This is frequently the book that's mentioned when someone asks "how do I become a Wiccan" And while it does have alot of good starting points in it, it really has no lasting effect. Cunningham fails to do either of two things. One, explain the spirituality behind the rituals, and two, provide a complete listing of charts and references. His book "The Truth About Witchcraft Today" is easily the best book for someone who wants to examine the Wiccan faith and decide if it's right for them, or people who just want to know the truth behind it all. However, this book really doesn't make any significant leap over it. And also, he explains the pentacle as representing the element of Earth, when it is actually a symbol for the PLANET Earth, the other meaning was for ceremonial magicians. And he doesn't not use the word Witchcraft simply because he doesn't want to conjure up bad images, and in the glosary defines Witchcraft as a dead pagan religion of Old Europe. Hmmm...strange, since in'Witchcraft Today' he explicitly states that half of modern Witchcraft is folk magic, and the other half is the Wiccan religion. So much for sticking behind your word. It is strage though, since Cunningham's devotion to simplicity is what makes him one of the best, and most fundementalist, Pagan authors that ever lived, and all but two of his other books("Living Wicca" and "Magical Herbalism"), are absolute wonderworks which I fell in love with. Too bad for this one though.