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.
How I Found This Book
I found my physical copy in Chamblin’s Bookmine, a local used bookstore. But while searching for Witchy Podcasts, I found The Wiccan Read-Along Podcast where Phoenix read the whole book, chapter by chapter.
I fully understand why this has over 400,000 copies sold and is so highly recommended to people who are just learning about Wicca. Cunningham presents the basics in an easy way without ever talking down to his readers. He’s quick to remind practitioners that they can change and modify any and all pieces to fit their needs, and that the only thing that makes a “real” Wiccan, is deciding you’re a Wiccan.
While quick to point out that you can modify your practice how you want, there were still a few parts where Cunningham would present views as concrete. For instance, he focused very heavily that you MUST worship the Goddess and God, and even seemed to place greater importance on the Goddess than the God, rather than having them equal. I found myself arguing with him on certain pieces, like the one above.
Cunningham does extremely well with breaking things down into easily understood principals. He has created such a wonderful beginners book, that anyone can pick it up and start practicing should they so desire. He even includes exercises to practice in order to improve your skills of visualization, meditation, and more. I felt like I understood so much more after reading/listening to this book. I also highly recommend checking out the podcast. Phoenix, the narrator, does a wonderful job reading the book, and in later episodes even provides some personal commentary.
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