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I never went for $ilver Raisinwolf book, I'm glad to say, but I've got two that are no better.

"Pop Goes the Witch" by Fiorna Horne (it was a bargain book buy.. you know, in the bargain section); and when I was 12 or 13, I bought "The Magic Power of Witchcraft" by Gavin and Yvonne Frost. It's got a truly corny cover with spooky lettering and everything! Though I'm surprised to see a ton of positive reviews for it on Amazon.

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I've got to find a library that has some SRW books so I can check them out someday when I'm bored... I've never read any but have heard so much about them that I'm curious. lol

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Well-meaning acquaintances like to buy me stupid and fluffy books, which I usually give away after an appropriate amount of time has passed. Occasionally, I will read one on a dare, (or to prove that someone is really full of shit in their "glowing" assessment). I rarely buy so-called Witchcraft books, as they rarely contribute anything to my Path. I prefer classic literature and poetry, but not necessarily for any Witchy content. I do recall receiving a copy of the Pocket Guide to Wicca. I am (almost) ashamed to say . . . I used it to start a fire. :blobfire:

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Silver Ravenwolf is tripe? You mean I can't change the weather by the power of my mind alone?! Noo :wallbash:

I remember reading her Ultimate Guide and looking at the pipe cleaner type spells and wondering if I was missing something. My embarrassing ones are DJ Conway and Edain McCoy. DJ Conway's Dancing With Dragons. Dragon energy is ancient & powerful and she just reduces them to pet bunny rabbits. Provided you wave a sword at them, everything will be fine. Honest. :pumpkin_rolleyes:

I think more embarrassing is when I look back at my teens and realise I actually believed a lot of the stuff I read in these books. I even spouted it to other people. "The Church murdered 10 million Wiccans!." Hey, you live, you learn, you pick up a history book.

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Well-meaning acquaintances like to buy me stupid and fluffy books, which I usually give away after an appropriate amount of time has passed. Occasionally, I will read one on a dare, (or to prove that someone is really full of shit in their "glowing" assessment). I rarely buy so-called Witchcraft books, as they rarely contribute anything to my Path. I prefer classic literature and poetry, but not necessarily for any Witchy content. I do recall receiving a copy of the Pocket Guide to Wicca. I am (almost) ashamed to say . . . I used it to start a fire. :blobfire:

 

 

I had this one briefly in my early teens...until it got stolen. May have been the universe saying "Hun, really, don't read that. " LOL!

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I wouldn't say they are separate. Wicca is a set path within the witchcraft spectrum. Wiccans are witches but not all witches are Wiccans, of that makes sense.

 

But actually not all Wiccans are witches either. :) There are Wiccans who have the Wiccan beliefs, observe the wheel of the year, are into the natural world, etc, but who do not do any witchcraft and who do not consider themselves to be witches. So they follow the religion, but don't do the craft.

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. I even spouted it to other people. "The Church murdered 10 million Wiccans!." Hey, you live, you learn, you pick up a history book.

 

I'll second that notion!!

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I think more embarrassing is when I look back at my teens and realise I actually believed a lot of the stuff I read in these books. I even spouted it to other people. "The Church murdered 10 million Wiccans!." Hey, you live, you learn, you pick up a history book.

 

ROFL!! If the 10 million number isn't ridiculous enough (though the actual 40,000 - 100,000 is still beyond tragic), referring to the victims as wiccan is hilarious. Ain't revisionist history grand! This ties in rather nicely I think to the current thread here on healthy skepticism - always have a little.

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But actually not all Wiccans are witches either. :) There are Wiccans who have the Wiccan beliefs, observe the wheel of the year, are into the natural world, etc, but who do not do any witchcraft and who do not consider themselves to be witches. So they follow the religion, but don't do the craft.

 

I believe those types are just then neo-Pagans. But no matter, the point is Wicca itself, as set forward by Gardner, is a system of witchcraft and therefore is not *completely* separate. Which, to bring this back to the topic at hand, could be why so many Wiccan 101 books end up pushing so many of us down the rabbit hole once we dig deeper and find Wicca is only one small dot in a bigger picture. I agree with the other poster who said though these Wicca 101 books ala SRW and the like can be embarrassing we had to start somewhere. Like I said- total gateway drug.

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ROFL!! If the 10 million number isn't ridiculous enough (though the actual 40,000 - 100,000 is still beyond tragic), referring to the victims as wiccan is hilarious. Ain't revisionist history grand! This ties in rather nicely I think to the current thread here on healthy skepticism - always have a little.

 

I cringe when I think about how I fell for Z. Budapest and co's "herstory". Totally face-palming just thinking about it...

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I just don't have space on my shelves for crappy books, when there are so many good ones out there. I don't keep books that don't contribute to my craft. That being said, I have one tiny pocket sized DJ Conway Celtic Magic book because she had by chance or knowledge switched things to be correct that are usually published incorrectly. For that reason it was assigned reading from my mentor who has now died--I gave him shit about assigning it, lol. I face the cover around backwards because she has such a poor reputation, but I actually find the book very useful, when paired with my knowledge of the craft and the book in context of my craft training. So, I am mildly embarrassed to have it, but I think it is more valuable than given credit for however, after this book she went on to make a lotta of clones of it that are total tripe. And without the context my teacher gave this one, it is crap too, it needed the context. Maybe books are like pringles you can't write just one even if having more isn't a good idea after all, lol. Junk food, junk books right? At least it is tiny smaller than a novel so it doesn't waste much space.

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I didn't buy it, but the worst one a few people have mentioned, the Teen Witch bit by SRW. I actually derived a lot of benefit from reading that piece of work; after reading it I decided there was no way I was going to be wiccan :) It was worse than reading the religion textbooks assigned to me in the catholic high-school I was going to at the time.

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Probably my copy of "The Goodly Spellbook". The authors are wiccan and the book has a lot of wiccan related things in it, I guess. The reason why I like it and keep it, is because it references a lot of old info. that allows me a starting point to do further research elsewhere. Like, for example, I first came across the Pythagorean Theory of Music and Color within those pages. Stuff like that. I can sift through the wiccan influence and extract what is relevent to my path, so the wiccan influence doesn't bother me at all. In the spell section, the author does also list proposed magical "theory" behind each spell, which I thought was interesting.

 

So, yeah, that would be my most "embarrassing" purchase.

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I think more embarrassing is when I look back at my teens and realise I actually believed a lot of the stuff I read in these books. I even spouted it to other people. "The Church murdered 10 million Wiccans!." Hey, you live, you learn, you pick up a history book.

 

LOL!

 

 

My most embarrassing book purchase has to be If You Want to Be a Witch by Edain McCoy. sickwitch.gif

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I believe those types are just then neo-Pagans. But no matter, the point is Wicca itself, as set forward by Gardner, is a system of witchcraft and therefore is not *completely* separate. Which, to bring this back to the topic at hand, could be why so many Wiccan 101 books end up pushing so many of us down the rabbit hole once we dig deeper and find Wicca is only one small dot in a bigger picture. I agree with the other poster who said though these Wicca 101 books ala SRW and the like can be embarrassing we had to start somewhere. Like I said- total gateway drug.

 

Sorry!! I didn't see your post! Yes, I see your point about Gardner, that the two were closely woven together in the beginning. These days there are so many kinds of Wicca, that the founders wouldn't recognize half of it. And also I wanted to say I agree with the fact that no matter how bad these books are, if they led you to somewhere deeper, then at least they have done something other than collect dust! ;) Like you said, Gateway drug.

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Seven days to a magickal new you - by Fiona Horne.

 

Even when I was in my more "fluffy" days I was still disgusted by this book and tossed it out. lol

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"To Ride A Silver Broomstick" by Silver Raven Wolf. It was among some of the first books I bought on Wicca when I was in highschool. I honestly can't remember anything from it, though I know I read it. It still sits on my bookshelf, and I've had many people point and chuckle at it. I've held onto a lot of my first books for nostalgia reasons. I may eventually get rid of it, but I think I may need to reread it first. I do know that after reading it as a teen, I stayed away from SRW books. XD

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So the most embarassing book I have bought is now making sure one side of my kids dresser stays even lol. It's some weird ceremonial witch craft book that's complete bunk I'm not even sure who wrote it but if you followed the instructions you would end up dead eat lead really? I bought it in my early twentys because my family never used any cool witchs books lol. I would get books like the complete guide to edible plants or rocks and minerals. Being young I thought that there had too be something great in these books lol boy after page 10 about using mercury as some weird type of elixir for invisibility I was done. I have never read a silver raven wolfbook I have heard they are pretty fluffy though. What is up with that name by the way lol we have lots of native American names here like weasel head and man killer but hers is very cutsy no one I know would ever name a child like that they would be ridiculed.

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That's funny because the reason I never bought any SRW books was because I couldn't take her name seriously. It's truly wrong, name's a name, but it didn't feel real. I'm glad my gut was right. However, where was it when...

 

When I went to go get my grandmother's books, notes, scraps and things she used to show me as a kid, after she died, I found nothing but every Danielle Steele novel ever written. It's almost like it had been cleared out. Hmmm. No doubt burned or binned and out with the morning trash. Anyway, I didn't know how to learn anymore. Eventually I went online to find out what we were, what I was! I have nobody to ask!... and of course got the wiccan treatment. I was ignorant and just desperate and had this longing to connect. Needless to say, I bought many. Witchcraft From the Inside and Buckland's Complete Guide to Witchcraft, by Raymond Buckland, Living Wicca, Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, Cunningham's Guide to Wicca in the Kitchen, Incense, Oils and Brews (I like the recipes in this one, though) by Scott Cunningham as well as several other less popular and less expensive books that Amazon threw at me. Random crap. I read them all. XP That includes all the more obscure, non-wicca sounding books that turned out to be just more wicca in disguise.

 

I guess we all have our lessons that lead us to our path.

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Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner - Scott Cunningham........................... One of the first books I bought. But I guess I really wasn't meant to have the book, it got lost after a month of so. Never really missed it. I guess I could pretty much put any book on wicca I have here, I always blush and get embarrassed when someone finds one of mine and asks about it.. I think I have Kate Wests - Real Witche's Handbook too, but looking back I have no idea why she called it that. The whole book is about wicca.. I think the Finnish title actually translates to "The Wiccan Handbook" instead of a witches.

 

This was one of the first books I purchased too, among many that I cant remember now because I threw them all away except for his Magickal Herbs book. I gave this one to my cousin after she admitted having an interest in Wicca. Good riddance.

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Dancing with dragons by D.J conway... I think Harry potter has more truth to it than this when it comes to dragons.

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Dancing with dragons by D.J conway... I think Harry potter has more truth to it than this when it comes to dragons.

 

I was just about to add this book in...and BAM there it is. It was used so I didn't spend much on it, but I kind of feel like I cheated myself out of a latte or something.

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I have had so many books come and go over the years, I barely remember the really embarrassing ones.  I think I had a copy if Al Manning's "Helping Yourself With White Witchcraft", but honestly, I picked it up for the cheese factor.  I have another really awesomely silly mass-market 60's paperback called something like "Diary of A Happy Witch" (NOT the Sybil Leek book, although I've had copies of that come and go over the years, too.)  But I have to admit, frequently I buy books intentionally because I know they are "bad" or cheesy, and I have a kind of strange appreciation for them.  Kind of like occult literary art brut. Not the same thing as an embarrassing purchase.  I'm sure I have others that are just as awful, but right now all my books are in a box in a storage unit waiting to move, and I have so many I don't even know what's there.  I'd just know if something went missing!

 

I did have a copy of Dancing With Dragons.  Ugh, I think I got rid of it just a few days after buying it.  I couldn't even keep it as New-Agey kitsch. Bleah!

 

That being said, I had and still have many of the classic, fluffy Llewellyn books.  Truth be told, although I don't think I could be considered Wiccan in the strictest sense, I still put it down on school and medical forms because most people, at least around here, know what it is.  Although I have grown beyond my wide-eyed crystals-and-glitter newbie Wiccan stage a couple decades ago, I bear no ill will towards Wicca, and have nothing but fondness for it. 

 

There is no way I could have ever grown beyond it if I hadn't grown through it.  And for that I am extremely grateful.

 

Please forgive me for digging up this old bone. I didn't realize how old it was until after I'd posted.  I just really love my "bad" books! 

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Broomflower:  I wish more threads were resurrected more often. Old bones are great for new people to chew on and digest. 

 

My most embarrassing book purchase had nothing to do with witchcraft (having side-stepped that wiccan step in my witchy development)

 

1001 Sexual Positions. Now that's embarrassing.

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A 1001!? Holy zowie Batman, lol.

 

One of the tenants of WC is 'to keep silent', so that's just what I'm going to do re: the topic of this thread. 

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