Towards the Wiccan Circle - A Practical Introduction to the Principles of Wicca by Sorita D'este
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
If your just getting into Wicca and/or Witchcraft then this is one excellent book to start with. Sorita d'Este give a thorough and basic over view for the new comer. Her first discussion starts with an analysis of the difference between Paganism, Witchcraft and Wicca. They're used interchangeably but they are not synonymous. Being a Pagan someone who worship old deities is not the same as a Wiccan who believes in a God and Goddess and honor the divine feminine as well as believing that all Goddesses are one goddess and all gods are one god. Wicca is a religion and it is a form of witch craft. But a witch is not necessarily a Wiccan.
The next over view discusses the definition of magic. Which means to influence reality in accordance with ones will. In this guide one is taught about the beginnings of Wicca and it's origins. There are lessons on how to cast a circle, call the elements and how to reverse the ritual and open your circle.
Each chapter or lesson has written exercises at the end of it along with references for further reading.
This book could be used in tandem with other books or it can be used as a stand alone. It's main strength is that it is simple to read and follow. There is nothing confusing about it in any way shape or form. I feel this would be a perfect book to start with. Further on you could get "Solitary Wicca" and "Living Wicca" by Scott Cunningham. To be honest I think I got more out of Sorita's book then I did with Solitary and Wicca. If you are a beginner then start with this one. Those who are intermediate will probably get a lot out this book as. Great job Sorita this book is excellent. I wish it was the first book that I had read.
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