Wicca: A Modern Practitioner’s Guide by Arin Murphy-Hiscock

Wicca: A Modern Practitioner’s Guide by Arin Murphy-Hiscock August 30, 2019

I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a book nerd. I love to read books. And I’m a bit of a fan-girl for my favorite authors as well. Because there are some, such as Arin Murphy-Hiscock, who write so well that all of their books should be in one’s library. Therefore, when the opportunity presented itself, I jumped at the chance to review Wicca: A Modern Practitioner’s Guide.

Practitioners Guide
Everyone needs a Practitioners Guide Book. Image by Rachel Bostwick via pixabay.com

Information You Need About This Book

Wicca: A Modern Practititoner’s Guide offers thorough training in Wicca, taking the reader beyond the basics into a deeper understanding. Murphy-Hiscock takes the time to explain the magickal theory behind creating sacred space, circle casting, techniques of spellcraft and energy work. She informs the reader on how to do ritual, both simple and complex. The author explains the Lunar Cycle and Wheel of the Year. Additionally, Murphy-Hiscock explores topics including:

  • The Origins of Wicca
  • Traditional Wicca
  • Eclectic Wicca
  • Wiccan Beliefs
  • Rites of Passage
  • The Power of Words
  • Spiritual Archeypes
  • and much more.
Practitioners Altar
Wiccan Altar. Photo by By Malloym via instagram.com/beingwicca and wikimedia.org

A Practitioners Guide for the Intermediate Practitioner (but Beginner’s can read it too)

The sub-title for this book is “Your Guide to Mastering the Craft.” And that is exactly what this book delivers. While the text is geared toward those of an intermediate level, beginners will find this book an excellent resource as well. The author leads the reader through Wiccan and magickal practices, including exercises for experiential learning, as the reader progresses through the book. Presented in an easy-to-read style, each topic is broken into sub-sections, rendering what could be confusing or complex into palatable portions, bringing all the concepts together by chapter’s end.

Wicca: A Modern Practitioner’s Guide is a great book for any magickal practitioner. Certainly, there are elements in the book that are Wicca specific, but there’s plenty of practical overlap from which unaffilated practitioners (such as myself) can glean. An advanced student may be tempted to overlook the “review of the basics” portion of this book, but in my opinion it’s always good to have a refresher. Sometimes you forget why you do a thing or you were never told in the first place. This book explains the why.

Practitioners Pentagram
This book can help you on the Wiccan path. Image by ingplu via pixabay.com

Speaking for 3 Pagans and a Cat, Wicca: A Modern Practitioner’s Guide by Arin Murphy-Hiscock is highly recommended for those who are beginners with basic knowledge of Wicca, intermediate students who have been practicing for awhile, or advanced pracititioners who’d like to have a solid teaching resource in their magickal library.

Basically, this is a must have book for everyone.

Gwyn is one of the hosts of 3 Pagans and a Cat, a podcast about the questions and discussions between three pagan family members, each exploring different pagan paths and how their various traditions can intersect. The most practiced pagan on the path, Gwyn is a Modern Hekataen-Green Witch, Devotee of the Covenant of Hekate, and Clairsentient Medium. She loves working with herbs, essential oils and plants. In the past, she has been a musician, teacher, and published author. Now, together with Car and Ode, Gwyn is a teacher/presenter at multiple Pagan events and loves to chat about witchcraft, spiritual things, and life in general. You can read more about the author here.
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