In the beginning everything is fresh and new. Learning how to cast a circle, work magick, compile a Book of Shadows, and honor the God and Goddess on esbats and sabbats can be exhilarating. But once you've mastered the basics of Witchcraft comes the real challenge of living your faith every moment of every day. Living as a Witch is knowing that you are the magick.
Advanced Witchcraft doesn't contain any “Wicca 101” information—it assumes that you're already familiar with the nuts and bolts of the Craft. Instead, this book challenges you to think critically about your beliefs and practices, what they mean to you, how they've changed, and where you're going. Along the way you'll also learn many techniques for intermediate and advanced Witches, including:
—Meeting your shadow —Advanced warding and psychic self-defense —Power animals, familiars, and shapeshifters —Working the labyrinth and the maze —Advanced tree spirituality —Advanced augury and divination —Magick and ritual using the fine arts of storytelling, dance, music, art, and drama —The art of Wishcraft —Spirits and lost souls —Banishing and closing portals —The healing arts
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