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Paperback Rocking The Goddess: Campus Wicca for the Student Practitioner Book

ISBN: 0806523565

ISBN13: 9780806523569

Rocking The Goddess: Campus Wicca for the Student Practitioner

Written by a student for students, Rocking the Goddesss is the first book of its kind for the budding Wiccan. The fastest growing religion in North America and quickly growing in the UK, college campuses worldwide are a hotbed of Wiccan activity. Includedhere are interviews with students, faculty and college administrators across the country, as well as profiles of Wiccan role models, such as Enya, Steview Nicks and Tori Amos. Student practitioners...

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I wish THIS was one of my college textbooks!

As you could probably already guess, ROCKING THE GODDESS is aimed at Wiccans in college. Paige takes his knowledge of being a college student and interviews with other Wiccans in college around the country in a textbook-style format (but not in a boring way). ROCKING starts out introducing the history of the Craft, which is a "must-know" for Wiccans, then into stories and interviews by Paige with other collegiate Wiccans all over the US talking about their struggles - and even doing ritual in a dorm room. Although it is aimed at college students living on campus, it is still perfect for the student living at home or on their own. Also included are a few spells to help the reader out with their studies - a wonderful idea for the stressful days that we call "finals." The main point of the book, though, is to inspire the young Wiccan with a message of hope: you are not alone. Others are struggling with "being in the broom closet" and fighting for equal religious rights on campus. Don't give up.

Can't put it down

As a freshman in college, I found this book to be a tremendous help. The Wicca 101 stuff aside, it helps to address serious issues, such as being in the broom closet, working rituals in dorm rooms (that can be quite a hassle), sexuality and Wicca, the campus coven and Pagan student union groups, and even drugs in their relation to the Craft (something few other books have discussed in depth). But my favorite part of this book is the fact that it's full of interviews from Pagans in college, and since I love firsthand experiences, I couldn't put it down. The resource guide and small section on rituals and spells is also a plus. Be you new to the Craft or veteran, this book is a real treat for the college Pagan.

An awesome read

When Anthony Paige calls this book "Not your parents Wicca" he was right. Mostly aimed at the college witch, he covers everything I feel is essential for the younger beginner pagan. Being a college witch himself, this book was written with a lot of first hand experiences, and he goes out of the way to get many other perspectives of the life of many other college witches.Anthony has separated this book into 3 sub books. The first is "A Witches Knowledge-Core Requirements". He first starts by giving an excellent overview of the history of Wicca. Then he moves onto explaining the different traditions, and sharing stories of those he has talked to.Chapter 4 is where he begins to explain Magick and Ritual. I particularly liked was the fact he explains that you don't need a lot of fancy tools to work Magick. Most of us, in college or out, don't have a lot of extra money to go out and buy that 50$ bottle of essential oil. He gave ideas for making tools that cost next to nothing.Book 2 is "A Witches Power-Electives". In this section he covered the areas of coming out the broom closet, campus covens, and solitary practice. I related a lot with some of the stories about coming out of the broom closet.Anthony also gives excellent ways of finding a coven for yourself if you so desire to do so. Solitary Sorcery is the other part of this section which he covered and I liked. Along with giving ways for solitary practice, he also deals with roommates who may not understand, and space problems.In the third and final section of his book, he gives a few spells, lists of different Goddess and Gods, ways of finding college witches worldwide, and Rocking the Goddess. Rocking the Goddess includes the Charge of the Goddess and God. Also listed are a few pagan music artists and at least 20 web sites for further study

Good for beginning college witches

I know when I started practicing Wicca several years ago my freshman year at university I felt I was stuck in the middle between the Teen Witch books and the somewhat intimidating Farrar, etc. books. I made do with the Ravenwolf selection, but I wish I had had this book back then. It's written in a very clear, brisk manner, and relates to many of the concerns of the college Witch. I especially like the chapter where Paige does a little 'human interest' background, relating the inspiring and sometimes heartbreaking stories of the college witches he has encountered. Buy it for these if you buy this book for no other reason.

Excellent

ROCKING THE GODDESS, the new book that explores the widespread practice of Wicca and Paganism on college campuses across the country, is as important as it is informative and entertaining. What's amazing is that writer is a college student himself. His writing is very polished, and he actually approaches the subject from the point of journalist and practitioner (like Margot Adler did two decades ago.) Young and aspiring Witches and Pagans will find within these pages a lot of personal stories, rituals, spells and meaningful points about what it means to be young and spiritual. I myself am not a college student (graduated a few years back) but I wish I had had a book like this when I was on campus and trying to practice Wicca. The directory at the back of the book lists Pagan/Wiccan student associations all over the U.S., which I think makes for good networking. For older Wiccans, this book shows how much of a movement Wicca is, and it gives us an insight into what the next generation is thinking and where and how they're practicing. Paige has written a very original and thought-provoking book. An excellent resource guide for young Witches, Wiccans and Pagans.
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