This is great for a beginner. Also read "Wicca For One: The Path Of Solitary Witchcraft" by Ray Buckland. Both are a must have for any that are following a solitary path as well as a good pagan library.
An insightful and useful guide to the novice Wiccan or anyone looking for an introduction to the practice. Scott Cunningham makes practitioning an obtainable goal for those intimidated or tired of covens.
This is an excellent book by a once excellent author. Scott Cunningham offers an honest look into Wicca, a Nature based religion that shares it's history with the oringal Old Ways of the Celts.
This is an original print of this book, and I myself got alot of enlightenment from it. I hope that you will too!
This book is a great introduction to Wicca for a solitary practioner taught by a gentle, kind teacher. It explains everything necessary (the belief system, the tools, the holidays) to get you started on this earth based path focusing strongly on our ties to nature. I'm only parting with this book because I own another copy.
Definitely a must have for anyone following a tradition along the lines of Wicca. Cunningham is great in that he doesn't say "this is how things are supposed to be done." He repeats and reminds us through the text that this is his way, but the best way to go about things is to find our own way. If we need help we can use his as a baseline. Filled with information, tools, exercises, and so much more. I would recommend any of his books. They're worth having a copy (or two) on the bookshelf.
Scott Cunningham was a wonderful teacher for the isolated beginning Wiccan or witch. Some advanced practitioners call his work "fluffy," but a surprising number of them began with his teachings. He gives a good, solid basis to the beginner.
A classic! Definitely my favourite book on Wicca, this is a great introduction for newcomers to the craft, as well as an old standby for those who have been around a while.
A lot of chants can be found in the Book of Shadows portion of Cunningham's Wicca, but the parts I liked the best are the recipes, from Crescent Cakes to Circle Incense, to Altar Oil. The lists of herbs and their "respective" gods and goddesses is great, and the explanations about the various tools used in craft are refreshing. It would have been awesome if he had included things like recipes for ink, etc, but as it is I'd recommend this book as #1 choice for Introduction to Wicca.
I recommomend this book to all beginner witches and wiccans. Even after years of use, I still go back to it for valuable information. I used to carry it everywhere, like my own personal bible. Excellent resource or reference that every Witch should have in his or her personaly library!
wonderful book~mine has a different cover than what is pictured. mine has a woman pictured on the front lighting candles and walking through a garden....great book for all walks of the religion and good information for those starting out as well!
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An excellent general text or primer for persons interested in developing their own magical practice. Also useful for Pagan or others interested in Earth-centered or nature-centered traditions which integrate magical practice. The author outlines some very practical steps to take in your pursuit of a very personal and transformative spirituality. Don't expect to be told what to believe, however... You will need to look inside yourself to figure that out!
Everyone says this is THE book for the Solitary Practitioner. I say, Wicca is what you make of it. Just like anything, take what you want from it and leave the rest behind. Some good tidbits but I overloaded on ritual, ritual, ritual. Religion is a personal thing so it should be treated as such. Again, take what you want from it. I did and I don't think I'm better or worse for picking and choosing.
I like the way the book is designed but it leaves out vital info and the damage it's done is far-reaching. I have been in a circle where a quarter-caller would call the guardians of the watchtowers and the facilatator be ignorant enough to let it go, not smart enough to realize those same guardians and watchtowers exist OUTSIDE of the circle, so where is the element for that quarter? Not invited and not participating. Said facilitator had a group in Central Florida that she teaches. If you use a book, do the research first and you'll wind up doing pretty well with that resource. There are a few more but the beginner won't catch these for years and that's only if they study in-depth. I read it when I was a beginner but I'm glad I got the education to spot those mistakes. Wanna good starter book? Go with Chris Penczak!
"Scott Cunningham has given a glorious gift to Solitaires and to existing covens. There is so much here, I don't know what to use first."
--Ellen Cannon Reed
The Witches Tarot
The Goddess and the Tree
"This is a book that is destined to have notable social impact. Cunningham has presented a complete system for the solitary practitioner. It integrates both the magical arts and the religious aspects of Wicca into a harmonious whole. The book is user friendly, with an easy writing style and rituals that are usable and practical.
"It makes Wicca accessible to the many hundreds of thousands of individuals who would naturally be drawn to it, but who have no means of contacting or joining a coven.
"Wicca is an excellent book, a top-notch primer for beginning students, providing a solid grounding in Craft philosophy, yt his invocations are very meaningful and poetic. Scott teaches the student how to achiev a magical rapport with the life-energy of the Universe."
--Ed Fitch and Janine Renee
Magical Rites from the Crystal Well
"Cunningham's latest, Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, not only serves its main purpose(to instruct solitary Wiccans) but in the process provides a good survey of the Wiccan theory and practice for non-Wiccans who simply want to know what it is all about."
--Dr. J. Gordon Melton
director, Institute for the Study of American Religion