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If You Want to be a Witch
If You Want to be a Witch
A Practical Introduction to the Craft

By: Edain McCoy
Imprint: Llewellyn
Specs: Trade Paperback | 9780738705149
English  |  264 pages | 8 x 9 x 1 IN
Pub Date: June 2004
Price: $20.95 US
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 So, You Think You Wanna Be a Witch? 1
Chapter 1 In the Beginning 5
What Next? 8
Starting Your Own Book of Shadows 9
Challenging Your Mind 12
The Student Witch 13

Chapter 2 The Birth and Rebirth of Witchcraft 15
Everything Old Is New Again 16
A Critical Eye on Craft History 22
Ethnic Cultures within Wicca 24
Making Our Own History 25

Chapter 3 A Witch's Life 27
Taking Time Out 29
Meditative Consciousness & Grounding 31
The Rede & the Threefold Law 37
Magick in Wicca 39

Chapter 4 The Power of Ritual 41
Sacred Spaces 43

Chapter 5 What Witches Do: The Sabbats 61
The Eight Sabbats of Witchcraft 63

Chapter 6 What Witches Do: The Esbats 83
Honoring the Moon As We Honor the Sun 85
The Triple Goddess 86
Exploring the Hidden Self 87
The Esbat Celebration 88

Chapter 7 “Are you a good witch, or a bad witch?” 97
Is “Harm None” a Realistic Goal? 98
Shades of Gray 99
Being a Good Witch 100
Black & White as Magical Colors 101
Green Magick 102
Chapter 8 The Basics of Divination 103
How Divination Works 104
Divination Methods 105

Chapter 9 The Physics of Magick 111
Avoiding Consequences 114
Six Prerequisites for Successful Spellcraft 114
The Six Magical Skills 119
Putting It All Together 130
When Not to Practice Magickal Skills 130

Chapter 10 The Craft of the Wise 133
The Ancient Art of Healing 134
Magickal Herbalism & that Scottish Play 136
Simple Candle Magick 139
Choosing the Best Color for Your Magick 142
What Do You Do When a Spell Fails? 145

Chapter 11 Do You Still Want To Be a Witch? 149
Finding More Answers (and Questions) 150
Coming Out of the Broom Closet 153
Time & Tests for Introspection 155

Chapter 12 Taking Your First Steps into Witchcraft 167
Beyond Your Year & a Day 169
If You Need More Help 169
Be Careful What You Wish For 170
Witchcraft Is Hard Work 172

Networking: Study Groups & Covens 173

Seek & Ye Shall Find 174

Begin Your Quest for the Right Tools 178

Your Year & a Day 185

Appendix 1 Herbs & Gemstones 187
Appendix 2 Moon Signs 195
Appendix 3 Resources 203
Appendix 4 Glossary of Common Witchcraft Terms 217
Appendix 5 Suggested Reading 235
Index 243

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