The Path of an American Traditionalist
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HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
By Carl Llewellyn Weschcke
The book you hold in your hands is neither an ordinary book with its printed pages, nor a Traditionalist Book of Shadows.
Before I explain what the difference is and how to use this book, I want to tell you a few things relating to the author that may help your understanding.
The manuscript for this book had been "lost" among boxes of Scott Cunningham's writings since his death in 1993. His original proposed title was "American Traditionalist Book of Shadows." Due to events over the last quarter century, we felt that the word " Traditionalist" was no longer appropriate philosophically in association with the subject of Wicca.
Make no mistake, Scott Cunningham considered himself a Traditionalist in the original concept of that word: A deep respect for tradition, especially for cultural or religious practice. But our dictionary also offers an alternative definition: The idea that all knowledge comes from divine revelation and is passed on by tradition. It is this latter definition that gives us some difficulty.
Wicca is not "revealed knowledge" stemming from a single source that becomes established as theologically sacrosanct, but is instead a living tradition that is personally experienced and integrated into your life.
Wicca does not have a fixed theology administered and taught by a "Council of Elders" similar to historic authoritarian religions. There are a number of Wiccan churches established to administer to the needs of their membership for such purposes as marriage, funerals, personal counseling, etc., and there are many small covens bringing people together, but most practitioners of Wicca are "solitaries" who see themselves not separated from others by belief and lifestyle but fully integrated into the larger community while finding their spiritual strength from within.
It was mostly for these individuals that Scott wrote his books. It's important to our understanding of how to use a Book of Shadows to clearly separate Scott Cunningham's writings from the anti-modernism and rigid fundamentalism characterized by that alternative definition of " Traditionalist." It is also important to understand that Cunningham's book is distinctly American, not Celtic or European.
Witchcraft is as old as the hills and is basically perceived as a system of nature-based magic and shamanism. Wicca is a modern nature-based religion that absorbed some practices and beliefs from traditional British Witchcraft. Yes, those beliefs and practices are mostly age-old, but they are also universal and readily adapted to the culture in which the practitioners are residents.
Cunningham's Book of Shadows: The Path of An American Traditionalist by Scott Cunningham (c) 2009 Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. 2143 Wooddale Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125-2989. All rights reserved, used by permission.
Scott Cunningham’s long-lost Cunningham’s Book of Shadows was recently discovered, more than ten years after his passing. His books on Wicca are classics, and his writings inspire those new to the Craft.
Scott wrote the book in the late 1970s or early 80s; it’s an “American” Book of Shadows, being American and Traditionalist, differentiating itself from traditions, such as Gardnerian or Celtic. It weaves traditional Wiccan material with some of his own inspired work and fills certain gaps in a traditional Book of Shadows.
“May you use it wisely and well, with love for the divine, for the green earth, and for each other. As Scott would say at the end of his letters, bright blessings.”—deTraci Regula, who discovered the manuscript
Hardcover Book : 288 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications ( October 01, 2009 )
Item #: 12-825983
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.68inches
Product Weight: 13.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Cunningham's Book of Shadows is a very easy, fast read, and makes a great quick-reference book. I would definitely recommend it for the shelf of any witch who is Wiccan or interested in Wiccan influence to incorporate into their own magic.
Reviewer: Storm M
this is 1 book every Wiccan should have in their library. I am a huge fan of Scott Cunningham so perhaps I am a bit biased . I own all of Cunninghams books and this was a great addition. I highly recommend it it is sure not to disappoint.
Reviewer: Rainbow R
Easy to read and chock full of useful information.
Reviewer: Diane D
I am such a Scott Cunningham fan that I'm probably too biased to be writting this. He is so clear and direct and so easy to read. Best of all...the magic works. I have to recommend this book to anyone looking to expand their magical practice.
I have read many books by different authors on the topic of the Wiccan Religion, and Scott Cunningham is the BEST!! He is very basic in his descriptions, to the point and makes it very easy and interesting to want to practice the wiccan religion. It is a shame he had to leave us before his time.....but left a irreplaceable legacy. I highly recommend it!!
Reviewer: Charlene S