Excerpt from the Back Cover of Wicca: What's the Real Deal? Breaking Through the Misconceptions:
"Witches are everywhere! You can find them in your local schools, workplace, or community. They are your friends, colleagues, neighbors, and sometimes family members. But what do you really know about them? Break through your misconceptions with this groundbreaking, comprehensive guide showcasing Wicca and Witchcraft, written in a simple myth/truth format. Three Witches, elders in the pagan community, take on Wiccan-related fallacies still present in society today. They invite Wiccans to come out of the broom closet and they encourage understanding of the tenets of Wicca by those just interested in learning about the basics. This book will serve as a tool for parents and family members who seek to appreciate a loved one’s religious choices, and it will help those seeking to separate the truth about modern Witchcraft from centuries of misinformation. "
Front Matter: Dedication, Acknowledgments, Contents
Summary: An explanation for writing to book, and information on the book's special formatting.
Chapter 1: Misunderstood Terminology and Erroneous Perceptions
Summary: Chapter provided in a myth/truth format exploring commonly misused terminology and the incorrect perceptions that people have about practitioner's of the Wiccan faith.
Chapter 2: Misunderstood Practices and Historical Misconceptions
Summary: Chapter provided in a myth/truth format exploring misunderstood Wiccan practices/traditions and incorrect historical information.
Chapter 3: What Wiccans Do
Summary: A chapter exploring the basics of ritual, sabbats, esbats, Wiccanings, handfastings, crossings/banishings, astral projection, dream interpretation, spells, divination, healing work, spirit communication, creativity, Wiccan tenets and principles, the "harm none" rule debate, reincarnation, karma, "The Divine in All," "Spiritual Paths and Individuality," visualization, and the advantages versus the disadvantages of being Wiccan.
Chapter 4: When Magick is Sane
Summary: A chapter exploring religion, culture, spirit, divine guides, hallucinations, magick versus self-delusion, a belief in magick versus mental illness, Witches in the media, "Witches Behaving Badly," the responsible behaviors of a witch, as well as teens and Wicca.
Endmatter: Glossary, Resources, Endnotes, Bibliography, Index, and About the Authors
Authors: Dayna Winters, Patricia Gardner, and Angela Kaufman
Published Languages: English
Original Languages: English
Photos: 43 Black and White
Dimensions: 6" x 9"
Dewey Decimal Number: 133
Available: Now in Print
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July 1, 2012
Wicca: What’s the Real Deal? was selected as one of five finalists in the 2012 Readers Favorite Annual Award Contest in the category of non-fiction religious books. The contest consisted of dozens of categories, with some categories having greater than fifty entries each. The official winners of the contest will be announced September 1, 2012.
September 1, 2012
Wicca: What's the Real Deal? wins the bronze medal in the Religion/Philosophy category in the 2012 Readers Favorite Book Award contest!