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Literature on Wicca or Taoism?

My understanding is that these religions have no sacred texts. But is there any standard literature I can read, that’s pretty much universally accepted, explaining the beliefs and practices of either religion? I’m just not comfortable reading random books or articles that anyone could have written. Thanks.

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  1. you can find many books on Wicca in the Library, you manly want those by : Ramond Buckland or by Gerald Gardner, they are two of the most known to all, and accepted teachings.

  2. answer: I’ll leave it to more learned people in Taoism to recommend some good books.
    For Wicca – first choice would be Wicca, a Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham (most any book by Cunningham is good).
    For an overview of pagan religions: Drawing Down the Moon by Margot Adler (a little dated but pretty good)
    Roland Hutton is a good author as well.
    Avoid Silver Ravenwolf and DJ Conway – lousy research, out for money, and miserable advice

  3. Well, if you want to become a Satanist or a Druid, you might want to look into Anton leVay, Aleister Crowley.
    If you want to be a Wiccan, read Marion Zimmer Bradley, or Gerald Gardner.
    if you want to give your children some brand new nightmares, read anything by Isaac Bonewits, aka “The Pagan Pope.”
    Aleister Crowley killed his own son during a ritual.
    better still, save your time and your soul, and read Josh Carpenter or Lee Johnson.
    I don’t like druids. Hate their cooking. Their rituals always seemed to end up with less paricipants at the end than at the beginning.

  4. What an arrogant bore above me!
    Ignore the ignorant Christian above me, she clearly has nothing better to do than malign other people.
    The best site on the web, hands-down, for explaining what Wicca actually is and is not is here:
    http://wicca.timerift.net/wicca101/index.shtml
    As far as Taoism, I don’t know much about it all except what I got out of “The Tao of Pooh” and “The Te of Piglet” which are both very good reads, actually.

  5. Pretty much all Taoists refer to the Tao Te Ching, allegedly written by Lao Tzu. Please remember that this was originally written in Chinese, so you will need to rely on translations. Additionally it is not a book of doctrine (rules) as such, more a ‘taste’ of the Taoist beliefs.
    Other texts include the writings of Chuang Tzu and Lao Tzu’s ‘other book’; the Hua Hu Ching.
    I’d start with the Tao Te Ching (link below to a translation I like). Although as others have said, the Tao of Pooh is a very good introduction to the ‘philosophical’ Taoism most commonly practiced here in the West.. Seriously.
    Questions? Feel free to email me.
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  6. It’s good that you’re leary about your sources. All sources were definitely not created the same! Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as a universally accepted source on Wicca. In fact, there are a minority of Wiccans who do not believe that Wicca should be taught in books at all and claim all books misrepresent their faith.
    Even limiting the criteria to my own personal opinion, there is no perfect source on Wicca. My own reviews and recommendations (including the pros and cons of my recommended reads) can be found here: http://wicca.timerift.net/books.shtml.

  7. The only globally-accepted authentic Taoist text is The Tao te Ching. I can not answer for Wicca, but there are two answers above with cited references which are interesting, at least
    According to Taoism, the Tao te Ching is no more sacred than anything else. My version of Taoism views all of reality as sacred and therefore deconstructs the concept of sacred-ness.
    Many if not most Taoists consider Taoism to be a philosophy, not a religion. This is especially true of Western Taoists.
    There is another text which has more religious overtones called the Hua Hu Ching. It is full of ritual and other clearly non-Taoist proscriptions. I do not recommended unless you have an interest in the history of eastern ideas.
    As others have said, the Tao of Pooh and its companion piece The Te of Pinglet do a good job of generally explaining Taoism to Westerners.

  8. Not so, at least with Taoism. Lao Tzu wrote the definitive text a few centuries back. The Tao Te Ching.
    Wicca on the other hand, best to stick with the originals. Gardner, Campbell, Buckland, it gets more divergant after that. And in some cases downright crazy. Enjoy!
    You can find good stuff at http://www.sacred-texts.com/

  9. Someone who was very into both Taoism and the ‘return of the Goddess’, of which Wicca these days is of course a popular expression, was John Cowper Powys, philosophical essayist, novelist and poet, who even back in the twenties and thirties was extolling the virtues of what he called his ‘Gothic Taoism’ in books like ‘In Defence of Sensuality’ and ‘A Philosophy of Solitude’. Those interested in things lik Wicca and Druidry on the one hand and Taoism on the other could do worse than track down and read Powys. His novel ‘A Glastonbury Romance’ is good value if you don’t mind long novels where a lot of the action takes place in the psyches of the main characters

  10. There is a FB link to ‘Taoist Wicca’ which some might like to investigate. It’s run by an American Wiccan Priestess who has been running a Taoist-Wiccan hybrid tradition for some years. I don’t know any more details but the parallels seem obvious and Wicca not so far from the magical traditions attached to Chinese Taoism. Hope this is of help. Good luck!

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