Philosophy Of Wicca Paperback – Apr 1 2002
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"The single greatest source of information for Pagan apologetics, [this book] is an instant classic." -- PanGaia
About the Author
Amber Laine Fisher has practiced Wicca for nearly a decade. She has studied various Wiccan traditions, including the American Tradition of the Goddess, the Woodland Celtic Tradition, and the Sibylline Order. She oversees the immensely popular online community MothersMagic (www.mothersmagic.net), and has written for Green Egg: A Journal of the Awakening Earth. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and daughter.
Top Customer Reviews
Some reviewers seem to take issue with the author's youth. I have been Wiccan for some twenty years, and frankly, I'm glad to see more young people writing with such gusto about this faith. I personally found the author's voice refreshing, and where her ideas diverged from mine, that was okay, because it reminded me that the religion is changing and growing with the new generation of Wiccans. This gives me heart. This means my religion may last another fifty years, and another fifty beyond that! I liked that this writer wasn't afraid to voice ideas and opinions that are contrary to some accepted . . . dare I say dogma, for lack of a better word? Maybe it was her youth that gave her new insights--and yes, many of her insights were new, or at the very least new to Wicca. (The Rede compared to the concept of tikkun olam? I like that!)
Whether you're an eclectic Wiccan like that writer herself or a more old school biddy like me, if you can read this book with an open mind and not read it as a dictum for what all Wiccans do or should think and believe, you will probably find it a very endearing unearthing of some of the more often taken-for-granted pearls of Wicca. Don't take this book as gospel, as others have said. Don't take it as the final word--don't ever take anything as that! But do have a look. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
This, like any other book, has it's good and bad points. While I was challenged to rethink some of my own philosopies, sometimes it was simply enough to make me say, "Okay, I definately don't agree with that." Knowing what you beleive, as well as what you don't, is important. It is also important to know why you do/don't feel a certain way. I know that this book helped to me to do that in some cases.
I personally did not feel that the author had quite enough experience to write a book of this nature. I can recall at one point reading (either on her site, or in the book, I can't recall) that the author became the High Priestess in her coven simply for the fact that there were two other members that felt she should hold the role. There was no formal training, and no stepping stones to taking on that responsibility.
Her constant use of the phrases "Wiccans believe" and the like bothered me because not all Wiccans believe the way she does. That was my biggest complaint about the book.
One thing I did enjoy especially in this book was Fisher's emphasis on the Goddess as deity. I think a lot of men and women drawn to pagan, earth-based religions are longing for a connection with the spiritual feminine. And they find home in a religion that embraces the sacred feminine in an intensely spiritual way. I originally come from a very severe, conservative, male-dominated religion where women are treated with great disrespect, and Wicca is such a healing home for me, because of it's emphasis of Goddess.
I do think the person who said that emphasis on Goddess is imbalanced is mistaken. I actually believe that it's the opposite. With much of the world's religions having little or no empowering emphasis on a supreme female deity, that the emergance of a religion that does, is what, in fact, adds the balance to the larger picture. It is also what makes Wicca so special and needed (for me anyway), and is the main reason I converted. I know many people feel the same way I do, including many male friends who feel and see this need as much as any woman does.
I also don't feel that mentioning negative experiences that women face, like [assault] and abuse is somehow wrong or immoral. I think it's wrong to force people into silence about these things, which are a reality for many women. I hope there will always be a refuge for men and women who need the comforting presence of a Great Mother and the freedom to elevate Her in our lives. She is why Wicca means so much to many people, including myself, and this book explores Her vastness in an interesting and often beautiful way.
The fact is, I don't agree with a number of things Ms. Fisher says in her book. That isn't the point--if you want a book you can completely agree with, go back to 101 and stay there. The intent of a book like Philosophy of Wicca isn't to tell you what to believe, it's to make you think about what you believe. Ms. Fisher says at the very beginning that this is her interpretation of Wiccan philosophy, not gospel--expecting her to continue to say that on every single page is ridiculous; the reader should be intelligent enough to know that "this is my interpretation" applies to the whole book, not just the introduction. Ms. Fisher also explains why she only says "Goddess" when talking about Deity in general, but apparently a number of people either skipped that part, or disregarded it completely, which is a shame. To miss anything in this book is a pity--even the parts that my own beliefs diverge from are thoughtful and well-written, and most assuredly *not* Wicca 101 material.
Whatever your tradition, whatever your personal opinion, a book like this is a supreme act of courage in a genre dominated by more of the same old "this is an athame, these are herbs" nonsense. At heart, no two people practice the exact same Wicca--you'll notice the title isn't THE Philosophy of Wicca, because there isn't one. No author can speak for everyone in a spiritual context, because spirituality is highly personal; what an author can do, and what Ms.Read more ›
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Philosophy of Wicca is not like most of the books in the genre. Rather than try to do an overview of some common ideas found in eclectic Wiccan circles, the author presents her own... Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2004 by Andrea
Philosophy of Wicca is a wise, thoughtful look into one woman's idea of what the central ideas of Wicca are. Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2003
This is the first book I've read on Wicca, and I am soooooo glad I did. I found her passion for her religion truly inspiring and heartwarming. Read morePublished on Sept. 19 2003 by Gwen
This book tries to be many, many, many things.
It tries and fails.
Wicca is not an ancient goddess religion, and many Wiccans really don't have issues with... Read more
I loved this book! After browsing the bookshelves, for months seeing only [stuff] for teens and [stuff] for beginners, and [stuff] for shamans, this book was a really nice read. Read morePublished on July 11 2003
I've been a Wiccan for a good long while now, and stopped reading books on Wicca a few years ago when I realized there wasn't anything being published anymore that seemed to speak... Read morePublished on June 25 2003
I was dissapointed with this book. I expected an in-depth examination of the philosophy underlying Wicca, but what I got was a superficial and at times innacurate treatment of why... Read morePublished on June 14 2003
Fisher begins by claiming that "It (Wicca) is a modern religion attempting to reinvent the spirit, the ideal of ancient Goddess worship without many of the downfalls. Read morePublished on June 9 2003 by The Old Philosopher