Solitary

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Difficulty Level: Beginner
Written for beginners.

Pros:
- It's a Wiccan classic.
This is used by virtually all Wiccans. At a bare minimum, you'll come away knowing how to erect an altar, write your own rituals, and initiate a relationship with the gods. I highly recommend getting the ebook, so you can quickly find what you need.

- It has a Book of Shadows in it.
If you aren't ready to write your own Book of Shadows (journal), he includes an abridged version of his. If you have the ebook, you can copy-paste the Book of Shadows section of the book onto a word processor and edit it to include your own experiments, insights, etc. If you do that, I recommend you write in a different color so that you know which parts are yours. You're gong to want to eventually put your parts into your own Book of Shadows.

- The invocations are beautiful.
Cunningham's writing style was no-frills and straight to the point, but his "romantic, baroque" (his words) dialogue for rituals and invocations for the gods is beautiful. Liturgy is generally not a strong suit for Pagan authors, unless the book is a devotional (a prayer book).

Cons:
- Like many Wiccan books, especially older ones like this, Wicca is described as a duotheistic (one god and one goddess that encompass all gods and goddesses) religion. That was Wiccan theology when it was founded. However, nowadays most Wiccans are polytheistic (many gods, who are all autonomous spirits). Beginners (the target audience) wouldn't know that they have the option to be polytheists or non-theists (no gods, but gods work as archetypal symbols to use in witchcraft). Don't hold that against Cunningham because duotheism was the only option at the time. This is just my disclaimer for beginners.


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