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« Topic Start: February 11, 2010, 02:14:23 pm »

Title: Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner
Author(s): Scott Cunningham
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
Publication Date: November 1990
ISBN: 0875421180
ISBN-13: 978-0875421186
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Cunningham’s classic introduction to Wicca is about how to live life magically, spiritually, and wholly attuned with nature. It is a book of sense and common sense, not only about magick, but about religion and one of the most critical issues of today: how to achieve the much needed and wholesome relationship with our Earth. Cunningham presents Wicca as it is today: a gentle, Earth-oriented religion dedicated to the Goddess and God. Wicca also includes Scott Cunningham’s own Book of Shadows and updated appendices of periodicals and occult suppliers.

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Amazon.com Review: Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner is the essential primer from one of the best known authors on Wicca. Focusing on the importance of individualism in your spiritual path, Cunningham explains the very basics of Sabbats (holy days), ceremonies, altars, and other nuts and bolts of Wicca that a solitary practitioner may have trouble finding elsewhere. While Wicca shouldn't be your sole point of reference when considering Wicca as your way of life, it is one of the best starting points. --Brian Patterson

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« Reply #1: February 12, 2010, 12:56:57 pm »


When I read this book, I thought his approach was Neo-Wicca at best.  I don't think what he said was actual Wicca--if you define actual Wicca as BTW.  IIRC, He doesn't really go into the specifics of why or how to do things.  It's definitely more of an overview than an actual instructional book.  For me, after finishing his book, it was clear that this path was not for me.  It may be an excellent source for someone else, however. 
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« Reply #2: February 14, 2010, 07:41:01 pm »



  This was one of the earliest books i read when i began researching Paganism and Wicca.   I re-read it at least once a year and am amazed at what i learn each time !

  On another group, i made a statement to the effect that i thought the book was 'simplified'.... and was strongly corrected with the comment that Cunningham's writing was 'concise' not 'simple'... and i now believe that to be true.
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« Reply #3: February 15, 2010, 03:19:04 pm »

For me, after finishing his book, it was clear that this path was not for me.

That, in itself, can be very useful.  It was mostly from reading books like this that I learned that Wicca is not for me.  I think learning what is NOT the right path for you is almost as valuable as learning what path IS right for you.

But I do agree with others that this particular book lacks depth and detail.
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« Reply #4: February 17, 2010, 09:48:37 pm »

  This was one of the earliest books i read when i began researching Paganism and Wicca.   I re-read it at least once a year and am amazed at what i learn each time !

  On another group, i made a statement to the effect that i thought the book was 'simplified'.... and was strongly corrected with the comment that Cunningham's writing was 'concise' not 'simple'... and i now believe that to be true.

I am so with you. This was The First book I ever read on Wicca. I borrowed it from a friend's mom, and I can never again re-capture that feeling you get when something challenges you at the core of your belief. I was a dedicated Catholic, someone who had thought of Holy Orders. It was several years before I re-read the book and others, and truly changed my beliefs, but that first impact was awesome.

I think the criticism many have of this work is that he makes Wicca accessible. It opened it up to the masses so to speak, and with that a number of people claim to follow the path, but not in actual practice. You went from a very learned few to a bunch of people with an idea.

I don't think a community like this one would exist without the works of Cunningham.
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« Reply #5: July 08, 2010, 05:10:34 am »

Title: Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner
Author(s): Scott Cunningham
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
Publication Date: November 1990
ISBN: 0875421180
ISBN-13: 978-0875421186
Current Price and More Info from Amazon


This was one of the first that I read on Wicca, I am glad I read it when I did.  Oddly, however, I find more value from re-reading now than when I first started practicing.
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