It is estimated that there are over 1,000,000 practicing Wiccans around the world today. But what is it that has made these people turn their backs on the formal, structured religions that encompass the majority of the Western world?
In our modern, high-pressured world, many of us fail to take notice of 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 one, their existences intertwined in the natural cycles of life. Wicca is a new way of life, a religion that takes us back to a simpler time, before the invention of the high-tech gadgetry we see all around us.
As a Wiccan, you will learn to live in and appreciate the natural world that surrounds you. You will also learn to celebrate 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, when 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 predating Christianity. Wiccans celebrate and share many of the same beliefs that early people held, and they try to embrace their ways of life, all while remaining fully functional in today's modern world. Wicca differs from the highly structured religions that most people in the Western world are familiar with. There is no sacred text to follow; Wiccans must take it upon themselves to piece together the many different aspects of this exciting, enchanting religion. Wicca for Beginners was created with these people in mind, acting as an entry point for anyone seeking information about the Wicca religion, whether you're just looking to learn more about the fascinating Wiccan way of life or you want to start practicing Wicca yourself. Blessed be!
©2015 Lisa Chamberlain (P)2015 Lisa Chamberlain
This is a good book. However, the quality of the recording itself is poor - very tinny and hollow sounding. Add to that the fact that the narrator is frequently unable to pronounce words in the text (eclectic was pronounced "uh-CLECK-lick," recognize became "RECK-uh-nize," etc.) and it becomes very difficult to listen to. I enjoy audiobooks as read by a diversity of narrators, but the ability to properly pronounce common words seems an obvious prerequisite for anyone chosen to read something aloud.
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I liked the whole book very much. It is informative, not pushy and it gives a peak into Wicca without the need to be the only truth for everyone. Thank you very much indeed, I will read this again to be sure to not miss anything that would be helpful to me.
This is a well organized, straightforward introduction to Wiccan history, current practices that a novice will find a great place to begin.
"An Excellent Guide to Wicca"
I was expecting this guide to be very very basic, and although it does go over the core beliefs and practices of Wicca, I found lots of new information here. I particularly like how the author goes into reasons for why Wiccans do and believe particular things, some of the interesting history and even breaks down ritual for beginners.
For anyone starting out or simply interested in Wicca, I would truly reccommend this guide as it is clear, to the point and very educating.
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