Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Where are the 'advanced Wicca' books

Dianne Sylvan blogged recently on the lack of advanced Wicca books.

The problem is partly the lack of a definition, she notes, asking also,

How many books have you seen on how to live as a Wiccan when life sucks? How to face life’s worst moments and most difficult challenges? Where are the books on surviving grief, abuse, and loss and still maintaining your faith as a Wiccan? How to bring your entire life in alignment with your values, and how Wicca influences those values, or should? How, if everything is sacred, every choice we make from what to eat to what shoes to buy is an expression of our spiritual beliefs?

For my part, I have often wondered at the paucity of Wiccan autobiography in this country compared even to the UK's modest offerings. There might possibly be a connection.



Blogger Deborah said...

There are, I think, several books on death and grief. There are also a couple of books on Handfasting, which is not a 101 topic. I don't consider my own books 101, and they sell pretty well.

I had started a memoir and gotten kind of stuck, but I have to say that publishers weren't much interested, even during the boom, and that boom is over. I'm told Ellen Cannon Reed's memoir is good, but I haven't yet read it.

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Lorekeeper said...

I totally wonder about this too. I would love to see such books. What i really want to know is what it is like to keep a coven or a tradition running for twenty, thirty years. How to avoid the pitfalls, solve the problems. What it *feels* like to live as HP or HPS for a lifetime.

Crowther's book was diappointing to me in that regard.

3:13 PM  
Blogger Chas S. Clifton said...

Speaking as an American Witch who has always had Craft friends in the UK, I think that their approach was always much more low-key. Perhaps that is because they had an established church to contend with.

Given the incredible American religious smorgasbord, American Wiccans always want to dash straight into being a Fulltime Full-Fledged, Officially Recognized Religion With All The Rights And Privileges Thereof.

Maybe it's ok to stay at the "living room level" for a longer time?

4:11 PM  
Anonymous Lorekeeper said...

Oh, I agree. I find the future possibility of huge Pagan megachurches where thousands of people sit in a circle around a charismatic pastor quite horrifying.

I wrote about this somewhat in my blog too:

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll be working on an advanced Wicca book eventually!

4:45 AM  

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