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« Reply #15: February 12, 2008, 03:02:05 am »

There has been a trend, w/r/t Pagan/Wiccan/Witchcraft books, in the last 15-20 years, to assume that those new to the study "can't handle" anything but the simplest information.  But, books that are, today, often labelled as "too advanced for beginners" were the beginner books a few decades ago - possibly some of the newer authors found them "too hard", and that's part of why they write hand-holding baby-steps no-big-words books now, but since many, many fine practitioners did not find them "too hard" back in the day, I would suggest that it's not the books, but Paganism/Witchcraft itself, that's "too hard" for those hypothetical authors.
That's a good warning, I'll consider in my book-search too.
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« Reply #16: February 12, 2008, 08:36:19 am »

There has been a trend, w/r/t Pagan/Wiccan/Witchcraft books, in the last 15-20 years, to assume that those new to the study "can't handle" anything but the simplest information.  But, books that are, today, often labelled as "too advanced for beginners" were the beginner books a few decades ago - possibly some of the newer authors found them "too hard", and that's part of why they write hand-holding baby-steps no-big-words books now, but since many, many fine practitioners did not find them "too hard" back in the day, I would suggest that it's not the books, but Paganism/Witchcraft itself, that's "too hard" for those hypothetical authors.

::Applauding:: I really get tired of hearing that books I found just fine as beginner books at age 13-15 in the early 70s are somehow "too advanced" now for even adult beginners. Apparently because the authors back then did not grab the reader's nose and lead him/her around with said nose firmly in their grasp while explaining that doing so was in the reader's best interest in baby talk.
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« Reply #17: February 12, 2008, 10:02:05 am »

You make several mentions (here and in your other book thread) of whether books are "good for beginners".  Honestly, there are very few (if any) books that are "too advanced" for beginners; most of the books I don't advise for beginners aren't "advanced", they're misleading unless the reader already has some background.
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The impression I get is that you've run across a lot of mentions of books being "too advanced for beginners", and are concerned that you might get in over your head if you don't stick to beginner books - in reality, that's highly unlikely.
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Actually, you got it dead on, Sunflower... I have seen many mentions of "too advanced" but, as you have said, at first glance they didn't seem all that difficult for me to understand. Also, anothe rof my worries was that if I got a magick book, then I might get too in over with that. But actually, I think I would prefer just making my own rituals and spells, based off a few <good>, not popular, ones. And I think that maybe I should stop looking for the "not too advanced for thou" ones, because I am not a complete dunce, and if I find something I don't understand, there IS a wonderful new concept that we call "looking for more sources". (well, not new, but to some people, you would think it is, and that it's something to shy away from. heh)

I will keep that in mind next time I go on a book hunt! hehe.

So on a different note then, and good just regular ole BOOKS out there that any would suggest based on my first few posts? Wink
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