When Someone You Love is Wiccan: A Guide to Witchcraft and Paganism for Concerned Friends, Nervous Parents, and Curious Coworkers

When Someone You Love is Wiccan: A Guide to Witchcraft and Paganism for Concerned Friends, Nervous Parents, and Curious Coworkers

by Carl McColman

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An enlightening, balanced, responsible overview of one of the most mysterious—and misuderstood—spiritual paths.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632657947
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
Publication date: 05/21/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Carl McColman writes about the spiritual life. His books published since 2010 express his love for contemplative, monastic and mystical Christianity. His older books, published before 2005, explored a variety of topics including paganism and goddess spirituality. Carl's work is characterized by an optimistic, expansive understanding of spirituality, rooted in Christianity while embracing the wisdom of the world's contemplative traditions. In his own words, "I am passionate about helping people to embody creative, joyful lives of love and service, formed by prayer, silence, and the wisdom of the saints and mystics." Carl McColman learned the practice of contemplative prayer at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. He is a professed Lay Cistercian -- a layperson under the guidance of Trappist monks. He regularly speaks, teaches and conducts retreats on contemplative Christian practice, and blogs at www.carlmccolman.com.

Table of Contents

Part 1When Someone You Love Is Wiccan23
1.Why would I want to read a book about Witchcraft?26
2.Why would anyone want to call themselves a Witch?28
3.So Witchcraft isn't about ugly hags riding on brooms?30
4.Is Witchcraft evil?34
5.What is Witchcraft?38
6.What's so good about Witchcraft?42
7.Do Witches worship God?44
8.Is Witchcraft safe?45
9.Why should we take Witchcraft seriously? Isn't it just a big joke?47
Part 2Understanding Witchcraft49
10.What is the difference between Witchcraft and Wicca?52
11.What is the difference between Witchcraft, Wicca, and other forms of Paganism?54
12.Is there more than one kind of Witchcraft?55
13.Is Witchcraft hereditary?58
14.Why are male Witches not called wizards or warlocks?60
15.What is the pentacle, and why do Witches wear it?61
16.What is a magical name? Why do Witches use it?62
17.Why is there so much secrecy surrounding Witchcraft?64
18.What's the big deal about the "burning times"?66
Part 3Going Beyond the Stereotypes69
19.Why do Witches wear black?72
20.Do Witches have familiars?74
21.Why are Witches portrayed as stirring a cauldron? What's in the cauldron anyway?75
22.Do Witches practice animal or human sacrifice?77
23.Are Witches on drugs?78
24.Do Witches have orgies?80
25.Do Witches do their rituals in the nude?82
26.Are Witches kinky?84
27.Is Witchcraft irrational?85
Part 4What Do Witches Believe?87
28.Why do Witches place so much emphasis on the Goddess?90
29.Why do Witches place so much emphasis on nature?91
30.Why is mythology so important to Witches?93
31.Are Witches polytheists?95
32.Are Witches pantheists or animists?97
33.Why do Witches call the God "the Horned One"?99
34.Do Witches have a moral code?100
35.What do Witches believe happens after we die?102
36.Do Witches believe in evil?104
Part 5What Do Witches Do?107
37.What are the main activities of Witchcraft?110
38.Can a person be a solitary Witch, or must they work in covens?112
39.What is initiation? What is the difference between the three degrees?113
40.Do Witches worship the moon?117
41.Why is Halloween so important to Witches?118
42.What other days qualify as Wiccan holy days?120
43.Why do Witches like to burn candles and incense and use essential oils?122
44.What is an altar? Why is it important?123
45.What is a circle?125
Part 6Magic and the Occult127
46.Is Witchcraft part of the occult? What is the occult?130
47.Are Witches psychic?131
48.What is magic, and why do Witches do it?133
49.What do Witches mean when they talk about "energy"?135
50.What is a Cone of Power? What is it used for?136
51.If a Witch has magic power, what's to prevent him or her from using it for bad purposes?138
52.If Witches are such powerful magicians, why haven't they all won the lottery?140
53.Do Witches believe in astrology or Tarot?141
54.Do Witches believe in spirits, such as angels or fairies?143
Part 7Witchcraft, Christianity, and Other Religions145
55.Witches call their religion "the old religion," implying that Wicca is one of, if not the, oldest religions on Earth. Is this true?148
56.What are the differences between Witchcraft and Satanism?150
57.What do Witches think about Christianity?152
58.Do Witches believe in Jesus? The Buddha? Etc.?154
59.What do Witches think about the Bible? Do they have their own Bible?155
60.Can a person practice Christianity and Witchcraft or Witchcraft and any other religion?157
61.Do Witches try to convert other people?158
62.My church teaches me that Witchcraft is wrong. Shouldn't I try to witness to Witches, in order to get them to repent?160
63.How can I tell if Witchcraft might be the right spiritual path for me?162
Part 8The Role of Paganism in Society165
64.Is Witchcraft legitimate?168
65.How many Witches are there today?169
66.Do Witches suffer from discrimination in our time?171
67.What rights do Witches have at work? At school?172
68.What do Witches believe about abortion? The death penalty? Gun control? Gay rights?173
69.What does the U.S. Military think about Witchcraft?174
70.What social and political issues are important to most Witches?176
71.Can gay and lesbian people be Witches?178
72.Can a teenager become a Witch?179
Part 9Practical Considerations181
73.I'm a parent of a teenager interested in Witchcraft. Is there anything I should be worried about?184
74.Can a person become a Witch just from reading a book?186
75.What will the neighbors think? What do I tell people when someone I love is Wiccan?187
76.Is there anything I should know about the etiquette of Witchcraft?189
77.What do I need to do in order to get along well with the Witch in my life?192
78.What should I avoid saying or doing when relating to the Witch in my life?197
79.What are some good Wiccan books for teenagers?201
80.What are some good Wiccan books for adults?204
81.What are some good Wiccan Websites?208
About the Author221

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I am currently 19 years old, Wiccan, and I first saw this book online, so I got this book from a Library and I handed it to my mom and walked away. That was 2 years ago about 3 days before the winter solstice (Yule)... Her reaction after reading the book made me cry. She gave me a note, and she walked away... It said 'Happy Yule! Celebrate the winter solstice, I love you, -Mom' I'm currently trying to get my hands on a copy for my dad to read, I'll have to buy it though, because I suspect (being a strong mormon) he'll damage it. I love this book, and when I have a place of my own, my library (probably an office with a book shelf) will have at least 12 copies of it. (In case I lend it out and don't get it back)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this book does a great job of providing non Neo-Pagans with a clear, easy to read and well laid out guide to understanding Wicca. What makes this book so unique is the fact that it isn't a "how to" guide for beginners. It provides a lot of interesting information tailored specifically to someone who just wants to learn more about Neo-Paganism. The way the book is laid out (with questions and short answers (one to two pages) grouped into chapters) makes it a very easy read. Both myself and a close friend of mine have enjoyed reading this book. I am an experienced Neo-Pagan and gave her this book (she didn¿t know very much about Neo-Paganism). I think this book is very worthwhile a great deal for such a low price. BB
Dacman More than 1 year ago
It's easy to read, and for a quick general overview of the religion it is good knowledge to build upon or help understand the concepts
Anonymous More than 1 year ago