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  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (Sept. 10 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767908457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767908450
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Format: Hardcover
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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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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Phyllis's second book at least admits that there are men in Wicca, a big improvement over her first book. However, she still has a way to go before admitting that men in Wicca are acceptable. She admits that men are there BUT says men must change, which is another way of saying that men are not okay, which is another way of expressing deeply held misandrism. Sexist prejudice is an unfortumate inclusion in a book about Wicca, a religion that usually rejects sexism and other kinds of prejudice, and I expected better from Phyllis. Men such as Gardner, Sanders, Buckland, Fitch and others have always been among the leaders of Wicca, and probably always will be. Its a shame that Curott can't seem to write a Wiccan book that accept the male half of Wicca. Men do not need to change to be acceptable.
Other than her continuation of sexist theology, the rest of the book is pretty good. It does include recent political positions on history, accepting claims of recent revisionists. On the whole its probably good to add to a collection of Wiccan books for histroical and teaching purposes. Don't buy it as the voice of authority though.
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I hope folks will think twice before believing Ms. Curott is setting herself up as some kind of "ultimate Wiccan authority" with this wonderful book. As she states on page 4, "This book is not the gospel according to St. Phyllis. Not everyone will agree with the conclusions I have drawn from my journey, and I'd be appalled if you did-I'd immediately feel compelled to start rethinking most of it. My goal is not to convince you that all of these ideas are right, but to stimulate dialogue, innovative thinking, and creative practicing - to stir the cauldron of magic."
There is absolutely no "we're right you're wrong" thinking in this book. I will always be a fan of Ms. Curott because, like Starhawk, her writings on Witchcraft and the Goddess are down-to-earth, sensible, intelligent, practical and *real*. I wish this book had been around 5 years ago when I first began my own Goddess journey! I do think an intelligent beginner would not find it at all daunting. And it does indeed serve as the "Wicca 102" text that many of us have been hungry for - we are so weary of the tired old cookbook approach of "stand here, say this, do that"! She emphasizes that Witchcraft is a form of spirituality and not merely a method of manipulation to get what you want (attention all goth girls who've seen "The Craft" one too many times!)
I don't feel she is discounting the historical legacy of Witchcraft at all; she does acknowledge its vitality and importance, but as she states on page 7: "I want to suggest something radical, realistic, and re-directing: The legitimacy of modern Wicca as a meaningful, powerful, and real religion does not depend upon unbroken, hereditary, organized lineage. The fact is that the greatest and most profound cultural and historical phenomena is the birth of a new religion.
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