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This is the ultimate guide to the ancient religion of Wicca by best-selling Pagan author, D. J. Conway. WICCA: THE COMPLETE CRAFT offers a comprehensive overview of Wiccan philosophy, dispels the common misconceptions, and is a useful primer for practicing Wicca as a spiritual lifestyle. Included are chapters on sacred space, ritual tools, holy days, meditations and visual This is the ultimate guide to the ancient religion of Wicca by best-selling Pagan author, D. J. Conway. WICCA: THE COMPLETE CRAFT offers a comprehensive overview of Wiccan philosophy, dispels the common misconceptions, and is a useful primer for practicing Wicca as a spiritual lifestyle. Included are chapters on sacred space, ritual tools, holy days, meditations and visualizations, spells and the art of spell casting, as well as terminology.


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This is the ultimate guide to the ancient religion of Wicca by best-selling Pagan author, D. J. Conway. WICCA: THE COMPLETE CRAFT offers a comprehensive overview of Wiccan philosophy, dispels the common misconceptions, and is a useful primer for practicing Wicca as a spiritual lifestyle. Included are chapters on sacred space, ritual tools, holy days, meditations and visual This is the ultimate guide to the ancient religion of Wicca by best-selling Pagan author, D. J. Conway. WICCA: THE COMPLETE CRAFT offers a comprehensive overview of Wiccan philosophy, dispels the common misconceptions, and is a useful primer for practicing Wicca as a spiritual lifestyle. Included are chapters on sacred space, ritual tools, holy days, meditations and visualizations, spells and the art of spell casting, as well as terminology.

30 review for Wicca: The Complete Craft

  1. 4 out of 5

    FehuTree

    There was some good information, then there is some really bad information as well. Here is why I gave this book only a 1 star. These quotes were only from one Chapter, by the way. I didn't even get to the history chapter. Throughout the book, she keeps listing inaccuracies one by one and refutes them as the truth without any ground. "Witchcraft is an ancient nature religion that dates back to the Neolithic times." Umm. no. Witchcraft is a practice, not a religion. Witchcraft is not equal with S There was some good information, then there is some really bad information as well. Here is why I gave this book only a 1 star. These quotes were only from one Chapter, by the way. I didn't even get to the history chapter. Throughout the book, she keeps listing inaccuracies one by one and refutes them as the truth without any ground. "Witchcraft is an ancient nature religion that dates back to the Neolithic times." Umm. no. Witchcraft is a practice, not a religion. Witchcraft is not equal with Shamanism. And, Shamanism goes back to the Paleolithic era, not the Neolithic era. "The words Wicca, Witchcraft, and the Craft are actually interchangeable." Sorry, but they are not. Wicca is a religion and Witchcraft is a craft. Hence, why it is called the Craft. "Usually, the Goddess holds the prime place in Wicca, with the God acknowledged as Her consort.." The Goddess and God are considered dualistic, but equal. Neither overpower the other. If you want to throw in the argument of Dianic Wicca, I will say that even Zsusanna Budapest says it is a type of pagan witchcraft, not Wicca. The correct term is Dianic Witchcraft. Please do not get this book. The author clearly doesn't know what she is talking about. I almost feel inclined to burn my copy, and wouldn't even donate it to the local library. That's how bad this book is. Instead, I highly recommend you read 'Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practicioner' by Scott Cunningham in combination with his second book: 'Living Wicca: A Further Guide for the Solitary Practicioner.'

  2. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    Wicca: The Complete Craft has proven as a useful book for study and information regarding the Gods and Goddesses. However, I won't use this as a primary guide as (and this is just me and how I feel - determine your own thoughts and feelings should you choose to read it) the author makes a very many references to Alistair Crowley. Personally, this is not someone I do nor do I ever intend to follow. I primarily turn to the guides from Scott Cunningham who beautifully embraced the religion for what Wicca: The Complete Craft has proven as a useful book for study and information regarding the Gods and Goddesses. However, I won't use this as a primary guide as (and this is just me and how I feel - determine your own thoughts and feelings should you choose to read it) the author makes a very many references to Alistair Crowley. Personally, this is not someone I do nor do I ever intend to follow. I primarily turn to the guides from Scott Cunningham who beautifully embraced the religion for what it should be, a way of life learning to become closer each day to the Goddess and the God, to love nature and all things and to create beauty and love with visualization. I don't believe Crowley intended any of these things at least not all of them. We should not use this religion for a sense of power over others or for negative intent. Whatever you do comes back to you three-fold. If you're just starting your journey through Wicca, I would highly recommend beginning with Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham followed by Cunninghams book Living Wicca.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Erik Akre

    It seems that this book was conceived as a kind of Wiccan Walmart, where you can get everything you want, and it's cheap, but it's cheap. That sounds derogatory, and I guess it is, but I liked this book nevertheless. I devoured it hungrily. There's so much to it, and lots of practical (if somewhat vague) advice for someone who wants so badly to begin practicing. It lacks some authenticity, I think; by that I mean it's shallow... But it sure is fun. What I remember most is the endless lists of reci It seems that this book was conceived as a kind of Wiccan Walmart, where you can get everything you want, and it's cheap, but it's cheap. That sounds derogatory, and I guess it is, but I liked this book nevertheless. I devoured it hungrily. There's so much to it, and lots of practical (if somewhat vague) advice for someone who wants so badly to begin practicing. It lacks some authenticity, I think; by that I mean it's shallow... But it sure is fun. What I remember most is the endless lists of recipes for oils and incenses, and the endless lists of gods and goddesses and their descriptions (each about two sentences long...). It's all very tantalizing; it's all very hypnotizing. I think I obsessively read every single page, every single word. I read this book when I was in the "getting-fired-up" stage of my tryst with the Craft. If I ever became a serious, deep, sincere witch, I might chuckle at such a book. But I have to rate it based on enjoyment. I enjoyed this book like a hungry seven-year-old enjoys a big chocolate bunny from the candy isle at Walmart, except without the significant stomach ache afterwards. Conway's book is luscious and sweet and fatty, and no harm comes from it in the end.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Aleasha

    I only flipped through this book, but it seems to be a perfect study guide for someone wanting to practice Wicca.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    This book was very informative. However, the author's personal views and opinions are very distinguished. In some portions, it is said that Wicca can be what one wishes it to be. In this same book, the author states that you can not believe in any Christian God, Devil, or Angels in one's worship because he claims it's an "oxymoron", due to the persecution of witches by Christians in the past. The author, while knowledgeable, shows arrogance in some of the way he refers to amateurs of the practic This book was very informative. However, the author's personal views and opinions are very distinguished. In some portions, it is said that Wicca can be what one wishes it to be. In this same book, the author states that you can not believe in any Christian God, Devil, or Angels in one's worship because he claims it's an "oxymoron", due to the persecution of witches by Christians in the past. The author, while knowledgeable, shows arrogance in some of the way he refers to amateurs of the practice; such as "wannabe witch" or "lazy and indecisive". Overall, it is a great book and I enjoyed it. Just take the author's words with a grain of salt in some of the portions. However, due to disagreeing with how the author handled speaking about specific historical events or practitioners of wicca and paganism, I have to rate this 4-Stars instead of 5.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    This is one of the most informative books I’ve ever read on the subject. The author doesn’t tell you how you should practice, but gives you one of many ways, and promotes self exploration the way Wicca was meant to be. I always find myself going back to this book for its wisdom or just for inspiration.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Montgomery

    One of the best wicca 101 books out there. Most barely scrape the surface of the craft, and make little if any mention on deities from different pantheons, and have very few in depth meditations. I bought this book because it had information that doesn't typically come with the "beginner" books, and I would re commend it to anyone passed the "what is wicca and how do I get started" phase, as it answered a lot of my questions, an had a great spell working section. One of the best wicca 101 books out there. Most barely scrape the surface of the craft, and make little if any mention on deities from different pantheons, and have very few in depth meditations. I bought this book because it had information that doesn't typically come with the "beginner" books, and I would re commend it to anyone passed the "what is wicca and how do I get started" phase, as it answered a lot of my questions, an had a great spell working section.

  8. 4 out of 5

    AA

    The reason I bought this book was for the intro paragraph that basically tells kids under 18 and anyone wanting to be more goth than thou to go listen to music and come back and buy the book when they're ready to grow up. :) I liked that this book gave facts and information in a clear manner that didn't try to convert the reader nor sugar coat and glorify facts. It gives a clear definition of a religion that has many aspects. The reason I bought this book was for the intro paragraph that basically tells kids under 18 and anyone wanting to be more goth than thou to go listen to music and come back and buy the book when they're ready to grow up. :) I liked that this book gave facts and information in a clear manner that didn't try to convert the reader nor sugar coat and glorify facts. It gives a clear definition of a religion that has many aspects.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nora Peevy

    Wicca: the Complete Craft by D.J. Conway. This book covers the basics of Wicca for beginners. Like Ellen Dugan's books, it's written in a friendly tone. The material is helpful, but I didn't like think the order it was presented in was the most logical. I also thought some of the material needed to be discussed a little more in depth, though for beginners or for research material, this book is a good starting point. Wicca: the Complete Craft by D.J. Conway. This book covers the basics of Wicca for beginners. Like Ellen Dugan's books, it's written in a friendly tone. The material is helpful, but I didn't like think the order it was presented in was the most logical. I also thought some of the material needed to be discussed a little more in depth, though for beginners or for research material, this book is a good starting point.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Conway devotes a lot of time and energy to magical workings in Wicca than the religion proper, which is interesting but not quite what I'm looking for at this point. However, I expect I will refer back to her book now and again in the future. It's not perfect, and I question some of her "facts" about the history of the practice, but it was worth the read. Conway devotes a lot of time and energy to magical workings in Wicca than the religion proper, which is interesting but not quite what I'm looking for at this point. However, I expect I will refer back to her book now and again in the future. It's not perfect, and I question some of her "facts" about the history of the practice, but it was worth the read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Empath Warrior

    Definitely a book I will have to add to my collection. This text is thorough and honest, giving a very well-rounded idea of Wicca. I definitely recommend this book for anyone interested in the Craft. While I do not agree with everything that was said, I like how the author explained that we shouldn't all think alike. Great reference guide for many different aspects of Wicca. Definitely a book I will have to add to my collection. This text is thorough and honest, giving a very well-rounded idea of Wicca. I definitely recommend this book for anyone interested in the Craft. While I do not agree with everything that was said, I like how the author explained that we shouldn't all think alike. Great reference guide for many different aspects of Wicca.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Varja Askeland

    I havn't read the complete book yet, but so far I have to say that it is one of the best Wicca 101 books I have ever read. It cover basically everything you need to know, it doesn't explain everything very deep but it covers the basics, it is perfect for a beginner ! I havn't read the complete book yet, but so far I have to say that it is one of the best Wicca 101 books I have ever read. It cover basically everything you need to know, it doesn't explain everything very deep but it covers the basics, it is perfect for a beginner !

  13. 4 out of 5

    D.j. Anderson

    I enjoyed the book in the sense of it being very clear and informational. However, this book does veer quite a bit from traditional Wiccan path. I do advise those who wish to learn about Wicca to read this front to back, though!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sage

    This is a great book if you are new to Wicca. D.J. Conway first starts off with a little bit of witch history and goes into more modern practices. Goes over many topics. I still end up going back to this book time and time again.

  15. 5 out of 5

    S.

    Very beautiful if this is your choice, although I do not believe one can initiate themselves, the spirituality is very basic, void of the complications of standardized religions, to me that is highly attractive. A good path tp follow for some

  16. 4 out of 5

    Andy Lawless

    Good overview of the craft

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kristy

    I'm currently reading this book, which is like a pagan encyclopedia and very informative. it's one of the best books on paganism that I've picked up yet! I'm currently reading this book, which is like a pagan encyclopedia and very informative. it's one of the best books on paganism that I've picked up yet!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    This book makes the art of Wicca easy to comprehend. It is well written and easy to follow.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Marlene Slade

    I own this book as well. Wicca is my life. Brightest Blessings to all!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Feyheart

    Very good book for reference, has great information for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. One of my favorites.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Leannear24

    it gives me everything that i need

  22. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Jackson

  23. 5 out of 5

    K Van Brunt

  24. 4 out of 5

    Allyn Hamblin

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nerti U. Qatja

  26. 5 out of 5

    زينب

  27. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

  28. 4 out of 5

    Americanwicca

  29. 4 out of 5

    Pauline Lindahl

  30. 4 out of 5

    Beth Scanlon

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