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A Wiccan Bible: Exploring the Mysteries of the Craft from Birth to Summerland

by A. J. Drew

Buy the book: A. J. Drew. A Wiccan Bible: Exploring the Mysteries of the Craft from Birth to Summerland

Release Date: August, 2003

Edition: Paperback


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Buy the book: A. J. Drew. A Wiccan Bible: Exploring the Mysteries of the Craft from Birth to Summerland

Did Marian Weinstein and Herman Slater have a boy?

Mr. Drew is the only pagan author who seems to have the uncanny ability to make me cry, laugh and cheer while reading his books. Reading this book reminded me of those early days in New York. It reminds me of when I could turn on the radio to hear Marian Weinstein (our lovely 'Giggle Witch') or stop at the Magical Child (back when it was called the Warlock Shop) for coffee and conversation with Horrible Herman (Herman Slater). It is the type of book that Leo Martello would have brought to Central Park for our summer picnic discussions. With A Wiccan Bible in print, Drew has assured his place in the hearts and libraries of many Wiccans, especially those of us who remember the days when our authors had a sense of humor and Horrible Herman wasn't nearly as horrible. If I had to sum up what I feel in a sentence, that sentence would be; 'This book tells me that Mr. Drew is one of us'. Now I have to figure out just who he is. He sounds like one of the crowd from West Islip, New York as far back as the late 60's or maybe early 70's, but I don't remember the name. If I had to take a guess, I might guess he is Marion Weinstein's boy but I don't think she ever had children.

This book was a great deal more than I thought it would be. As one who has been actively and publicly Wiccan for many years, it was nice to see meaning returning, in printed form, to my religion. Most books tell the uninitiated where to put their feet. This book tells the reader why to put their feet there. Actually, it says nothing about feet but you get the idea. I would not recommend this to anyone who is new to the craft. It is far too advanced for the beginner. But for someone who has been active for a time, it is wondrous. I about fainted when I saw mention of the lustral bath. Now there is a vital part of Wiccan ritual that most books skip.

It was refreshing to find an author who reminded us that this is his Wicca, rather than claiming that this is Wicca. I particularly liked the hint of this in the title; A Wiccan Bible and the authors note that a "bible" is a collection of sacred texts and that this is his collection; hence the 'a'. It could have better been titled 'A Wiccan's Bible' but as it is, the title is much better than A Witches Bible Complete by the Farrars due to the incompleteness of any book on the subject or The Good Witches Bible by the Frosts due to the word "the" in the title.

This book will be sure to please any Wiccan who is not stuck in a eurocentric mindset. Although I am sure racists wont like the idea that Wicca has developed into a world religion, I think the majority of open minded Wiccans will not only love it, they will benefit greatly from reading it. They will also benefit from one of the most inclusive listing of gods and goddesses that I have seen to date.

I do not always agree with this author, but it is joyous to find a book that says something which might cause me to disagree. Most books seem to rehash the same old material. It is hard to argue with a book that tells the reader an athame is usually double edged. Instead of rehashing the basics, Drew. Surprising, in most cases I find myself wholeheartedly agreeing.

The only bad thing I could say about this book is that it reveals secrets, which were once reserved for initiates only. Many others and myself feel that these secrets are best kept out of the hands of the uninitiated and those without a formal teacher. I have not allowed this concern to influence my rating because this issue is addressed within its pages and Mr. Drew does give very good argument as to why such secrets should be made available in times as critical as the ones in which we live.

Blessed be Mr. Drew and may you too live free!

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A Stunning and Challenging Examination of Wiccan Thought

A WICCAN BIBLE is a book that will challenge and inspire, as well as educate. Overflowing with solid information, insight and experience, this guide to Wiccan belief and cosmology examines the various stages of life a Wiccan will live through, yet does so in a way that challenges just how that life will be lived.

The author successfully uses his own experiences and wisdom to open up the deeper realms of Wiccan life to those who may have only before scratched the surface. Yes, the basics are all here - the Rede, the sacred days, working with familiars, finding your tribe, choosing a Lord or Lady to emulate. But this book goes way beyond basics and may even push a button or two as it forces the reader to really go deep into the heart, spirit and soul of truly living the Wiccan life.

Not a book for the flighty newbie into pop-Wicca, or the life-long witch who thinks he/she knows it all already, this is a book only the most daring and courageous Wiccans will benefit from...bigtime.
MARIE JONES, BookIdeas.com., Book Crazy Radio - Books for the Spirit.

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