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All of the books I recommend here are, in my opinion, the best on the market. They offer information for everyone from the curious parent who wishes to know JUST what their teen-ager is up to, to the mature Pagan who wishes to explore the history and future of Paganism, Wicca, and/or Ecclectic Solitary Practice. Each book has either my personal recommendation or is recognized by many in the community as authoratative. As an associate of Amazon.com , you can be sure you are getting an honest price from a respected retailer.

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Drawing Down the Moon : Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today Margot Adler
For nearly two decades, Drawing Down the Moon, the only detailed history of a little-known and widely misunderstood movement, has provided the most authoritative look at the religious beliefs, experiences, and lifestyles of the neopagan culture. "A healthy corrective."--The New York Times Book Review. of photos.

This book is an excellant resource, though rather dryly presented. It reads a bit like a college text book, but is definitely worth having for a reference --SlvrSplsh

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Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner Scott Cunningham
....is the essential primer from one of the best known authors on Wicca. Focusing on the importance of individualism in your spiritual path, Cunningham explains the very basics of Sabbats (holy days), ceremonies, altars, and other nuts and bolts of Wicca that a solitary practitioner may have trouble finding elsewhere. While Wicca shouldn't be your sole point of reference when considering Wicca as your way of life, it is one of the best starting points. --Brian Patterson Amazon.com

This is an excellant first book if it isn't your only book. Scott Cunningham's books have done as much or more for the solitary practice of Pagan Paths as anyone elses, but I find him to be a a little unbalanced in his views. All is not "White Light". I highly recommend the book, but be aware there is much more to the Craft. --SlvrSplsh

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Living Wicca: A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner Scott Cunningham
Living Wicca is the perfect companion to Cunningham's Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, containing the same concise and comprehendible style that makes the first book so enjoyable. With Living Wicca, Cunningham goes beyond the mechanics of the faith and emphasizes the importance of making Wicca a part of your everyday life. Focusing on the solitary practitioner, Cunningham encourages you to make your own path within the Wiccan tradition, and offers simple suggestions, from recycling to visiting the park, that heighten your spiritual awareness of the mundane world. --Brian Patterson Amazon.com

This is a nice companion piece to the above book, but still lacks the balanced perspective. They are excellant for beginners, but are not the end all of Pagan thought. --SlvrSplsh

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Wicca : The Old Religion in the New Age Vivianne Crowley
....explains "the way of the witch,'' the path to self-discovery, showing how Wicca--rapidly regaining its former popularity--has real relevance in today's world. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title

I include this publisher's review because it is from the edition that I have. This was the second book I bought on the Craft and it offered the balance I found lacking in Scott Cunningham's "Solitary Practitioner". Mrs. Crowley offers a historical perspective as well as adaptations made for our modern world. I highly recommend this book, and I am glad to see it back in print. --SlvrSplsh

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Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland
A great "first-start" for the student of Wicca! As a high priestess, I found this book to be a wonderful "starting point" for students just starting on the path of the Wicca. However, it does tend to give the impression that "this is what ALL Witches do", when in fact this is not so. Further, I found it to be wanting in many areas (i.e., the herbology, cheiromancy and astrology sections). Issues were touched upon but never followed through with any degree of satisfaction. Perhaps this is what Mr. Buckland intended -- to foster someone's interest enough in one area to delve into it further. The section covering the Deity understanding is a bit lacking in information for my tastes; nevertheless, it is an invaluable tool for the beginning students, and often a required read of my own novices. --Lady Jessica from Ketchikan, Alaska , September 16, 1998 (courtesy Amazon.com)

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A Witches' Bible Stewart and Janet Farrar
Everything you need to know is here! The Sabbats; Casting & Banishing the Magic Circle; The Complete Book of Shadows; The Great Rite; Initiation Rites; Consecration Rites; Spells; Witches' Tools; Witchcraft & Sex; Running a Coven; Clairvoyance; Astral Projection. This collection includes two books in one volume, Eight Sabbats for Witches and The Witches' Way and is the most comprehensive and revealing work on the principles, rituals and beliefs of modern witchcraft.--Amazon.com

The information in this book is a true goldmine of thought from two of the people who helped shape the Craft as we know it today. The Farrars were founding members of the Alexandrian Tradition (along with Alex Saunders). I highly recommend this book to serious followers of the Craft. It is not a good first book. as it tends to bog the reader down in details, but once beyond the exploratory stages you will truly appreciate this volume. --SlvrSplsh


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