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.
From Publishers Weekly
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.
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.
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.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
Phyllis Curott is my favourite wiccan author, who inspired many of us with the story of her journey in "Book of Shadows". Read morePublished on May 4 2003
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. Read morePublished on March 11 2003