Everything you need to know about Wicca, from author Lisa Chamberlain.
It is estimated that there are over one million practicing Wiccans around the world today. But what is it that has made these people turn their back on the formal, structured religions that encompass the majority of the Western world?
In our modern, high-pressure world, many of us fail to take notice the sheer beauty of the natural world surrounding us. In many ways, this is a travesty: the world we live in today seems so completely distant from the one our ancestors lived in, a world where humans and nature were at one, their existence intertwined in the natural cycles of life.
Wicca is a new way of life, a religion that takes you back to a more simple time, before the invention of the high-tech gadgetry we see all around us. You will learn to live and appreciate the natural world that surrounds you, celebrating the intricate changes in the seasons and everything they bring - from the bounties of the summer harvest, to the cold and darkness of the winter months, as Mother Nature rests in preparation for the next explosive cycle of life that spring brings.
Wicca is a reincarnation of the very earliest religions, long pre-dating Christianity. Wiccans celebrate and share many of the same beliefs that these early people held and try to embrace their way of life, all while remaining fully-functional in today's modern world.
©2016 Lisa Chamberlain (P)2016 Lisa Chamberlain
I went into this book already pretty knowledgeable about the concepts behind Wicca, but with very, very little understanding about how to start practicing, choosing a path or deity, Sabbat celebrations or their meanings, ritual tools, etc, and I figured this inexpensive listen was as good a start as any. I won't say there's nothing of interest, but I found it very unhelpful for pretty much any of the things I mentioned.
My issue with this book is that it devoted way too much time (over half the production) to comparing and contrasting the merits of coven practicing versus solitary practicing (and how either is perfectly acceptable). While I'm not denying it's an aspect worth touching on, I felt like it could've been accomplished in a paragraph or so (most of us can easily comprehend the pitfalls of working in a group), rather than being reiterated with slightly shuffled words/contexts for an hour and 45min.
It has a few things of merit, but nothing that couldn't be found in much more informative works. Ultimately, I'd recommend this for teens/students who are vaguely interested but know nothing, because it emphasizes not succumbing to peer pressure in covens or ritual work. For those of us beginners who understand the basic concepts but very little else, pick up Scott Cunningham's 'Wicca' here on Audible instead.
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