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What do you all think of Paul Huson? From what I have read about the man is that alot of wiccans do not care for him because he is a bit on the dark side. But being a little dark is ok by me.

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I have both books by Huson. He IS wiccan from what I understand; however, I consider him old-school wiccan (my terminology). I enjoy reading his books.

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I don't know about Huson being wiccan, in his book he talks about control and attack spells and spells for vengence. I had an older version of this book and talked about using animal blood and parts in certain spells.

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That doesn't mean to say he isn't Wiccan. There are different varieties of Wicca out there .. you have the mainstream fluffy feckers then you have the proper initiated covens who wouldn't hesitate to hex. Jon/Baph is one and although I personally do not work in the same way or believe in the same things, he is extremely interesting in giving us inside information about the differences of fluffy mainstream Wicca and the other secret side :)

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That doesn't mean to say he isn't Wiccan. There are different varieties of Wicca out there .. you have the mainstream fluffy feckers then you have the proper initiated covens who wouldn't hesitate to hex. Jon/Baph is one and although I personally do not work in the same way or believe in the same things, he is extremely interesting in giving us inside information about the differences of fluffy mainstream Wicca and the other secret side :)

 

Exactly! I personally want to hear all about the secret stuff (well as much as he'll tell anyway).

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I've heard oh Huson, though not read any of his books .. some to catch up on I think.

 

From memory (and I may be wrong ;)), I believe in one of his books he mentions reciting the lords prayer backwards which was pounced on by some critics to call him a Satanist .. I believe the reciting backwards was more an exercise in deconditioning of churchianity. Might be more Luceferian Witchcraft, but I could be wrong.

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From Huson's website:

 

"MASTERING WITCHCRAFT was my first book. I wrote it in 1969 as a hands-on guide for the would-be witch or warlock. It was not a "Wiccan" handbook.

 

But, as various reviewers have noted, I don't pull any punches, so be warned! MASTERING WITCHCRAFT eschews the usual Wiccan ethics, although it does share some common ground with Wiccan subject matter, as I drew from many of the same sources in the Folklore Library at University College London that Gerald Gardner did.

 

Maybe just because of this eclecticism, MASTERING WITCHCRAFT has enjoyed a wide readership over the past 37 years."

 

Read more at: http://members.authorsguild.net/paulhuson

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Paul Huson was a student of Alex Sanders who is the founder of Alexandrian Wicca. Paul therefore was wiccan, but I don't know if he remained that way. Hope this helps.

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I found an first printing of this book years ago, bought it at a thrift store. I never opened it. After reading this thread I dug it out last night from a pile of boxes in my garage. I really haven't read any wicca books and do not know much about wicca beliefs so I couldn't really compare it to anything else. I read the whole thing last night and even though there was somethings that were not for me, I really liked it. The only other book I own that has anything to do with Witchcraft is a book on Curses and Hexes by Sybil Leek. I also found that a a thrift store, it's really old but in perfect shape.

I love reading but when it come to books on Witchcraft I'm so leary. They mostly seem like trendy books only written to make money!

Well thats just my opinion! ;)

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I found an first printing of this book years ago, bought it at a thrift store. I never opened it. After reading this thread I dug it out last night from a pile of boxes in my garage. I really haven't read any wicca books and do not know much about wicca beliefs so I couldn't really compare it to anything else. I read the whole thing last night and even though there was somethings that were not for me, I really liked it. The only other book I own that has anything to do with Witchcraft is a book on Curses and Hexes by Sybil Leek. I also found that a a thrift store, it's really old but in perfect shape.

I love reading but when it come to books on Witchcraft I'm so leary. They mostly seem like trendy books only written to make money!

Well thats just my opinion! ;)

It does seem like many of the books about "witchcraft" on the market today are there to make money. While I have no problem with the money aspect (every one has to make a living some how), the fact that companies like LLwellyn, publish shit with out fact checking is just plain wrong. For that reason you have little teens who think magick is all "white light, love and beauty".

 

I'm looking for some decent books with Trad Craft material. I know I'm more than likley going to have to order them online, but that's ok.

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This was one of my very first books, I was about 13 or 14 when I bought it.

 

There is indeed a section where he suggests you recite the lord's prayer backwards, while allowing a candle to burn out, in 3 nights succession.

While the reason he cites for doing it is to "de-condition" you and shake off "old bonds", even I found it a little bit anti-christian. I just don't see that as necessary, really, and would it even mean anything to someone other than a christian anyway? I think I did it one night - maybe - I can't quite remember. I know I didn't do the whole thing.

 

While it's a decent and engaging book overall, it is pretty heavy in ceremonial influences, which lends credibility to the assumption of wiccan influence - and then some!

In another section, he teaches Theban script, but just two pages later he has you inscribe the "witch runes" on each tool before or during consecration, only they appear to be Enochian script which he doesn't explain at all - not the theban script he just presented.

I'd like to know what I'm permanently putting on my athame, y'know? :) He should've at least included an external reference if not an internal one.

 

He also makes reference to a witch's tool I haven't seen mentioned a lot - a "cinglum", or the witches cord, often 5 to 9 feet long and tied with 9 knots; it's used as a belt for your robe, and for drawing the compass round, among other things.

 

Anyone else read this? I'd love to hear more comments.

 

Other books I bought in the same time frame ( 1975, '76 ) were Sarah Lydon Morrison's "The Modern Witches Spellbook", was has been torn apart in reviews, and Ann Grammary's "The Witches Workbook", which I liked a little better. There were a few others I can't recall offhand, except one more - The Magic Power of Witchcraft" by Gavin and Yvonne Frost. I didn't like that format too much at all. Seemed like something you'd see sold on TV. lol

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Somebody reccomended" Circles of Power: Ritual Magic in the Western Tradition " by Greer ( ISBN: 1567183131 )to me because I tend to mix different forms of magic. It went out of print in "91 and so far all the used copies are anywhere from 40 to 100 plus dollars. Does anyone know the book and is it really worth that much? On reading the synapsis I got the impression it was mainly Golden Dawn and Quabbalistic in focus? Rune

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I've read Mastering Witchcraft and that book really blew me away. Not for the fluffy bunnies out there that's for sure. I'm going to see if I can get the book on Kindle and download it. I'll do a book review once I've gotten it.

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I've read Mastering Witchcraft and that book really blew me away. Not for the fluffy bunnies out there that's for sure. I'm going to see if I can get the book on Kindle and download it. I'll do a book review once I've gotten it.

 

 

Mastering Witchcraft

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There is indeed a section where he suggests you recite the lord's prayer backwards, while allowing a candle to burn out, in 3 nights succession.

While the reason he cites for doing it is to "de-condition" you and shake off "old bonds", even I found it a little bit anti-christian. I just don't see that as necessary, really, and would it even mean anything to someone other than a christian anyway? I think I did it one night - maybe - I can't quite remember. I know I didn't do the whole thing.

 

 

 

I remember being annoyed by this when I read Mastering Witchcraft. It seemed to me that he was defining Witchcraft by what it isn't rather than what it is. I dislike the idea of defining either my craft or my faith as "not Christian." Christianity plays no part in my path and I found its prominent place in a book on Witchcraft both irrelevant and a cheap attempt at crowd pleasing.

 

To be honest I thought this book leaned more toward New Age/Wicca than Trad Craft. Not a book I particularly enjoyed though it does summarise the basics well and for that reason I'd recommend to beginners.

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I have a hard time finding books on Witchcraft that isn't wicca oriented. It's like they have a monoply on books too any more.

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