In fact, I'd recommend these for teens starting out in the Craft over "Teen Witch", because these are more thorough and the aren't such an insult to your intelligence.
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