Topics: Wicca, Witchcraft, Full moon Pages: 391 (131895 words) Published: January 16, 2013
Wicca and Witchcraft
by Denise Zimmermann and Katherine A. Gleason
A Pearson Education Company 201 West 103rd Street Indianapolis, IN 46290

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Contents at a Glance
Part 1: Wicca Wisdom
1 All About Wicca and Witchcraft Wicca and witchcraft are more than magick, and they don’t involve the devil 2 The History of Wicca and Witchcraft Surviving the torture, hangings, and burnings at the stake 3 Practicing Wicca and Witchcraft Today A primer on the different kinds of witches and how you can get training


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Part 2: The Wiccan Way
4 Wiccan Deities: Homage to the Lord and Lady The many, many forms of the God and Goddess 5 So You Want to Be a Witch? Examine why you want to be a witch and learn about the responsibilities involved 6 What You Need to Do Magick All kinds of magickal tools and objects 7 Observing Ritual the Wiccan Way The religious and magickal rites of Wicca

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Part 3: So, You Want to Do Magick?
8 Dedicate Yourself to the Craft How to become a witch 9 Preparing to Do Ritual Cleanse your body and your mind 10 Where to Do Magick Your sacred space and your altar 11 Cast a Magick Circle Creating a space to do ritual and magick 12 The Witches’ Symbol All about pentacles and pentagrams

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Part 4: Working Magick
13 Esbats: Moon Magick Celebrations of the Goddess 14 Observing the Sabbats Celebrations of the God 15 Summon, Stir, or Call The various entities you can invite to ritual

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