Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner

Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner

by Scott Cunningham

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Cunningham's classic introduction to Wicca is about how to live life magically, spiritually, and wholly attuned with nature. It is a book of sense and common sense, not only about magick, but about religion and one of the most critical issues of today: how to achieve the much needed and wholesome relationship with our Earth. Cunningham presents Wicca as it is today: a gentle, Earth-oriented religion dedicated to the Goddess and God. Wicca also includes Scott Cunningham's own Book of Shadows and updated appendices of periodicals and occult suppliers.

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ISBN-13: 9780738717159
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 09/08/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 42,273
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Scott Cunningham practiced magic actively for over twenty years. He was the author of more than fifty books covering both fiction and non-fiction subject matter; sixteen of his titles are published by Llewellyn Publications. Scott's books reflect a broad range of interests within the New Age sphere, where he was very highly regarded. He passed from this life on March 28, 1993, after a long illness.

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Wicca 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 187 reviews.
krystyl_rose More than 1 year ago
This book could be touted as one of the best on the market on its subject. It is clear and concise, it doesn't limit the reader nor does it leave you lost. Great for beginners, a wonderful reference for the more seasoned. I highly recommend this book for any Wiccan library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very important book to have for every beginner in The Craft. I studied these books before I gave my mind, body, and soul to the Goddess & God. This is Eclectic Wicca at it's finest. These books are such a good starting point for anyone interested in Wicca I would even recommend people who aren't even considering the religion as their own to read this book. The most informative book on Wicca out there, definitely!!
Elder_Raven More than 1 year ago
This book is great for both the novice and the full Hedge Witch alike. Scott Cunningham uses his great capacity for understanding things that others do not, and produces; books for all to understand. Here he explains what some Wiccans / Wicca followers / Witches (whichever label is used) have forgotten & what has been forgotten should never have been. What has been forgotten is that Hedge Witches / The Solitary / Self-Initiated Is and always will play just as an important part of the Craft as Coven practitioners. Both are needed to bring balance with in the Craft. This book tells things as they are with no gentle persuasion to go in one direction or another. I found that it answered both fundamental and generic questions I had in an open and honest way, I would gladly recommend this book to anyone considering following a Nature based belief system. Other books by the same author dealing with Wicca are: Wicca in the Kitchen, Earth Air Fire Water, Living Wicca. All these are well worth reading. By the end of the book you may well find answers to questions you never knew needed answering, I Did. Just because of the subject matter I would not recommend this book for anyone under the age of Sixteen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would highly recommend this to any first timers considering the Wiccan path as the first book they should read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the first books I bought when I was finally able to study Wicca. This is definately considered Wicca for Dummies. You can read all the way through or just look it over by subjects. Great Book to start your path with! BB
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have a lot of books by dear scott, but this is my favorite. it is the most complete and CLEAR guide. i've been studying paganism for about 7 years (wow, doesnt feel like that long) and i find this to be a very easy book to follow and very complete with the information in it. please make this your first book if you're looking to start reading on wicca.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Scott Cunningham is one of my favorite authors. This book is the very first book I assign to the dedicants of my coven. It is informative, without being pushy. And this next bit goes to the teens out there who are interested in studying Wicca and/or Witchcraft. Purchase this book and give it to your parents/family/friends to read. It may help them understand your new found beliefs in a very nonthreatening manner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thanks to this book, and all of Scott's books, help me find what I wanted to know about the world of wicca. As a result, I am a Wiccan now. Blessed be to all who read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am about to be initiated. My guide, teacher, whatever you want to call her (she doesn't mind much), gave me this book to read as a study two years ago. So far, I have read all the books and have learned much. This is a good beginner book, as some other reviewers say.
LuvSeattle More than 1 year ago
Scott provides an informative, enlightening and warm introduction and guide to Wicca. Perfect for beginners and those who think earth-based religions are scary, sinful or harmful. This is a good foundational book that explains the basics of Wicca, the core philosophy of Do No Harm, and how to get started without spending a fortune (a stick works just as well as a fancy store-bought wand -- maybe even better as it's something *you* found and made to use as a tool). The book is also good for veteran Wiccan practitioners who want to get back to basics or to renew their sense of wonder. This, as well as other Cunningham books, are my favorites. Sadly, he passed from this world far too soon.
smguy More than 1 year ago
For a little while now I've been interested in Wicca, both the belief system and the practices. I went to a few Wicca and Pagan forums and read suggestions for beginners there. The consensus seemed to be two things: read and talk to people. At first, I thought about getting in touch with a Wicca group nearby to talk to someone about it, since Wicca is a communal religion, but I couldn't find any groups within reasonable access for a college student with no car and my location. So, I started poking around book lists. One of the book lists listed this book, and I was immediately interested when it was titled "For the Solitary Practitioner", as that was, indeed, my situation. So, I bought it... ... And loved it. I read it in about a week (excluding some of the rites at the end, but I'll get back to those). Every time I had a few free minutes I'd pull out up my Nook app on my phone and read a couple more pages. I couldn't put it down. It has all of the basics that I wanted to know about Wicca: "description" (I guess that's the best word) of the Goddess and God, the holy days, an explanation of the different tools used in Wicca, gobs of information on Magick, ritual, and altar setup, and some history of Wicca (not in that order). Basically, it covers the (core) belief system as well as giving you some insight into some Wiccan practices. Cunningham is very careful to stress throughout the entire book that he is basically just giving you a bare-bones rundown of the beliefs and practices, and even then they're still not set in stone. He goes to great lengths to insist that much of Wicca is up to what feels right to each individual, and different individuals and groups may practice what, on the surface, seem to be very different "Wiccas". But, at their core, they all come back to the same fundamental beliefs. And, when you get to the end, there's a surprise waiting for you! He's included an entire Book of Shadows (the book that each Wicca/coven keeps detailing different practices, rituals, incantations, etc). Normally, this is a VERY individual thing, but he has included this book to give people a taste of how one might perform the rituals and Magick of Wicca. This is where my reading pace slowed down. I would only a handful of these incantations and rituals each day because I kept feeling the urge to take some time in between each one for contemplation of what I just read. Some of these struck a chord with me, while others didn't, but that's what it's there for! He includes this to allow the reader a chance to figure out what sort of method of incantation that resonates with them so that they have somewhere to start with their Book of Shadows. I enjoyed this part of the book as much as the previous. All in all, in my (admittedly limited) opinion, this is a fantastic book for someone who knows little of Wicca and is interested in learned about the faith and the practices of this mysterious and often misunderstood religion. Highly recommended!
fleurfairy More than 1 year ago
I live in a semi-rural area where there are no covens or fellow Wiccans nearby (that I know of). This book is perfect for those who want to practice Wicca in a solitary manner or those who do not have access to groups of like-minded people. Scott Cunningham makes it very easy to learn the rituals and the meanings behind each action. There is no judgment, no hard-fast rules. Just gentle suggestions and guidance along with alot of easy-to-follow information on spells, symbols, sabbats, etc. I would highly recommend this for the beginning practitioner as well as the more advanced Solitary Witch.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is truly inspiring and extremely helpful for anyone interested in the Wiccan path. Cunningham offers a simple How-To approach which is great for beginners. He provides a simple guide to the Wiccan altar, tools, ritual, prayer/chants, sabbats, and a brief explanation of the Deities. While this book only scratches the surface of what is Wicca, it does provide a great amount of information to get you started. 
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was very simple and easy to understand for those who are still questioning whether the religion is for them. Cunningham offers information that is fact, as well as some personal experiences and beliefs, and he manages to keep them distinctly separate. Recommended for anyone curious about the Craft.
Pandaocalypse More than 1 year ago
I know that some people say Wicca in the Traditional sense is the only "real form" of Wicca, but for those interested in doing it as a Solitary (or even those who do have a coven, but want to do more at home things) then this book is for you. I've done all sorts of research into Wicca as far as ceremonies/rituals and such and Scott Cunningham presents a lot of good ideas for people who either: (A) Have never been introduced to Wicca before , or (B) aren't real sure how they want to proceed in Solitary practice. I found this book very useful and informative!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book, I cannot explain how amazing it is. If you are new to Wicca and want to get more into it. THIS IS A GREAT BOOK TO START OFF WITH! it has so much information! Everything I needed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am starting my journey on this path and this book has help me out I suggest reading living wicca to if your in with it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the first books i read when i became more interested in the craft. Its explains everything and it maybe the book you will ever need. Definitley recommend it to beginners.
miamc12321 More than 1 year ago
This and it's companion book, Living Wicca, are must haves for beginners.  Scott Cunningham speaks to his readers in a kind and simple manor.  I enjoyed every page of these wonderful books, and I'm so glad I have them.  I even refer back to these books while reading other books (mainly the ones from Scott's suggested reading list).  I am so grateful to him for writing these.  I highly, highly recommend these books.  Must haves for sure!
Kiterea More than 1 year ago
Mr. Cunningham's book was the one to start me on my Path, and I am so glad it was. Honest, well researched, and not full of "pop culture", just straightforward descriptions and explanations. The nuts and bolts of what we believe and why. Anyone who has come to me legitimately wanting to learn, I have given this book to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely the best read for everyone from novice to the elder. He makes a very abstract subject easy to understand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cunningham truly understood Wicca. I strongly rec this book to anyone who wants to learn more about the religion. His ethics are spot on, he doesn't try to mystify anything -- a good, solid, basic introduction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read for all beginners on the road to gaining an understanding of Wicca.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I reccomend this book to EVERY beginner to the 'Craft, this book is in caegories so its easy to read, i read this book when i first started wicca , and it has all the information on the basics of the earth-based religion to get started.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you aren't looking for a picture book that explains things STEP BY STEP, then this book is for you. ANYONE will recommend this book to a beginner. I believe that this book is perfect for everyone!