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Witch Crafting: A Spiritual Guide to Making Magic [Paperback]

Phyllis Curott
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Book Description

Sept. 10 2002
Phyllis Curott’s first book, Book of Shadows, was an inspirational, spiritual memoir that chronicled her journey from Ivy League-educated, New York City attorney to Wiccan High Priestess. By inviting readers of all faiths to share in her own personal transformation, Phyllis debunked many of the myths surrounding Wicca and revealed it for what it really is: a spiritual movement whose tenets of Goddess worship and reverence for Nature were a great deal more accessible and familiar than she’d ever expected. In Witch Crafting, Phyllis digs deep into the practices and principles of Witchcraft to provide a comprehensive guidebook that anyone "novices and seasoned practitioners alike" can use to incorporate the beauty and power of Wicca into their own daily lives.
Far from being just another mechanical spell book, Witch Crafting is the first book to offer readers not only the how-to of Witchcraft, but also the why-to, explaining the profound spiritual tenets behind Wiccan techniques. Filled with both traditional and innovative shamanic practices, Phyllis also provides an empowering new definition of magic and reexamines the ethics under which Witchcraft is practiced, offering a groundbreaking alternative to the Threefold Law. With enchanting stories from Curott’s own experiences, Witch Crafting will also teach you how to:
• Master the secret arts of effective spellcasting

• Create sacred space and personal rituals

• Perform divinations for spiritual insight and earthly success

• Tap into the power of altered states, such as dreaming, meditation, prayer, and trance

• Keep a magical journal and create your own Book of Shadows ·Keep a magical

Rich with detailed advice for making magic, working with Nature, and finding the Divine within, as well as thought-provoking evaluations of this remarkable spirituality, Witch Crafting is the special volume that you’ve been searching for. Whether you are a beginner or have been practicing Witchcraft for years, whether you worship in a coven or on your own, Witch Crafting is the ideal handbook for you, or anyone seeking to unlock the divine power that makes real magic happen and experience the ecstasy, energy, and gifts of the Universe more fully.

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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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3.0 out of 5 stars In my opinion... Feb. 22 2003
While the author has some wonderful excercises in expanding and deepening your journey into Wicca, one can help but feel a little misguided. She talks about how the concept of the ThreeFold Law is outdated, inappropriate and inaccurate. Ok, that's the way that she feels. But it sounds like she's slapping people such as Gerald Gardner in the face. Is it outdated? Maybe. But it is no more outdated than the Qabalistic ritual that makes up most of Wiccan ritual. While it's true that the ThreeFold Law isn't Wiccan, that doesn't mean that it doesn't belong in Wicca. After all, isn't the Qabalah a part of Judaism and Hebrew philosophy?
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well Written - You Can't Fault the Approach June 7 2002
Like Book of Shadows, Ms. Currott's first effort, this book is packed with personal experiences and perspectives. Ms. Curott, like many others, and myself has rejected the idea that Wicca is rooted in an unbroken line of practitioners within the mysteries of the past. Instead she lists the components, both ancient and modern, and exposes the fallacy inherent in clinging to outdated thoughts of purity of lineage as a basis for Tradition. She also puts forth the wonderful idea that Wicca isn't the resurgence of an old religion, but the birth of a new one. She also outlines what I think is one of Wicca's greatest strengths: Wicca teaches us to embrace our shadow side, to learn who we are, warts and all, and to acknowledge rather than repress those shadows that make us whole humans. While I agree with the premise of throwing the Three-fold Law out on its ear, I DON'T agree with what she feels should replace it. The concept that ALL acts of Magick are Divine in nature and that the Divine can't possibly harm anyone or anything are totally incomprehensible in a mind that otherwise is sharp as a tack with the business end up. Magick simply IS....it's neutral, what makes it evil or good depends solely upon it's prescribed use by the practitioner. Intent is 9/10 of the makeup of magick. The other 1/10? Fate or Destiny or whatever other word you want to use to fill in the blank with. While I found this book readable, and certainly entertaining, I DO NOT recommend its viewpoints. I simply can't. Sorry Ms. Currott. ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars No pretend mysticism May 4 2003
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Phyllis Curott is my favourite wiccan author, who inspired many of us with the story of her journey in "Book of Shadows". Now in her latest book, "Witch Crafting", she focuses on YOUR journey. In it, she covers the basics of wiccan lore and liturgy, which makes it an excellent wiccan primer. However, she also goes much deeper, questioning the very basis of wiccan ethics and thealogy. This is not a book on how to make yourself feel mystical with obscure herbs and candles. It is a book about growing as a person. About becomming the best person you can be. About crafting your SELF. Hence the title.
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.
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After reading parts of Vivianne Crowley's Wicca primer and wanting to know more, I stumbled across this book and put down some Christmas money for it. I thought it was a wonderful book for my budding practice. The writing is a step up from much of what I've seen and I enjoyed the inclusion of some science in it (even if it is mostly pop physics). It really gave some weight to the ideas for me, to see the ways that they connected to the physical world in theory as well as in practice. I felt like her understanding of her own practice was a bit higher than that of some other authors I had read. Perhaps she just explains it more. Either way, I get a better understanding from her.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for all wiccans
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 more
Published 21 months ago by Laurashcru
5.0 out of 5 stars Down To Earth and Step by Step
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 more
Published on Oct. 17 2012 by Wendy
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Honours On My Shelf
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 more
Published on April 21 2006 by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just how; but why.
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 more
Published on April 16 2004 by T. L Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably my favorite book on Wicca
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 more
Published on Jan. 11 2004 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read and a wonderful book!!
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 more
Published on Jan. 7 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for circles
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 more
Published on May 21 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book for beginners and advanced practitioners
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 more
Published on Feb. 16 2003 by N. Mentor
3.0 out of 5 stars It lacks something
This is a book that is an "either/or" for me. While it is thought provoking and interesting, it is not for beginners. Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2003 by "diranda"
4.0 out of 5 stars not what you think
I recommend this book highly to the seasoned practitioner of wicca who is already extremely familiar with the basic form and structure of ritual work and has a strong foundation of... Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2002 by Nerissa Anders
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