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Traditional Wicca: A Seeker's Guide

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A Down-to-Earth Guide to Traditional Wicca

While there are many powerful variations of contemporary Witchcraft, traditional Wicca offers unique experiences for those who seek it out. This book explores structured, coven-based styles of Wicca, in which the practitioners typically trace initiatory lineages back to Wicca's early founders. Discussing covens, initiations, l

Kindle Edition, 218 pages
Published July 8th 2018 by Llewellyn Publications
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Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: may-2018
The writing is wonderful, the author never talks down to the reader and instead feels like they're right there talking to you. I enjoyed this book even though it was not quite what I was expecting. It really focuses on covens more than anything else and I have no desire to be with a coven, tried once and it was not for me. So if you're looking into a coven, wondering how to go about it, how to even find one in the first place: this book is for you. Otherwise... there really isn't much more here. ...more
Dawn Thomas
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Traditional Wicca by Thorn Mooney
Review by Dawn Thomas

216 Pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Publication Date: July 8, 2018

Nonfiction (Adult), Religion, Spirituality

Thorn Mooney wrote her first book on witchcraft when she was a teenager before heading off to college. Later she realized she did not know everything she thought she did on the subject and began searching. As a Dianic, I am always interested in learning about other traditions. Thorn is a Gardnerian and practices traditional Wic
Andrew McAuliffe-Shave
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I cannot praise this book enough! At last!! A book about Traditional Wicca. No filler. All killer information. Written in such a friendly and straightforward way which reminds me of the Silver RavenWolf books which those of you who know me know I am a freaking huge fan of. It's chock-full of helpful insights and nuggets of wisdom for the Seeker. I especially love how it outlines the importance of knowing what to expect when you approach a group for training and the rule of self-protection. If so ...more
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't been this excited about a book on Wicca as I have been for this one. With this comes a certain degree of expectation, of course. I have been following Thorn on YouTube for many years now and always valued her opinion, which usually differed from other Witches I followed on YouTube not working in a Traditional framework. I was sure if anyone could write a down-to-Earth book about Traditional Wicca it'd be Thorn and I was not disappointed. Her style of writing is academic in a digestable ...more
Yvonne Aburrow
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a clear explanation of lineaged, initiatory witchcraft, this is it. If you are looking for a coven, thinking of joining a coven, or merely curious, I would recommend reading this book. Even if you are an experienced Wiccan initiate, you could benefit from the perspectives offered in this book.

If your coven is open to seekers, this book should go straight to the top of your recommended reading list, for seekers, new initiates, and even old hands. It's clearly written, engag
Ron Spomer
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have followed Thorn Mooney for sometime in the Pagan community. Knowing she is such a wealth of academic and experiential knowledge, I couldn't wait to read this book! I was not disappointed. Thorn's writing style is captivating yet practical. She delivered incredibly valuable information about Traditional Wicca, coven practice, etc. in a way that felt accessible and relatable. This book pulled me back to the excitement and purity of 90's witchcraft; the thrill of the search and the reverence ...more
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thorn Mooney’s “Little Blue Book” is a welcome revitalization that Wicca has been looking for.

Most books to be found on Wicca tend to focus on the solitary practice of it (that is not a judgement statement) and less can be found on what a coven practice looks like. Most of today’s content around Wicca also seems to be regurgitated Scott-Cunningham-esque information, making it look like Wicca hasn’t changed much since Cunningham came on the scene. This means that most of what you can find on most
Alexia Moon
I can only ever teach what I know and offer what experience I have. What I wouldn’t do, I told them, was be their mother, their foreman, or their therapist. I’m not any of those things. As a third degree, I had made a commitment to my gods and to my community, and all I could do was show them how and why I did those things. If other people felt called to this as I did, I could show them the way as it was shown to me. I wouldn’t be a mediator between them and the gods; I would simply model the ...more
Russell Holbrook
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've always wanted to learn about traditional Wicca and this book offered me a wonderful starting point. Thorn's writing is nerdy and enthusiastic and draws the reader in. I'm thinking that people who read this are already interested in the subject matter, but I think this would also be a great read for anyone who enjoys reading about different faiths and religions. :)

Alyssa Gudenburr
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult
Very detailed book that has showed me I am definitely not a traditonal Wiccan.
Mat Auryn
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Traditional Wicca: A Seeker’s Guide by Thorn Mooney is one of those books that I’m surprised hadn’t been written before, but seems so greatly needed. The book isn’t about embracing Wicca as a personal eclectic practice, but rather a guide for someone who is seeking out a Traditional Wiccan path (a term that refers to the Gardnerian and Alexandrian lineage of traditions). Most books written on these subjects seem to be a bit outdated and none seem to be aimed at the seeker of Traditional Wicca in ...more
Jessica Coco
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Liz Wahba
Apr 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: pagan-nonfiction
I am not a Wiccan, but in my own eclectic Path it is impossible to say I’m not influenced by Wiccan belief, which is why I wanted to read this book. I heard author Thorn Mooney on a podcast, Down at the Crossroads, and it made me want to read her book. Incidentally I’m joining a Zoom book club discussion of it this week! Weird how the world works.

This book is definitely a good read for anyone on any path of witchcraft. It is not heavy handed or fluffy, it’s direct and honest. Mooney’s writing i
Mar 24, 2020 rated it liked it
I’ve seen Thorn on YouTube and wanted to see what her book was. It’s weird. That’s what it is. I was expecting “this is what Wicca is” with circle casting, wheel of the year, God and Goddess and everything else. This is not that.

If you are interested in Wicca, and if you are interested in joining a coven, this book may be of use to you. It does let you know what being in a coven is like. I am not Wiccan, and I don’t want to join a coven. For me, this book is like 2 stars. If you are just starti
I misunderstood what this book was about when I originally picked it up - I expected more info about what exactly Traditional Wicca is and what it's practitioners do; however, this is more of a guide for people already familiar with it who are looking to join a coven of practicing Traditional Wiccans. For that purpose, this is a really thorough and thoughtful guide, but I was a bit lost at points without the more basic information. That being said, this was a really interesting read.

*Thanks to N
Miss C
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
A book that probably confirmes Traditional Gardinarian Wicca is not for me. Thorn is a licensed hunter, we discover on p143 an activity she concedes many find reprehensible. I am one such person so I wish I'd been aware of this fact before purchasing the book. Most of us who find hunting abhorrent (as a great many who identify as Wiccan, Pagan or Witches will) would not knowingly purchase anything written by someone who takes part in such abhorrent pastimes.

If you don't take issue with her choi
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Traditional Wicca gives a description of the history and modern practices of Wicca. It is told in a straight forward manner, the author explains wicca in an easy to follow manner. It focuses on covens in particular, and I found this to be interesting reading.

This is a terrific book for anyone interested in learning more on wicca and is perfect for complete novices who are only beginning their journey.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful book, full of first hand experience from Thorn Mooney and a few others, but mostly from Thorn.

I think it is ideal for the solo practitioner ready to take their practice into a group setting. This is the first time I've read something from this perspective. I found it very refreshing. I've been consuming many books on the topic because I am not sure where I stand. This book has made me realize that I have a long way to go, and that's ok.

I would have rated it 5/5 but I listen
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a well written book explaining the traditional Wiccan ways. This book was written with the beginner in mind. it is not using long drawn out scientific type words it is written in simple to understand language that will make plenty of sense to the reader. The book does focus a lot on Covens. So if you are interested in a Coven or how to join one, this book will give you a lot of useful information.

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Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Currently a prospective seeker for a Gardnerian coven and this was recommended to me by the high priestess. This was very helpful with understanding why traditional wicca is so important, how seeking and the process moving towards initiation goes, the structure of the Gardnerian tradition (which can translate to other traditions such as Alexandrian, etc.), and it really gives you a feel for what you as a seeker should be asking, what you will be asked, and what to expect. I loved it and it defin ...more
Nesreen LaBeau
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Thorn's book. I thought it was well organized and flowed from one page to the next without being disjointed and scattered. Thorn is a Wiccan High Priestess in the Gardnerian Tradition and I enjoyed gaining a peak inside what that means exactly. I really enjoyed the list of questions she provides to ask oneself before they endeavor to join a Traditional coven. Also, I enjoyed the bibliography at the end. All in all, it was a great read, quick too, and I enjoyed it very much.
K Kriesel
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion
I’ve admired Thorn for years partly because she is the Daria of Wicca (the perky voice of the audiobook’s reader took some getting used to), partly because she both knows her stuff & teaches it well, and partly because we hit the same Wiccan cultural points such as The Witches Voice and the Sweep series at the same age. I kept thinking “this is the book I needed when I first got into Wicca” but it still applies just as well today, 20 years later! ...more
Jamie Coenen
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A no BS guide to Traditional Wicca today. Fantastic reading for anyone interested in any form of magical spirituality. This book clears up so many misconceptions and Thorn is excellent at conveying an honest truth. If you've got to the point, like I had, where you think you know everything there is to know about Wicca, READ THIS BOOK! It will make you think again.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love the way this book is written, the author seems very sincere and like a great person. Definitely recommended for any seekers of Traditional Wicca, or anyone interested in practicing with a coven in general.
Jul 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: spirituality
Not bad, in fact it’s quite well-written, but it’s just more about trying to find a coven and not full of esoteric knowledge or much anything magical at all. For a more practical and history-based book, try Farrar’s What Witches Do (which Mooney mentions is her favorite book on this subject).
Eva Muhlhause
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book, very comprehensive

This is easily one of the best books about what to expect and look for when starting to look at joining a trad coven. It also has one of the best compact list of book recommendations I've ever seen.
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thorn's guide on Traditional Wicca is both very thorough and easy to read. This book covers the basics of what Traditional Wicca is, and how to get started. There are also insights from other practitioners. I highly recommend this :)
Edric Unsane
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
A damn good look at what to expect from getting into Traditional Witchcraft.
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great intro book. Very true to the experience without giving away too many things about this mystery religion. I'd recommend to anyone considering looking into wicca or joining a coven.
Karrie Stewart
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very informative book if you are interested in Traditional Wicca. A few pictures would have helped to break things up a bit.
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