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What Witches Do: A Modern Coven Revealed [Paperback]

Stewart Farrar
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March 1984 0919345174 978-0919345171 New edition
This is an excellent behind-the-scenes description of what witches really do. It describes the ancient rituals in a candid and comprehensive way as seen through the eyes of a practicing witch and member of an active coven. In this account, the author explores the fundamental beliefs and symbology of Witchcraft, presenting the time-honored texts of its rituals and invocations, and describing exactly what happens as his own coven's esbats (meetings), sabbats (festivals), and handfasting (marriage) ceremonies. Stewart Farrar also outlines the way witches raise and apply psychic power to release the forces of healing and protection, etc. With intimate and entertaining revelations, this practical guide to witchcraft describes a rich and joyous religion. Over 60,000 copies in print!

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"'At last, a really intelligent, well-written and informative book on present-day witchcraft.' The Australian" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Stewart and Janet Farrar were both initiated by Alex and Maxine Sanders in 1970. After receiving their Third Degrees from the Sanders' they left Alex and Maxine's coven to form their own. They married in 1972 and moved to the Republic of Ireland in 1976 where they have lived and worked together as writers ever since. They have run a coven in Ireland continuously since then, although its structure and membership has changed radically from its original Alexandrian roots. They have since written Eight Sabbats For Witches', The Witches' Way (jointly published as The Witches Bible), The Witches' Goddess, The Witches God, Spells and How They Work, to name but a few. Their books have become some of the most influential in Witchcraft and have set the mould for modern Craft writers worldwide. Stewart Farrar passed away in February 2000. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book That Is A Must! May 31 2004
Look into the eyes of Mr. Farrar and see how moderen witchcraft was in the Alexandrian tradition (before he discovered Alex's lies). In the book you can see how a moderen coven is working. Mr. Farrar lets all the readers know what truly happened after every chapter and tells the readers what witches truly do through his eyes. This book is well worth the money and time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Looking Back May 24 2003
I really enjoyed this book. It was originally recommended to my by my mentor as a look back to the roots of my coven.
This is a great resource to any budding Wiccan out there, who'd like to take a closer look at some of the history surrounding our faith.
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5.0 out of 5 stars British Traditional Wicca April 9 2002
This is the most comprehensive, detailed, and informative book I have ever read and will probably ever read about the British Tradional Wiccan traditons of Wicca. I would guess this will be the most anyone who reads this book will ever know about these oathbound traditions short of joining a British Traditional Coven themselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction Nov. 6 2001
This was one of the first books to accurately show how Traditional Wicca operates. Farrar, at the time, was an Alexandrian initiate. While admittedly the work of a stary-eyed newbie initiate who believed Alex Sanders was almost perfect (something many of us downline from Sanders have learned wasn't the case. Alex was brilliant, talented, and flawed), it gives one a good view of the feel of structured Traditional Wicca. Even today, 30 plus years later, it's still a good intro, and much better than much of the eclectic ... put out by Llewellyn. If after reading this you're intrigued by how Wicca is portrayed, then you should look into British Traditional Wicca, i.e. Alexandrian or Gardnerian Wicca.
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