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« Reply #90: March 17, 2008, 01:23:19 pm »

Starhawk's The Spiral Dance
Janet and Stewart Farrar's A Witches' Bible
Vivianne Crowley's Wicca:  the Old Religion in a New Millennium
Ed Fitch's Magical Rites from the Crystal Well
Scott Cunningham's Wicca:  a Guide for the Solitary Practitioner
Ellen Cannon Reed's The Heart of Wicca

I have heard good things about Starhawk's book, however, I have picked up Scott's book, read a chapter or two then returned it to the library.

Vivianna Crowley sounds familiar and I passed over the Witches' Bible. Haven't seen the other books.
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« Reply #91: March 17, 2008, 02:28:59 pm »

I have heard good things about Starhawk's book, however, I have picked up Scott's book, read a chapter or two then returned it to the library.

Vivianna Crowley sounds familiar and I passed over the Witches' Bible. Haven't seen the other books.

I'd recommend you retry Cunningham.  He's widely considered one of the definitive authors on solitary Wicca.
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« Reply #92: March 17, 2008, 02:54:19 pm »

I have heard good things about Starhawk's book, however, I have picked up Scott's book, read a chapter or two then returned it to the library.

Vivianna Crowley sounds familiar and I passed over the Witches' Bible. Haven't seen the other books.

Then you have passed over some of the definitive books of Wicca.  Whether you agree with them or not, they deserve a read.   Alot of the early books deserve a read just for the history they give (even if their history needs to be taken with a grain or ton of salt). 
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« Reply #93: March 17, 2008, 03:50:08 pm »

I know I've said this before, but I'll say it again. I swore off spelling magic "magick" the first time I ever spelled "public" as "publick." Spelling and grammar is far more important to me than using some clever spelling Crowley came up with.

And we won't talk about the people who use "majik" or "majique". They just make my teeth hurt.

I know a stage magician (for ren faires) who goes by "Zinger, the Magick", but pronounces 'magick' as 'majique'.....his presentation is hilarious and most excellently done.  Knowing hime I'd say he's making fun of all the different spellings too.....
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« Reply #94: March 17, 2008, 04:08:53 pm »

And we won't talk about the people who use "majik" or "majique". They just make my teeth hurt.
Only your teeth?  Is it possible that I'm more cranky than you about silly usages?

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« Reply #95: March 17, 2008, 06:25:35 pm »

Only your teeth?  Is it possible that I'm more cranky than you about silly usages?

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Heh...yeah, but you gotta remember, I don't do magic (or any of the weirdass spellings available), so I really don't have a dog in that fight.
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« Reply #96: March 18, 2008, 03:25:57 pm »

Heh...yeah, but you gotta remember, I don't do magic (or any of the weirdass spellings available), so I really don't have a dog in that fight.
I thought of that while I was posting, but darned if I could remember for sure that you didn't do magic at all, so I figured it was easier not to bring that angle up.  But, yes, I figured that probably was the difference.

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« Reply #97: July 02, 2010, 06:12:32 pm »

I just got a Magick book for my birthday. It's "The Complete Book of Spells, Ceremonies, and Magic" by Migene Gonzalez-Wippler, and I was wondering if she too is just fluff?

And for every newbie too, who else should we avoid pertaining to books/online resources/stores?

Any good books etc, etc, etc? About any subject of Paganism?

I was just wondering...  Grin

I read that one. She claimed Artemis was Celtic. *eyeroll* There were a lot of flaws in it, I thought.
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« Reply #98: July 05, 2010, 06:23:57 pm »

I just got a Magick book for my birthday. It's "The Complete Book of Spells, Ceremonies, and Magic" by Migene Gonzalez-Wippler, and I was wondering if she too is just fluff?

And for every newbie too, who else should we avoid pertaining to books/online resources/stores?

Any good books etc, etc, etc? About any subject of Paganism?

I was just wondering...  Grin

It took me a lot of reading various authors before I realized that just because an author is "fluffy" does not mean that one cannot learn from them, even if it is just to see what is out there.  Sometimes even the fluffy ones have occasional titles worth having.  For example, I am not a Silver Ravenwolf fan, but I did like her "A Witch's Notebook".  Her herbal section was and is helpful when it comes to blending herbs. 
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« Reply #99: July 06, 2010, 03:38:14 am »

It took me a lot of reading various authors before I realized that just because an author is "fluffy" does not mean that one cannot learn from them, even if it is just to see what is out there.  Sometimes even the fluffy ones have occasional titles worth having.  For example, I am not a Silver Ravenwolf fan, but I did like her "A Witch's Notebook".  Her herbal section was and is helpful when it comes to blending herbs. 

I agree with that, I do a lot of rewritting of things.  If I can go to a book, even a bad one, and get kind of a "bare bones" ritual or spell and then rewrite it for my own purposes to me a book would be worth it.  But, that said, I have been in this long enough to separate the good info from the crap (mostly). 


And thanks guys, this thread has extended my reading list exponentially.  I thank you, my bank account not so much Smiley.  As I'm really stuck as a solitary (weird work schedule) for at least now, this site and books are my best references.
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« Reply #100: July 06, 2010, 08:12:15 am »

It took me a lot of reading various authors before I realized that just because an author is "fluffy" does not mean that one cannot learn from them, even if it is just to see what is out there. 

In general terms, and in theory, I agree with you.  In practice, I only have so much time (and brainpower) for reading, and a long list of non-fluff that I'd like to work through.  I can't justify wasting time or energy on stuff I know is mostly (or know is likely to be mostly) crap in the hopes that there will be some lesson buried in it, or in hopes that this book will be more useful than everything else written by an author with a reputation for churning out fluff.  In other words, I'm sure there's something worthwhile there, but the fluff is just never going to be high enough on my priority list to actually get around to reading it.
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