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Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  12,777 Ratings  ·  410 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 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.
Sep 04, 2012 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
Feb 28, 2012 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
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
Jan 31, 2012 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
Jonathan Martin
Oct 04, 2011 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 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 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
Apr 23, 2011 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
DJ Harris
May 07, 2013 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
Abraxas Abrasaxtes
May 05, 2012 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.
Jun 19, 2011 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
Aug 24, 2011 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.
Aug 11, 2008 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.
Jul 23, 2011 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
Carol Weekes
Sep 23, 2011 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
Aug 04, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
It was an interesting read but it was only just what I expected... Nothing more....
I knew everything that was described but I expected a little more in-depth description. A lot of things that he stated are now a little outdated since we are no longer living in 1980 and a lot has changed since. Still an okay book with information if you don't know where to start with this this subject.
Jan 03, 2013 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.
Nov 06, 2011 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.
May 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Classic, and outdated. Nevertheless, I wanted a basic introduction to Wiccan and it delivered as such.

I found myself furious with the depiction of the Goddess. This is not at Cunningham's fault, as it was (is?) a widely thought depiction but here it is... there is no reason to associate the Goddess solely as symbolic to fertility. We know men can be fertile and affect procreation. Rather, the Goddess is creator. (Is a male god even needed?)

I was also bothered by the holidays and what they mean
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
While taking an introductory course on Wicca last year, several people recommended Scott Cunningham’s books to me. Classmates said that his books are filled with comprehensive information in an easy, readable style, and they were right. Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner is a practical book that includes sections on theory and practice as well as a discussion of festivals, rituals, symbols, signs, crystal magic, and so forth.

I especially liked Cunningham’s thoughtful tone. He doesn’t t
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book took me back many years to when I used to study Wicca. There's been a pull to get back in touch with the elements, earth, magic, energy, crystals... ya know, all that fun stuff. I miss the rituals. This was a nice refresher and introduction back into a Wiccan world that is both familiar, and unknown. There is a mysterious energy around me now and I've felt the need to harness it and explore it- listen and respond in action. A great beginning- I'm thankful for Scott.
Diane Cortese
Mar 07, 2013 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
Auntie Em
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wicca

-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
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Always interested in the different religions... Good read.
Arial Burnz
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audiobook version of the book while I was working on some sewing.

I read this book way back when it first came out and I was hungry to learn about Wicca as a faith. It was with this book that I initiated myself into the Craft. Since then, I have read dozens of books on the subject and have been in and out of practicing due to location and life's experiences that led me down different paths. Since I am back upon the path to Wicca, I thought it would be a good idea to refresh myse
Edward Branley
Aug 20, 2009 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
Sep 28, 2014 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
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: spiritual
A witch that I know as an acquaintance gave me this book when I expressed curiosity about what Wicca is. She talked a lot to as if because I showed interest in what was important to her that I would be an easy convert. She did not know that my interest came from knowing 2 women who had been raised Wiccan and had told me how frightened they were throughout their childhood and that it had affected their lives negatively.

The book itself was easy to read. It seems there is a male god and a female go
Julie Decker
Jul 27, 2014 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
Sergio Ponce
Jul 25, 2015 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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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.” 18 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.” 15 likes
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