© 2003 Starhawk; (P)2003 Sounds True
I read this in an unabridged CD format. Starhawk narrates the audiobook in a calm, clear voice starting with a brief history of Wicca and outlining its structure, belief system, holidays, the importance of the moon cycles, the God and Goddess concept, the cycles of life and nature, and then briefly describes the ritual and tools a witch uses. She then moves along to active practice leading the listener through a grounding session which incorporates slow, yogic breathing to calm the mind of busy thoughts which gently leads one into a meditative state necessary for successful ritual work. The recording ends with a step-by-step ritual.
This is a good place to start for anyone interested in learning what Wicca is all about. However there is a lot of information packed into the first section that only briefly touches on subjects that will require further reading for anyone seriously interested in practicing Wicca. That?s not really a complaint as there are so many aspects of Wicca that they could never properly be detailed in one tome (well, it may be possible but the thing would weigh several tons and be impossible to lug around!). Still, I do wish this audio were longer than a little over one hour as I very much enjoyed Starhawk's narration and her informative writing skills.
This is an excellent introduction to Wicca. It is inspiring and interesting. The author is amazing and is able to explain things with clarity, wit and profundity. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who might be interested or even just curious about this subject.
I've been out of the broom closet for a while and enjoy listening to/reading about different paths and pagan styles. The conversational quality of the book makes it easy to listen to and not loss interest. The meditation exercise is a great information and advice for centering ones self. The only thing I didn't like was the very feminist tone of the book, but I do take into account the author and their beliefs. The male aspect is discussed, but very briefly, that is the only thing I didn't like. There was no male or other religion bashing, and the tone is very open and inviting. A great example of an open, welcoming introduction to one of the many pagan paths.
Treat yourself to a great teacher of Wicca. Starhawk has many years of experience to draw from, and her understanding and teaching of this ancient religion is unprecedented. She reads in a calm manner which is not only easy to understand but easy to comprehend. I enjoy her audiobooks immensly, and I know you will too!
I have followed a pagan spiritual path for many years, and have just recently started using this particular medium (audio books) as my main tool for study. I was first disappointed with the limited, sparse at best, selection of pagan literature. I prefer Scott Cunningham's "Wicca, A guide for the solitary practitioner". I found this book to be too concerned with connections between the witches of old and modern heretics, and far too light on the fundamentals of Wicca. Nowhere was the creed mentioned, very little if anything said on Herb Lore, Color energies, stones, candle magick. This book is good for those seeking a guided meditation with Wiccan overtones. I do not recommend this book for someone who knows nothing of the Wiccan path for I am afraid it is simply ineffective at relating the greatness of such a spiritual path.
Easy, Interesting and Magical
Earth Magic by Starhawk. It is as well a very good one to initiate into Wicca
The one with the drum and the exercise
Hope you can put in more books of her
I've been an Audie Awards judge since 2008. I have enjoyed audiobooks since the days when they were called "Books on Tape".
Bought this as I have a friend who is Wiccan and had been reading several books about the faith and talking to others about it in order to "broaden my horizon of understaning". I and several Wiccan friends would call this book more of a "ex-Jewish Feminist Native American Hari Krishna with just a little eye of newt for flavor" than American Wicca or English Witchcraft or Druidism - which (it seems to me) are all 2/3rds some other religious belief that fit liberal anti-establishment views of the time of it's rebirth in the 60's. Most of the real practice was lost to fire and pitchfork 600 years ago.
Her open sinus voice was a little annoying. I understand the point of someone needing to explain the views of their faith in first person, but it was still a little annoying.
"Not quite what I was expecting."
I was expecting this book to go in to some detail about the basic practices of Wicca as well as the beliefs, but found actually it's just a very long description of how the author herself perceives Wicca.
The narrator of the book is the author and, as a previous reviewer mentioned, she isn't a particularly good narrator. She speaks as if having a conversation with you and occasionally leaves strange pauses mid-sentence.
She also barely mentions the male side of Wicca. She briefly gives a small description of the male deity, but also very early on quotes, "When God is male, men are God" and talks a LOT about feminism and speaks as if the Goddess is the only deity in Wicca, which is far from correct. Wicca is about nature and life and that involves both male and female.
The author seems to believe that her personal interpretation of Wicca is what all Wiccan's believe, but I definitely would recommend further research after listening to this as on a few points she's actually pretty far off.
The last 25 minutes of the audio book is actually just a meditation that the author herself does every day, which I felt was a little unnecessary.
I've already downloaded her other audio book, so I can only hope it's an improvement on this one.
"Not very inspiring"
I was interested in Wicca and thought this would be a good place to start.
The narrator has a strong American accent. As I'm not familiar with some of the terminology I couldn't catch some words even after replaying. Therefore alot of crucial information is missing through her accent.
At the start she pauses in odd places, so much so that I checked my iPod thinking there was a fault.
So, if you can understand her, I think it probably would earn 4 stars, but I'm sure there is a better audiobook out there than this one.
"What it says on the tin!"
This is an excellent intoduction to Wicca and to earth-based religions in general.
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