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Awarded "Book of the Year" by The Coalition of Visionary Resources!

"The Wiccan Mysteries is a book that should hold a proud place on every single altar." —Body Mind Spirit Magazine

Once reserved for a very select few, the initiate-level teachings of Wicca are revealed in this award-winning guide to the essence of an ancient belief system. Daring and honest, The Wiccan Mysteries is a must-have complement to ...

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Overview

Awarded "Book of the Year" by The Coalition of Visionary Resources!

"The Wiccan Mysteries is a book that should hold a proud place on every single altar." —Body Mind Spirit Magazine

Once reserved for a very select few, the initiate-level teachings of Wicca are revealed in this award-winning guide to the essence of an ancient belief system. Daring and honest, The Wiccan Mysteries is a must-have complement to your personal practice.

Author Raven Grimassi takes you on a comprehensive tour of Wicca, describing in depth its pre-Christian historical and theological roots in Old Europe and continuing through to modern America. These multicultural origins form the basis for contemporary Wicca, and empower it as a dynamic system for spiritual development.

Uncover the hidden meanings of sacred writings and explore the major tenets of the Craft, from reincarnation, the God and Goddess, magickal arts, and planes of existence, to symbols, rites, and ethics. Learn how to create an astral temple, consecrate ritual tools, and work with magickal familiars.

Expand your understanding of Wicca with this essential guide, and discover the enduring power of a rich spiritual tradition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567182545
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 215,573
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Raven Grimassi is a Neo-Pagan scholar and award-winning author of more than eighteen books on Witchcraft, Wicca, and Neo-Paganism. He has been devoted to the study and practice of witchcraft for over forty years. Raven is co-founder and co-director of the Ash, Birch, and Willow tradition.

Grimassi’s background includes training in old forms of witchcraft as well as Brittic Wicca, the Pictish-Gaelic tradition, Italian Witchcraft, and Celtic Traditionalist Witchcraft. Raven was also a member of the Rosicrucian Order, and studied the Kabbalah through the First Temple of Tifareth under Lady Sara Cunningham.

Raven currently lives in New England with his wife and co-author Stephanie Taylor-Grimassi. Together they direct The Fellowship of the Pentacle, a modern Mystery School devoted to preserving pre-Christian European spirituality.

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The first goal is to show that Wicca is not a contemporary invention, but a modern manifestation of ancient tradition. As a result of twenty years of scholarly research, Raven Grimassi is able to show the sources for many traditions and how they developed over time. You'll discover the sources of the deities, who and what the "Watchers" are, and the sources of Wiccan beliefs.

The second goal is to give initiatory information on subjects such as the magical arts and tools, men's mysteries and women's mysteries, and the secrets of the sacred Wiccan texts. Much of this was unavailable unless you were an initiate into one of the older Wiccan traditions. You will discover the true, inner meanings of the Charge of the Goddess and other texts, giving you a fuller appreciation of the inner meanings and symbolism of Wiccan rites and traditional practices.

Learn time-honored techniques to create your own astral temple, properly consecrate ritual tools, or work with a magickal familiar. The Wiccan Mysteries is an indispensable guide to understanding the essential teachings of Wicca. Get a copy today.

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Table of Contents

The first goal is to show that Wicca is not a contemporary invention, but a modern manifestation of ancient tradition. As a result of twenty years of scholarly research, Raven Grimassi is able to show the sources for many traditions and how they developed over time. You'll discover the sources of the deities, who and what the "Watchers" are, and the sources of Wiccan beliefs.

The second goal is to give initiatory information on subjects such as the magical arts and tools, men's mysteries and women's mysteries, and the secrets of the sacred Wiccan texts. Much of this was unavailable unless you were an initiate into one of the older Wiccan traditions. You will discover the true, inner meanings of the Charge of the Goddess and other texts, giving you a fuller appreciation of the inner meanings and symbolism of Wiccan rites and traditional practices.

Learn time-honored techniques to create your own astral temple, properly consecrate ritual tools, or work with a magickal familiar. The Wiccan Mysteries is an indispensable guide to understanding the essential teachings of Wicca. Get a copy today.

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Interviews & Essays

The first goal is to show that Wicca is not a contemporary invention, but a modern manifestation of ancient tradition. As a result of twenty years of scholarly research, Raven Grimassi is able to show the sources for many traditions and how they developed over time. You'll discover the sources of the deities, who and what the "Watchers" are, and the sources of Wiccan beliefs.

The second goal is to give initiatory information on subjects such as the magical arts and tools, men's mysteries and women's mysteries, and the secrets of the sacred Wiccan texts. Much of this was unavailable unless you were an initiate into one of the older Wiccan traditions. You will discover the true, inner meanings of the Charge of the Goddess and other texts, giving you a fuller appreciation of the inner meanings and symbolism of Wiccan rites and traditional practices.

Learn time-honored techniques to create your own astral temple, properly consecrate ritual tools, or work with a magickal familiar. The Wiccan Mysteries is an indispensable guide to understanding the essential teachings of Wicca. Get a copy today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2005

    'Grimassi' and 'Historical Witchcraft' goes so well together...

    At the present time I am writing my own book about Historical Witchcraft. While taking a lull in my research, I happened to stumble across this book by Grimassi and purchased it. I sat down reading and with a lump in my throat I couldn't believe it. This book was the book I was writing myself! Most people would be angered at months of work down the tubes; however, I looked at it as a joy. Grimassi is one author I've always admired and thought the style was well balanced. When I found that a lot of my own research reached the same conclusions that Grimassi did, I couldn't have been happier. Yes, this does mean that I have to go back and re-configure my original works; however, this book has given me the inspiration to do so. I recommend reading this book section by section not necessarially from cover to cover (minus the first 3 chapters - read those congruently).

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2003

    Why didn't I read this one first?!

    I've read many books on wicca/witchcraft, and if you're anything like me, you've noticed that about 98% of them are written for teenagers. From reading those books, I've gotten a rather lacking and shallow impression of witchcraft. This book is different. Grimassi covers the history, the watchers, reincarnation and other topics in a comprehensive yet understandable way. If you're tired of books that tell you to get an athame, wand, etc, and never telling you WHY it's important, I highly recommend this book. Grimassi has shown me how beautiful and spiritual this path really is.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2006

    Great book, a deffinant buy!

    I thought it was wonderful. It gave soo much history without booring you to death. I thought one of the best chapters was #9. It really is a great book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2004

    My thoughts

    I believe Raven captures and helps people understand in these novels. She understands and brings out how powerful this definately misunderstood but powerful way to be.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2000

    beginners must (but be careful)

    A good book for those who want to learn about the basics/background of the craft. As with any book be careful. Listen to your heart. The goddess will guide you. If you get a bad vibe, stay away.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2000

    a great book

    this was the book that got me started into wicca. i think that it is an important book for a first time beginner. it's what got me interested to learn more about this wonderfull way of life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2000

    The master of reasearch tons of info

    I loved this book. Raven has spent 20m years gathering the info and has comprised it wonderfully. I have been a Wiccan for 3 years but not with all hte info. This book set be stright and included the hystory and info I whanted

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    I Enjoy This Book!

    Wiccan Mysteries by Raven Grimassi is a book I could not put down. It's easy to read and informative. Great Book to have in my library.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Very well researched and written

    I am about half way through this book so far. It is a very deep and intellectual book. I was looking for a book of this magnitude that went in depth historically to the basis of wicca. I am thoroughly enjoying the attention to detail and facts that Raven has obviously spent years researching. This is a great book for anyone who is searching for the truths and history that wicca came from. I love how he correlates the stages of wicca (which is why you have to read it from start to end with no cheating). Raven has yet again provided a well written book that is an enormous value to the wiccan faith. I recommend this book to all who walk the path and those that are comfortable learning about it.

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  • Posted October 19, 2009

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    Thought provoking! Controversial- wonderful!

    This book left me with a feeling of deep contemplation. Not the easiet read, or may not be "stmulating" for some. But I found it intriguing and fascinating. Really challanges everything you may have always been taught or known in your youth. For me, uncovering and confirming the things people don't nescessarily want to be a part of our history in religion. A book of truths!

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  • Posted May 21, 2009

    A MUST HAVE

    I have read over 30 books to date on this subject and found i still had a lot of unanswered questions. This book was very easy to read, understand and was unbiased of the author's opinion.She used everyday terms to bring to life the old religion whereas most other books tend to hit and miss that subject of Wicca. I wish i would have started with this book instead of Gerald Gardner, would have saved me time and money on trying to research what Gerald was leaving out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2000

    A much needed clue for those who don't understand

    a lot of people are totally clueless when it comes to the wicca religion and i thin that this book is just the thing they need to understand what it is all about.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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