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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2001


    There are a lot of problems with this book. The author spends a great deal of time assuring the reader that 'no one has the right to tell other practitioners that they are doing it all wrong' and then goes on to say that if you're not practicing a Celtic based system that you're not practicing Wicca. In one example the author writes: 'I personally feel that it is impossible to have a Wiccan Tradition such as Egyptian Wicca.' In chapter one, Cantrell states that if you 'change the basics' of Wiccan practice then you 'step outside of that philosophy and develop a path of worship that fails to address those basics or subverts the old methods, you are no longer practicing Wicca.' Then in chapter 3 he goes on to discuss how he doesn't use the basic ritual tools of Wiccan practice. Of the wand, Cantrell writes: 'Like the besom and the sword, the wand is something I have never used.' His comment on the chalice reads: 'The another of those tools for which I personally have found very little applications.' While I admire the courage of this 'High Priest' to admit that he is essentially clueless about how to use the basic ritual tools of the religion he practices, I found myself wondering many times how he ever rose to the level of High Priest to begin with. Among those authors that Cantrell says were most influential on his thinking, he lists Edain McCoy. McCoy is the author that wrote about how the ancient Druids used the potato as a mother symbol, with its many eyes. Of course, the potato is a New World plant and was entirely unknown to the Druids, since it was not brought to Ireland until after the discovery of America. However, Cantrell's admiration for McCoy does help to explain the poor and incorrect historical data he provides in his own book. It was difficult to wade through the text because the author continually goes on and on reminding the reader on almost every page that everything is simply his own personal view. He also apologizes a great deal throughout the book in an attempt to please everyone in every tradition, which became very boring. In addition to the inaccurate historical information, the author also gives incorrect information on various deities and provides inaccurate overviews of several Craft traditions. In my opinion Cantrell's book is an extremely poor book on Wicca, filled with misinformation and misdirection, and should be avoided as it undermines the integrity of the Craft and will confuse new seekers.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2005

    Wiccan Beliefs and Practices: With Rituals for Solitaries and Covens

    I think this was a wonderful beginner book. It was one of my 1st books I bought and I love it! People do need to understand to just use the information that you are comfortable with and skip the information that is confusing. I thought this was a great starter book. I recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2005

    Wiccan Beliefs and Practices: With Rituals for Solitaries and Covens

    I liked this book. It had alot of good information in here. I use it often. People need to realize that these books are just suggestions. Read as much as you can about wicca and use what you want. Some people use wands, some people don't. Nothing wrong with that. Good book for the beginner & will not confuse you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2004

    for someone not wanting an 'insta wiccan, just add water' book

    i have recently begun my study of the Wiccan religion. I have found this book to be very helpful because it isnt just another one of those 'How to be Wiccan in ten easy steps' books. This book actually gets into a good explanation about the many aspects the Craft, while maintaining itself as an interessting read, and not turning into a monotonous lecture. It answered most of the questions I had quite well. One thing i liked in particular is, that through out the course of the book the author keeps reminding you that these are his thoughts about the specific topic at hand, which i think is very important to remember, due to the nature of the Wiccan religion. For anyone serious about learning about the Wiccan religion, i would highly recommend this book

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