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Wicca & Witchcraft for Dummies

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Examines Wiccan magic, rituals, traditions, and code of conduct Get the scoop on this ancient spiritual path Wondering what it takes to be a Wiccan? This plain-English guide introduces you to the vibrant world of Wicca and the practices of Witchcraft, describing its ancient origins, dispelling stereotypes, and explaining Wiccan beliefs, ethics, rituals, and holidays. You'l ...more
Paperback, 364 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by For Dummies (first published July 29th 2005)
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Jennifer Day
Jun 05, 2012 Jennifer Day rated it really liked it
I bought this as a conversation book as I have plenty of spell books and other informative books on the Craft. Flipping through this one on a boring day actually turned out to be kinda cool. As with all the "dummies" books it of course oversimplifies things but it turned out to be a decent beginners guide. It goes through the purpose and meaning of the different candles and herbs used in spellcrafting, even informing the reader of the exact reasons to use certain colors and herbs in different sp ...more
Alia Makki
Aug 16, 2014 Alia Makki rated it liked it
I'm quoting this because it really needs to get straightened when practicing any kind of ritual:

"When doing magick for someone else keep in mind that it is never okay to accept money for your magickal work. People will want to pay you, but you cannot take their money. First of all, moneymaking is not what magick is for. If you do accept money for your magick, your magick will start to lose its spiritual value. Taking money for your magick can also create greed within you. You also need to know t
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Lisa
Nov 09, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great insight to Wicca

This was a fantastic book for the curious to learn about the history and meaning of Wicca. I learned so much and have gained a great respect for Wiccans. This author made it easy to read and understand. Although, she did repeat herself a lot. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is considering a spiritual path to Wicca or even just the curious. It's really sad that society has given the Craft such a bad name. I'm very glad I bought this book and will likely read it ag
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Craig Patton
Apr 27, 2014 Craig Patton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With a title like Wicca & Witchcraft, one could believe that the subject matter delves into the occult and, perhaps, specifically Satanism or some other sort of dark worship. However, this is not the case and the author goes into great pains to explain to the reader that Wicca & Witchcraft, for the purposes of the book, deals with old Pagan rituals blended with a modern flair of feminism, environmentalism, and a touch of New Age/Hippy philosophy.

This religion is setup as a Matriarchy wit
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Anna
Feb 04, 2015 Anna rated it really liked it
This book was a great introduction to Wicca. As someone who has not studied this area of spirituality before, it really opened my eyes to what Wicca and witchcraft is all about. This really was an introduction and I am sure there could be more details on various areas of witchcraft. I would have liked to learn more about witchcraft before its recent resurgence and also some of the deeper occult teachings/philosophies/practices but I suppose that would be covered in other books.
Bladestryke
Dec 21, 2014 Bladestryke rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure what to think about this one. I had the idea it might be written with all the stereotypes in mind. boy was I happily surprised! very in depth and written in a way that makes you feel at least as a newbie respected for trying to understand the concept. it even goes into depth about the ethics and reasons to do things within the craft. for anyone studying wicca, paganism or religion this is a must have!
Madison
Apr 07, 2013 Madison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is very helpful with the history, different beliefs, and the myths surrounding Wicca. I love how the author is open with the topics and does not try to make you believing everything she says. I like how she gave the facts about the history of Wicca, and then the myths many people still believe today. She tells you the pros and cons of what has happened to people who have worshiped this belief. Near the end of the book I like how she lists the celebrations and holidays Wiccans celebrate ...more
Shadow Girl
Feb 11, 2014 Shadow Girl rated it it was amazing
This gets a five star rating for mentioning me & the trial ;)
(Even though no names were used, there was only one trial in my city & state.)
Cherese A. Vines
Sep 14, 2012 Cherese A. Vines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: interested in know the true Wicca religion
This is a good informational book about Wicca and Witchcraft and what it's all really about. Wicca seems to be a spiritual journey that helps one become closer to their deity of choice. There are very few rules and/or ruling body. But followers of Wicca do believe that whatever we do in life comes back to us so that we must do what is right because we are all connected. Good starter book for those who have absolutely no idea about what Wicca really is. I was surprised.
Elise
Dec 31, 2010 Elise rated it really liked it
I went through a phase where I was looking for a new path in life and I thought Wicca would be that way. I studied this book day and night and thought I'd found it. Although I found it insightful it wasn't the way for me. An interesting enough read though.
Violetta
Nov 13, 2015 Violetta rated it really liked it
Very clear, and very careful, summary of the main tenets of Wicca. Does its best to cover everything and provides a firm grounding for anyone interested in the Craft.
Alexis
Jan 14, 2013 Alexis rated it it was amazing
A really easy to use guide on the concepts of the craft. Would suggest this book to anybody who's curious or looking to start studying. A great jumping off point.
Adele
Aug 23, 2010 Adele rated it liked it
I got this one as a joke from my Best Friend.
it's not too bad though. it gives you heaps of tid bits and info.
Heather
Mar 17, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it
Research for my current WIP. Was absolutely perfect for my "dummy" needs!
J.M.
Sep 30, 2013 J.M. rated it it was ok
Dares to quote Carl Sagan. Read his book The Demon-Haunted World instead.
Natasha Marie  Valente-Buckles
I find this religion very interesting. Great info for learning. ;)
Josiphine
I liked the extra 'warnings' and 'remember' features.
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