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The Circle Within: Creating a Wiccan Spiritual Tradition

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The Circle Within is your guide to creating a personal spiritual practice for daily life. The first section is a thoughtful examination of Wiccan ethics and philosophy that explores how to truly live Wicca. The second section includes devotional prayers and rituals that provide inspiration for group or solitary practice.

Topics in this Wicca book include: cultivating an on
Paperback, 189 pages
Published August 8th 2003 by Llewellyn Publications (first published August 1st 2003)
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Kathleen Garber
Oct 06, 2007 rated it really liked it
This book is meant to be for Wiccans who have already moved past the basics and want help incorporating their path into their daily lives. For those who want to "[be] really living and breathing your spirituality

The book is broken up into two sections. The first deals with ethics, philosophy and everyday life. The second section is a collection of prayers and devotionals to use everyday (at meals, at bed etc....)

The chapter headings (because I always feel this gives you information on the cont
Nov 03, 2007 rated it really liked it
The Circle Within, Creating a Wiccan Spiritual Tradition, by Dianne Sylvan, stands out from the current army of Wiccan "how to" books crowding New Age bookshelves, by exploring deepening Pagan spiritual experience through truly living the path you walk. The Spirit Within covers:

* an introduction to personal spiritual practice.
* our relationship with the Deity.
* ethics and standards of behavior.
* concepts of sacred space.
* elements of a daily practice.
* the Wheel of the Year and the element
Sep 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Pagans, Neo-pagans, wiccans, anyone on a spiritual journey
Shelves: spirituality
Re-reading as I loved it the first time. I read this book about this time last year (and funny I'm reading it again almost a year later lol) and I just love her ideas about ritual and only doing what is comfortable for you. There are great, easy little rituals and prayers and stuff in the back that I'd like to try this time around. Great great book, I recommend it to anyone with Neo-Pagan or Pagan views or anyone who is open minded enough to learn a new way to be spiritual. I really think the st ...more
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wiccan, owned
This book resonated with me deeply. It is the only book I have ever willingly highlighted in. Simple statements made me think about my faith in every day life. I don't know why I love it so much, but I do.
Jul 06, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, religion
This is a very useful book for individuals looking to move beyond "Wicca 101" and create a personal spirituality which brings them closer to the gods. Sylvan includes several chapters with suggestions for ways to sanctify daily life, as well as a short section of devotional rituals for various occasions. It is the only book I have seen of its kind.

However, like everything I've read that was published by Llewellyn, it's fairly superficial. It says more about why Wiccans should be creating their o
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pagan
I love this book's focus on spirituality and connection with the sacred; it's a subject that is near and dear to my heart. After all, I almost never feel a need to cast a spell, but I always feel the need to feel connected to my spiritual roots.

This is a book that assumes knowledge of Wicca or a similar spiritual path--so, not a beginner's guide.

There are times when the author is a little cranky in her tone, but since in my case she was preaching to the choir it didn't effect my enjoyment of th
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: spirituality, 2016
Although this book offers many interesting and useful points for the solitary practitioner (far beyond a typical beginners' book), the author's criticisms and snipes at both Christians and other pagans left a sour taste in my mouth. I would not recommend this book to others, due to the negative words the author uses. I was expecting this book to enrich my solitary spirituality with more love, understanding and acceptance, and found that it truly did the opposite. The author's writing style is ve ...more
Oct 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: non beginners
Recommended to James by: found it surfing
Shelves: pagan
Finally an advanced book on Wicca even a straight man can sink his teeth into . This book had a pretty good balance of the God and Goddess , unlike allot of Wicca books that tend to lean to more of a Goddess religion . This book helped push Wicca further down the road . I was ready to start looking else where because just about everything I was reading after Scott Cunningham's books were pretty much Goddess this and Goddess that ( reminded me of the monotheistic religion I'm trying to leave behi ...more
Apr 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
this book was wonderful for learning more of the spirituality of my religion. It gave a more indepth and personal look into the gods and the world.
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
The meditation on the Wheel of the Year and the Elemental Wheel in Chapter 6 were excellent, but on the whole, I won't be recommending this book. It might be a little dated (or perhaps I'm just remembering late '90s/early '00s Wicca and noticing references to what were, at the time, current attitudes and issues). But the real issue for me is that my theology doesn't match up with the author's. She sees the Goddess as a universal Mother and the God as a universal Father, and some of the prayers a ...more
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Dianne Sylvan, author of the Shadow World novels (Queen of Shadows, Shadowflame, Shadow’s Fall, the forthcoming Of Shadow Born, and at least one more) as well as two books on NeoPagan spirituality (The Circle Within: Creating a Wiccan Spiritual Tradition and The Body Sacred), lives in Austin, Texas, the only sane part of the entire state.

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“We are disconnected from nature, we are wounded from the Spirit outward, and that has caused the largest majority of the problems that plague the world today.” 6 likes
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