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Is this a good beginner's book?

PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 1:19 pm
by Maximus
I had bought this book a long time ago. I did not understand it so I just disregard but still kept it though and is still in nice conditions. But do you guys think it is a good book to follow. It's called Mastering Witchcraft: A Practical Guide for Witches, Warlocks & Covens by Paul Huson. Has anyone read it?

PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 1:56 pm
by Greymalkin
To be honest I would be a little dubious of the usage of the word 'Warlock'.

Any author who thinks a male witch is called a warlock obviously doesn't know what they're talking about.

PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 2:53 pm
by Maximus
Yes this was written back in the 1960s. So maybe they still used the term "warlock" back then. But nevertheless, in the book the author not once mention the word warlock and did indeed used witch as a context but it seems at some parts it refers more to the female counterpart than it did the male counterpart.

PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 5:14 pm
by ellis
This is the same topic you posted in books etc.folder.Isn't it spamming to post the exact same thing in more than one place?

PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 5:43 pm
by Whitewitchboi_235
u mean there are no warlocks? my girlfriend said men are witches too, but i never heard of it before.

why do u not use the word warlock?

PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 6:19 pm
by Greymalkin
'Warlock' is actually an old English word meanind 'traitor'. It was used to describe someone who couldn't be trusted or betrayed his own people.

Male witches in the past were usually called 'cunning men', but nowadays a male witch is just called a witch.

PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 6:25 pm
by Whitewitchboi_235
oh! that makes sense then. ty graymalkin.

Re: Is this a good beginner's book?

PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:19 pm
by SpiritTalker
Just my 2 beans-worth, but P.Huson's "Mastering Witchcraft" isn't a beginners level book. It is something of a classic for the time period in which it was written when very few Craft books were accepted for publishing & coven based practice with oath bound secrecy were the norm. I've read it twice about 10 years apart to see if I felt differently. I found it to be more ceremonial magic based than nature based so did not enjoy or relate to much, but learned about planetary sigil squares & a bit about Venus & Mercury symbolism. I frankly got more useful Wiccan start-up information from J.Belle's "Lady Sheba's Grimoire" and there is no comparison between the 2 books. I'm just stating my experience.