Power of the Witch

Power of the Witch

by Laurie Cabot, Tom Cowan


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Power of the Witch by Laurie Cabot, Tom Cowan

The earth, the moon, and the magical path to enlightenment. Written by a practicing witch who conducts classes and seminars on witchcraft—the oldest Western religion, a means of power and enlightenment, and a healing art.

“Laurie Cabot has written a fascinating account of a beautiful and sadly misunderstood religion, witchcraft. She has with her life and work done a great deal to legitimize this ancient pagan form of worship. I am among the ecumenical Christians who have discovered the truth about witchcraft, that it is neither demonic nor evil. Power of the Witch is a marvelous introduction to the magical and highly ethical world of wicca.”—Whitley Strieber

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385301893
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/1990
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 566,715
Product dimensions: 5.17(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Laurie Cabot, known as the “official Witch of Salem,” has been a practicing Witch for more than 40 years. She conducts classes and seminars on Witchcraft as a science and, as founder of the Witches’ League for Public Awareness, makes frequent media appearances on behalf of that organization. Cabot has two daughters, Jody and Penny, and lives in Salem, Massachusetts.

Tom Cowan attended a Jesuit seminary and received a PhD in history from Saint Louis University. He has been a student and teacher of religions and mysticism since the 1960s. He frequently lectures and conducts workshops nationwide on various aspects of spirituality, Celtic shamanism, dreamwork, and creativity. The author or coauthor of more than 25 books, he lives in Highland, New York.

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Power of the Witch 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am convinced, more and more, that this important work found its way to me as the answer to a prayer. Simply because, when I first embarked upon this Path, many of the books spoke of spells in a rather dodgy manner. One 'popular' author simply adressed this by staiting, 'You have to believe in spells for them to work' and left it at that, without giving the reader any reason 'to believe'! How aggrivating! I was almost ready to drop what we call 'spells'...at least before this book found its way into my heart. Laurie Cabot uses science and the latest developements in theoretical physics, and physics in general, (which are all proported by such illuminaries as Einstein, Niel Bhor and Stephen Hawking, etc...) to discuss how spells work. Her book describes a Universe which makes sense to the Witch! For this, alone, it is worth the purchase of the book! Her description of The Science Tradition of Witchcraft is fully grounded in fact, as revealed by her bibliography and such authors as Michael Talbot, Fritja Capra, F. David Peat, Itzhak Bentov, PhD. Fred Alan Wolfe and John Gribbin, etc... While her non-'Wiccan' history is certainly very well grounded in fact, her Wiccan history stummbles on the very odd occasion (only once, or maybe twice, as I can currently recall). But, we must take into account the date in which it was printed- in fact, the date in which it was written, as the 2 are usually off by a number of years. She may, very well, have been told something by a Gardnerian Witch, from the Gardnerian Book of Shadows, and neither of them were the wiser. However, 10 years has elapsed since then. She is always very well researched. Interestingly enough, the British version of 'Power Of The Witch' is apparently being sold commercially throughout the US as its current printing! Although, I must say, I am a little baffled by the current cover-art. Call me a critic, but...I just don't 'get it'! Also, the sub-title is different than the original US publication, which was 'The Earth, The Moon, and the Magickal Path to Enlightenment.' However, I must admit, I am more partial to 'A Witch's Guide to Her Craft'. To sum it up, if you have ever wondered how/why spells work- I can't recommend this book highly enough! Also, if you've wished to explain how spells work to a student, using a logical, rational, left-brained approach, the same applies! Because, to briefly quote the author, 'The Science Tradition draws on both ancient wisdom and the latest in theoretical physics. Using science as an approach to Witchcraft gives my students a solid grounding on which to stand. Some teachers in The Craft present our practices & beliefs in terms of art or religion or psychology or mythology, and these have their merits, but at some point the student wants to know 'how magick works'. Science is our country, it is where we feel at home. ...Science describes a world that makes sense.' Actually, what's most fascinating is that one of the authors whom her Tradition draws upon is F. David Peat, who is reknowned for 'Synchronicity', which at its most basic level states, 'coincidences that are so unusual and so psychologically meaningful they don't seem to be the result of chance alone.' Thus, what I have seen at the tail end of last year, and at the beginning of this year (indeed from various Craft Elders within recent months, whom also happen to teach similarly) is that a variety of Pagan books being published also use quantum physics/mechanics to teach what we refer to as 'spells'. I haven't seen this since the publication of 'Power Of The Witch'! How extraordinary! This book deserves 5-stars, and more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was one of several given to me by a more experienced Witch, when I began my studies in The Craft nine or so years ago. I began with 'Buckland's Complete Guide to Witchcraft' (another highly recommended title, if not just as a reference book), but it wasn't until I discovered 'Power of the Witch' that I truly felt my magick, and that I first truly felt myself a Witch. This book belongs in every Witch's library!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been studying witchcraft for 4 years, and this is not only the first book I read on the subject; but by far the best. There is an entire chapter devoted to the history of witchcraft. This book is a must have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Of all my books on Wicca, this one's the most dog-eared, beaten, and highlighted. Laurie Cabot gives not only a spiritual guide, but also a history of the religion, and the scientific how's and why's (read 'wise') of the craft. I find it intelligent, loving, and inclusive. It truly is a MUST HAVE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an outstanding guide for those who are just beginning in the craft, and/or who are looking for more information on the basics of Wicca. It is very simple, practical, easy reading, and straightforward. I am now reading this book for my fourth time! This book brings me back to the powerful basics of Wicca.
MorgannaKerrie on LibraryThing 4 days ago
The Wiccan book of Wiccan books. Why? It looks at how science connects to witchcraft. It also explains the fantastic Alpha State Countdown. This is very useful information.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
PLEASE CONSIDER THIS BEFORE BUYING! I used to think this was the best manual for beginners on Witchcraft, until, upon further study and research, I realized that the author, dare I say, stole MUCH of this book from The Kybalion (albeit she gives credit to the Kybalion) but also so much was stolen from The Silva Mind Control Method. So much so that it was embarrassing and offensive to see her use the same "experiences" and try to pass them off as her own. Just a fraud. Sorry. I call it like I see it. But don't take my word for it. Buy "The Silva Mind Control Method" and then read chapter 6 of "Power of the Witch" called "Alpha" and you tell me.
kekyxoxo More than 1 year ago
i find this book very helpful and informative
Anonymous More than 1 year ago