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am 29. September 2007
Dieses Buch erläutert die traditionellen Hintergründe der heutigen Wiccatradition(en) und verfolgte diese aus der Steinzeit herauf in die Neuzeit. Leider hat Grimassi es verpasst Fußnoten zu setzen, so dass ich mir nie sicher sein kann, in wie weit dies korrekt ist und er verpasst es auch meiner Meinung nach zu betonen, dass die Wiccatradition zwar ihre Wurzeln dort hat (wie auch jede andere Religion) aber Wicca selbst nicht aus dieser Zeit stammt.
Sehr schön finde ich jedoch, wie er auf bestimmte Praktiken eingeht und diese ausführlich beschreibt, was besonders in vielen Anfängerbüchern fehlt. Auch erklärt er wie es denn nun wirklich mit den Wächtern abläuft und er ist eines der wenigen Autoren, die den 4. Aspekt der Göttin hervorkehren und den Schwarzmond nicht einfach unter ferner liefen abhandeln, oder gar der schwarzen Magie zuordnen. Gewisse dinge, die jedoch für Anfänger wichtig wären, lässt er etwas außen vor, weswegen ich dieses Buch nicht zu den Anfängerbüchern gestellt habe. Es kann sicherlich eine große Bereicherung sein zu den üblichen Wiccabüchern, gerade wegen den vielen Aspekten, die man sonst nur in der Ausbildung mitkriegt. Einige Texte werden ebenfalls erläutert.
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am 27. April 2000
This book is a thoughtful and detailed examination of the basic themes one finds incorporated into modern Wicca. The focus of this work details how the various elements found in modern Wicca also appear in many ancient civilizations, particularly Greece, Etruria, and Rome. It is the author's opinion that many pagan elements associated with modern Wicca were introduced, or at the very least influenced, by the Romans as they expanded into lands formerly held by the Celts. This is not an unreasonable theory, especially when one considers that Celtic lands were held by Rome for over 200 years.
Unlike many modern writers, Grimassi does not avoid controversial material such as the theories of Margaret Murray. Despite those things worthy of discredit in Murray's thesis, there still remains a "core of truth" in her material, as was noted by the respected historian Carlo Ginzburg. Regarding Murray's claims, it is worthy of note to include a statement by historian Gustav Henningsen, in Early Modern European Witchcraft, that there existed in Sicily a "particularly archaic form of Witch-belief, almost identical with the 'witch-cult' that Margaret Murray attempted to demonstrate."
Some reviewers here, who apparently took little time other than to skim read this book, have tried to paint Grimassi as alternating between grasping at straws and demonstrating episodes of a self-congratulatory nature. Nothing could be further from the truth. This book is very well researched and supported by the quoted works of many highly respected historians and folklorists. Curiously the critics of this book have conveniently failed to mention these authorities but have instead elected to address only the controversial ones. One reviewer here claims that the Wiccan Mysteries is not the type of book the neo-pagan community wants. However, since this book is in its 5th printing and has won several awards, I think this speaks of the book's popularity and wide acceptance by the community.
If you're tired of poorly researched books, and the "traditions-of-the-month" variety, then you owe it to yourself to read this book. One word of caution though, this book needs to be read more than once to fully comprehend it. This is not the typical light and fluffy Wicca book.
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am 13. Februar 1999
On the back of this book Raven Grimassi states that most of the information within this book has never been exposed to most practitioners. Hmmm...if it trult is a book of Witchcraft, then why is more new ager than paganism. Grimassi has basically just put together a book that is loaded with detail detals details. And since there is so much detail, he can easily get people to think that the information is genuine. Gimma a break. Most of this book is your basic highly elaborate, very occult-based Gardnerian/Alexandria crud. There's nothing in this book that you couldn't find elsewhere. The only difference is that now it's finally all in a single volume. So much for a book that claims to hold top secret info. It could be worse though, since he almost never uses the word Witchcraft, and this book is anything but a book about Witchcraft. In fact, with all the new age, energy transfering crap found within, a person virginal to Wicca might read through it and never gather that Wicca is an Earth based religion. The first chapter on the history is also very detalied, but somewhat inaccurate. There is almost nothing at all concerning Witchcraft in the agri-villagers of the middle ages. But with as much detail that this book goes into, it would be very easy for someone to get the impression that this book is the answer-all ultimate Wicca volume. The worst part of this book is where he states that Scott Cunningham was mostly responcible for the addition of new age elements to Wicca. EXCUSE ME!!! This obviously a simple ploy because Grimassi knows his book is a rip off to paganism. Scott Cunningham wrote some of the best books on magick and paganism ever published, and NEVER talked about the new age crud that Grimassi indulges in. You can see here that this book was intended for beginners, since just about anyone can tell that Grimassi's idea of Wicca, which is now considered foolish to the modern pratitioner, as well as his definition of new age, are as crooked as you can get. He's mostly one the dying out Gardnerians who is mad at the way Witchcraft is getting back to what it was in the agri-villages, and misses the early days of Wicca where it was all about power and occultism. Forget this book, and try Scott Cunningham if you want a book with a no-crap approach.
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am 12. April 2000
This book contains everything you could ever want to know about the whys and wheres of Wiccan origins. If you are looking for cute spells and another book on doing Wicca your own way, this is not it. However, if you are open minded enough to realize that Wicca has been around for more than the last 50 years, you will find a rich and enlightening look at the origins and historical perspective behind the Craft. The Mysteries that this book reveals are nothing more than the origins of the basic tenets and beliefs that modern Wicca is built on. This book is a great companion to the lighter "handbook" style writings that were prevalent in the 80's. Many people seem to think that Grimassi is too preachy and is trying to reaffirm the Gardnerian and/or Alexandrian traditions. A careful read of this book will show that these traditions were structured more closely within the lines of the ancient beliefs and were not based on an eclectic gathering of permissive views. Grimassi is not trying to promote or denounce a particular traditional view, but show the origins of the belief system that became modern Wicca. As he puts it, "Wicca is like a tree,...the old Wiccan ways represent the roots. Neo-Wiccan traditions are like the blossoms...in the spring."
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am 27. Februar 2000
This carefully crafted book (pun intended) is an awesome text that requires at least a second read through each chapter to fully understand its wonders. Some readers may miss the secrets revealed within this book, and for those people I would offer that no mystery is closed to an open mind.
Grimassi writes with the knowledge and experience accumulated during his practice, spanning over some 25 years. This book may be uncomfortable for readers who are insecure in their own understandings of Wicca and are afraid of anything that does not conform to their own personal views. It will be particularly difficult for those readers who are heavily saddled with their own personal agenda. Yes, Grimassi writings do expertly challenge our understandings, but without this it is all too easy for us to cling to our current understandings. But the way of the Mysteries is not to teach us what we already believe we know, but instead to point to the difficult path of rising above our own perceptions. Initiation itself is such a challenge. And this book, written by a well-respected award winning author, is the ideal text to carry with us as we enter the Labyrinth.
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am 24. Februar 1999
This book is a classic in its field and one that will stand the test of time. Grimassi has artfully blended together the agricultural mysteries of paganism along with the metaphysical principles of ancient occultism. In this book Grimassi ties all the essential elements of pre-Christian European religion into a splendid presentation of Wiccan religious beliefs and practices. He does the same with magical and ritual concepts. His historical research is sound, and is supported in the bibliography, listing over a dozen University press publications along with many other impressive reference works. This alone was a refreshing change of pace from many of the books we see written today on modern Wicca. The Wiccan Mysteries is not a book that you can skim, it requires even a second read in order to fully appreciate the secrets within, otherwise the casual reader is likely to miss what is ultimately revealed in this superb text.
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am 25. Februar 1999
Wiccan Mysteries focuses on the inner teachings of ancient Witchcraft and modern Wicca. The author presents Wiccan ritual and magick as ways to attract and harness the energies of Nature. Grimassi portrays Wicca as a system that evolved from the ancient Mystery Schools of Old Europe, and reveals many of the inner traditions related to women's and men's mysteries as found in popular ritual and seasonal themes common to Wicca today. Many modern books on Wicca focus on folk magick, such as those of Scott Cunningham that suggest we take a sprig of a specific herb and simply carry it for magickal results. In contrast, Grimassi puts forward that magick is a metaphysical science based upon the inner workings of Nature. He explores why herbs have power and how to actually connect with them in a real and effective manner. At last a book that removes Wicca from the realm of fluff and gives it the credibility it deserves.
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am 23. Januar 1999
Raven Grimassi would be the first to say that Wicca has no established sacred writings. Yet she makes a bold contribution to the field with this fascinating view of the history of the Craft from pre-history through the modern era. Nonjudgmental (or not much), and thoroughly researched, this book is a history of the "olde religion," its myths and archetypes, its myriad beliefs and practices, written with style and verve. This book is a history, a reference, and guide to the path of the Wiccan. Although the illustrations are a bit crude, they do not detract from Grimassi's witty prose and knowledgeable style. A must have for every student of the Craft and its history.
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am 23. August 1999
The Pagan community is hungry for sound and genuine historical scholarship, but this just isn't it.
Grimassi makes the claims that have been floating around the Pagan community for years, and none of them are documented. The historical works that show up on the extensive bibliography are mostly tertiary sources -- the sort of things readily accessible in public libraries to any high school student writing a term paper -- or sources mired in deep academic controversy.
Most of the "history" in this book is the Sacred History of Wicca -- the myth of ancient origins, long-hidden traditions, and Inquisitorial persecution. The problem is that it's not true.
There are a few good sources on the history of Pagan religion (Ronald Hutton's _Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles_ is a good book.
But this book simply rehashes stories that have no evidence behind them. That may be acceptable for theology, but history is a matter of facts, not faith.
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am 18. Oktober 1999
This is the most informative and enlightening book I've yet read on Wicca. It is based on carefully traced history and proven beliefs of past civilizations/cultures. Grimassi gives a general overview on many metaphysical topics - the reader learns a lot, but is left somewhat unsatisfied. It's as if you're teased with knowledge as he dives into a topic, then quickly pulls out of it. Also, he sounds dictatorial in many places throughout the book and "dogmatic Wiccan" is supposed to be an oxymoron.
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