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Wiccan Warrior: Walking a Spiritual Path in a Sometimes Hostile World Paperback – Mar 8 2000
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From Publishers Weekly
Much as the martial arts incorporate Buddhism and Confucianism, Cuhulain strives to incorporate various Wiccan philosophies into the "Warrior tradition." Cuhulain, a police officer, former Air Force officer and influential Wiccan practitioner, explores everything from the historical warrior tradition discussed by Sun Tzu to the philosophical musings of Carlos Castaneda's Don Juan Matus. Although the book is written for the practicing Pagan, much of it is bound to make more traditional Wiccan readers uncomfortable. Cuhulain makes it quite clear that "Wiccan Warriors think for themselves. They eliminate useless habits and routines. They are not fettered by dogma." Dogma includes following practices based on Judeo-Christian roots or following "traditional" rituals from popular Wiccan books. Cuhulain painstakingly documents the origins and histories of several oft-used rituals in an effort to encourage creativity and imagination among Covens. He encourages the use of chi (the energy force of tai chi), meditation, and music. Non-Pagan readers will find the Warrior qualities Cuhulain discusses throughout the book fairly interesting, but the real story for them will be the glimpse into the struggles and differing philosophies of a very private community. (Mar.)
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About the Author
A former Air Force officer, Kerr Cuhulain (Vancouver) has been a police officer for the past twenty years, and a Wiccan for thirty. He's served on the SWAT team, Gang Crime Unit, and hostage negotiation team. He travels throughout North America as a popular speaker at writers' conferences and Pagan festivals, and he has been the subject of many books, articles, and media interviews. He is the author of The Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca.
Top Customer Reviews
Kerr Cuhulain uses his personal experiance and the teachings of many others from Bruce Lee, to Socrates to explain what the warrior path means to him. The book places a great deal of emphasis on personal responsibility, and taking action. There is a lot of discussion on wiccan tradition, how the author interprets certain key parts of being wiccan, and how his beliefs mesh (or don't mesh) with a lot of what people consider wiccan "dogma". He has strong opinions on certain aspects of the wiccan religion today, including the lenghths some covens are going to so that they can be considered a "legitimate" religious group.
The key to the path seems to be determination and enthusiasm in every aspect of your life. Fans of Scott Cunningham will find Wiccan Warrior complimentary to Cunningham's work, while refreshingly different. Devout Gardenarians may find the book far outside their path.
That being said, this is one of my very favourite books. While there are lots of beginners' books that describe what Wicca is, how to practice it, and the history behind it, this is a book that takes a good deep look at philosophy and reasoning behind it.
My husband, a pacifist, just shook his head when his military wife (me) brought this home. In fact, this book is not about violence or conflict much at all. It's about the warrior's principles, the soldier's ethics, the martial artist's philosophy, and how it can be used by anyone to live a better and yes, more peaceful life.
I don't find Cuhulain to be hateful towards organized Wiccan traditions. Stating that it's okay to do your own thing (whether that thing be traditional or otherwise) is not hateful. I think the world needs more independant thinkers and less people who do what they're told because "everyone else does it." Question everything. Then, if you do what everyone else does, you do it for your own reasons, not because you don't know any better.
This book, more so than any of my other Wiccan material, really made me think. I wish there were more books like this, for those who, having finished the basics of Witchcraft, were looking for "second degree" material. Very philosophical, very insightful, very honest, very brave.
I really enjoyed the personal stories in this book - especially the story of one man's initiation. It was beautiful.
I recommend this book to everyone. I hope that one day, Kerr Cuhulain will write another book for Llewellyn; still, I believe, the best publisher of Wiccan books and knowledge.
Kerr Cuhulain examines the path of the Warrior Wiccan. Though many books have been written on the basics of Wicca and magic, the three aspects of the God and Goddess, healing and such, none have really done a good job examining the path of the Warrior. Kerr Cuhulain covers here how to be an everyday Warrior while living the Wiccan Rede.
If you have read Kerr Cuhulain, you would know he is a former Air Force Officer and a police officer as well as being a Wiccan. He is a Wiccan of thirty years and his education and understanding of both worlds is evident in this book.
He examines the evolution of Wicca, how it has grown, changed and continues to grow and evolve. For many, we can read his words and see how these changes have indeed come about in all the Earth Religions. Others will read this and disagree completely, holding that Mysteries never change. Whatever your view, you will be challenged as you read this book.
Kerr Cuhulain approaches being a Wiccan Warrior in a wonderful didactic style. He covers balance, creativity, energy, dreaming, magic, ritual and rationality all as pertaining to being a Warrior. His training in the martial arts shows in his approach to discipline and wisdom.
I am impressed greatly with this book, and find myself picking it up often to refer back to some of his material, contemplating it as it applies to myself, and how can it be applied to everyday life.
Maybe, in a way, those of us who stand up in our world as different, following the less traveled path are really warriors at heart. I find myself in this position often.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This is a must read for any practitioner in the moving arts who is also interested in magical studies. Coming from a credible source this book is both easy to read and apply!Published 21 months ago by Karen Sparks
I stared at this book for several minutes, several times at the book store. I kept coming back to it and I didn't know why. Finally, I had to buy it. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2004 by Kelli Riffle
I found that Wiccan Warrior is one of the best useful books for the beginner and the advanced. This book high lights everything that wicca should be looked at (but, does not speak... Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2003 by Larry M. Smith
Kerr Cuhulain has done it. I find that this book has introduced a new way to look at wicca. He shows us how to incorporate the warrior path with our daily lives and the... Read morePublished on April 28 2003 by milleniumpete
I found myself after reading 'A Witches' Bible' confused and disheartened after reading the massive amounts of male bigotism in it I thought that this was how all of wicca was... Read morePublished on March 17 2003 by Jeff Bunting
This book reads the way so many tarot books do. They are fast to point out that the death card doesn't always mean death, but short in telling you that sometimes it does. Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2002
I once said that Scott Cunningham's books "Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practioner and Living Wicca were the two main books to be found on any Wiccan's shelf. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2002
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