I have been studying Pagan religions, and Wicca sort of appeals to me. I haven’t yet decided if I am going to follow it, but I just wondered if there are any good sources I should check out?
I checked out Witchvox and never realised how many Pagans there were around the world!
Wow! I didn’t expect to have so many answers so quickly!
Thanks for the heads up on the Wicca for Dummies, I have seen it a few times in Waterstones, and a friend recommended The Idiots Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft as well.
Thank you Willow, vorlon and Sapphyre, I’ll bear those in mind!
Thank you BlueManticore, I have some of Scott Cunningham and Ray Bucklands books, The Solitary Wiccans Guide being the first one I bought!
A friend of mine on here has told me about a group of books entitled The Sun, Moon and Star Witches written by Linda Winstead-Jones, and has told me they are great read.
Thanks Ashley K, I might do that!
I’m glad to have been instrumental in your 2 points, bavwill.
Thanks Epona, I have read a few of your comments before and I totally agree with you. I have seen users on here who are a little… controversial. I know Pagans are not all the same. It’s what makes them so interesting!
Thanks Amy, Thats more books to buy! I’ll have a veritable library soon! I have Cunninghams book, and it is really good.
Dr Zoom Zoom – I think I’ll make up my own mind. I am by no means into forced sex or masochism, though I have heard there is a tradition that is. ‘Frostie’ Wiccans I think they are called, though I’m not sure. Whoever they are, I wont be joining them!
william c – I don’t believe in the Bible, and never will, but thanks anyway.
rationalist – I have been thinking of getting the Farrar’s book, I might look into it.
Seph – Thanks, I agree, I’m not sure I want a teacher or to be in a coven or group, but meeting other Wiccans/Pagans would be great.
emski – Thanks, I know there are some bits of… questionable info out there, and many covens are different from one another.
Answer by Lt. Crumple
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The modern Wicca religion is based on the ancient religion of katlyn a Norse religion. Try reading some of the old sagas. They believed that the written word had magical properties hence rune stones.
there are many good books out their. My personal favourites are the complete guide to witchcraft by Raymond Buckland and the solitary witch by Silver Ravenwolf.
The majority of books out there are a good starting point, i would advise to be careful of websites, as although there are some good sites out there, there are equally as many whos infoprmation is questionable.
Good look on your quest!
Hi, Epona summed it up better than I could. The Cunningham books and the Idiots Guide are very good starting places, but get your hands on every one. Read everything and decide for yourself. Witchvox is a good place to meet other Pagans and occultists. It is your choice if you want to study alone or with a teacher. I chose alone after a few years in a Wicca Group, they were very good to get me off on the right foot, but group work is not right for everyone, and you can indeed be Wiccan without being in a coven.
the books by Stewart Farrar and his wife give a good introduction. It’s primarily Alexandrian Wicca but at least it’s not the dreadful infantised version that seems to have developed in the US.
Yes don’t, the bible is more exciting and better for you, before you go off on a rage I do know what I’m talking about as Ive dealt with a lot of people involved with the occult and seen the misery that it brings, thankfully most of these people are now saved through the power of Jesus Christ.
If your not convinced carry on but please e-mail me once your circumstances get unbearable.
You need to read “The Triumph of the Moon” by Oxford Professor Ronald Hutton, “The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and Demonology” by R.H. Robbins, “Crafting The Art of Magic” is good, except for the author’s ideas about Christianity, and “Occult ABC” by Kurt Koch.
I was into Wicca too when I was younger. Eventually I realized it was plagarized from Crowley, and not long after a book came out by Adian Kelly ( A Wiccan traditionhead who started NOROGD). called “Crafting The Art of Magic”. It was started by Gerald Gardner circa 1950 who lied and said he had found a stone age cult of Pagans that had somehow hid in the tiny British Isles where nothing stays hidden for long…let alone 50,000 years. He was a disciple of Aleister Crowley from who he plagarized many writings for the BoS. Like most “witchcraft cults” before (Hellfire Club, LaVisosin, etc.), it started as a sex club. He was a nudist & masochist who liked to be tied up and beaten by strong willed women, and coincidentally (if you’re dense), his magic witch cult just happen to practice these things.
I think Adian Kelly probably summed it up best when he said this about the Gardnerian “Book of Shadows”, the closest thing Wicca has to a sacred book:
” [M]any of the Book of Shadows rituals did not exist in 1954 (when Witchcraft Today was published) but instead were still being written. [T]he major sources from which the rituals had been constructed included: (a) Mather’s edition of the Greater Key of Solomon; (b) Aleister Crowley’s Magic in Theory and Practice; (c) Leland’s Aradia (d) some Masonic rituals akin to those described by Duncan and those of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (aside from those transmitted by Crowley; and (e) Margaret Murray’s The Witch Cult in Western Europe. There were also bits and pieces from other works by Leland, Jane E. Harrison, Gilbert Murray, James Frazier, and other great classicists from the 19th century. That accounted for EVERYTHING in the rituals! There was nothing left that differed in any important way from what you can find in those sources- – but that is NOT at all what Gardner had claimed!”
So, it’s a hoax. Wiccans like to think they have magical powers…but they don’t. In fact, no occultists do. Read about the lives of famous occultists:
Then decide if it’s really worth persuing. If you want to wind up broke and forgotten, go for it! Very few occultists like to think about things like that.
If there is any truth to the old saying “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.”, that truth is found in the occult, and Wicca in particular. Silver Ravenwolf has written close to a dozen books on the subject of “The Craft”, and claims she has been studying it since about 1969, which is almost as long as I’ve been alive. She has written a book on how to cast money spells, and includes a chapter on how to do so in her Teen Witch book. But the thing is, she doesn’t particularly sound all that prosperous herself. Ravenwolf writes,
” For years I couldn’t afford to go to a hair stylist (still can’t, it’s shop and chop for me). I got pretty good at stying my own hair from looking at magazine pictures” [SOURCE: Teen Witch, Llewellyn Publications, 2003 edition, page 145]
OK, she so rich she can’t go to the hairdresser. Hey, get me a copy of that Prosperity Spell book!
Silver Ravenwolf seems to have inadvertently discovered that Wicca makes things worse, but won’t ever admit it as such.
In Teen Witch she says
“A lot of people tell me how bad their lives have gotten after casting a spell and tell me they won’t do Witchcraft anymore. I tell them their lives would have been much worse for not having cast the spell”.
Gee Silver, you would think a lot of people would be saying things like “Hey, Silver Ravenwolf, my life has improved tremendously with Wicca!” if Wicca is as great as they claim. Instead it makes lives much worse, and even Silver Ravenwolf admits she hears this a lot!!!
Why? Because sometimes, things are just as you think they are. Most average people will tell you the occult deals with black magic and demons, and demons are evil beings who wish us harm. This is how it is my friend. The occult is evil, and brings bad happenings into a person’s life, and Wicca is an occult religion.
There are two forces at work in this universe: the counterfeit and the genuine. Wicca’s source of power is not the genuine. There’s just simply no way Wicca (and thus the copycat Neopagan religions) can be created from the black magic writings of “The Great Beast 666″ ( a psychotic junkie who thought he was the Antichrist), the bizarre sexual practices of Gardner, the spiritual “guidance” of the Watchers (Nephillim=fallen angels) and still be a source of good!
None of the people who will answer your question suggesting this or that website can make it work either. They buy and read the books of the people listed on the famous occultists link. The blind leading the blind. Don’t delude yourself. It’s an incredible waste of time and money, and it’s spiritual poison.
And for the Wiccans that whine about how you’ve read tthis before, tough. I’m answering the asker.
Actually the woman from About.com is Terri Paajanen. Great lady, very knowledgable, and sweet. Plus there is also a Forum for Pagans there.
If you have specific questions, you can go to allexperts.com, and there are experts in the Wiccan religion you can pose your question to, instead of allowing closed minded individuals of other religions give you a hard time.
The most important (imho) page at The Witches Voice is here http://www.witchvox.com/va/dt_va.html?a=usfl&c=white&id=1938
it’s the Freq Asked Questions about Wicca and Witchcraft.
Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft- this is a Wicca 101 from a Traditional Wiccan point of View. This man is credited with bringing Wicca to the United States in 1954.
Drawing Down the Moon, Margot Adler it’s not a Wicca 101 in a book, as many books are, it’s more a social look / documentary type book, that looks at different traditions.
“Witchcraft for Tomorrow” by Doreen Valiente
A wonderful, poetic guide by one of the great Ladies of the Craft.
The Spiral Dance, Starhawk Great exercises, But the author leads a Dianic (women only) group, so guys might find some of her opinions off putting.
Natural Magic, Marian Green (Not exclusivley Wicca, but a good primer on Magick)
Cuhulain, Kerr – Wiccan Warrior This book is just AWESOME! This is not a “how-to” book but a spiritual one. Must read!
Cunningham, Scott – Wicca, A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner (Great for Solitaires. The first of two books in this series.)
Morrison, Dorothy – The Craft, A Witch’s Book of Shadows Down to earth, easy to understand and fun.
for the History of Wicca a good book is, “The Triumph of the Moon” by Ronald Hutton This is an extraordinary work; thorough, meticulous and informative. Hutton is a professor of history and his understanding of his discipline gives the book rigor lacking in other sources. Highly recommended!
Depending on your age group, you might find Sons of the Goddess helpful. It’s a nice change from many of the female oriented books, but aimed at teen males.
As an adult, Wicca for Men: A Handbook for Male Pagans by AJ Drew
More Men’s books on magick, click here!
Coming from the Old School, I’d first recommend that you don’t limit your studies to just books on Wicca. Many books on subjects you may think are unrelated to the craft often times reveal Magical secrets you won’t find in many Wiccan books. Remember Magick is a Discipline of the mind, body and spirit and as with all things it is related to everything else; when learning allow all things you encounter to teach you about Magick, for as Magick is life itself so it is a way of Life.
Specific Books I’d recommend;
“The Witches Guide to Life” By Kala Trobe
“A Witches Bible: The Complete Witches Handbook” by Janet and Stewart Farrar
“The Masks of God” Series; “The Meaning of Myth”; and “The Hero with a Thousand Faces” by Joseph Campbell
“Living Life’s Circle: A Mescalero Apache Cosmovision” by Claire Farrer (I know that sounds strange but it will help you understand Wiccan cosmology; if you learn from it’s wisdom it will help you to comprehend how the elements of the craft fit together and harmonize with life and the ways of Mother Earth. Hint Notice how the “Living Circle” is the same thing as the Magick Circle)
“Ninja: Spirit of the shadow warrior” by Stephen K. Hayes (You will find that Chapters 4 – 7 are indispensable in awakening your spirit)
General Subjects I recommend;
Camping and other outdoor activities
Practical Activities I’d recommend;
Running and Aerobic Exercises
Archery or other sport that strengthens focusing skills
various types of meditation including Yoga
Axioms I’d recommend following;
Magick that has no tangible effect is magick that is no good
It’s the same thing
To the wizard there are no coincidences
Truth in our hearts, strength in our hands, consistency in our tongues
be excellent to one another
Finally I leave you this poem by Stephen K. Hayes to ponder
“In the words and actions of the wise there can arise the appearance of contradiction: Those aspiring to enlightenment should hold in their hearts the reassuring truth that the universe is vest enough to contain comfortably all the paradoxes and all the piece of the puzzle that we have not yet touched.”
one last piece of advice learn from your heart and follow the wind, but don’t mistake your will for the will of the Goddess
Blessed be the feet that carry you on your way and may you never go astray
Here are few useful links.
Traditional Wicca http://www.newwiccanchurch.net/articles/btwfaq.htm
Neo Wicca http://www.witches-tutorial.com/paths/neowicca.html
Pagan Traditions (this site is temporarily down but is one of the most extensive) http://www.paganpath.com/cgi-bin/wit/ikonboard.cgi
Traditional Witchcraft http://www.shadowdrake.com/HSDwitchFAQ.html
Laws of Wicca http://altreligion.about.com/library/texts/bl_lawsofwicca.htm?terms=enter+the+worship+circle
These sites should be able to give you clear information and lead you to many wonderful places.
On a personal note, read everything, take nothing at face value. Your spiritual path is personal and Pagans come in many flavors.
Edit: And once again Dr. Zoom Zoom pipes in with his stale copy and past message. Dr. Zoom Zoom, people can offer an unbiased opinion no matter what their personal beliefs may be. You wouldn’t know anything about that. Religious Tolerance is a very good site and gives a fair representation of many beliefs and non-beliefs.
Buy a Wicca For Dummies book at your local book store, but hurry because they are going like hot cakes.
Several authors I would recommend for a wide spectrum of reading to learn about Wicca would be, in no particular order:
D. J. Conway
A great fiction series that entertains as well as educates about Wicca is Isobel Bird’s “Circle of Three.” It basically follows three high school friends throughout their year and a day study to become Wiccans. As they learn about the religion, so does the reader.
Feel free to e-mail me or contact me I have been studying wicca for a few years. I of course am still and always will be learning but I can try to help you if you would like and point you to some places to look.
when i started i found some or the stuff on this site helpful there r so many out there hope u find what ur looking for. blessings.
Better not dabble with the occult, you can not control it power. You will receive some power to lure you in, so that Satan may claim you and take you to Hell with him.
Pray to Him who has ALL power, be His disciple. Serve our Lord and Savior Jesus and live forever in His coming kingdom.
Disregard any moron that tells you to pray to a non-existent deity or angel.
This is YOUR choice, not thiers.
The only reason they want you in thier church, is so that you can fill the collection plate.
go to a site called about.com a lady called terri parcinni does free online lessons