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The Wicca Handbook

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  648 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
"The Wicca Handbook" is both a tutorial for new witches and an exceptionally well-organized reference book for experienced practitioners. It guides us through the first steps in becoming a witch and explores many Wiccan traditions, initiations, and magical practices. The Wiccan year-the eight Sabbats-along with many of its rituals and ceremonies are examined. Holland also ...more
ebook, 322 pages
Published August 19th 2014 by Weiser Books (first published May 1st 2000)
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Sabrina  Brawley
Handbooks for the modern witch are in ample supply these days, and regardless of which tradition they follow, all contain pretty much the same information. It's difficult to tout one over the other to a fledgling Pagan. However, most Wiccans look to the "father of American Wicca," Raymond Buckland, as a respected elder, and his own witchcraft guides are among the all-time bestsellers of the genre. So the fact that Eileen Holland managed to obtain Buckland's glowing praise for the foreward to The ...more
Joseph Salvatore Vitale
I have read this book in my High School years I am now 24 and have picked it up again to reinitiate myself to my craft recently going through two years of terrible times, it has given me hope, information, and love for being a Wiccan and the hell with all the haters "God and Magick don't mix" silliest statement ever uttered, oh ignorance! Eileen writes as if she is speaking to you and it's a great comfort even if your hard on cash and don't have your Witches tool box.
Chloe Natasha
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is, as stated, a Wicca handbook and a brilliant one at that! I bought this book a couple of years ago, had skimmed through it, and set it aside to collect dust. Having recently found it again and read through it, rekindling my passion for magick and deities, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's certainly a book you have to own, as I found that it works best as a reference book for a practising witch. Everything is separated and chaptered wonderfully, making it easy to find what you're looking for ...more
May 12, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the greatest book on the subject but not completely terrible either. If you are thinking of getting this book don't buy it.
Cynthia Jeub
While this book was helpful for me, it was only because I am at a point where I can read with some skepticism. I wouldn't recommend it as an introduction for new witches who don't understand that you should actually know the backstories and cultural sources of different deities. For example, she mentioned Yahweh several times as a name to be invoked alongside clear adversaries of the Abrahamic monotheistic deity, like Baal and Ishtar. Because it is written as an exhaustive reference book, it sho ...more
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is full of tons of reference information, but I really couldn't get into the author's tone. I was expecting more personality, more enthusiasm and happiness. I felt like the author was condescending to her readers, with barely enough patience for them. There's a lot of detailed info about gemstones and the planets and such, but I wish I had got that information elsewhere instead of reading (cover to cover) a book that gave me bad vibes.

I will say that she seems very well-informed, so feel f
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book exploring Wicca and Witchcraft: For newcomers, long-time practitioners or "Wise ones", and the merely curious. I read it in one day.

Personal and serious in language, but not alienating (Eileen Holland seems a very interesting person with very interesting experiences and stories to tell). Though I greatly oppose to using love spells of any kind and I'd never under any circumstances use one - no matter the loophole - or any other magic interfering with anyone's will and with na
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found that, although I am not Wiccan, there was much of use to me in this book. It is not a book about the Wiccan religion, really, but about spell craft. The wheel of the year is barely mentioned; she gets right down to doing things on your own. Basically, the book is an encyclopedia of correspondences for different aspects of spell crafting. The author includes correspondences for non-Wiccan paths, making them useful for many pagans. The lists cover everything from plants to stones to animal ...more
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I found this book to be excellent. It was well thought out and the information contained in it was clear and complete. I loved the detail the author went into, and I would highly recommend this book to anyone. I refer to it all the time.

The Correspondences sections are amazingly full of detail. I love them. The information on the Wheel of the Year is easy to understand, which I enjoy. The section on Health and Healing is very good. And the section on animals is great.

This is an excellent referen
Nov 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I hvae read on Wicca, and it was very interesting. I was reading more out of acaemic interest, rather than wanting to become a witch. The first section the most interesting, explaining a lot about the beliefs of wiccans and the history of the religion. The second and third contained a lot of lists, and are more for general reference rather than just reading straight, but still had some interesting informtaion. It was all very well written, and I'd recommend this book for a ...more
Feb 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good reference for anyone beginning their foray into the world of Wicca, or for those with a passing interest in the subject wanting to know more. It gives you plenty of information on the religion without being too daunting, which is perfect for a beginners handbook. Plugged with references to many other Wicca guidebooks, and perhaps more importantly a considerable list of magical item references for specific spells and rituals, I would gladly recommend this to any new practitioner of th ...more
I was unfortunately borrowing this book from someone. This seems like it would be a good book if you owned it and needed to pull it out to consult days of the year, herbs, crystals, or even ideas for spells. But because I was borrowing this book from someone I was just flipping through 90% of the book be cause it was all spells and charts. If that is the kind of book you need this one would be perfect.
Sep 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Wiccans/Pagans
Eileen Holland is the single most authoritative voice in Modern Wicca since Scott Cunningham. If you are starting on the Wiccan Path or just merely curious about who Wiccans are and what they believe, this book is an absolute necessity to gain a thorough and accurate understanding of REAL witches. No flying lawnmowers here... an excellent resource.
Artful Existence
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I found this book to be a great addition to my spiritual library. It goes over many important things like different properties of the different times of the day, year, seasons, etc. I recommend this book as a supplement to your other occult books.
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book at about 17-18, I am now 33. It is still on my bookshelf & have read parts again. I have thought of sitting down & reading it again cover to cover. It was a great, informative book on Wicca.
Nikki Champoux
This book is a great source of knowledge but not any easy read. It is more sort of a reference book to Wicca, then a tool to learn what Wicca is all about. If you need to know which god or goddess to call upon it is great and completely well laid out and resourceful.
This is a fantastic book, easy to understand, and she knows you questions before you actually ask them.
I recommend this book to all beginners in Wicca
Varja Askeland
Nov 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply amazing ! One of the best books I've read about the craft. She doesn't only cover: How?, she also explains: Why?

Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful reference book, for anyone interested in Wicca.
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: occult
I enjoyed this book, and got a lot out of it. I also find myself going back to it again and again for reference.
Mar 30, 2011 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I love this book! ive gotten so much information and im not even close to done yet!
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I docked it a star since she does go into some gray areas but for the most part a huge source of information. A great addition to your library
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own-3
best book i've read for a beginner yet!
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015, 2016
It was a good introduction to Wicca, and it felt like she was talking directly to you as if in a conversation.
I thought it was a good book with lots of good information. It is definitely a good reference to have.
Sharnie Ellis
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paganism
Excellent sourcebook!
Amanda Buffington
AMAZING book :) it helped me like you wouldnt believe :) so many good tips and its very conversational :)
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sep 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a phenomenal book. Full of interesting, useful information. Holland has a flair for writing which made this book very enjoyable.
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