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« Topic Start: November 12, 2007, 09:21:27 pm »

When I first started looking into Wicca and Neo-Wicca a few years ago I picked up a collection of books, which included Scott Cunningham's 'Guide for the Solitary Practitioner' which I found to be written well. I then moved onto more advanced books and haven't looked back since. Therefore I have never picked up another book by Cunningham, and just browsing through my 'Pagan' shelf on my bookshelf I have decided I would like to.
Could you please help me to decide which book would be the best to get? Because there is a multiplicity of themes that he has covered! Any suggestions and information on contents would be much appreciated!
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« Reply #1: November 12, 2007, 11:06:57 pm »

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Could you please help me to decide which book would be the best to get? Because there is a multiplicity of themes that he has covered! Any suggestions and information on contents would be much appreciated!

To be honest, I did the same as you. Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner got me into paganism and I barely looked back. I did pick up Living Wicca: A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, which made some nice points. I've heard reasonable things about his encyclopedia of gems and crystals, and his Earth Power book doesn't look too bad; however, I've heard from some that his books are really only appropriate for a beginner's glimpse into paganism - and I've heard from others still that they don't bear reading at all. I suppose if you enjoyed Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, you'd like Living Wicca, as they are very similar. It really depends on your interests, I would assume.
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« Reply #2: November 13, 2007, 12:24:18 am »


I'm in the middle of reading Dreaming the Divine by him right now.  It does seem pretty beginner/basic, but I'm on a dream kick right now so I'll read pretty much anything on the subject at the moment.

I have his encyclopedia of magical herbs, but it's a reference book, not something you would sit down and read.

I have Earth, Air, Fire, and Water and Earth Magic by him as well.  Both of these are also pretty beginner/basic.  If you know the basics of spell casting and ritual, you really don't need them; but I do find them nice to refer to sometimes for ideas.
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« Reply #3: November 13, 2007, 01:29:28 pm »

I have Earth, Air, Fire, and Water and Earth Magic by him as well. 

Sorry, the name of the book is Earth Power, not Magic.
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« Reply #4: November 13, 2007, 02:43:05 pm »



Has anybody read his book about aromatherapy?
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« Reply #5: November 13, 2007, 03:09:24 pm »


Quick note: Has anyone read Wicca in the Kitchen, By Cunningham? I'm looking into buying it, but I'm not sure I want it if it will be overly "wiccan". Any reviews? I'm also looking into his herb book.
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« Reply #6: November 13, 2007, 03:46:20 pm »

Has anybody read his book about aromatherapy?

The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews?
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« Reply #7: November 13, 2007, 07:04:56 pm »

The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews?
No, it's not that one. It's called 'Magical Aromatherapy- the magic of scent'. I came across it on amazon.
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« Reply #8: November 13, 2007, 07:24:15 pm »

Quick note: Has anyone read Wicca in the Kitchen, By Cunningham? I'm looking into buying it, but I'm not sure I want it if it will be overly "wiccan". Any reviews? I'm also looking into his herb book.

I'd say it would probably be really Wiccan, seeing as it's Cunningham.
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« Reply #9: November 13, 2007, 07:45:18 pm »

No, it's not that one. It's called 'Magical Aromatherapy- the magic of scent'. I came across it on amazon.

I can't remember if I have that one or not...I know I was thinking of buying it. I'll have to look and see (most of my books are still in boxes from when we moved).
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« Reply #10: November 13, 2007, 08:08:47 pm »

Could you please help me to decide which book would be the best to get? Because there is a multiplicity of themes that he has covered! Any suggestions and information on contents would be much appreciated!

I love Cunningham, he is such an old dear. But yes, alot of his stuff is kinda 101. I still use Magical Herbalism pretty often, and The Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem and Metal Magic
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« Reply #11: November 13, 2007, 10:02:28 pm »

Hello! well, as well as others, I started with cunningham, and i'm not going to lie, the first time i saw "a herbal grimoire" and "incense, oils and brews" I thought "this is a book harry potter would use" (in a despective way) but i grew into undestanding cunningham's "type" of magic (the way he sees it)... I've wot the green-black book also, which greatness comes from it's simplicity, also "living wicca" that's like a second "guide for the....", incense, oils ans brews... haven't used it yet (I haven't had the need), and an herbal grimoire, all of those in spanish, except for living wicca.... Anotherone i would love to buy is "magickal household" (i think that's the translation, and "earth power" and "magickal aromatherapy", and finaly "earth, air, fire and water"... The first book is for beginners, but i think that when it comes to recipes there's no beginners stuff... only stuff that you need and stuff that you don't... the four books are great, I don't use the green one any more... but it's nice to come back and see....
i'm sorry for my english.. it's been a while since i left school... jeje
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« Reply #12: November 13, 2007, 10:43:45 pm »

....all of those in spanish, except for living wicca.... A                                                                                             

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i'm sorry for my english.. it's been a while since i left school...
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« Reply #14: November 14, 2007, 12:38:53 pm »

Welcome to The Cauldron, Laura!  One of Llewellyn's good points is that they seem to get a lot of their books translated into Spanish and published in Latin America.  They have a very good track record at this.

Yeah, I know! I went to Half Price Books and they had a whole shelf with Spanish pagan books. I was really surprised. I couldn't find a single French book, however.
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