Librarian note an alternate cover for this edition can be found hereSelling than , copies, Living Wicca has helped countless solitary practitioners blaze their own spiritual paths Let the wise words of Scott Cunningham guide you toward a new level of practiceLiving Wicca takes a philosophical look at the questions, practices, and differences within Witchcraft You ll learn how to create your own rituals and symbols, develop a book of shadows, and even become a high priest or priestess Also covered in this Scott Cunningham classic are tools, magical names, initiation, the Mysteries,Wiccan symbols, and the importance of secrecy in your practice New edit New interior design


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  1. ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣ ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣ says:

    A short and illuminating read for the lovers of spiritual practices.


  2. Boston Boston says:

    4.5 stars


  3. Steve Cran Steve Cran says:

    Scott Cunningham was not only a luminary for Wicca but in my humble opinion he was a luminary for spirituality in general Ask any magical person and all they have is praise for Scott Cunningham That is very rare.Scott Cunningham was versed in all sorts of magic His specialty was Wicca This book continues were his book Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner left off since many Wiccan and magical practitioners in fact have no access to an actual coven are reliant upon self teaching The solita Scott Cunningham was not only a luminary for Wicca but in my humble opinion he was a luminary for spirituality in general Ask any magical person and all they have is praise for Scott Cunningham That is very rare.Scott Cunningham was versed in all sorts of magic His specialty was Wicca This book continues were his book Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner left off since many Wiccan and magical practitioners in fact have no access to an actual coven are reliant upon self teaching The solitary practitioner will have to develop his or her own Wiccan tradition while sticking close to the original Wiccan foundation Scott Cunningham gives the beginner a foundation with which to build there own tradition.The solitary Wiccan will have to be self taught Scott Cunningham give the neophyte the tools for such an endeavor There are 4 basic tools for the lone practitioner The first one is study The lone Wiccan can read books to get their information Books can take you pretty far as can a teacher or high priest but remember this eacch has it s limitations and both can only answer so many questions The next tool is thought Think for yourself and question everything The next is prayer pray to the God and Goddess for guidance when you are perplexed Lastly experiment Do the magic and see what works for you.What about illness Should you do your rituals when you are sick Sickness affects individuals in a variety of ways The common sense approach is to modify your rituals accordingly and if you are seriously ill enough you may have to skip out As an individual practitioner you will read up on many things Gonna have to weed through it and decide what works best for you.I have taken a lot of material and wrote it down in my book of shadows Some of it i have modified for my own personal use Here a general outline for a self initiation.Self intiation1 Purification2 Alter Set Up3 Cast Circle and call quarters4 Invoke Goddess and God.5 Symbolic death of the old self6 Pray to Goddess and God a dedication7 Cakes and Ale Relaxation8 Thank the Goddess and God and open the circle.Many people will talk about learning Wiccan Mysteries and how most books do not teach the Wiccan mysteries One does not need to be taught Wiccan mysteries directly Simple observation of nature can teach you a lot Watching an apple grow then fall from the tree and go through the process of decomposition and eventually sprout into a tree can teach us about the cycle of life and death Scott Cunningham fills this chapter with plenty of examples.The part I liked best about the book was the sections dealing with prayers to the God and Goddess I have copied several items down and modified them for my own use Scott Cunningham informs us that the Goddess and God dwell within each of us as they do without We need to pray to the God and Goddess and regularly as well as leave offerings We also need to leave regular offering as well.This is my morning prayer partially modified.Oh Goddess withinOh God withinoh Goddess of the moon, waters and the earthOh God of the forests and mountains.Remember our prayers need to be respectful.Oh Goddess withinOh God withinoh Goddess of the moon, waters and the earthOh God of the forests and mountainsi give thanks to you for all the wonderfulthings in this life Job wife and healthOh gracious GoddessOh Gracious GodLend me strength, health and love during this coming day.assist me with the challenges ahead Share your divine wisdom teach me to respect all things.Remind me that the greatest power of all is loveBlessed Be I then light the candle I then start my second morning prayerbless this day sun of Fiery LightBless this day prepare me for the night.Fire growing , sun is glowinggrowing and flowing down on me I light candle number 2 i then do my incense offering and here is the prayerWhat I take I freely give, accept this offering great god and goddess.Tis a symbol of my devotion May it strengthen my bond with you I now light my tea light to burn the rose water This is my prayer for the pendulumOh Goddess with inOh God with inOh Goddess of the moon , water and the earth.Oh God of the forests and mountainOh shining ones of great wisdomGuide this pendulum in my hand if you so pleaseGuide me please to discern the truth Help me if you will.I have also included an outline for a simple rite that can be used if you are on the go or an ultra beginner.1 Cast a circle2 invoke the Deities3 State you reason4 state need and ask for assistance5 Thanks Deities6 close the ritualSome valuable technique also include raising the energy I have copied two method for my book of shadowsBasic Model1 Visualize your need2 Raise energy3 release your energymethod 1 Visualize your need2 repeat like a mantra you need or desire saying it faster and faster as you tighten your muscles.3 Release the energyMethod 21 Visualize your need2 dance clock wise and make it faster each time.3 Collapse on the floorTo send the energy out you visualize your need and then direct it out with your athameas you can see the book is comprehensive and loaded with information It is simple and easy to read giving one a direct connection to the Goddess and God He gives further information on what tools you will need and how to organize your book of shadow.This book is an A


  4. Heather Purri Heather Purri says:

    Difficulty Level BeginnerThis is kind of like a workbook to go with the book A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner let s call it AGFTSP It reviews some of the concepts from AGFTSP but walks you through them step by step, breaking them down into bite sized pieces The purpose of this book is to teach you how to create your own Wiccan tradition and a Book of Shadows to go with it.While my first thought was that experienced practitioners would be the ones creating our own traditions, this book Difficulty Level BeginnerThis is kind of like a workbook to go with the book A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner let s call it AGFTSP It reviews some of the concepts from AGFTSP but walks you through them step by step, breaking them down into bite sized pieces The purpose of this book is to teach you how to create your own Wiccan tradition and a Book of Shadows to go with it.While my first thought was that experienced practitioners would be the ones creating our own traditions, this book argues that most Pagans should create a bare bones tradition right away and build upon it as they becomeexperienced, that way it reflects the exact nature of their spiritual practices Which makes a lot of sense.Pros Step by step guide.This book is kind of like a checklist of what to do under each section of your Book of Shadows I say kind of because everything is written out and explained in detail rather than in a checklist format For instance, the section on Rules has you write Rules as reminders and as promises to yourself So, you make a section on to whom you will reveal your spiritual practices or that you will have complete secrecy, and the gravity of this Then you make a section on how often you will do various rituals and rites, and why that s important to you Then you make a section where you write the time of day that you set aside for worshiping the gods, and why They are deserving of worship And so on.My Book of Shadows actually doesn t contain much beginner information It s mostly spells I wrote However, this book makes it so easy to write a Book of Shadows that I might actually do it.Cons There s one rule that I don t think Cunningham thought all the way through or didn t explain well enough.In the Teaching section, there s a rule about not teaching folk magick as part of Wicca It says you can practice and teach folk magick, but don t call it Wicca I understand that throughout the book he s stressing that the foundations of Wicca should always be present in Wiccan rituals however, I think a no folk magick rule is nonsense but well intentioned I would say Gerald Gardner founded Wicca as a way to structure folk magick and make a ritual framework that could incorporate any folk practice Cunningham s own books are loaded with folk magick So I don t get it Nowadays, Wicca is increasingly syncretized with folk magick, and it s still clearly and distinctly Wicca because of the ritual structure In the section on Beliefs, a few of his Wiccan beliefs are outdated now That s not his fault just a reflection of changing times This book is from the 1990s 1 He said that generally covens don t discriminate based on sexual orientation, and that any type of prejudice is anti Wiccan Although it s clear that he considered prejudice based on sexual orientation to be wrong, I should mention that nowadays it would be completely unacceptable to exclude someone based on sexual orientation or gender identity The exception would be niche groups like a group for Italians only, a group for lesbians only, a group for Asians only, etc.Note Cunningham himself was openly gay 2 He said that Wicca, as a religion, is not itself political but that covens and individuals can be political and activist The world is a lotpolitical now, to the point where many would say that it s irresponsible and unethical to be anything other than outspoken about political issues I d say most Wiccan, Pagan, Satanist, Unitarian, etc groups are extremely political 3 He says that Wiccans can t charge for initiation or private lessons That s not really a rule any It was originally part of Wicca because of Catholic indulgences pay to get into Heaven Some traditions practice it and some don t, but all sizable traditions have fundraisers, suggested donations, and or membership fees When Wicca was founded, witchcraft was illegal in England and covens were small groups who met in secret in the woods at night They didn t need money for renting out campgrounds and fairgrounds.Similarly, in the section on Rules, there s a rule that says not to charge for magickal workings because you ll get full of yourself It says charging for supplies at Wiccan study group meetings etc , books, handicrafts, and certain services like spiritual counseling are fine I think nowadays most Wiccans would disagree that goods or services need to be free We deserve compensation for the skills that we worked hard on honing.This Book is Not for You If If you don t like structure, rules, and ethics, then this book may not be for you You re supposed to follow it by the book because Cunningham felt that if you were going to make a Wiccan tradition, it had to include traditional Wiccan elements He, of course, said to customize things to your liking, but he was rather traditional by today s Wiccan standards.Personally, I m a stickler for clearly laid out rules and beliefs, so I appreciate the importance he placed on them If the gods aren t an important part of your spiritual practices, then this book may not be for you It discusses at length things like how to write prayers to the gods and how to express gratitude to the gods


  5. Carrie (The Butterfly Reader) Carrie (The Butterfly Reader) says:

    As always the author writes so wonderfully simple that anyone can grasp what he s saying and that s what first pulled me into his work because he was easy for the newbie that I was to understand Now I read his work because I enjoy it I loved the prayers in this book and the stuff on the Sabbats I love what he says about the God and Goddess My favorite part of this book is how he says to do what feels best to you Which I like, because not everything in Wicca will fit every single person so I As always the author writes so wonderfully simple that anyone can grasp what he s saying and that s what first pulled me into his work because he was easy for the newbie that I was to understand Now I read his work because I enjoy it I loved the prayers in this book and the stuff on the Sabbats I love what he says about the God and Goddess My favorite part of this book is how he says to do what feels best to you Which I like, because not everything in Wicca will fit every single person so I love being able to draw from certain things and leaving others behind when they just don t vibe with me I also love the laws that he goes into in this one I think that s one that isn t really talked about in other books Least the ones I ve read maybe I m reading the wrong books Anyway, I do think this is a book good for anyone who s into Wicca and looking for something a bitthan the basic stuff This isn t for the person who s just getting into Wicca, this book expects you to know a little about the practice religion


  6. Robin Tobin (On the back porch reading) Robin Tobin (On the back porch reading) says:

    This was a very Interesting read, considering it was written during a time when topics such as these were taboo Cunningham had a way of writing that expanded the reader s confidence to trust in themselves and their personal discoveries His writings were NOT follow my way as the only way No, he believed in having readers ask questions within themselves and search for what feels right to them..


  7. Amy Amy says:

    Wicca has always interested me I am not a solitary practitioner of Wicca However, I do think that this book would serve as good reference, supplementary reading for people who are interested in learningabout becoming solitary practitioners of Wicca This book assumes that the reader has already learned the basics of Wiccan beliefs and practices, not a sufficient instructional guide to becoming a solitary practitioner on its own, but, as its subtitle reads, a further guide for the solitar Wicca has always interested me I am not a solitary practitioner of Wicca However, I do think that this book would serve as good reference, supplementary reading for people who are interested in learningabout becoming solitary practitioners of Wicca This book assumes that the reader has already learned the basics of Wiccan beliefs and practices, not a sufficient instructional guide to becoming a solitary practitioner on its own, but, as its subtitle reads, a further guide for the solitary practitioner For those interested in learningabout Wiccan traditions, this book is loaded with suggested reading I like the author s message that Wicca is an open religion, available to all interested people, will readby Scott Cunningham


  8. Passenger B. Passenger B. says:

    I m not a Wiccan but Scott Cunningham s books are an integral part of my understanding of my own branch of Paganism and spirituality in general What this man has done for all of Paganism cannot be measured or explained with mere words I appreciate especially his consistency, open mindedness, and daring to approach subject matters from different non traditional angles This further guide for the solitary practitioner completes hisWicca A Guide For The Solitary Practitionerquite nicely, I m not a Wiccan but Scott Cunningham s books are an integral part of my understanding of my own branch of Paganism and spirituality in general What this man has done for all of Paganism cannot be measured or explained with mere words I appreciate especially his consistency, open mindedness, and daring to approach subject matters from different non traditional angles This further guide for the solitary practitioner completes hisWicca A Guide For The Solitary Practitionerquite nicely, answering many a question and offering good insight into how to create your own tradition without basically cherry picking or being disrespectful to Wicca or other traditions Wiccans often draw from A fantastic read


  9. Penelope Penelope says:

    I would recommend this book over the Wicca a Solitary Guide because of its chapter on creating your own tradition I think being able to create your own spiritual tradition and walk your own path is something very important and useful for those new to Paganism as a whole, not just Wicca Great read.


  10. Wise Fool Wise Fool says:

    Another GREAT book in his collection Not only easy to read but so honest in his writings and a real joy to read If your interested in Wicca, Pagan, Spells or just spirituality read this book Enjoy it you shall