The meditation on the Wheel of the Year and the Elemental Wheel in Chapter 6 were excellent, but on the whole, I won t be recommending this book It might be a little dated or perhaps I m just remembering late 90s early 00s Wicca and noticing references to what were, at the time, current attitudes and issues But the real issue for me is that my theology doesn t match up with the author s She sees the Goddess as a universal Mother and the God as a universal Father, and some of the prayers a The meditation on the Wheel of the Year and the Elemental Wheel in Chapter 6 were excellent, but on the whole, I won t be recommending this book It might be a little dated or perhaps I m just remembering late 90s early 00s Wicca and noticing references to what were, at the time, current attitudes and issues But the real issue for me is that my theology doesn t match up with the author s She sees the Goddess as a universal Mother and the God as a universal Father, and some of the prayers and the ideas used thanking Them for the 24 hours you have given me this day, asking Them to walk beside you and give you strength seem Christian with a Goddess added It gives me hives If it doesn t give you hives, you might like this book better than I did This is a very useful book for individuals looking to move beyond Wicca 101 and create a personal spirituality which brings them closer to the gods Sylvan includes several chapters with suggestions for ways to sanctify daily life, as well as a short section of devotional rituals for various occasions It is the only book I have seen of its kind.However, like everything I ve read that was published by Llewellyn, it s fairly superficial It saysabout why Wiccans should be creating their o This is a very useful book for individuals looking to move beyond Wicca 101 and create a personal spirituality which brings them closer to the gods Sylvan includes several chapters with suggestions for ways to sanctify daily life, as well as a short section of devotional rituals for various occasions It is the only book I have seen of its kind.However, like everything I ve read that was published by Llewellyn, it s fairly superficial It saysabout why Wiccans should be creating their own daily spiritual practice than about how to go about doing it And like most things Llewellyn publishes, it is sometimes strident, and sometimes offensively anti Christian and anti male If I d read this book five years ago, it would have hadto offer At this point, I gotout of Galen Gillete s Books of Hours and Ceisiwr Serith s Book of Pagan Prayer Re reading as I loved it the first time I read this book about this time last year and funny I m reading it again almost a year later lol and I just love her ideas about ritual and only doing what is comfortable for you There are great, easy little rituals and prayers and stuff in the back that I d like to try this time around Great great book, I recommend it to anyone with Neo Pagan or Pagan views or anyone who is open minded enough to learn a new way to be spiritual I really think the st Re reading as I loved it the first time I read this book about this time last year and funny I m reading it again almost a year later lol and I just love her ideas about ritual and only doing what is comfortable for you There are great, easy little rituals and prayers and stuff in the back that I d like to try this time around Great great book, I recommend it to anyone with Neo Pagan or Pagan views or anyone who is open minded enough to learn a new way to be spiritual I really think the stuff in this book can be applied to any belief system if the reader is open minded and creative enough to personalize it That s what the book is all about anyway, personalizing your spiritual path even though it ISdirected at Pagans One of my favorite Pagan books, probably the only one to be readthen once This book resonated with me deeply It is the only book I have ever willingly highlighted in Simple statements made me think about my faith in every day life I don t know why I love it so much, but I do. Although this book offers many interesting and useful points for the solitary practitioner far beyond a typical beginners book , the author s criticisms and snipes at both Christians and other pagans left a sour taste in my mouth I would not recommend this book to others, due to the negative words the author uses I was expecting this book to enrich my solitary spirituality withlove, understanding and acceptance, and found that it truly did the opposite The author s writing style is ve Although this book offers many interesting and useful points for the solitary practitioner far beyond a typical beginners book , the author s criticisms and snipes at both Christians and other pagans left a sour taste in my mouth I would not recommend this book to others, due to the negative words the author uses I was expecting this book to enrich my solitary spirituality withlove, understanding and acceptance, and found that it truly did the opposite The author s writing style is very readable, but her biases definitely shine through as any writer s would I simply found myself disagreeing with her biases I love this book s focus on spirituality and connection with the sacred it s a subject that is near and dear to my heart After all, I almost never feel a need to cast a spell, but I always feel the need to feel connected to my spiritual roots.This is a book that assumes knowledge of Wicca or a similar spiritual path so, not a beginner s guide There are times when the author is a little cranky in her tone, but since in my case she was preaching to the choir it didn t effect my enjoyment of th I love this book s focus on spirituality and connection with the sacred it s a subject that is near and dear to my heart After all, I almost never feel a need to cast a spell, but I always feel the need to feel connected to my spiritual roots.This is a book that assumes knowledge of Wicca or a similar spiritual path so, not a beginner s guide There are times when the author is a little cranky in her tone, but since in my case she was preaching to the choir it didn t effect my enjoyment of the book too much.This is a book to linger over and take your time with After my first read through I want to go back and spendtime thinking about the topics she raises.A useful tool to help you establish daily practices that keep you in touch with your spiritual path Finally an advanced book on Wicca even a straight man can sink his teeth into This book had a pretty good balance of the God and Goddess , unlike allot of Wicca books that tend to lean toof a Goddess religion This book helped push Wicca further down the road I was ready to start looking else where because just about everything I was reading after Scott Cunningham s books were pretty much Goddess this and Goddess that reminded me of the monotheistic religion I m trying to leave behi Finally an advanced book on Wicca even a straight man can sink his teeth into This book had a pretty good balance of the God and Goddess , unlike allot of Wicca books that tend to lean toof a Goddess religion This book helped push Wicca further down the road I was ready to start looking else where because just about everything I was reading after Scott Cunningham s books were pretty much Goddess this and Goddess that reminded me of the monotheistic religion I m trying to leave behind , but this book brought me back in Thank the God and Goddess for Diane Sylvan this book was wonderful for learningof the spirituality of my religion It gave aindepth and personal look into the gods and the world. The Circle Within, Creating a Wiccan Spiritual Tradition, by Dianne Sylvan, stands out from the current army of Wiccan how to books crowding New Age bookshelves, by exploring deepening Pagan spiritual experience through truly living the path you walk The Spirit Within covers an introduction to personal spiritual practice our relationship with the Deity ethics and standards of behavior concepts of sacred space elements of a daily practice the Wheel of the Year and the element The Circle Within, Creating a Wiccan Spiritual Tradition, by Dianne Sylvan, stands out from the current army of Wiccan how to books crowding New Age bookshelves, by exploring deepening Pagan spiritual experience through truly living the path you walk The Spirit Within covers an introduction to personal spiritual practice our relationship with the Deity ethics and standards of behavior concepts of sacred space elements of a daily practice the Wheel of the Year and the elements creating personal rituals.Each chapter ends with three questions designed to kindle reflection on past experiences, to examine the current state of the reader s Pagan life, and possibilities for future spiritual change The book is grounded by examples of Ms Sylvan s own personal spiritual practice, and contains exercises and meditations based on her own struggles and explorations A Circle Within concludes with a devotional book of shadows, offering rituals, prayers, and blessings, and a recommended reading bibliography.I first read A Circle Within several years ago it opened my eyes to the wide possibilities of Pagan spirituality I ve just finished a reread and found doing so affirmed the changes I ve made and revealed overlooked suggestions that I have incorporated into my spiritual life Ms Sylvan s book is a worthwhile read for anyone seeking to reorient their perspective on their Wiccan or Pagan life The Circle Within is your guide to creating a personal spiritual practice for daily life The first section is a thoughtful examination of Wiccan ethics and philosophy that explores how to truly live Wicca The second section includes devotional prayers and rituals that provide inspiration for group or solitary practice Topics in this Wicca book include cultivating an ongoing personal relationship with deity, ethics and standards of behavior, concepts of sacred space, elements of a daily practice, tuning into the Wheel of the Year and the elements, and creating meaningful personal Pagan rituals Move beyond the basics of Wicca and enter the sacred space of the circle withinVR Award Winner