Arachnae's Metaphysics










Featured Author - Scott Cunningham




Scott Cunningham (1956-1993) wasn't with us very long, but he managed to leave behind a large number of books; over fifty volumes, both fiction and non-fiction. His Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practioner helped demystify Wicca, previously a secretive religion, as a gentle, Earth-honoring tradition and has sold hundreds of thousands of copies - it has been in print continuously since its publication in 1988 and is one of the first books I recommend to people interested in learning more about Wicca and neo-paganism generally. I also recommend it to parents concerned that their children are joining a 'cult' if they express an interest in Wicca.

Wicca: A Guide describes the Wiccan faith, the holidays and their significance, Wiccan 'tools' and altar objects and their use and symbolism, how to practice the religion and what 'magick' means in a pagan context. It is written more for the individual wanting to practice Wicca in their home than for those interested in joining a Wiccan tradition or coven, and is full of useful information and encouragement on developing your own rituals and traditions. Living Wicca: A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner gives more indepth understanding of the religion

Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs
is one of the more complete magical herbologies.


But my favorite of his titles has to be The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews. Where else could you find recipes to make your own incense, and tables that show the correspondences between the planets and the elements (earth, air, fire, water) and between herbs and stones and their magical effects?

Here's a simple, yet charming, spell to protect children, from Earth Magic: "To protect them while away, throw a handful of earth or sand after them as they leave, without their knowledge. This will ensure their safety." Of course, don't actually -hit- them with the earth. They'd be sure to notice that.