Comment made on forum
about this author: "Another good beginner book is "The Craft" by Dorothy
Morrison. In my opinion she explains things easily, but without dumbing
it down for the reader.
Amazon's summary: Celebrate the changing of the seasons and the beauty and power of the Moon, the Stars, and the Sun. Written by a Witch who has spent many years teaching the Craft of Wicca to newcomers, this introductory guide presents everything you need to know for successful witchery, including:
If you are on a budget, or simply don't want to purchase dozens of books on the Craft, this is the book for you! A modern Solitary Witch can practice for a lifetime with only this book for guidance. While I believe that one should read everything one can get on any subject of interest, this book will be my primary source from here on.
Let me first say that I have long been a fan of this authors practical, down to earth and open sharing of her practice and experience. I find those who refer to her books in a negative way are usually those who resent her success and her openness in sharing what some would like to use to boost their own ego by wanting others to think that the practice of the craft is some deep dark secret know only to them and their tradition or group.
As for me, I will be selling many of the books I have accumulated over many years of practice as a Solitary Witch, as I will be using the spells and rituals in this book instead of digging through a dozen books to find just what I'm looking for.
There is a chapter devoted to the young witch or wizard. If you are a Crone, like myself, don't skip this chapter. Who but us will bring along the next generation? We need to know what is important and practical for the Teen Witch so that we can be better and wiser teachers.
Well done, Silver Raven Wolf --freyaslady
Take a look at your hands. See them as wondrous vehicles of power. Feel the energy that flows through everything you do. Tap into that power! Carve a symbol, dip a candle, mix fragrant herbs, sculpt clay, and make your life all that you want it to be. When crafts are used to create objects intended for ritual or to symbolize the divine, the connection between the craftsperson and divinity grows more intense.
This second edition of Spell Crafts, the much-loved and oft-read guide to magical handwork, features new illustrations and a new preface by David Harrington. Learn how to create and use all of the following: - magical simmering potpourris - a beaded psychic mandala - clay pentacles, plaques, and runic dice - a shaman's arrow - sand paintings - Corn Mother - a magical spell broom - protective hex sign - Witch bottles - flower garlands - spell banner - magic mirror - prosperity trivet - wheat weaving.
The original book that brought Goddess worship to the public eye has marked its 10th anniversary, yet it still remains an integral part of the Wiccan canon. The Spiral Dance leans heavily toward the feminist aspects of Wicca, but Starhawk's comments on the new edition make it clear that she is aware of the growing male presence in witchcraft. However, this edition is not some watered down, politically correct revision of the original. Very little is changed aside from the addition of Starhawk's observations on how the book has weathered its first decade, and what few changes she would make if she were writing it today. Readers interested in learning more about contemporary witchcraft, whether considering Wicca as a way of life or simply desiring to understand this earth-based religion, will find a wealth of information in The Spiral Dance, and will notice that it becomes one of the most frequently consulted books in their Wicca libraries. --Brian Patterson
In her first book-length work, Sabin presents a first-rate, fresh and thorough addition to the burgeoning field of earth-based spiritual practice volumes. Sometimes using examples that young people can relate to (SATs, dying grandmothers), she opens the door to this path for people of all ages who want concrete beginnings to "work actively and spiritually to develop as a person." Sabin covers well the familiar territory of the calendar, circle, pentagram, tools, etc., but she shines distinctively in several areas. The first is in Wiccan history, written in a light, informative style that magically mines depth, breadth and brevity. Another is in the emphasis on personal will and ethical practices that transcend reliance on external paraphernalia. She also deftly shows how the various tools and spells can be put into use, but always encourages practitioners to utilize their own experiences, environment and spiritual intelligence to shape their practice. Especially helpful are the criteria to assess groups and potential teachers, and the volume is capped by a fine bibliography. Sabin advocates consistent study, practice and evolved learning. Gently admonishing her reader not to become a "one-book wonder," Sabin has nearly voided her own advice with this important first effort that is perfect for novice Wiccans.
Earth, Air, Fire, and Water : More Techniques of Natural Magic is a great place to start learning magick. Folk magick is simple but very effective if you put your heart into it. Many people find no need to go further than this unless they prefer more grandiose ceremonial magick. Great introductory principles about the philosophy of spellcasting is probably the most important part of this book, though it is probably best to read this in more detail in Cunningham's guides for the Solitary Practitioner or similar books. Scott Cunningham provides great learning material and outlines for spellcasting, but I think it is important to remember that spells you create yourself are often much more effective. The guides to creating your own magick in the back of the book are at least as important as the spells. This sort of magick reinforces the important fact that tools are nothing without the magician. Folk magick is often frowned upon by many more experienced practitioners of the craft, but it is useful to remember that which the book reminds us: the simple things in life are usually the best! --Ariana
Earth Power is a great book for those who are
new to Witchcraft and interested in Natural Magick. Cunningham provides
useful information while his explanations and instructions are easy to
follow. The spells featured in the book are actually "do-able"; they don't
require fancy robes, precious hard-to-find stones, and even harder-to-find
herbs. They are very simple and to-the-point, which is extremely helpful
for us who dislike long, complicated rituals. You wont find any long,
rambling chants. Instead, Earth Power contains short, simple chants for a
practical and natural form of magick.
This is NOT a book for Wiccans. You'll not find the rules and basics of Wicca nor will you find any ceremonial magick.
Earth Power is a how-to book without the rigid rules that you often see in occult books. It does not teach, it guides. It guides you and inspires you to create your own magick YOUR way. --Lisa Johanna Keemink
Green Witchcraft: Folk Magic, Fairy Lore & Herb Craft
by Aoumiel and Ann Moura
Positive, practical, and easy to use, Green Witchcraft brings together the best of both modern Wicca and the author`s family heritage of herb craft and folk magic. Green Witchcraft explores the fundamentals of the Wiccan religion, providing magical training for the independent thinker. Step-by-step instructions on a wide variety of magical techniques as well as basic rules of conduct make this the ideal book to get you started. Green rituals for self-initiation, rites of passage, seasonal celebrations and activities provide an excellent foundation for your own magical tradition.
This meaningful book explores the mystery, wisdom, and power of the dark phase of the moon's cycle, providing a lunar-based model for moving through the dark times in our lives with understanding, consciousness, and faith in renewal.
The moon's dark phase has traditionally been a time of
fear and superstition, a time associated with death and isolation. The mythical
embodiment of these fears is the Dark Goddess. Known around the world by many
names--Lilith, Kali, Hecate, and Morgana--the archetypal Dark Goddess represents
death, sexuality, and the unconscious--the little understood, often feared
aspects of life.
Demetra George combines psychological, mythical, and spiritual perspective on the shadowy, feminine symbolism of the dark moon to reclaim the darkness from oppressive, fear-based images. George offers rites for rebirth and transformation that teach us to tap into the power of our dark times, maximizing the potential for renewal inherent in our inevitable periods of loss, depression, and anger.
Starwitch's review: I love this book. I've learned so much from it. It explains the cycle of life and death in such a beautiful way. I even shared some of these ideas with my Christian mother because I knew that all women could appreciate the ideas in this book. (A decade later, I'm happy to announce that my mother abandoned Christianity. My whole family did! Yay!)
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