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« Reply #30: April 16, 2008, 06:58:21 pm »

I know this is going to sound nitpicky as hell, but those semantics really are important. Probably more important on this board than on a lot of other pagan boards where the conversations aren't aimed at debate and discussion.

You're definitely right when you say many Wiccans consider it a classic book. But that's totally different from saying "it's a Wiccan classic." See where I'm coming from?

I know this isn't anything to do with me- but you make total sense and I completely see the difference.

His books are considered 'classics' by many different people- Wiccan or no. His books snuggle in quite nicely on my bookshelf amoungst all the jumble of Hedgewitchery/Wiccan/Aromatherapy/Goddess worship books.
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« Reply #31: April 16, 2008, 07:08:18 pm »

I guess I'm not making myself clear. It's not that the books aren't good resources (though I do shrink every time I get the St. Cunningham routine), it's that these books (his encyclopedias) aren't Wiccan. Wiccan's can find them useful and non-Wiccan's can find them useful. The point is, those books are not Wiccan. They're certainly user friendly and encompass some good information, but when people refer to them as Wiccan (and they do), it's not accurate.

I see where you are coming from, LF. And sorry if I make you shrink, but I guess I do take a hard line on the St. Cunningham thing, for sure Wink
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« Reply #32: April 16, 2008, 07:38:05 pm »

I know this is going to sound nitpicky as hell, but those semantics really are important. Probably more important on this board than on a lot of other pagan boards where the conversations aren't aimed at debate and discussion.

You're definitely right when you say many Wiccans consider it a classic book. But that's totally different from saying "it's a Wiccan classic." See where I'm coming from?

But aren't all Pagans Wiccan?   Grin  Grin  Grin    Roll Eyes   LOL 

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« Reply #33: April 16, 2008, 07:57:10 pm »

(hey, I like the 3rd person commentary feature here, I had no idea it would work so well!  Very cool !)

I have a feeling it works because we didn't know it was there, if only because generally we discourage colored text (to the point of having disabled the function for non-staff).  Many of our members with not-so-great eyes find colored text like that (particularly bright colors on a light background) hard to read.  Sad
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« Reply #34: April 16, 2008, 07:59:32 pm »

I have a feeling it works because we didn't know it was there, if only because generally we discourage colored text (to the point of having disabled the function for non-staff). 

I had no idea it provided colored text.  I can probably modify it to use bold or italics. Perhaps a bold asterisk and italic text.
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« Reply #35: April 16, 2008, 08:18:57 pm »

I see where you are coming from, LF. And sorry if I make you shrink, but I guess I do take a hard line on the St. Cunningham thing, for sure Wink

I just don't see Scott as the be all end all of any religion. I don't think that's what he had in mind when he was writing, and I think there's little difference between people who think he can do no wrong and the people who support $RW do or die.
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« Reply #36: April 16, 2008, 08:19:45 pm »

But aren't all Pagans Wiccan?   Grin  Grin  Grin    Roll Eyes   LOL 


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« Reply #37: April 16, 2008, 08:21:48 pm »

I had no idea it provided colored text.  I can probably modify it to use bold or italics. Perhaps a bold asterisk and italic text.

I discovered something nobody really knew about (nor likes the way it works)? That figures. 

Mostly I like the fact that it automatically inserts the username as a variable, but the color was a surprise too.  I think bold and italic is cool too, although - hint -  bold maroon is so dark as to be almost black - like a dark brown, but still stand out as different.
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« Reply #38: April 16, 2008, 09:25:36 pm »

I think bold and italic is cool too, although - hint -  bold maroon is so dark as to be almost black - like a dark brown, but still stand out as different.

I wouldn't know a "bold maroon" if it bit me.  And I'm not colorblind (just color clueless). Wink
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« Reply #39: April 16, 2008, 10:27:29 pm »

I think there's little difference between people who think he can do no wrong and the people who support $RW do or die.

I see no reason to insult me.

I just adore him. He had a sweet old witchy grandpa writing style that I find very comforting and helpful.
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« Reply #40: April 16, 2008, 10:41:45 pm »

I wouldn't know a "bold maroon" if it bit me.  And I'm not colorblind (just color clueless). Wink

Maroon is the typical "dark red" you see in 16 color palettes.  (Not to be confused with 16 bit palettes, which yields 65,535 colors)
I don't know if you run Windows, Randall, but if you do, open up Wordpad, and check out the font color selection. It's the one right after Black. That is, if you care to.  Wink  I'm not sure where to point you in Linux, it would depend on your distro and all that.
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« Reply #41: April 16, 2008, 10:42:02 pm »

I see no reason to insult me.

Unless you think Scott could do no wrong, I don't really think you have been. You may not worship Scott, but I've met people who basically do -- although there are thankfully fewer of them than those who worship SRW.
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« Reply #42: April 16, 2008, 10:44:07 pm »

Maroon is the typical "dark red" you see in 16 color palettes. 

Probably not the best idea for text considering how common red-green color blindness is.
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« Reply #43: April 16, 2008, 10:44:14 pm »

I see no reason to insult me.

I just adore him. He had a sweet old witchy grandpa writing style that I find very comforting and helpful.

What Randall said.

I don't really see a writing style as being indicative of absolute adoration to an author. I've run into the St. Scott people. They act like the $RW groupies. Unless you're equating Scott's writing as the be all and end all of Wicca, I don't think it's the same thing.
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« Reply #44: April 16, 2008, 10:50:55 pm »

Unless you think Scott could do no wrong, I don't really think you have been. You may not worship Scott, but I've met people who basically do -- although there are thankfully fewer of them than those who worship SRW.

lol!  This just brought to mind the whole idea of "graven images" and misplaced deities. IOW, just imagine Scott and $RW as supplanting the "God" and "Goddess".   
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I admit it too -  I like Scott.  He's good for beginners, though he is just a bit on the peachy/creamy side of things. But, if not his "Guide to the Solitary Practitioner" book, then whos to read for a less "fluffy" style?  Buckland's? I've noticed that Buckland has a few books that seem to mirror Cunninghams' very closely, specifically the "Solitary Guide" and the "Living Wicca" editions. I was wondering if they're basically rewrites of SC's books, or entirely different texts with extremely similar themes?

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