A Wiccan Bible: Exploring the Mysteries of the Craft from Birth to Summerland

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"A book or collection of writings constituting the sacred text of a religion."
--The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition

For thousands of years, we have been told that God was a man. Then someone reminded us of when God was a woman. Now we have a reference for the sensible folk who have always felt that it takes two. If you have ever thought there was more to religion than ancient rituals performed for reasons unknown, this book will show you exactly what you have been looking ...

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Overview


"A book or collection of writings constituting the sacred text of a religion."
--The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition

For thousands of years, we have been told that God was a man. Then someone reminded us of when God was a woman. Now we have a reference for the sensible folk who have always felt that it takes two. If you have ever thought there was more to religion than ancient rituals performed for reasons unknown, this book will show you exactly what you have been looking for. If you have already come to the realization that Wicca is the religion for you, this book will help fill those many blanks that have been left by other books.

Author A.J. Drew makes no attempt to dictate religious dogma or routine. He is quick to point

out that the title does not start with the word the. He illustrates the many issues a person's religion should address and shows how he has been able to find answers to those issues through the practice of a modern religion that was based on some of the oldest principles of the ancient world.

A Wiccan Bible takes you through the journey of life in three stages:

  • Maiden and Master: Creation, Wiccaning, and Self-dedication.
  • Mother and Father: Initiation, Handfasting/Handparting, and the Wheel of the Year.
  • Crone and Sage: Community, the world, and death

Mythology and science converge as the author details a life's journey into a religion with both old world ritual and new world science, fusing both into a creation myth which satisfies not only mind, but soul as well. A Wiccan Bible not only shows a religious path filled with joy, but one that offers the ability to accept and manage sorrow. It is filled with ritual and with the reasons why ritual is fulfilling, rewarding, and a necessary part of everyday life. As A.J. addresses each issue, he demonstrates not only how he found the solutions in Wicca, and the many ways in which science and magick have helped him to do so. A Wiccan Bible also contains select recipes that the author has collected, including mixtures for incense, oils, and baths.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564146663
  • Publisher: Career Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/16/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 451,044
  • Product dimensions: 7.22 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


A.J. Drew is the author of Wicca Spellcraft for Men and Wicca for Couples. He is the host of the annual Real Witches Ball, one of the single largest Pagan gatherings in the United States. He is also the host of pagannation.com, which serves as a successful hub for the entire Pagan community. He is the owner of Salem West, one of the largest Wicca/Pagan shops in the Midwest.
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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    Clarifying the Essence of Wicca

    A WICCAN BIBLE provides readers with a means to fully appreciate the many sacred aspects of Wicca. All eight Wiccan solar holidays, or Sabbats, are described in detail, as are the principles of Wiccan belief. Author A.J. Drew weaves ancient myths and stories together with modern science, giving A WICCAN BIBLE a feeling of being simultaneously old and new. Never before has a Wiccan book presented such a crystal-clear overview of the religion that it can provide readers with sufficient information and inspiration to immediately begin practicing the Wiccan faith. I love the way A WICCAN BIBLE provides questions that help readers decide for themselves whether or not this religion is best suited for them, while never pushing religious dogma or routine. Wicca, after all, is a very personal religion. I especially enjoyed the way Drew discusses the importance of knowing the difference between kith and kin for both our human and animal companions, since much confusion can be avoided when we recognize the importance of those we share our energy with every day. We can appreciate the energies of those we live with every day differently than the way we work with the energies of those we love who do not live with us, such as spirits and animal totems. A WICCAN BIBLE ought to be required reading for anyone seeking a better understanding of Wicca, as well as all those Wiccans who would appreciate seeing one person's very thorough personal interpretation of the Wiccan faith.

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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    It was ok.

    This book was just about as hard to read as the Christian Bible is!<BR/>But like it I read this. It was ok, and give you alot of information, but this isn't something for someone who is just courious to the craft. No it's more like for a Witch who knows what she is reading.<BR/>Good book though.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2004

    Yet Another Introductory Wicca Book

    Andrew has written yet another basic introductory book. You'd think after the other three entry level Wicca books he's written he'd have advanced somewhat. Unfortunately this does not seem to be the same. There is nothing new or profound in this book, and unless you have forgotten the wheel of the year (information which is available in hundreds of other books and online), there is no real reason to buy this book. Unless of course you are a complete novice to Wicca and you're unable to find a much better intro book such as Scott Cunningham's books. It's sad A.J.'s books haven't grown and have stayed so basic and introductory as Wicca continues to mature. The same basic introduction to Wicca that is in this book is in his other intro books. Maybe he doesn't like reaearching for new material?

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2009

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    BEST BIBLE IN TOWN GOOD FOR GETTING THE TRUTH ABOUT THE WICCIAN WAY JUST HAD TO HAVE THIS BIBLE THANK YOU BARNES and NOBLE!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2009

    Good introduction

    THe book is a good introduction into the spirituality. It does ramble off and sometimes gets lost in places. But it als focuses on main parts of the different sabbats and clearly explains them. I recommend this to anyone beginning or curious.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2014

    Horrible-Zero star's, they made me put at least one

    This book nearly scared me away from wicca 5 year's ago, but silver ravenwolf and scott Cunningham reignited my interest after I got rid of this nightmare. it was written poorly, rambled on and bored me, I was only able to focus when I'd realized the author had strayed off. I'm glad I got rid of this book, as a Wiccan of 5 yrs, please don't waste your time and money!!! Go read Silver ravenwolf,Phyllis Curot, Scott Cunningham, or my all time favorite Christopher Penczak!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    This guy is no longer a wiccan and changed his name so he is not

    This guy is no longer a wiccan and changed his name so he is not associated with his earlier works I wouldn't waste the money on something the author doesn't believe in. Also I didn't like what little I did read.

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