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Wiccan Research (studying towards your path)

Wicca is a path that requires a lot more study for the everyday practitioner than many religions. Wiccans sort through the basic "Wicca 101" info rather quickly. It is a great start to get a general book about wicca if you are new.

Here are some sources for beginners (not all are strictly "wiccan" but all are valuable starts):

BOOKS

"Wicca; a guide for the Solitary Practitioner" & "Living Wicca; a Further guide for the Solitary Practitioner"
by Scott Cunningham

"Green Witchcraft", "Green witchcraft II" & "Green Witchcraft III" by Ann Moura

"Wicca for Beginners" by Thea Sabin

"All One Wicca" by Kaatryn Macmorgan

"Buckland's Complete book of Witchcraft" by Raymond Buckland

***there are many many more books out there that I have yet to read... so do not be afraid to try books beyong this list...

WEB

About.com "Pagan and Wiccan Religion" with Patti Wigington a href="http://paganwiccan.about.com/%3E">http://paganwiccan.about.com/>;

Wicca for the Rest of Us a href="http://wicca.timerift.net/%3E">http://wicca.timerift.net/>; (note: a tad harsh)

WitchVox. a href="http://www.witchvox.com/%3E">http://www.witchvox.com/>;

Covenant of the Goddess a href="http://www.cog.org/wicca/about.html%3E">http://www.cog.org/wicca/about.html>;

Circle Sanctuary a href="http://www.circlesanctuary.org/aboutpagan/%3E">http://www.circlesanctuary.org/aboutpagan/>;

Witchschool a href="http://www.witchschool.com%3E">http://www.witchschool.com>;

Church of Universal Eclectic Wicca a href="http://www.cuew.org/wicca.html%3E">http://www.cuew.org/wicca.html>;

However, most wiccans don't get very far before they realize they need MORE. This is where wiccan reasearch comes into play. Wiccans deepen their experience through study, practice and craft.However, until you get the hang of things, research the spiritual is difficult and somewhat confusing.

Sources for more learning on wicca include (these are general good sources, keep in mind that I am an American so I may have that "Bias" on some of them, also there are MANY sources out there, these are just starting points:

Astrology : http://astrology.about.com/
Astronomy : http://www.nasa.gov/
Numerology : http://www.numerology.com/
Mathematics : http://mathworld.wolfram.com/
Divination : http://www.paralumun.com/divination.htm
Anthropology : http://www.aaanet.org/
Archaeology : http://www.archaeology.org/
History : http://www.history.com/
Mythology : http://www.pantheon.org/
Literature : http://www.literature.org/
Language : http://www.languageguide.org/
Mysticism : http://www.themystica.com/mystica/default.html
Theology : http://www.comparativereligion.com/
Philosophy : http://www.iep.utm.edu/
Psychology : http://www.apa.org/
Paranormal Study : http://www.the-atlantic-paranormal-society.com/
Martial Arts : http://www.martialinfo.com/
Yoga : http://www.yogajournal.com/
Tantra : http://www.whitelotuseast.com/
Dance : http://www.dancemagazine.com/
Folk Magic : http://www.apotropaios.co.uk/
Cooking : http://www.cooking.com/
Visual Arts : http://www.artnet.com/
Music : http://www.essentialsofmusic.com/
Gemology : http://www.yourgemologist.com/
Physics : http://www.physics.org/
Chemistry : http://portal.acs.org/portal/acs/corg/content
Alchemy : http://www.levity.com/alchemy/
Ecology : http://ecology.com/index.php
Biology : http://www.biology-online.org/
Holistic Medicine : http://www.holisticmedicine.org/
Midwifery : http://www.midwiferytoday.com/
Herbalism : http://www.americanherbalistsguild.com/
Geography : http://geography.usgs.gov/
Botany : http://www.botany.com/
Conservation : http://www.conservation.org/Pages/default.aspx
Hunting/ Fishing : http://www.outdoorsmenmag.com/
Survival : http://www.survivaltopics.com/
...etc

It is odd that all of these are "branching out" from the core subject, wicca & paganism. They are all encompassing life-skills and NO ONE will master them all. The idea is actually to view each as a tool adding to your practice and deeper understanding of wicca, our lifestyle and religion. The more you know, the more prepared you will be as your spirituality grows and your life changes. Learning about topics outside of wicca, informs your practice and broadens your horizons. Cooking dinner becomes a magical act. Hunting can become a spiritual experience, or Science can become the physical manifestation of magic.

I am "taking" this online course in "Science, Magic & Religion" which is stellar, I highly recommend it.

Anyways, the idea is to learn, and then add and reapply what you have learnt to wicca, changing or even discarding things as you grow and learn more.

I hope to see more of these topics investigated particularly with a uniquely wiccan perspective in the future. Wicca is a lucky religion in that almost everything we do is fresh and new, blazing new, diverse trails into the vast wilderness of spirituality and magic. This takes a lot of bravery!

Ethics are a huge part of researching as well. When we branch out we must remember to be respectful and thoughtful about what we use and incorporate into wicca, and HOW we use it. A thoughtful eclectic only uses those things that work and that they have the permission to use. Obviously when you are using ancient greek myths we cannot verbally "ask them" to use thier myths, however we can try to maintain the spirit and essence of what they left behind, and try to understand the cultural context in which these things were believed. Also, if you are branching into subjects like science and history, it is crucially important to understand as thouroughly as possible, what you are learning in its own context. Last ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS cite your sources, even if it is only in the broadest sense like "celtic myth" or "cherokee legend" or "Chinese concept"... now and remember those who came before! When possible; names, dates and locations are ideal.

Also, use a keen, critical eye. If things don't seem accurate, fact check. Try to use sources and information that is well researched and logical. If you choose to include BAD information on purpose, and you spread that information, you are still inherently responsible. In practice, if you include things that are "genuine" your experience will be that much more honest. Remember, you cannot lie to your own should and get away with it for long! You are what you include, so if you include truth and wisdom, that is what you'll get, if you include crud, you'll get crud!

Last resource: the community. There are many many incredible people, groups, and gatherings out there RICH with experience, ideas and diverse opinions! Take advantage of them. An hour conversation with a truly wise sage can outdo hours of reading or websurfing.

So, Remember: Study, Learn, Apply, Repeat.

Blessed Be!
-Megan








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Comment by Laramie Roush on September 10, 2010 at 5:46am
Awesome, Megan! And thank you for some resources I wasn't familiar with.

Can I add just one? Joyce and River Higganbotham's Paganism: An Introduction to Earth Centered Religions This is a book which can set you straight on a lot of topics I see being discussed here. Many people think that just because its Witchcraft its Wicca, or want to know about the many different traditions within Paganism. It is truly a Paganism101 class that any teacher should consider using as a text. It treats all paths as not only valid, but sacred, since they are sacred to those who follow them. A chapter is devoted entirely to helping readers understand Satanism, a very misunderstood path, as is obvious from some of the posts I have read here at WSi.

Thanks again, Megan. I will definitely be checking out some of your suggested resources.

BB
Larry
Comment by Megan L Conklin on September 10, 2010 at 11:33am
Fascinating! I try not to include books I haven't read... But I don't mind recommendations as well! In fact I would love to read that book, it sounds fascinating!
Comment by Laramie Roush on September 10, 2010 at 11:58am
I just spent more than 2 hours at UCLA, thanks to you LOL. Prof. Rhea's class, "Science, Magic & Religion" is awesome! I took classes in college without having the money to buy books, and passed them with good grades. I paid a attention in class and took good notes. I intend to do the same here, and want to say that I owe you for this one, Sis!

BB
Larry
Comment by Megan L Conklin on September 10, 2010 at 1:40pm
Yeah, I love it too! It is so fascinating, especially from the point of view of a "modern religious witch" hehehe... It is SO worth the time and energy, and in a way acts as a self study!

Blessed Be!
-Megan
Comment by mara rising-phoenix on September 10, 2010 at 1:56pm
I am going to buy that book today Mr. Roush! Thanks a bunch. If the bookstore doesn't have it, I will order it. Thank you so much for the suggestion. And Megan....is there anything you can't do with a computer? Lol. I am sure there are things, but you are amazing. So much information gets to the people on the other side of your screen because you take the time to sit and type all that out. Wonderful as always. *Mara
Comment by REV Skull Raven on February 15, 2013 at 6:19pm

Thanks for sharing, nice list.

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