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Wiccan Beliefs & Practices
Wiccan Beliefs & Practices
With Rituals for Solitaries & Covens

By: Gary Cantrell
Imprint: Llewellyn
Specs: Trade Paperback | 9781567181128
English  |  336 pages | 6 x 9 x 1 IN
Pub Date: May 2001
Price: $17.99 US,  $20.95 CAN
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List of Tables and Figures . . . xiv

About the Author . . . xv

Preface . . . xvii

Chapter 1. Definitions . . . 1
Wicca and Paganism
What Does Wicca Really Embody?
A Wiccan Philosophy
Chapter Summary

Chapter 2. The Ethics of Wicca . . . 39
The Wiccan Rede
The Rule of Three
The Wiccan Code of Chivalry
The Inviolate Circle
The Right and Wrong of Our Craft
Chapter Summary

Chapter 3. Getting Started . . . 57
The Mirror Book and the Book of Shadows
Tools and Instruments
Clothing and Adornments
Preparation for Rituals and Rites
Chapter Summary

Chapter 4. Mysteries and Rituals . . . 85
The Wiccan Mysteries
Sabbat Rituals
Esbat Rituals
Grounding
Chapter Summary

Chapter 5. Other Rites . . . 133
The Consecration Rite
The Dedication or Initiation Rite
The Cake and Ale Rite
Consecration of Tools
Raising Power
Drawing Down the Moon
The Great Rite
Handfasting
The Crone Rite
Passage to Summerland
Meditation
Chapter Summary

Chapter 6. Spellcraft and Magick . . . 159
What Is Spellcraft?
Performing Magick
Herbs
Chapter Summary

Chapter 7. Divination . . . 185
The Pendulum
The Scrying Mirror
The Runes

Chapter 8. The Physically Challenged Witch . . . 199
Acute Hearing Loss
Severe Back Problems
Immobile and Dependent
Chapter Summary

Chapter 9. The Humorous Side . . . 211
A Stranger Knocks
A Unique Invocation to the Spirit of Water
Candles and Small Spaces
A Critter Enters the Circle
Some Short Anecdotes
Chapter Summary

Chapter 10. Out of the Broom Closet . . . 223
Wicca Is a Duly Constituted and Recognized Religion
Opposition
Why I Chose to Come Out of the Broom Closet
How to Do It
Chapter Summary

Appendix A Classic Wiccan Texts . . . 253
The Wiccan Rede (version 1)
The Wiccan Rede (version 2)
The Charge of the Goddess
The Charge of the God

Appendix B General Deity and Quarters Invocations . . . 259
The Call to the Goddess
The Call to the God
Basic Ritual Invocations to the God and Goddess Invocations to the Quarters

Appendix C A Brief Dictionary of Pagan Gods and Goddesses . . . 269

Appendix D Shops and Sources . . . 277
Pagan Shops
Periodical Publications
Classical and Medieval Arms and Attire
Edged Weapons and Accessories
Bibliography . . . 281
Websites
Books of General and Historical Interest
Books on Wicca and Witchcraft

Glossary . . . 297

Index . . . 305
Tables and Figures
Table 1. Descriptions of Several Paths of Wicca . . . 33
Table 2. Candles . . . 82
Table 3. Incense . . . 83
Table 4. Full Moon Dates Through 2004 . . . 128
Table 5. Dark Moon Dates Through 2004 . . . 129
Table 6. Lunar Correspondence Table . . . 130
Figure 1. A Representation of Pagan Traditions and Paths . . . 5
Figure 2. The Wheel of the Year . . . 25
Figure 3. A Divinity Concept . . . 28
Figure 4. Placement of Altar Objects . . . 64
Figure 5. The Pentagram and Its Meanings . . . 69
Figure 6. Layout of the Sacred Circle . . . 75
Figure 7. An Example of the Ogham Alphabet . . . 191
Figure 8. The First Four Runes of the Elder Futhark Runic Alphabet . . . 193
Figure 9. Rune Configuration for The Candle . . . 195Figure 10. Rune Configuration for Thor's Trinity . . . 196



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