Wiccan Path Paperback – Dec 31 1990
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A lot of what Ms. Beth gives us is her own personal Sabbatt celebrations. While it was interesting to see what kind of symbolism she uses, and it was helpful in forming my own Sabbatt rituals, this book sat on my bookshelf gathering dust for a long while until I felt that I had enough basic knowledge to actually cast a formal circle and do a Sabbatt ritual.
I'd say this book is for intermediate beginners, not those who are just beginning on the path. Although, it does take you through the wheel of the year quite nicely and it really could help to open someone's eyes as to what is going on in the natural world during the year. This is not the first book to start with.
Beth's correspondence includes a letter about each Sabbat, explaining how she celebrates and giving her students ideas for adapting the traditions to suit their own needs. Each of these chapters includes a full ritual, and unlike some of the more "formal" Wicca 101 books, the rituals are presented in an open-ended manner. They are merely suggestions, not prescribed lists of archaic-sounding incantations to be said in a specific order. They're just Beth's ideas, and she presents them as such.
Other subjects she deals with are trance-work and the deities. Her letters on trance-work are wonderful, and gave me tons of ideas. In her writings about the deities, she is as open-ended as she is about everything else, not giving them specific names, but leaving that up to the preference of the practitioner.
If you're looking for a book of formal rituals and formulaic spells, this isn't the book for you. If you want to learn the Craft the way your grandmother would have taught it, pull up a blanket, grab a cup of hot chocolate, and settle into a comfy chair with _The Wiccan Path_.
I do not agree with everything Rae puts forth in her book, nor do I practice the Craft in the way that she does. But I do applaud and admire the vitality and passion with which she writes about her understanding and experience of our religion.
If you like the way Rae writes about the Craft, I recommend "Spirits of the Sacred Grove" by Emma Restall Orr.
I read voraciously about religion--histories, documents, letters, books, and other material. Although I was raised Christian in a Protestant-Catholic household, my mother and maternal grandmother attended seances every Friday night, and my maternal grandfather was descended from Dutch Jews. Knowledge of my family's mixed religious affiliations caused me a great deal of concern when I was a child because I was sent to Catholic schools where I was taught only RCs could enter heaven. I have tried to understand other religions ever since.
Like other reviewers of Rae Beth's book, I have read Scott Cunningham, Raven Grimassi, Silver Ravenwolf, and many others and I enjoy what they have written. Rae Beth is the first Wicca who "spoke" to me on a personal level however. These days, I find myself growing closer and closer to this ancient system of beliefs. Wicca is a lovely practice that operates from the perspective of attraction, not promotion.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This book doesn't go through the typical Wicca 101 type books, it doesn't offer spells nor does it tell you everything about Wicca. Read morePublished on July 26 2002 by E. Bradley-McCabe
Writen in old fashioned style. Containing letters to a subject who wants to learn of Wicca. Rae Beth gives alot of good helpful information, and uses a unique way of doing it. Read morePublished on May 7 2002 by Red Fern
A very boring book with too much knee-jerk anti-Christian statements. Very little information is communicated through this book.Published on Aug. 13 2001 by Steve Sikes
It's a Q&A style book, actual questions asked by a beginners on the path. Informative and special, this book is great!Published on Dec 13 2000 by E. Bradley-McCabe
I dislike writing negative reviews, but I see it as a duty to caution people that come after me.
This is NOT a handbook on how to practise Wicca. Read more
Author Rae Beth offers a beautifully written, clear, and heartfelt text about the solitary path of a hedge witch. Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2000 by K Painter
Many books written on the craft deal with coven work, or are adapted from covenwork to attempt to fit a solitary. This one, however, is written by a solitary, for solitarys. Read morePublished on Sept. 5 1999
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