Covencraft: Witchcraft for Three Or More

Sampul Depan
Llewellyn Worldwide, 1998 - 504 halaman
This is a multi-title review. Titles include: 'A Community of Witches', 'Book of Shadows', and 'Convencraft'. Neopaganism, aka wicca or witchcraft, is said to be the fastest-growing new religion in the U.S. Although some writers and publishers think the movement is filled with airheads who ceaselessly issue silly spell-casting and inane incantation books, others have realized neopaganism's serious religious potential. Three books represent equally worthy, quite different approaches to the subject. Academic researchers, not unaware of neopaganism's sharp growth curve, have published many articles in recent years, but sociologist Berger's is the first book-length study. She spent 10 years as a participant-observer in East Coast wiccan groups and conducted a national survey of other participants. She focuses on the routinization of charisma and on the movement's new focus on family issues, and she defines wicca as a religion rather than a cult or subculture--definitions arguably more important to sociologists than to nonspecialist readers. She concludes that mixed pagan groups are more important in the movement than women's groups. This is somewhat puzzling, given her own data that show that pagans are more likely to be women than men, but overall she provides a good, readable analysis of the society of witches in today's America. The promotional material for Curott's book is enough to give a black cat pause. But once past the glamourpuss cover, readers will find it an extraordinarily well-written spiritual autobiography, in which a young feminist lawyer discovers how relevant ancient truths are to her contemporary life. Curott chooses to tell only the story of her first 'year and a day' as a wiccan initiate, ending at the point at which she is accepted fully into, and fully accepts, the faith. There are some awfully jarring anachronisms--or, perhaps, astonishing psychic moments--in Curott's rendering of speech. In them, 1970s women speak remarkably like 1990s wiccans. This does not, however, seriously detract from the rich story of Curott's personal journey. Covencraft is one of the most comprehensive, sensible, and good-humored of the many basic witchcraft texts available. Amber K, a regular columnist for several publications, is widely regarded as one of the wittiest wiccan writers, and the book certainly does sparkle. Where else will you find suggestions for slapstick rituals and Darth Vader nights as well as guidelines for appropriate interpersonal behavior within groups? Amber K is a respected elder of the craft, as sophisticated in her knowledge of group dynamics as she is knowledgeable about herbs and divination. She offers excellent guidance to anyone wishing to establish a wiccan coven.
 

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A Short History of the Coven
7
Finding a Coven
21
6
49
Ritual Tools and Coven Supplies
65
9
90
10
107
About Ritual
125
14
149
A16 A Sample Letter to the Editor
400
A17 The Invoking and Banishing Pentagrams
402
A18 Problem Personalities
403
A19 Pagan Periodicals
409
A20 WiccanPagan Networks
412
A21 Internet Resources
415
A22 Festivals
417
A23 Checklist for a Healthy Coven
420

Special Activities
171
16
185
On Initiation
209
19
245
21
279
23
299
25
319
26
333
Conclusion
353
A Coven Organization
355
A2 The Laws of the Craft
357
A3 Recommended Reading List
360
A4 Elements of Coven Names
366
A5 Coven Sigils
368
A6 Sample Articles of Incorporation
369
A7 Sample Coven Bylaws
374
A8 IRS 501 c3 Questions
380
A9 U S Armed Forces Chaplains Handbook on Wicca
383
A10 Dedicant Agreement
389
A11 Congregation Members Agreement
390
A ThreeLevel Plan
391
An Elemental Plan
395
A14 Mistress and Master of Arts Specialties
398
A15 A Sample Budget
399
A24 Sample Press Release
421
B Rituals
423
B2 Ritual Birthing for a Coven
427
B3 The Charge of the Goddess
430
B4 Dedication Ritual
431
B5 Ritual of First Degree Initiation
433
B6 Ritual of Second Degree Initiation
437
B7 Ritual of Third Degree Initiation
441
B8 New Moon or Dianas Bow Esbat
445
B9 Full Moon Esbat
449
B10 Sabbat Celebration Outline
452
B11 Ritual of Parting for a Coven
454
B12 Wiccaning or Child Blessing Ritual
457
B13 Ritual of Womanhood
460
B14 Ritual of Manhood
464
B15 A Handfasting Ritual
468
B16 Ritual of Handparting
473
B17 Ritual of Croning or Sagehood
475
B18 Passing Over or Requiem
478
Glossary
481
Bibliography
491
Index
493
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Amber K is a third degree priestess of the Wiccan faith. She was initiated at the Temple of the Pagan Way in Chicago and served on the Council of Elders there. Her books on magick and the Craft have been widely circulated in the United States and Europe, and for nearly 25 years she has traveled across the U.S. teaching the Craft. She has worked with Circle and the Re-Formed Congregation of the Goddess, and served as National First Officer of the Covenant of the Goddess for three terms. She is a founder of Our Lady of the Woods and the Ladywood Tradition of Wicca, and currently is Executive Director of Ardantane, a Wiccan/Pagan seminary is northern New Mexico.

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