Witch Crafting: A Spiritual Guide to Making Magic Paperback – Sep 10 2002
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Published on the heels of her enthralling memoir, Book of Shadows,Phyllis Curott's second exploration of Wiccan magic, Witch Crafting, delves deeper into the spiritual beliefs and practices of the fastest-growing religion in America. Rather than provide a mechanical course on becoming a witch, Curott wanted to "create an inspiring primer on how to live an empowered, divinely guided, magical life," exploring both the hows and the whys of witchcraft. This substantial volume introduces new practitioners to the techniques and tools of witchcraft, and explains why certain rituals are undertaken. For the experienced practitioner, Witch Crafting encourages deeper spiritual exploration and offers extensive theological discussions about Wiccan practices, past, present, and future. Chapters titled "Divination," "Nature," "Sacred Space," "Witchcraft Without Rules," "Solitary Practice," and "Groups and Covens" are designed to help skilled and new practitioners alike study and perform contemporary acts of magic while examining and developing their own emotions and spiritual beliefs. This is no book of magic potions (although it does supply specific spells and rituals); it's a serious resource for those serious about the fascinating tradition of Wicca. (Ages 14 and older) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Curott (author of the bestselling Book of Shadows, 1998) presents an expansive, poetic and spiritually replete version of the traditional Wiccan how-to. Those who wish to undertake witchcrafting in a serious way will find Curott a wise and inspiring teacher. Systematically covering familiar elements ("Divination," "Sacred Space," "Witchcraft Without Rules"), Curott captures the spirit of Wicca as a religion or personal voyage, rather than a means to an end. The result is enjoyable reading for the merely curious as well as would-be initiates. (on-sale Sept. 11)
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Her idea of "What's wrong with the ThreeFold Law" is just not represented right. What's actually wrong with the ThreeFold Law isn't what it's about or what it represents, but the way in which people who aren't educated in that field interpret it and relate it to others. If you don't know what it is you're talking about or don't understand it, of course you're going to end up misrepresenting it. I just think she could have spent a little more time researching Judaic magickal systems and philosopy before she wrote those pages, and a little less time making those like Gardner and Valiente (after all, she did edit his Book of Shadows)look like utter fools. Yes, even they were prone to mistakes. But if they felt that something such as the ThreeFold Law were inappropriate to Wicca, I'm sure that they were intelligent enough to have left it out.
As a witch down undah, I was very pleased to see that she gave correspondences and directions for both the southern and northern hemispheres. At last, authors are beginning to realise that for half the world, the equator (and therefore fire) is to the north!
I love the author's down-to-earth style. I love that she doesn't pretend to be anything more grandiose than a human being. She makes wicca accessible and meaningful and invites us all to use our own intelligence and intuition in the continuing evolution of the wiccan religion. Blessed be.
I actually like the radical changes she proposes, but see where it could turn some off. I didn't really understand spellcasting in the way it's shown in books like Buckland's. A lot of books say "here's what to do" but not "here's why". I never felt comfortable with following recipes mindlessly and didn't really see the point. Her assertion that magic is that which takes place when you commune with the Divine fits better my own experiences. I didn't feel like she was anti-magic. I just felt like she treated active living and introspection as the first step to solving a problem and as a form of magic in itself. I think it gives the practitioner a much greater sense of efficacy. I don't mean to say that a seasoned group of spells that people have practiced effectively and fine-tuned are meaningless or should be ignored. I just feel that many of those books don't go into their reasoning as much and it makes it harder for a beginner to learn as much about what he or she is doing.
Though Curott presents her opinions as truth, she does a good job of presenting them as *her* truth.Read more ›
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I would highly recommend anyone who is interested in Wiccan Practices to give this a read! After reading her first book (Book of Shadows) I was hooked and this was a great... Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2013 by Laurashcru
I love this book! Phyllis Curott takes your hand and leads you along the path of witch crafting. It is a very interesting read and a good step by step learning tool. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2012 by WendyArleen Harrison
This is by far the best book on Wicca out there. I bought it a few years ago and it still ranks #1 on my personal Wiccan reading list and I doubt it will be out-done any time soon. Read morePublished on April 21 2006 by Chris
It's easy to buy a book about Witchcraft and follow it word for word. Sometimes that is enough. But sometimes it isn't. Read morePublished on April 16 2004 by T. L Williams
A book that not only shows you how to do magick, but also why. It does not stop there, however. At it's heart it's much more about the deep philosophy and spirituality of Wicca as... Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2004 by Amazon Customer
I have read a few book on witchcraft and have recently been getting back into wicca. this book is a wonderful way to remind you of how important nature is. Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2004
The real strength of this book is that the exercises are not all basic. There are basic and more advanced exercises to work so that the book works well for covens that may have... Read morePublished on May 21 2003
I'm a beginner and have found this book very enlightening and helpful. Ms. Curott's writing allows the reader to feel relaxed about witchcraft and to enjoy it. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2003 by N. Mentor
This is a book that is an "either/or" for me. While it is thought provoking and interesting, it is not for beginners. Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2003