Wiccan Warrior

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We all have archetypes we model ourselves upon. In the Wiccan community these include Maiden, Healer, Mother, Bard, and others. In Wiccan Warrior by Kerr Cuhulain, you will learn of eight new yet traditional archetypes that Wiccans can model their lives and goals upon. You'll also find that they are completely appropriate for any person following a spiritual system.

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Overview

We all have archetypes we model ourselves upon. In the Wiccan community these include Maiden, Healer, Mother, Bard, and others. In Wiccan Warrior by Kerr Cuhulain, you will learn of eight new yet traditional archetypes that Wiccans can model their lives and goals upon. You'll also find that they are completely appropriate for any person following a spiritual system.

These eight are:

  • The Balanced Warrior, for whom all comes from the Divine and must be treated as such.
  • The Creative Warrior, who masters myths and can use them to share wisdom.
  • The Rational Warrior, who avoids all types of fundamentalism.
  • The Energized Warrior, who can raise and direct energy. You'll learn to do this with toning, mantras, dance and drumming.
  • The Dreaming Warrior, who knows how to alter consciousness. Here you will learn meditation, concentration and breathwork.
  • The Magickal Warrior, who knows and can do magick.
  • The Ritual Warrior, who helps revitalize rituals with knowledge, understanding, energy and love.
  • The Initiated Warrior, who knows and shares the value of true initiation.

There are five cornerstones to the magick of being a Wiccan Warrior. These are the well-known To Dare, To Will, To Know and To Keep Silent. To these Cuhulain adds To Imagine. For "to imagine is to be able to clearly visualize your objective, to develop and use a creative imagination." The book is filled with ideas and insights that will guide you on your way to becoming a true Wiccan Warrior, a person freed from limitations.

This book is a must for Wiccan and Witches of all stripes. If one of the Warrior archetypes doesn't fit your needs, another (or several others) will. People who are not Wiccans will find much to admire and make use of, too.

Winner of the 2001 Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) Award for best Biographical/Personal Book

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Much as the martial arts incorporate Buddhism and Confucianism, Cuhulain strives to incorporate various Wiccan philosophies into the "Warrior tradition." Cuhulain, a police officer, former Air Force officer and influential Wiccan practitioner, explores everything from the historical warrior tradition discussed by Sun Tzu to the philosophical musings of Carlos Castaneda's Don Juan Matus. Although the book is written for the practicing Pagan, much of it is bound to make more traditional Wiccan readers uncomfortable. Cuhulain makes it quite clear that "Wiccan Warriors think for themselves. They eliminate useless habits and routines. They are not fettered by dogma." Dogma includes following practices based on Judeo-Christian roots or following "traditional" rituals from popular Wiccan books. Cuhulain painstakingly documents the origins and histories of several oft-used rituals in an effort to encourage creativity and imagination among Covens. He encourages the use of chi (the energy force of tai chi), meditation, and music. Non-Pagan readers will find the Warrior qualities Cuhulain discusses throughout the book fairly interesting, but the real story for them will be the glimpse into the struggles and differing philosophies of a very private community. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567182521
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Pages: 178
  • Sales rank: 369,418
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

A former Air Force officer, Kerr Cuhulain (Vancouver) has been a police officer for the past twenty years, and a Wiccan for thirty. He's served on the SWAT team, Gang Crime Unit, and hostage negotiation team. He travels throughout North America as a popular speaker at writers' conferences and Pagan festivals, and he has been the subject of many books, articles, and media interviews. He is the author of The Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca.

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We all have archetypes we attempt to live by. Perhaps you consciously, or unconsciously, model yourself after a parent or teacher. Maybe you have in your mind the way a mother or girlfriend, husband or father is supposed to be. You will try to live up to those archetypes in your life. If you succeed, you feel happy and successful. If you don't, you may feel distraught and like a failure.

One of the first things you might consider doing is coming to understand that archetypes, by their nature, are perfect. As humans, we can only strive to approach the archetype. If you expect perfection in yourself you are going to fail. If you expect a friend or lover to live up to your personal archetype of friend or lover, that relationship may fail, too. The key is to accept the archetype as the indicator of the path, not a tool to judge your success or failure.

The more archetypes we can draw on, the more potentials we have in our lives. Most people discover archetypes during their personal lives (such as parents or teachers). As you evolve, you will find archetypes in your community. For example, in the Wiccan community there are archetypes of priest and priestess, healer and bard, crone and magician, and several more. But perhaps some new ones are needed.

I have always said that change is necessary, but that we should only change things when it is necessary to do so. That is one of the reasons I think Wiccan Warrior by Kerr Cuhulain is such an important book. In it he presents eight archetypes associated with the notion of a Warrior. According to Kerr, being a Warrior is about becoming effective and creative in all you do. These new archetypes focus on balance, creativity, rationality, energy work, altered consciousness, magick, ritual and initiation.

You can learn about them, and tap into one or several. You'll also learn meditation, cord magick, breathwork, trance, ritual, and much more.

No matter what magical tradition you follow, you'll find something here to direct you on your path.

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Table of Contents

We all have archetypes we attempt to live by. Perhaps you consciously, or unconsciously, model yourself after a parent or teacher. Maybe you have in your mind the way a mother or girlfriend, husband or father is supposed to be. You will try to live up to those archetypes in your life. If you succeed, you feel happy and successful. If you don't, you may feel distraught and like a failure.

One of the first things you might consider doing is coming to understand that archetypes, by their nature, are perfect. As humans, we can only strive to approach the archetype. If you expect perfection in yourself you are going to fail. If you expect a friend or lover to live up to your personal archetype of friend or lover, that relationship may fail, too. The key is to accept the archetype as the indicator of the path, not a tool to judge your success or failure.

The more archetypes we can draw on, the more potentials we have in our lives. Most people discover archetypes during their personal lives (such as parents or teachers). As you evolve, you will find archetypes in your community. For example, in the Wiccan community there are archetypes of priest and priestess, healer and bard, crone and magician, and several more. But perhaps some new ones are needed.

I have always said that change is necessary, but that we should only change things when it is necessary to do so. That is one of the reasons I think Wiccan Warrior by Kerr Cuhulain is such an important book. In it he presents eight archetypes associated with the notion of a Warrior. According to Kerr, being a Warrior is about becoming effective and creative in all you do. These new archetypes focus on balance, creativity, rationality, energy work, altered consciousness, magick, ritual and initiation.

You can learn about them, and tap into one or several. You'll also learn meditation, cord magick, breathwork, trance, ritual, and much more.

No matter what magical tradition you follow, you'll find something here to direct you on your path.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2005

    Helpful

    I am a soldier fighting in Iraq for the third deployment. If you feel like all hope is lost and your enemy has finally won. This book could give you new hope in the midst of chao's. The one's that rate this book low do so out of the lack of knowledge of what the strife of war truly is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2004

    Neat

    Good book for a libary use I wouldn't buy it however, it gives you a new approach to Wicca. The back of this book it is labled philosophy and that is the best word to describe part one of this book. It doesn't mean this book should be ingored however because it was useful. It is a lot of just talking about martial artists and budda traditions. Except for the last five chapters they gave me a new insight of raising energy principals of magick and intiation. (second part of the book). The main topics are good block building ideas for your own ideas on spirtuality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2000

    Biased but still worth reading

    Regarding one's mental, spiritual and social deportment as a Neo-Pagan/-Witch, this book presents some interesting ideas which are unfortunately hampered by the author's dislike of trad-oriented groups and people, to which he attempts to apply the label 'old guard' as a faddishly derogatory epithet; he fails to recognize this 'old guard' as the original impetus for his studies, and the reason that a book such as this can be made available to the public today. Considering the reference to 'a sometimes hostile world' in the book¿s subtitle, one is unprepared for the author's hostility toward others' traditions. That said, the book is well-written by an articulate author, and is still worth a read by mature Pagans who are able to ignore unnecessarily inflammatory material: it offers a brief reminder of the origins of NeoPaganism and of the pervasive influences of JudeoChristian thought within it; and pulls together some helpful concepts which here-to-fore were scattered across different philosophies (e.g. that everyone is ultimately responsible for his/her own behavior, that strength comes from knowing who we are, that every attendant at a ritual should participate fully in that ritual regardless of gender or sexual preference, that male mysteries are best learned from men just as female mysteries are best learned from women, that at heart of NeoPaganism lies not just the quest but also questioning and reasoning).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2000

    Words of Wisdom

    This book is a must read. It takes the reader on a journey that examines Wicca in an insightful, introspective way that allows us to see oursselves, and wicca with renewed freedom. Every Coven should have it on their 'Required Reading' list.

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