“Living Wicca: A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner” by Scott Cunningham
Living Wicca takes a philosophical look at the questions, practices, and differences within Witchcraft. You’ll learn how to create your own rituals and symbols, develop a book of shadows, and even become a high priest or priestess. Also covered in this Scott Cunningham classic are tools, magical names, initiation, the Mysteries, 120 Wiccan symbols, and the importance of secrecy in your practice. (Amazon)
I liked Living Wicca, however it seemed like it was written solely as a companion book to his “Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner“, like things he forgot to say or wanted to clarify. But I believe he even says that in the Introduction.
The book is divided into three sections; 1. Topics of Interest, 2. Daily Prayers and Rituals, 3. Creating your own Tradition. In his first section, he starts out by discussing the different aspects of Learning; Study, Thought, Prayer and Experiment. He discusses magickal names, self initiation, and basic Wiccan mysteries. The second section discusses prayers, chants, and rituals, complete with many examples. He also gives a pretty thorough run-down on what makes up a Wiccan “tradition” in his third section (not that I’d ever probably start my own trad, but it was interesting). And of course, there was a good reference section and bibliography. So apart from the fact that I think it could have been organised a bit better, this is definitely a good book to read!
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