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am 30. Juni 2001
Scanning through the comments on this book, I found again and again statements of the kind "not suitable for beginners" or "too informational". How can anything be too informational? I still consider myself a beginner, but this is the first book I have come across that is able to satisfy my intellectual needs, it answers so many questions other books leave open, and most of all, it has what I, as an academically educated person, am longing for: scientific method and genuine research, enabling you to follow the development of Wiccan theories, instead of simply giving you some facts without explanation. So: read if you are not satisfied with just being given facts, but want to know where they come from - the possibility not only to decide what you believe, but also to know why.
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am 8. Februar 1999
However, if you want to learn and read up on the 'traditional' British Witchcraft that is so readily ignored in this country these days, read this book. It is not a spellbook or a how-to be a Witch book; it is not a recipe book for the beginner to pick up and start practicing, it takes thought and study. Sure, this book is likely out of date compared to the plethora of Wicca and Witchcraft books popping up in the mainstream ad nauseum that speak more to the modern society as a whole, but the basics are covered among other things that are not covered in many books today (exploring sex and Witchcraft, for one) and is just another view, history and background and well as another sect of Witchcraft all together. No, it is not really geared towards eclectics or solitaries, but it is information that can be read, digested and altered into one's own practices if desired. I read and refer to it in order to incorporate and learn more well-rounded info from some of the forefunners of the modern Craft that carried over to the US from more traditional practices in Europe, and the Farrars are that, among others. This book is not for everyone and definately not for the beginner, but if like me, you are weary of all the fluffy-bunny Witchcraft 101 books that the market is saturated with that insult your intelligence and treat you like a child, pick this up and be prepared to learn and be challenged by some of the old traditional ways of what Witchcraft was and still is in some trads; trads that are rapidly being forgotten or altered in today's modern Craft movement. I think this book still has a place and is valuable, if one reads it with an open mind and can see it for what it is. The title is misleading, it is not the 'Bible', no book on Witchcraft of Wicca can truly claim that in any form; I see it more as this book has a multitude of information...background, history, practice and teaching rolled into one book
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am 14. Juli 1997
"A Witches Bible" contains, in one volume, Janet and Stewart Farrar's two books, "Eight Sabbats for
Witches" and "The Witches' Way." These two books are classics in the genre of New Age literature and a
necessary addition to the library of every Wiccan and Pagan. Together, these two books provide the best
published manual on Wiccan practice ever printed.</P>

The first section describes the meanings, history and ceremonies of the Wiccan holidays. The eight
Sabbats are described in detail just as they are practiced by the Farrar's coven. To the fragmentary rituals
of Gerald Gardner's "Book of Shadows," the Farrar's have added their own material. Based on extensive
research and practice, the result is a rich and powerful tradition rooted in the most ancient of lore.</P>

The second section deals with the rest of "The Book of Shadows." The Farrar's detail the initiation
rituals, lunar rites and magickal workings which form the core of Witchcraft. Included is extensive material
on divination, astral projection and healing. This book also gives important advice on working with others
and on running a coven responsibly.</P>

The Farrar's have provided an informative work that is more than just a how-to. They have captured
the spirit of "The Old Religion" and it's relevance in helping people to live in better harmony with nature
and themselves. This classic helped to establish modern Witchcraft as a religion that focuses on the values
of personal growth, sexual equality and love of Nature.</P>
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am 18. April 2000
An excellent compendium of Alexandrian/Gardnerian Wiccan rituals, philosophy, and lore. Includes a large portion of Gardner's Book of Shadows. Best of all, the Farrrars recount historical and amusing anecdotal bits about the evolution of the modern-day Craft. However, newbies and sceptics beware: some of the information is presented as "dogmatic" (for example, the requirement of working skyclad, female-to-male-to-female transmission of knowledge, et. al.) If you are at all interested in Wicca, this book is a valuable resource on many levels.
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am 17. März 2009
Witch's Bible
Grundlegende Fragen werden hier geklärt.
Was ist der Fünffache Kuss, was ist der Große Ritus, wie gehen Initiationen vor sich. Aber das wichtigste ist, dass hier der Grundgedanke der Wicca Religion erklärt wird, ganz wichtig die Polarität zwischen Mann und Frau, weswegen die Farrars mit einem reinen "Jungs" Coven auch wenig anfangen können, welches sie in einem gesonderten Kapitel über Sexualität erklären.

Jeder der das Schulenglisch beherrscht kann dieses Buch gut lesen.

Es gibt auch einen Vorschlag über ein Selbstinitierungsritual, welches die Farrars (zwar mit abers und Selbstbehalt, da Wicca ja immer zumindest Dualität verlangt) darstellen, ich schmunzele darüber weil sie den Eindruck vermitteln dass es besser sei gleich eine komplette Arbeitsgemeinschaft zu einem Coven nebst Hoherpriester/in zu weihen als nur eine/n Solo-Wicca, aber es gibt diesen Vorschlag immerhin.

Ich finde die Rituale sehr schön, ja, sie sind für Covens ausgelegt, aber jede/r fortgeschrittene Wicca sollte ein Soloritual draus machen können wenn gewünscht.

Abgerundet wird dieses tolle Buch durch Bilder von Janet und ihrem verstorbenen Mann und Hohepriester um bestimmte Werkzeuge, Rituale etc. zu erklären. Bitte nicht erschrecken, die beiden arbeiten gerne im Himmelsgewand. (Bsp habe ich mich immer gewundert wie eine Brigid-Lichterkrone wohl ausschauen soll, es gibt ein Bild davon und sogar eine Bauanleitung damit man sich das Wachs nicht auf die Haare tropft.)

Fazit: eines meiner Lieblingsbücher zu diesem Thema
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am 16. Dezember 1997
I was so pleased to find this book. After pages and pages of the happy-trippy stuff that clogs the market these days, I am simply thrilled with the Farrars' in-depth look at what Wicca is really all about: a religion that demands respect for others and for the world in which we live, as well as personal responsibility for our lives and the decisions we make. (There's also an excellent essay by Doreen Valiente about the search for Dorothy Clutterbuck.)
The Farrars are writing for group practitioners--Wiccans who are in covens, thinking about joining covens or even thinking about starting a coven of their own. I am solitary by choice, with no plans for joining a coven anytime soon, but I still find this book an invaluable resource. Most of the rituals and spells included in the book can be adapted to solitary practice, and it also gives the solitary who has never been in a coven an idea of what to expect. Quite a bit more detailed than the standard beginner books (Ravenwolf, Cunningham et al), but definitely worth reading and keeping on your shelf for consultation.
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am 23. Juni 2003
This book really is great and although I have a fairly extensive magical library it's on the middle shelf - and only books I really use often are allowed to be on the middle shelf ;-)
Well first of all, the Farrars sweep away some rubbish about Wicca (like no, there is not such thing as a Wiccan Bible).
With the help of Doreen Valiente (one of the great ones of the Craft) they did some research digging on the book of shadows of Gardner and Sanders.
This book is actually compound by two books, the first being 8 Sabbats for Witches, giving some deep understanding about the 8 sabbats and givin some examples for group rituals. Though the rituals are for groups, I would still advise every solitary practioner of the craft, to read the well researched informations about the sabbats.
The second part of the bookd is the witches way, a book covering the theory of Wicca like the attitude to sex, on running a coven, consecration, initiation, healing divination and some rituals that are written for groups, but can be adapted for solitaries. Sure, a book will never be able to substitute a good teacher or coven if someone wished training, but if you're eager to get your fingers on a BOS this is the one. Also the Farrars point out why they published this book - and they really do have a good point some people ought to consider, especially when regarding the situation in Europe, where Wicca is not as recognized like in the US and people seeking teachers really do have problems finding good ones.
The only thing I am complaining about is the search for Old Dorothy. As I have read "Triumph of the Moon" - sorry, I think he's got it right there (but no, he doesn't say, that the New Forest Coven never existerd).
So especially if you don't have contacts and are studying and practitioning the craft alone, this book will be very valuable for you.
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am 24. April 1999
First off, this is *not* a Bible. Picking that title was misleading.
It is, however, a useful collection of rituals and social discussion, with appendices, glossary and notes. All this, however, could have been much better; it's really two books bound together. Therefore, you have two indexes, two sets of page numbering, and so forth. Why in the name of Hades a little effort wasn't put into the integration of the two books mystifies me; it has a sense of having been republished as a single volume mainly because no one would have to do any real work.
The only other serious flaw is that they take _The White Goddess_ as some form of gospel. Looks pretty silly when Robert Graves, the author of _TWG_, has apologized for many of the blithe assertions therein.
Useful if read critically, and less annoying than most books on Wicca. Too bad a little more effort wasn't put into some editorial basics.
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am 19. März 1999
I purchased this fabulous book not too long ago and let me tell you it is very intruiging. There is a complete BOS as well as entire full length rituals for sabbats. I was overwhelmingly pleased with the amount of material to read and experiment with. This as well as other fine new age handbooks, should be in every wiccan household.
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This book provides one a working overview of Gardernarian Wicca. Even if you decide not to be a Gardernarian, then the knowledge that you gain from reading this book will help you further your studies or start your own tradition. I found the section on healing quite useful!
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