In a time when most formal religions are on the wane, Wicca is said to be the fastest growing religion in North America. What is it that draws people to Witchcraft, and how does a spiritual path with its roots in ancient beliefs and traditions transform itself into a practice that resonates so deeply with today’s modern woman?
There are a number of explanations for the phenomenon, such as Witchcraft's connection to the natural world, or acceptance of members regardless of lifestyle choices. For women, however, the greatest appeal may be the worship of a goddess (or goddesses). No stern patriarchal God here. Instead, Wicca and most other forms of modern Witchcraft embrace deity in both the feminine and the masculine. Suddenly, women can look at the divine and see themselves reflected back. In addition, many women are frustrated, frightened, triggered, and down-right furious with the current social and political environment, but feel powerless to create positive change. Witchcraft can give them a sense of personal empowerment.
There are many different Witchcraft paths and a multitude of approaches to its practice. This book will guide the reader on the journey to connecting with the feminine divine both without and within, and open the door to this magical religion that will enlighten, uplift, and energize their lives.
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|Publisher:||St. Martin's Publishing Group|
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Why Witchcraft? Why Now? 1
1 Wicca, Witchcraft, and Paganism: Which Witch Is Which? 9
2 The Feminine Divine: A Goddess Meet and Greet 37
3 Tuning Into Nature: Following the Flow 97
4 Walking Your Talk: Creating Positive Change Every Day While Going About Your Daily Life 121
5 Solitary Witch, Group Witch, Family Witch 147
6 Survive and Thrive in the Midst of Challenging Times 173
7 Meditations, Affirmations, and Spells 189
Appendix I Additional Witchcraft Basics 211
Appendix II Glossary of Witchcraft Terms 223
Appendix III References and Recommended Reading 229