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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hervorragendes Buch sowohl für Einsteiger, als auch Kenner
Dieses Buch ist endlich einmal eines, welches sích als Fundus von Informationen für den einzelnen Wicca (Solitary) entpuppt. Der Autor stellt in klar - und auch für Einsteiger gut verständlicher - Weise sowohl Pratiken, als auch Hilfsmittel und den Hintergrund dar. Obwohl in Englisch verfaßt, ist es auch für jemanden gut lesbar, der des...
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Shallow, but still an ok "first Wicca book"
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...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hervorragendes Buch sowohl für Einsteiger, als auch Kenner, 7. November 2000
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Dieses Buch ist endlich einmal eines, welches sích als Fundus von Informationen für den einzelnen Wicca (Solitary) entpuppt. Der Autor stellt in klar - und auch für Einsteiger gut verständlicher - Weise sowohl Pratiken, als auch Hilfsmittel und den Hintergrund dar. Obwohl in Englisch verfaßt, ist es auch für jemanden gut lesbar, der des Englischen noch nicht so gut mächtig ist (oder dessen Englisch schon etwas "verstaubt" ist). Das Buch beantwortete für mich sehr viele offene Fragen und zeigte mir Wege und Lösungen auf.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A definite for wiccans, 27. Juli 2000
This was the first book I read when I first became interested in Wicca. Originally I was just curious about the religion. This book gave a good explaination of what is about. It didn't bash one type of wicca over another like so many other books do. It was able to destroy some of the myths I had about wiccans. Its a good overall book for those who are just curious or are novices. I would recommend it to anyone because Scott Cunningham is really good at connecting with the reader no matter their background. A must have for everybody.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Shallow, but still an ok "first Wicca book", 13. Januar 1999
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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.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Gentle Intro to Wicca, 14. Juli 2000
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I love all of Scott Cunningham's books, but this is my treasure. It was only my second book that I had ever read about the religion of Wicca. Once I was halfway through, I knew that I had found what I was looking for. I had come "home". Scott very gently guides you through information and does not preach. He writes of the history of the Craft, beliefs, laws, tools, rituals and gives guidelines for everything. His appendix section (of suggested books, music, magazines, and organizations) is very helpful and thorough. Scott includes prayers, herbs, crystal, magick, ritual, and Goddess/God information that is easy to understand. He includes a sample Book of Shadows so that a beginner knows where and how to start off. It is the book that I go back to over and over again and I cannot recommend it more highly. It is not a book on spells or magick (although he includes some in his book), but a novice's introduction to the spiritual, but practical side of Wicca. I love it and you will, too.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good for neophytes and intermediaries, 14. September 1999
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This book explains the basics of Wicca, or Witchcraft, in easy to understand language, what is is, why it exists, and how-to guides. Magick is inherent in ALL of us through the power of visualization. The rituals of witchcraft help us to learn this skill and maintain focus to direct our personal energy into the world to manifest needed changes. This isn't make-believe, it's real and has been confirmed by our society's scientists. What we call Goddess and God are merely two aspects of the Earth and we align ourselves in sympathy with the Earth by performing rituals in her honor. Scott's book gives several basic rituals and chants to help us focus on this subject. Candles, herbs, stones, runes, and statues are all geared to strengthening our focus on directing our own personal energy. There is a bigger world out there that we cannot see, we just need to tap into it!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen One of the BEST ways to start exploring Wicca, 5. Juli 2000
Cunningham's books -all of them- are unpretentious, down-to-Earth, clear, concise, and easy to understand. He never comes off as a "know-it-all", nor as someone who is so rigidly "traditional" that they leave NO room at all for adaptations and customizing the basics to fit one's needs. However, at the same time, he IS providing you with good, solid, *accurate* information on which to base your belief system and spellwork. Just remember though, he was Wiccan...and not all witches ARE Wiccan...there are many other traditions of witchcraft out there. And Cunningham would be the first to say that himself. Cunningham's books are terrific for the newbie starting out, and maybe even for the intermediate level witches as well. We should always explore as much as possible.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A truly beautiful Shamanic religion!, 21. Mai 2000
One of my Reiki students gifted this book to me when I was searching for my spiritual path.
The Celtic mythology did not speak to me, but I credit this book with leading me to Shamanism.
Mr. Cunningham did an excelent job in presenting Wicca, and I HIGHLY recommend this book to others seeking their spiritual path.
Mr. Cunningham presents Wicca as nothing supernatural, but IS as natural as the earth you stand on, air that sustains life, Fire from the sun that sustains life, and water that sustains life.
I credit Mr. Cunningam for demystifying magick and stressing that magick is in the magician instead of the words or tools the magickan uses.
If you have comments or questions E-Mail me. Two Bears
Wah doh Ogedoda
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2.0 von 5 Sternen You Could Do Better, 25. Mai 1999
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This book was supposedly for the solitary practitioner, right? So why did I feel like Cunningham was trying to walk me hand-in-hand through every step of my Wiccan beginning? C'mon Scott, let me think for myself! Almost half of the book is his own Book of Shadows, which sucks by the way. If you're a beginner look for Jennifer Hunter's "21st Century Wicca", it's a much better book with more practical info for the beginner. If you absolutely NEED something to read, Cunningham's book will suffice, but wait for your initiation until after you've read Hunter!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good for beginners, 1. Juni 2000
This was the first Wicca book I had read. I remember that fall just a few short years ago. But had I known then what I know now. I would not have read it. Some people may like the spoon-fed type of information Cunningham presents but if you really want to learn about Wicca. I recomend Wicca: The Old Religion in the New Millennium by Vivianna Crowley instead.
I'm not bad-mouthing this book, however. It is very good for beginners. It explains things in a very simple easy to understand manner. But you have to make your own decision.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Practical Guide for the Solitary Wiccan, 6. Dezember 1999
Mr. Cunningham has written a book for the Wiccan who is solitary either because s/he knows no existing local compatible covens, or because s/he has no compatible person with whom to practice Wicca. The book is very well-written. It is suitable for true beginners, but contains extensive detail making it valuable for the more advanced Wiccan.
Mr. Cunningham's Wiccan philosophy differs from other Wiccan authors. Other authors stress Wiccan history, Wicca's established rituals, coven membership benefits, and the apprenticeship required before Wiccan initiation. Mr. Cunningham's philosophy emphasizes attitude rather than organization. Specifically, Mr. Cunningham discusses specific Wiccan beliefs and goals: belief in the Goddess and God; concern for the Earth; social consciousness; and the right not to be dominated by others. He states that sincere living and supporting these Wiccan beliefs is more important than perfect performance of dogmatic rituals: "Ineffective ritual kills spirituality."
This philosophy seems trivial, but it mirrors (British philosopher) Bertrand Russell's statements that ethics are more important than religious dogma. Mr. Cunningham's philosophy is very relevant to individuals who have fled the dogma of organized religions and who seek a more personal form of worship within Wicca.
Mr. Cunningham's approach offers much flexibility. A sincere practitioner can perform their own Wiccan initiation or have no initiation. Brutal physical ordeals are not required within an initiation rite. An initiation rite uses spiritual tools (chanting, visualization, meditation, etc.) to achieve ritual states of consciousness.
The book's first section discusses Wiccan Theory. This section discusses the Deities; Magick and Magickal Tools; Rituals, the Circle, and the Altar; the Days of Power (Sabbats and Esbats); and Reincarnation (a topic not discussed in other Wiccan books). The Deity discussion includes both the Goddess and God, and also the minor deities (Egyptian, Greek, Roman, etc.). The Magick discussion differentiates between the types of magick performed by magickians and shamans, and Wiccan magick: "Wiccans don't perform destructive, manipulative, or exploitive magic."
The discussion of Rituals, the Circle, and the Altar describes ritual preparation in detail. Mr. Cunningham's book contains a Wiccan color chart (pg. 50) that I found both unique and interesting. The Wiccan color chart differs *greatly* from the West Coast "popular culture" color scheme so widely propagated by the entertainment industry. For example, in the Wiccan color chart Black signifies protection, the Universe, and lack of falsehood. In the popular culture color scheme Black symbolizes evil. Many individuals misinterpret Wicca's symbolic use of the color Black with *unfortunate* consequences.
The book's second section covers Wiccan Practice, and discusses exercises and magickal techniques, self-dedication, and ritual design. Exercises include breathing, meditation, and visualization. The Self-Dedication Section presents a self-dedication ritual, and (pg. 89) also encourages solitary Wiccans to participate in community activities that are compatible with Wiccan goals. The Ritual Design Section shows how the solitary Wiccan can modify the book's rituals to better meet their own philosophies and goals.
The book's third section is a Book Of Shadows. It includes collections of rituals, invocations, and recipes; and a guide to using herbs, plants, crystals, symbols and runes in Wiccan ritual. The discussion of Sabbat and Esbat rituals is especially detailed.
The book contains Appendices listing suppliers and publications. A Glossary is included. An extensive Suggested Reading List organized by Pagan/Wiccan topic also is included.
Mr. Cunningham is an excellent author, provides excellent detail concerning Wicca and its rituals, and provides a practical approach to Wiccan worship. His approach allows the solitary Wiccan to support community activities compatible with Wiccan goals while not being dominated by religious dogma.
This nice and valuable book is useful both for the true Wiccan beginner and also for the more advanced Wiccan.
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