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Book of Wicca, The: Bring Love, Healing & Harmony Into Your Life With The Power Of Natural Magic Hardcover – Sep 1 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (Sept. 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764154001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764154003
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 15.6 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,145,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

The secret powers of witchcraft revealed! Wicca, when practiced as modern-day witch-craft, is a benevolent force, an earth-centered religion that encourages participants to live in harmony with nature and the seasons. Author Lucy Summers presents a detailed guide to the principles of Wicca--its history, beliefs, and ceremonial tools, with instruction on how to consecrate and use them for magical purposes. Originating in pre-Christian Europe, Wicca's roots trace back to ancient Greek, Celtic, and Roman mystical beliefs. This book reviews Wiccan history, explores the Magic Circle and its other symbols, and explains tools of the craft. They include the athame--a knife used for casting magic circles and drawing pentagrams; the broom--to sweep evil away from sacred spaces; the cal-dron--to make beneficial potions; robes and cords--to signify a witch's rank , and many more, all discussed in the text. This book also instructs on setting up a Wiccan alter and conducting ceremonies that enlist nature's beneficial forces. Other features include expla-nation celebration of the eight major solar festivals, and Wiccan ethics, called the Wiccan Rede. Wicca has provided an answer for thousands who seek a spiritual path away from orthodox religions. This book offers them inspiration and information. Filled with full-color photos and artwork.

About the Author

Lucy Summers joined the local coven when she was eighteen. Once initiated, she became an ardent student of the arts magical, progressing through the degree system until becoming a high priestess and leading her own coven. After many years of teaching Wicca and visualization techniques to others, she eventually decided that her true path was that of the solitary practitioner, preferring to reach others through writing.

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By olleke on Feb. 14 2002
Format: Hardcover
Lucy Summers' books has nice photographs in her book, great looking cover, spells and tricks for the master witch??....
A real witch knows these are books to please the mass market, the Buffy and Charmed fan teenagers. They are cheap, more photos than text and (all) about love, hate, anger,luck, doing a little ritual and money.
So do you really need a spell? Why don't you write it yourself? It be far more effective, but remember the rule of three. And the above are things that you can't master, love, money and heath will come if someone sees in your heart how true you are.
A witch can practice magic naked in a desert. He or She doesn't need a pre-made spell that has hard-to-find ingredients.
If you like spells, read Larie Cabot or Starhawk. They know a least what they are talking about.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is a good reference guide for both beginners and experienced practitioners of Wicca. It gives a good historical account of witchcraft, describes the code of ethics, lists and explains the usage of ritual tools. The only problem I had was with the author's mention of a scourge in ritual. I have never encountered this practice, nor have I seen it included in any other book. That kind of threw me. Anyway, Lucy Summers gives a good description of the sabbats and celebrations, such as handfasting and wiccaning. There are also very good spells listed towards the end dealing with love, money, protection, loss of a loved one, and others. The illustrations are fabulous and make the book a keeper.
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Format: Hardcover
I've been a Wiccan for about a year and a half and I think this is a great book for someone who's just starting out. It spells things out for you very clearly without being overly ambiguous and bogging the information down with personal stories that are of little use (can you guess what my first Wicca book was?). I looked for a book like this for a long time when I was starting out: something that gives you the basics of some of the more technical stuff, so that you don't have to weed it out from a mass of other text. It is not, mind you, the only book you should start with, but it is a great resource and very pretty to look at, as well.
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