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Evolutionary Witchcraft
     

Evolutionary Witchcraft

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by T. Thorn Coyle
 

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A learned and serious manual to Witchcraft for the mature practitioner, by one of the craft's leading teachers.

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A learned and serious manual to Witchcraft for the mature practitioner, by one of the craft's leading teachers.

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Library Journal
In this engaging and detailed book, Coyle, a sought-after practitioner of witchcraft, incorporates her knowledge and experience of different spiritual paths (even drawing upon her studies with Sufi whirling dervishes) with the elusive Feri Tradition of Witchcraft, an oral tradition generally taught only to chosen initiates. Written for both newcomers and the experienced, the book is certainly not appropriate for the spiritual dilettante. It's set up more as a magical workbook. Each of the ten main chapters is designed to be a month's worth of introspective investigation loaded with meditations, exercises, devotional dances (fully illustrated), and rituals for daily practice. While many magical books promise readers fantastic results with little effort, this book is an honest, intense guide to "expanded humanity and divinity." In the words of Feri Tradition founder Victor Anderson, "Anything worthwhile is dangerous," indicating that awakening the divine in you is an ongoing struggle that doesn't come easily but is definitely worth the effort. A refreshingly creative work that embraces spirituality as a process of continuous change and practice, this is recommended for most spirituality or New Age collections.-Mimi Davis, Broward Cty. Lib. Syst., Fort Lauderdale, FL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585424368
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/06/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
345,131
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

T. Thorn Coyle has been a spiritual seeker her whole life, and a Witch for more than twenty years. A musician, dancer, activist, and poet, she teaches internationally.

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Evolutionary Witchcraft 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Personally I find the practice of Zen to be far more fulfilling as it unfolds with or without introduction to the conceptualization. Yet read about the Tibetan teachings and you will see how Zen traverses the same path, without being spoon fed the ideas. Paradoxically, this is my frame of reference for spirituality. What is fascinating about the evolving Pagan paths that are appearing, is that they are slipping into the very dogmatic, self serving, religion which most humans seem to be running from. (Or perhaps outgrowing such through their new path.) Over the past 23 years, I have watched the community grow, from eccentric clique, to a powerful new insight into deity and self, to yet again a new eccentric clique. Any legitimate spiritual practice is inherent and natural, as a moistened seed in rich soil. And that is what this book is, moist nutritious soil upon which one can take root. This author displays a natural pride in the evolution she has undertaken. Her eagerness to share this work is inspiring. The answers to 'blind spots', developed by the myopic degeneration displayed in regurgitated material previous to this, are ultimately refreshing and almost feel ground breaking, though honestly they are not. She does not however act as if she has invented the wheel, rather displays the fact that she is an ongoing student, even as she teaches with the confidence necessary to affect. I have not seen material such as this since Starhawk's original books. T Thorn Coyle has earned a place on my book shelf, next to the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Zen Mind Beginers Mind, Scott Cunningham, Marion Weinstein, Amber K and Starhawk. A "hidden mystery" exist, only because a student must take it upon themselves to face the trials and efforts necessary to reveal for themselves what is hidden. T Thorn Coyle does not treat her material as "Secret Wisdom" only meant for a select few, she does not treat you as an outsider, in her book. She points the way, and only you can choose weather this is a path of growth for you. I am inspired, and alleviated that Paganism is not deviating into simple theater. I highly recommend readers pick up her pod-cast. The author reveals herself so distinctly there and amplifies the material here in this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are a lot of pagan authors who simply rearrange the knowledge that they acquired from books, with the result that their books are either academic or 'fluffy.' Evolutionary Witchcraft is neither of these. Coyle is a serious, longtime practitioner of the Anderson Feri tradition, and she also brings her work with Sufi tradition into play as well. Evolutionary Witchcraft is a book for people who wish to go beyond 'Wicca 101' and start to peer into the mystery that is the Self in relation to the Divine. It is a book that will take people who are witches much farther down their path - a quantum leap ahead of most books on Witchcraft and Paganism. Engagingly written and powerfully motivating, Evolutionary Witchcraft is not for the unserious or the beginner, but for someone looking to deepen their path and their relationship with the Gods, it's a must-have.
mtsilence More than 1 year ago
Evolutionary Witchcraft is a serious book for those interested in going to the next level. Things to know about this book, it is not another introductory book into Wicca. The book outlines training that is more focused and challenging, and leads the reader (assumed to be a seeker of Witchcraft) The witchcraft in this book is ecstatic, in this case witchcraft, focused from the Feri point of view, leading one away from the fertility based traditions of Wicca in to the experiential realms of those who embrace the divine with in and learn to manifest that power in themselves and in their lives. T. Thorne Coyle is a trained initiate of the Feri Tradition, She is also well grounded in several other traditions, both main stream pagan traditions as well as Christian, Sufi and other traditions that help to lead the spiritual seeker towards enlightenment. A concept that people sometimes forget that even Pagans are striving towards. Ms. Coyle provides insights gathered from personal experiences, and offers the seeker a path that will make them delve deeper within themselves in order to find the mystery and bring it into manifestation. The object of this book is to make the seeker, the traveler on the road, more fully aware of the power and abilities they already have been gifted with, and how to tap into them and bring that power and ability into their everyday life. To make them more fully human, and to provide them with the tools to use their gifts to help themselves and the world as a whole. From the meditations to the exercises, Ms. Coyle guides the reader, into finding tools and gifts they might not have realized they had. Ms. Coyle also advises that the training, is not easy that it is not something one can learn in a year and day, but an ongoing process that has to be learned, used and tweaked on a daily basis, helping the individual grow and reach their full potential. IF you are accustomed to sunshine, light, crystals, and fluff, put this book down and walk away, it has none of the soft ‘New Agey’ feel that many of the Wiccan book offer.
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Stop being a delusional hypocrite. The only way anyone could go to "hell" is if it were to exist, which it doesn't. Don't worry though, you won't be following me to where I will go which for me and my family and ancestors is a blessing. Blessed be :)
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I keep seeing these reviews and wonder what you mean by finding your own ways and paths. I do believe in things similar to this but... I have to say... it's rude when people talk about the spirits. Please stop.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It wasn't really what i was looking for. I was a little disappointed in it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This stuff is freckin crasy if u people belive this stuff then i think ur gona go to HELL im gona pray 4 yall and hope u finaly wake up!