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Witch Crafting: A Spiritual Guide to Making Magic
Phyllis Curott’s first book, Book of Shadows, was an inspirational, spiritual memoir that chronicled her journey from Ivy League-educated, New York City attorney to Wiccan High Priestess. By inviting readers of all faiths to share in her own personal transformation, Phyllis debunked many of the myths surrounding Wicca and revealed it for what it really is: a spiritual move ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published October 16th 2001 by Harmony
(first published September 11th 2001)
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This was the first book on Wicca that I picked up when I was 15 or so. I still have it, if that means anything. This is a great primer on the Wiccan religion. She covers the fundamental Wiccan beliefs, holy days, traditions and lists correspondences for spellcraft. This book's tone is predominantly spiritual/religious, so if yer lookin' for an intro to spells, either casting or writing, I suggest perhaps looking into something else. I found Power Spellcraft for Life to be helpful, and the Elemen ...more
Nov 05, 2012 Kay rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Phyllis Curott is utterly sensible in her writing style, and I appreciate that, especially since a great deal of pagan books are way less down-to-earth. This is a great practical handbook for both beginners and oldbies like me (I've been pagan for almost 14 years now), giving explanations of why we do what we do that are easy to understand and often not discussed. Some of us, particularly practitioners who have never been part of a coven, don't get these theological explanations of how and why s ...more
Mar 31, 2009 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
One of my favorite books on the subject, I love the way Phyllis breaks things down and describes them, she makes the subject so accessible. I like that she challenges notions blanketly accepted by Wiccans today, like the Law of Three. The chapter on how quantum physics supports the concepts of magick is also particularly interesting.
Probably the best beyond the basics books on witchcraft that I have ever read.Perhaps even the only beyond the basics book I've read that, in fact, goes beyond the basics. I borrowed it from the library and didn't want to return it.
An excellent Witchcraft how-to of use to the folk Crafter and the Kitchen Witch especially. Very rich in sensory experience and hands-on work and imagery, acquainting oneself with the natural world, etc. I still use a variation of Curott's ritual bath formula to clean ritual clothes and altar cloths.
This was the first book on Wicca I got when I was young. I let a friend of mine borrow it and they lost it! I have been looking for this book ever since! I am so glad to finally find it again!!! This book is great for new practitioners as well as seasoned ones. This book really helps you inderstand Wicca!!!
Oct 16, 2008 Heather rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zane, Elizabeth, Christine, Molly
The way everyone first read - or was told to read - Starhawk's Spiral Dance in the 80s when seeking Witchcraft books, well, this is the book everyone I know suggests today. It's ALWAYS one of the main books used in my WC apprenticeships. The part about quantum physics is great at explaining magic; I like that the energy of the Universe is Divine Love and not neutral as other books say; the reasons for getting rid of the scare tactics of the 3 fold law are amazing (getting rid of all poorly under ...more
Aug 31, 2010 Lianne (The Towering Pile) Lavoie rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
As someone who had never read anything (besides online) about Wicca, I learned a lot from this book. It gave a very good overview of one tradition of Wicca, The Tradition of Ara. While before reading this book I was interested in paganism in general, but not specifically Wicca, Witch Crafting has caused me to consider Wicca (though not necessarily the Tradition of Ara) as a potential path. It also contains some very helpful exercises in meditation and visualisation, as well as lots of useful tab ...more
Good, practical thoughts about the whys and wherefores of witchcraft. I don't think the Rule of Three is as sinister as she makes it out to be, though. I find the gendered duality of Wicca much more troublesome, but Ara's idea of substituting "Lover and Beloved" for "Lord and Lady" is a step in the right direction.
Jan 16, 2014 Tatra rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I liked her voice in this book, which is why I took my time in reading it. And I also really liked her views on Wicca. She practices it in a free and fun way and I think that really helps in reading about it, as it's not just a list of things to do and say.
Neither bad, neither good, just Currot's take on her americanized wiccan tradition. Certain exercises are more or les interresting, still i didn't consider this book as an interesting work for someone who has been around wicca for a while.
Dec 08, 2013 Michelle added it · review of another edition
I liked this book but got tired of the genre. I have to say that Phyllis Curott is one of the best authors I have ever read on the subject. I would encourage anyone interested in the path to read her books and skipping most others.
This is an OK book. Not my style but nothing really wrong with it. I think it is misleading that she really does not have any real magical workings in the book, it is all more spiritual based. But like I said, not a bad book.
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