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Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,332 Ratings  ·  335 Reviews
Cunningham’s classic introduction to Wicca is about how to live life magically, spiritually, and wholly attuned with nature. It is a book of sense and common sense, not only about magick, but about religion and one of the most critical issues of today: how to achieve the much needed and wholesome relationship with our Earth. Cunningham presents Wicca as it is today: a gent ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 8th 2002 by Llewellyn Publications (first published 1988)
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Tamora Pierce
Oct 22, 2008 Tamora Pierce rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who is serious about magic and paganism
Recommended to Tamora by: I found Cunningham's work and obtained all of his books that had
Where would I be without Cunningham? His view of Wicca and of magic in general shaped mine. His practice is where mine begins and ends.
Steve Cran
Scott Cunningham one of the foremost experts on Wicca has written a book geared towards the beginner and solitary practitioner of Wicca. Not every practitioner of Wicca will join a coven. Another piece of good news is that Mr. Cunningham has injected a spirit of individuality and freedom into the craft that does not bind one strictly to on way as the only way.

The book covers alot of ground. It covers Runes, rituals, Sabbat and different meditations. It is a good companion for Silver Ravenwolf's
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Maya
Feb 28, 2012 Maya rated it liked it
"Wicca: A guide for the Solitary Practitioner" by Scott Cunningham is an amazing book that was recommended by several wiccan/pagan youtubers on youtube.
This is actually my first wiccan/pagan related book that I've ever read in my entire life. I really got interested in the search of my spiritual quest when I discovered this wonderful pagan community in youtube. Yet, I wanted to do a little more of research and just searching the net was too much work for my lazy ass. I thought for me it would b
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Jill
Feb 13, 2012 Jill rated it liked it
Meh. It's an okay glimpse into a very, very broad pagan/witchcraft path, but it's not Wicca, in my opinion. I feel like too much time was spent spelling out the differences between Christianity and witchcraft and that it's not devil worship, as if I already didn't know. I have a feeling I will be dealing with this a lot in introductory pagan/witchcraft books.

It was okay up until his Standing Stone BOS. I didn't care much for his prayers or for his spells, as they are not my own and not how I wou
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Johnny Martin
Oct 04, 2011 Johnny Martin rated it it was amazing
When I took my first brave step into exploring paganism this is one of the books I fortunately encountered. Although I don't class myself as Wiccan now, it certainly provided a fantastic overview of this spiritual path and introduced me to elements of paganism that I have kept as part of my own belief structure ever since. The ancient Celtic calendar, also known as the Wheel of the Year, is given an adequate introduction and there are some beautiful poems and blessings for each Sabbat, plus idea ...more
Amanda - Go Book Yourself
Feb 21, 2012 Amanda - Go Book Yourself rated it did not like it
Shelves: garbage, religion
First of all, I need to say that I’m not Wiccan. I stumbled across this and scrolled through it ( pdf version) for shits and giggles really. It so fluffy, it reads like a young teenage girl’s bedtime story.

For example: He performs this spell over a drawn version of his phone bill and states, “Within a day or 2, perhaps a week, Ill either receive unexpected or delayed money, or will satisfy other financial obligations in a manner that frees me to pay the bill”. Eh, wouldn’t that have happened an
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Arkwitch
Apr 23, 2011 Arkwitch rated it really liked it
Often times in reading books on Wicca you have to pick and chose what works and what to take seriously. Not so with Scott Cunningham, one of the best writers on the subject. Cunningham provides an excellent guide to Wicca for beginners, one that covers all the basics-what magick is, how it works, and, more importantly, provides a deep understanding of the spiritual roots of the religion tied directly to mother earth and the Pagan old gods.

Wicca: A Guide, is no book of spells or incantations, tho
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Jade
Jan 05, 2016 Jade rated it it was ok
Shelves: spirituality
Books on Wicca religion by author Scott Cunningham are often recommended to me, and this particular one is generally considered to be his most popular and best-sold one. It’s often recommended to beginners instead of advanced practitioners, and I, curious to see what all the fuss was about, decided to check it out.

I have to say, it’s definitely not my favourite book on Wicca, and there are much better books out there intended for a beginner’s audience. I have some issues with the way Cunningham
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Stephanie
Jul 11, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Wicca is truly a beginner's book, and one of the best I've read. I haven't gotten much further than beginner books in the last ten years, so I might know. ;) The organization is really compelling: by layout out theory before ritual and aspects of practice, rather than indulging the reader and jumping straight into "Magick!", the reader has a true chance to decide whether or not any of it aligns with his or her belief system. There are so many useful little tips in this book that even though it c ...more
DJ Harris
May 07, 2013 DJ Harris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Wiccans
Recommended to DJ by: Alan White
Shelves: review, religion, wicca
This is Scott Cunningham’s attempt at simplifying all things Wicca for the "newbie". It does cover subjects with a common sense approach, but leaves out many needed fundamentals. He does have a gentle voice, very inviting for the inexperienced, won't be appreciate by the seasoned pro.

It is important to note that Scott Cunningham practiced Wicca 20+ years and was the author of more than 50 books. He passed from this life on March 28, 1993, after a long illness. He is missed.

Blessed be.

Get Your Co
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Abraxas Abrasaxtes
May 14, 2012 Abraxas Abrasaxtes rated it it was amazing
This book was the first one I ever read on Wicca (as with most judging by the reviews) It literally blew my mind and set me on a path that I have never diverted from since I was 13. Now in my 30's I can't help but look back at this book with a sense of nostalgia and love for Scott Cunningham. I would recommend this book to anyone starting out on the Witches Path as it is written in a simple and beautiful format that is easy to digest yet still covers all the essentials.
Penelope
Aug 27, 2011 Penelope rated it liked it
Shelves: pagan-books
Everyone recommends this book as a perfect beginner's book for Wicca and I can kind of see why. I wouldn't say it's the best book out there but I've read a lot worse and Cunningham does cover the basics really well.
J.A.
Aug 11, 2008 J.A. rated it really liked it
Cunningham's masterpiece is an excellent first guide to the Old Religion, with an emphasis on personal autonomy and a do-it-yourself spirit. Highly recommended for anyone just starting out on the path.
Rebecca
Jul 23, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Shelves: wicca, neo-pagan
I remember enjoying this book a lot, though I haven't read it in a while.
At first, I found it slightly repetitive. It seemed to say everything every other "Wicca 101" book had said. That's not to say the information is wrong or useless; it's just that I already knew most of it. I still found it interesting to read though because it helped me think more deeply about my beliefs. For example, I found this paragraph on page 26 very interesting:
"If you truly desire to know the nature of magic, prac
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Carol Weekes
Sep 23, 2011 Carol Weekes rated it it was amazing
The late Scott Cunningham presents a clear, concise, and easy-to-read introduction to the topic of Wicca, both for the new practioner and for those simply interested in expanding their understanding of a path that dates back centuries. Cunningham is known for his earnest and down-to-earth approach to his chosen topic. He explains each concept so that the lay-person can understand the history, meaning, approach, and results of the practice of Wicca and Paganism. Highly recommended for anyone with ...more
Bondama
Oct 25, 2009 Bondama rated it it was amazing
This book provides an excellent overview, particularly for those not acquainted with Wicca. Cunningham succeeds, far more frequently than most writers on this "sensitive" subject in explaining the Old Religion. In particular, he does his best to do so in a non-threatening manner. So, so many Christians equate Wicca or White Witchcraft with Devil worship, when the opposite is true. If one does not believe that Jesus Christ is God, why then would we believe in Satan?
Danny
Jan 13, 2016 Danny rated it really liked it
Scott Cunningham is such a popular author in the Wiccan communities. I've come across people who love him and people who hate him. Personally, this was the very first book I read about Wicca and it certainly helped educate me. It is a good 101 book and doesn't go into very much detail. I would recommend it to anyone who is just starting on the Wiccan path or one who is trying to understand it. It also does have some great references in the back that I find very useful.
Sergio Ponce
Aug 05, 2015 Sergio Ponce rated it really liked it
It was most definitely and interesting, easy, and perhaps most importantly inclusionary book into the practice of Wicca. If one was so inclined to find a starting point or just curious of the practices held by those who practice the craft, this book is a great resource. It is also great that it is sculpted around solitary practice which is not the usual norm for Wicca (at least when the book was published, or so it seems to imply).

The author's tone is very relaxed, flexible, and always helpful.

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Susan
Jan 25, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lend-to-friends
I have to admit this was the first Wicca book I ever read so I can't compare it to anything out there. All I can say is the subject was covered nicely and it was in a simple language that even someone who didn't know a thing about it would understand what is being said without going into great detail.
Edward Branley
Dec 07, 2015 Edward Branley rated it it was amazing
Written by the late, brilliant Scott Cunningham,Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner is still the best "how-to" book for those interested in Wicca as a religion. The book has three sections, Theory, Practice, and a Book of Shadows. The chapters in the Theory section explain just what Wicca is, how it's practiced in a group/coven structure, and how the reader/seeker can modify that practice to become a "Solitary Wiccan". The author explains the basic tenets of the religion, defines magic, ...more
The Witch Snitch
May 10, 2015 The Witch Snitch rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wicca
Positives:


-PERFECT started book for those interested in Wicca, what the word ‘magick’ actually means, those who have a friend or family member who practices Wicca, or those who are open to dissolving the misconceptions about Wicca.


-Scott Cunningham’s explanations are easy to understand and provide a real view of what Wicca actually is and how to practice it. Although I personally love the media’s view of witches too, the real thing that I practice is not a bunch of ‘hocus pocus’.


-Has two Appendi
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Ambyr
Jul 24, 2015 Ambyr rated it really liked it
When I decided I wanted to learn more about paganism (specifically neopaganism and Wicca), I immediately started doing my research on the most refutable and trustworthy books out there that could simultaneously give me a beginner's/outsider's view of the religion that has formed into modern day Wicca. This book was consistently at the top of every "must read" list and the majority of my pagan friends recommended it with vigor. Upon completing it, I can see why.

The information given in this book
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Diane Cortese
Mar 17, 2013 Diane Cortese rated it liked it
The author did a good job in covering the basics of Wicca for the solitary practitioner. As a Wiccan, I did notice a few places where he could have elaborated or where he treated an issue in a more complex manner than necessary. With that said, it is still a good "starter" book.

Cunningham expresses Wicca as a duality, though he explains that some Wiccans may mostly worship the Goddess "as a reaction to the patriarchy of mainstream religions." This makes it sound like a rebellious act. It may si
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Julie Decker
Jul 27, 2014 Julie Decker rated it really liked it
Scott Cunningham lays down some basic philosophy in practical terms for anyone interested in a Wiccan path. He easily legitimizes solitary practice--a controversial idea for some, since traditional witchcraft is practiced in covens and requires initiation--and assures new practitioners that if they disagree with something fundamental in the belief system, it's okay if they want to pursue another path; it just may not be Wicca. There's a little history, a little discussion of practice (and WHY th ...more
Cristina
Dec 21, 2011 Cristina rated it liked it
I picked up this book out of sheer curiosity. Wicca is something that I've always been just a little bit mesmerized by... I love it's strong connection with nature and cycles, and the lack of strong rules or systems, how it is up to your own interpretation to an extent. I knew when I bought this, that it would be a basic introduction... and it does that very well. It's precise and to-the-point in some areas, and in others a bit more detailed. I do think this book could use a bit more history and ...more
Alice
Jul 01, 2010 Alice rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, religion
No, I'm not turning into a witch (regardless of what my ex thinks). I'm just an insatiably curious person.

The book was interesting - the author has the unorthodox view that everyone can basically make up their own version of Wicca. Don't want to join others? Do it alone! Don't like the rituals? Make up your own! Choose your own names and symbols for the God and Goddess! I can see the appeal - but one of the (only) good things about religion is the community that develops. People who will assist
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Christian
Apr 11, 2011 Christian rated it liked it
As a starting Wiccan back when i was about 13 this was invaluable to me as it was a way for me to be 'shown the ropes' without becoming embroiled in a coven where decisions could be made on my behalf to my detriment.

Anyway...

This book does exactly what it says on the cover and offers an in depth guide to becoming a Wiccan (a solitary practitioner). This book is POPULAR and pretty much every Wiccan i know has a copy of this somewhere that may speak for itself you may say?

There are better books ou
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Nicole
Aug 13, 2009 Nicole rated it liked it
A solid introductory book with gobs of information. At times Scott Cunningham seems a little biased or pushy, and has gone off on a few short speeches, but overall the book is very informative. Stays true to the idea of Wicca being what you make of it.

Keep in mind that this book was originally published in 1988 and some of the information is slightly outdated. There is no updated version of the book because Cunningham died in 1993 so some of the "occult suppliers" and mailing lists he talks abo
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Margaret
Sep 05, 2012 Margaret rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I've always been curious about what wicca really is and I really liked that this book was aimed at pretty much anyone who was either just interested, or really wanted to start walking the wiccan path. The information was easy to understand and there was also a vocabulary in the back, in case you didn't understand what the author meant with some words. Next to giving a theoretical explanation of what wicca is, the book also contained examples of rituals, which I liked, because it gave me a better ...more
Jack Yeaton
Jan 11, 2012 Jack Yeaton rated it it was amazing
This is an Excellent book. It is very informative and written in layman's terms. It's not a hokey book filled with supposedly ancient, and rather vague, material like most. It flows well, and is absolutely centered around the reader. It contains easy to use information, that is useful to any practitioner. I gave this book a five out of five because it is easily digestible, Easy to use, and Informative. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to learn about the craft. It is a perfect gui ...more
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Scott Douglas Cunningham was the author of dozens of popular books on Wicca and various other alternative religious subjects. Today the name Cunningham is synonymous with natural magic and the magical community. He is recognized today as one of the most influential and revolutionary authors in the field of natural magic.

Scott Cunningham was born at the William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michi
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“In truly understanding the Goddess and God, one comes to understand life, for the two are inextricably entwined. Live your earthly life fully, but try to see the spiritual aspects of your activities as well. Remember—the physical and spiritual are but reflections of each other.” 12 likes
“Magic is natural. It is a harmonious movement of energies to create needed change. If you wish to practice magic, all thoughts of it being paranormal or supernatural must be forgotten.” 8 likes
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