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Postby GreenArcher » Sun Sep 22, 2013 8:13 pm

So as a seeker and a potential solitary practitioner I've come up with some great books and resources to use. I managed to get WICCA FOR BEGINNERS: FUNDAMENTALS OF PHILSOPHY AND PRACTICE by Thea Sabin. It's a great book very enlightening. So far I've read past chapter 2 about energy feeling, visualizing, grounding, and shielding.

I was able to work on the visualizing and energy feeling exercises today. Unfortunately the house wasn't quiet enough for me to focus on the last two very well so I plan to go through those tomorrow. But it's just my first book for general knowledge and practice. I want to go through a year and a day of training and for that I have come up with two great books.

1. Wicca a year and a day
2. Dedicant a witches circle of fire

The first book goes through a lesson daily while the second has a lot more fluff. I wasn't able to see what the actual lesson structure is online. All I know is that it goes by months. The lessons and chapters. I want to know everything for the specific month and season while the other book lets you start at any time.

Should see about getting both resources or is one really better than the other?
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Re: A year and a day for the seeker

Postby Vesca » Sun Sep 22, 2013 8:20 pm

It's not an entirely bad idea to gather as many different resources with different perspectives as possible while you're learning. It helps to keep your mind open and sometimes one way of looking at something will resonate better with your understanding than another way of looking at the same thing. :)
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Re: A year and a day for the seeker

Postby GreenArcher » Sun Sep 22, 2013 8:32 pm

Should I start with both books doing both lessons at the same time?
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Re: A year and a day for the seeker

Postby Vesca » Mon Sep 23, 2013 10:51 am

I know it's tempting, and it really depends on your ability to multitask. Some people can do it, some can't. If you want to do that, I suggest you stick to one chapter per book at a time. Otherwise, read through one and take your notes, post-it your pages, etc... and then move onto the next.

You'll likely be reading more than two books for the entire next year anyway. :P
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Re: A year and a day for the seeker

Postby GreenArcher » Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:54 pm

I was planning on doing wicca a year and a day daily. In the intro it said only do your reading for that one day. The other I think I'd take notes from as far as seasons and holidays. N yeah I think I'd have to read other books to such things on crystals and herbs
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Re: A year and a day for the seeker

Postby Vesca » Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:21 pm

I can't even count how many books on so many different things I've read over the several yeas on all things "witchy" or even remotely-related to witchy. Just see where it all takes you. :)
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Re: A year and a day for the seeker

Postby GreenArcher » Tue Sep 24, 2013 1:02 pm

The library doesn't have a lot so I'll end up buying some. I've looked into used books but I don't really trust in the descriptions of the condition.
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Re: A year and a day for the seeker

Postby Echo_of_shadows » Thu Sep 26, 2013 4:07 am

GreenArcher wrote:The library doesn't have alot so ill end buying some. I've looked into used books but I don't really trust in the descriptions of the condition.


I know how you feel. The city library here has books listed in their system, but all of them are reported as missing. The county library does have a better selection of books.
Have you checked your local Magick store for used books? I was very fortunate to find used books at my local store that were around 50% off.
You might also want to try walmart.com. Most of the books that I've seen on there are cheaper than their listed prices, and certainly cheaper than bookstore prices. For example: "Wicca For Beginners: Fundamentals Of Philosophy And Practice" by Thea Sabin is listed as $13.95, and Walmart is selling it for $8.37.

GreenArcher wrote:I managed to get WICCA FOR BEGINNERS: FUNDAMENTALS OF PHILSOPHY AND PRACTICE by Thea Sabin. It's a great book very enlightening.


I've read that one too. I enjoyed the section on pathworking. :)
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Re: A year and a day for the seeker

Postby GreenArcher » Thu Sep 26, 2013 5:00 pm

Echo_of_shadows wrote:
GreenArcher wrote:The library doesn't have alot so ill end buying some. I've looked into used books but I don't really trust in the descriptions of the condition.


I know how you feel. The city library here has books listed in their system, but all of them are reported as missing. The county library does have a better selection of books.
Have you checked your local Magick store for used books? I was very fortunate to find used books at my local store that were around 50% off.
You might also want to try walmart.com. Most of the books that I've seen on there are cheaper than their listed prices, and certainly cheaper than bookstore prices. For example: "Wicca For Beginners: Fundamentals Of Philosophy And Practice" by Thea Sabin is listed as $13.95, and Walmart is selling it for $8.37.

GreenArcher wrote:I managed to get WICCA FOR BEGINNERS: FUNDAMENTALS OF PHILSOPHY AND PRACTICE by Thea Sabin. It's a great book very enlightening.


I've read that one too. I enjoyed the section on pathworking. :)


I've searched for local metaphysical stores and I found two good ones ill be checking out hopefully this weekend. And thanks I hadn't thought of Walmart online. I've only been to there online store like twice.

My favorite section was the grounding since it's been very useful. I've done it when I have aches or when I'm feeling sad and it really makes me feel better afterwords. I haven't done path working yet. I'd like to do it with a partner but I have no one to do it with.
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Re: A year and a day for the seeker

Postby dieseor » Sun Oct 20, 2013 12:06 am

presently reading the book just started but i do love her grandma, wish i had that kinda upbringing. But I wouldn't be the person I am today if I had, my path would have been completely different. I'll give her one thing which i can't say about alot of wiccan books she keeps it intresting and fun so you want to keep reading apart from the obvious, I can see why you suggest this book WICCA FOR BEGINNERS :) nice choice, thank you
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Re: A year and a day for the seeker

Postby QuestionableEnergy » Sat Nov 09, 2013 10:39 am

I have been told because I am in the position, that we take the information as more of a guide line. Dont take the progression of the book to literal. I am reading Wicca the solitary practitioner and had the same questions. I was told to meditate and work with energy but as far as casting and rituals be certain you know what you want out of it. Which kind of scared me. I guess when we ask for whatever it is we are searching for the more literal the better. I have wanted to just jump in myself, but there is a reason they tell you a year and one day (I might not know why yet).
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Books for Hedge Witches

Postby EarthLoveHeal » Tue Jun 24, 2014 2:21 pm

Hello there! Been a while, I know, and I'm sorry about that!
So, I'll get straight to it.
My guardians are strict Catholics and they believe that being Wiccan is either just a phase for me, or that I'm just claiming that I'm Wiccan to annoy them.
Because of this, I can't practice much, or get materials (I'm 17,
And I don't have a job yet, or a license)

Is there a book that gives you amazing detail for Hedge-witches like me?
I can always check the Public Library for it.

Please, can you guys name some with the title and author's name?
Thank you! :-)
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Re: Books

Postby Heartsong » Tue Jun 24, 2014 3:01 pm

There's a very nice list complied here that you'd likely want to check out. :)
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Suggested books for a beginner?

Postby stillwood » Tue Sep 09, 2014 7:15 pm

Hi guys, I'm new here. I'm interested in learning more about Wicca and Paganism. Can someone recommend some of the best books or authors to start with? I'm sure this gets asked a lot, so I'm sorry for asking a redundant question. It's just there are so many books on Wicca that I'm overwhelmed and not sure where to start.

Also, I am male. It seems like most Wiccans are female. Personally, I have no problem with that, I guess I just feel a little shy about as to if I'll fit in here. Go easy on me, lol :D
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Re: Suggested books for a beginner?

Postby Siona » Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:58 pm

Wicca for Beginners, by Thea Sabin, is a good, solid introduction to Wicca. It's one of the better Wicca 101 books out there, in my opinion.

Paganism 101: An Introduction to Paganism by 101 Pagans, by Trevor Greenfield, gives a pretty interesting overview of paganism as a whole. It's got bits written by quite a few different people following different pagan paths, with different opinions and practices, so it gives a nice view of what else is out there aside from Wicca. (Although I do believe it covers Wicca a bit as well, if I remember right.)
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