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Wicca: The Complete Craft

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  644 ratings  ·  16 reviews
This is the ultimate guide to the ancient religion of Wicca by best-selling Pagan author, D. J. Conway. WICCA: THE COMPLETE CRAFT offers a comprehensive overview of Wiccan philosophy, dispels the common misconceptions, and is a useful primer for practicing Wicca as a spiritual lifestyle. Included are chapters on sacred space, ritual tools, holy days, meditations and visual ...more
Paperback, 499 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Crossing Press (first published September 9th 2001)
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Wicca: The Complete Craft has proven as a useful book for study and information regarding the Gods and Goddesses. However, I won't use this as a primary guide as (and this is just me and how I feel - determine your own thoughts and feelings should you choose to read it) the author makes a very many references to Alistair Crowley. Personally, this is not someone I do nor do I ever intend to follow. I primarily turn to the guides from Scott Cunningham who beautifully embraced the religion for what ...more
There was some good information, then there is some really bad information as well.

Here is why I gave 2 stars. These quotes were only from one Chapter, by the way. I didn't even get to the history chapter.

"Witchcraft is an ancient nature religion that dates back to the Neolithic times."

Umm. no. Witchcraft is a practice, not a religion. Witchcraft is not equal with Shamanism. And, Shamanism goes back to the Paleolithic era, not the Neolithic era.

"The words Wicca, Witchcraft, and the Craft are a
Read bits of this (and completed some of the exercises) about 3 years ago. Now I'm starting again...

I like how this book is laid out - very comphrensive and organized chapters (and short - each chapter is between 5-10 pages). I have some issues with her very rigid "no christian's can be pagan" stance (seems a bit intolerant - which goes against wicca's "tolerant" stance - besides, christianity was a pagan religion at one time.), as well as her various references to "ancient tradition". While I a
Very good book for reference, has great information for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. One of my favorites.
Very beautiful if this is your choice, although I do not believe one can initiate themselves, the spirituality is very basic, void of the complications of standardized religions, to me that is highly attractive. A good path tp follow for some
Samantha Montgomery
One of the best wicca 101 books out there. Most barely scrape the surface of the craft, and make little if any mention on deities from different pantheons, and have very few in depth meditations. I bought this book because it had information that doesn't typically come with the "beginner" books, and I would re commend it to anyone passed the "what is wicca and how do I get started" phase, as it answered a lot of my questions, an had a great spell working section.
The reason I bought this book was for the intro paragraph that basically tells kids under 18 and anyone wanting to be more goth than thou to go listen to music and come back and buy the book when they're ready to grow up. :) I liked that this book gave facts and information in a clear manner that didn't try to convert the reader nor sugar coat and glorify facts. It gives a clear definition of a religion that has many aspects.
Nora Peevy
Wicca: the Complete Craft by D.J. Conway. This book covers the basics of Wicca for beginners. Like Ellen Dugan's books, it's written in a friendly tone. The material is helpful, but I didn't like think the order it was presented in was the most logical. I also thought some of the material needed to be discussed a little more in depth, though for beginners or for research material, this book is a good starting point.
Artful Existence
Definitely a book I will have to add to my collection. This text is thorough and honest, giving a very well-rounded idea of Wicca. I definitely recommend this book for anyone interested in the Craft. While I do not agree with everything that was said, I like how the author explained that we shouldn't all think alike. Great reference guide for many different aspects of Wicca.
Conway devotes a lot of time and energy to magical workings in Wicca than the religion proper, which is interesting but not quite what I'm looking for at this point. However, I expect I will refer back to her book now and again in the future. It's not perfect, and I question some of her "facts" about the history of the practice, but it was worth the read.
Varja Askeland
I havn't read the complete book yet, but so far I have to say that it is one of the best Wicca 101 books I have ever read. It cover basically everything you need to know, it doesn't explain everything very deep but it covers the basics, it is perfect for a beginner !
I'm currently reading this book, which is like a pagan encyclopedia and very informative. it's one of the best books on paganism that I've picked up yet!
Apr 29, 2008 Katie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Wicca.
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This book makes the art of Wicca easy to comprehend. It is well written and easy to follow.
Marlene Slade
I own this book as well. Wicca is my life. Brightest Blessings to all!
it gives me everything that i need
Andy Lawless
Good overview of the craft
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A native of the Pacific Northwest, author D.J. Conway has studied the occult fields for over 35 years. Her quest for knowledge has covered every aspect of Paganism and Wicca to New Age and Eastern philosophies; plus history, the magical arts, philosophy, customs, mythologies and folklore. In 1998, she was voted Best Wiccan and New Age author by Silver Chalice, a Pagan magazine.

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