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Crafting Wiccan Traditions
Crafting Wiccan Traditions
Creating a Foundation for Your Spiritual Beliefs & Practices

By: Raven Grimassi
Imprint: Llewellyn
Specs: Trade Paperback | 9780738711089
English  |  264 pages | 6 x 9 x 1 IN
Pub Date: February 2008
Price: $17.99 US,  $20.95 CAN
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Where is Twenty-First Century Wicca?

When Wicca first started to gain in popularity during the last half of the twentieth-century, it was strongly focused on a few basic beliefs and paths, as well as passing on that wisdom through a tribal or coven structure. During the last few decades, however, this has radically changed. New books and the rise of the Internet have helped seekers discover pantheons, practices, and beliefs that are entirely non-traditional while also being entirely Wiccan. As a result, people are using the new techniques and rituals in an attempt to cobble together new spiritual paths. What is really needed is a source that doesn't merely give new information on rites and beliefs, but is a guidebook for actually creating completely new spiritual traditions that are based on the past but also look to the future.

Finally, such a book has been written, and you can be one of the first people to get it. Crafting Wiccan Traditions was created by Raven Grimassi, respected author of books including The Wiccan Mysteries, Wiccan Magic, and Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft.

Start Your Own Tradition
"Wiccan tradition" seems to imply something ancient. However, in the Pagan community at large, it means "the foundation of your beliefs and practices. It is your view of inner reality and a map of how things operate in your "mini-universe." In this book, you'll discover everything you need to know to start a tradition to share with others or simply gain the direction to find a spiritual path that is completely and totally satisfying. Other books give rituals; this is the only book that will help you create your own tradition. With it you will:

• Discover keys to choose deities for your tradition
• Construct new and unique rituals to match your beliefs
• Establish a training system to guide others in the tradition
• Learn about different levels of hierarchy you can adopt
• Find new ways to understand the Wheel of the Year
• Design rituals for a solitary practitioner of your tradition
• Determine your concepts of initiation, dedication, and degrees
• Create a book of shadows

Crafting Wiccan Traditions includes several rituals for groups and for solitary practitioners that you can use or modify to fit your needs.

Respect the Past—Create the Future
If you haven't found any Wiccan tradition that fits your needs, this book is an absolute must! With its guidance, you can incorporate what you need into a complete system that works spiritually, metaphysically, and magically. It shows how to select deities that are harmonious and do not simply "borrow" from this culture or that. This respects the past, the deities, and the culture that is their home. It also shows how to have deities that are not the "head" god and goddess of the tradition but with which you have a direct and personal link. Which deities you use is up to you. Guidance in this decision is found in Crafting Wiccan Traditions.

There are two major types of rituals. Religious or spiritual rituals venerate the deities of your tradition. Magical rituals request aid, raise energy for a purpose, etc. Here you'll learn the difference between these rituals and how you can create your own.

The book includes a guideline for magical training based on an eightfold path, including mental discipline, ritual knowledge, psychic development, personal power, sex magic, and more.

Crafting Wiccan Traditions is the first and only book on Wicca that doesn't tell you what to do or believe. Rather, it helps you and guides you to find the answers that work for you. It shows you how to develop your own tradition rather than following the routines of someone else's path. Unlike any other book, it lets you be you, helps you develop your own spiritual path, and practice powerful magic within the amazing tradition you create.

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