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As the number of people interested in Paganism, Wicca, and Witchcraft continues to grow, so has the number of books aimed at the new Pagan or Wiccan. In many cases, these so-called "Wicca 101" books are a waste of valuable trees. Some are poorly written. Others contain the author's opinion and outdated historical speculation presented as absolute fact. There are, however, a few truly wonderful books in the "Wicca 101" genre. Marian Green's A Witch Alone: Thirteen Moons to Master Natural Magic is certainly one of this small h... More >>>
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Author:      Marian Green
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As the number of people interested in Paganism, Wicca, and Witchcraft continues to grow, so has the number of books aimed at the new Pagan or Wiccan. In many cases, these so-called "Wicca 101" books are a waste of valuable trees. Some are poorly written. Others contain the author's opinion and outdated historical speculation presented as absolute fact. There are, however, a few truly wonderful books in the "Wicca 101" genre. Marian Green's A Witch Alone: Thirteen Moons to Master Natural Magic is certainly one of this small handful of excellent books for the novice Pagan.

A Witch Alone is presented as thirteen lessons in natural magick and witchcraft, one for each of the thirteen lunar months in a year. Each lesson ends with a project and a reading list. Unlike most "Wicca 101" book authors, Green doesn't just fill you with facts and opinion, she teaches you how to use and trust your own intuition. Her exercises help you build your own personal craft. If you do spend a year with this book, by year's end you'll not only have a good bit of craft training and practice under your belt but you'll have a much better sense of your spiritual self.

Some more traditional Wiccans may have problems with this book as its approach is not very traditional. It glosses over -- or doesn't even mention -- some things that many very traditional Wiccans apparently consider very important. Of course, most Wiccans who will have such problems with A Witch Alone do not really believe one can train and initiate oneself to start with.

I think this is the best of the "Wicca 101" books currently available. If you can only afford to buy one introductory book, Marian Green's A Witch Alone: Thirteen Moons to Master Natural Magic is the one I think you should buy. You will not get the most out of it, however, if you just sit down and read it. To get the full value out of this book, you really need to work through it one moon at a time.

About Author:

Marian Green is an author who has been working in the field of ceremonial and folk magic since the early 1960s. She has also organized a conference every March since 1968 to bring together writers and their readers, the Quest Conference. She has written more than a dozen books on ceremonial magic and aspects of witchcraft as well as editing QUEST magazine since 1970. She is a council member of the Pagan Federation and has also been editor of Pagan Dawn.

Today Marian writes and teaches, both at The Invisible College at its various locations and at local gatherings of the Green Circle, an open organisation for seekers founded in 1985. She often speaks at venues like Alternatives at St James's Church, Piccadilly, in London as well as at other national conferences. Since 1986 she has run weekend workshops in the UK and previously in the Netherlands, often being one of the teachers during a week-long summer school. She also runs correspondence courses and residential courses on witchcraft and magic.

Bibliography

* Green, Marian (1989). The Elements of Natural Magic. p. 128. ISBN 978-1862040762.
* Green, Marian (1991). A Witch Alone: thirteen moons to master natural magic. Hammersmith, London: Aquarian Press. ISBN 1855381125.
* Green, Marian (1991). A Calendar of Festivals. ISBN 978-1852302047.
* Green, Marian (1994). A Path Through the Labyrinth.
* Green, Marian (1994). Practical Techniques of Modern Magic.
* Green, Marian (1995). Everyday Magic.
* Green, Marian. Natural Witchcraft.
* Green, Marian. Wild Witchcraft.
* Green, Marian. Practical Magic: A Book of Transformations, Spells and Mind Magic.
* Green, Marian. The Gentle Arts of Aquarian Magic: Magical Techniques to Help You Master the Crafts of the Wise.
* Green, Marian. The Book of Spells II: A Sequel to the Book of Spells.
* Green, Marian. Elements of Ritual Magic.
* Green, Marian. White Magic: A Book of Transformations, Spells and Mind Magic.
* Green, Marian (2001). A Modern Magician's Handbook.