thatyrj asked this question on 4/10/2000:
I've been studying religions and faiths for about ten years. I've pretty much got who believes in what. Wicca however, still seems to be "calling" me. The problem is I live in a country in which that kind of "religion" is not very easy to study. Brazil is a majorly catholic nation and, trust me, I've looked, but I haven't found any covens much less anyone to talk to about this. How do I start out in this solitary path? Is there any basic literature I should read? How do I know that wicca is really "right" for me? Are only people of nordic ascent capable of the practice? If anyone out there can help.... I'll be truly grateful :) Thanks!!
cheyenne64 gave this response on 4/18/2000:
There are any number of books you may want to read about practicing Wicca as a solitaire. It all depends on the style of Wicca that calls out to you. If you are interested in the herbal/natural lore and whatnot, Scott Cunningham's book Wicca for the Solitary Practioner is a good start. . If you're more into the Dianic version of paganism, you might want to read Starhawk's The Spiral Dance. If you're interested in "Traditional Wicca" you might want to pick up Janet and Stewart Farrar's books Eight Sabbats for Witches and The Witches' Bible. There are SOOO many books about Wicca or paganism, and every one has a different take on them. If you are specifically interested in a particular pantheon (Celtic, Greco-Roman, Norse), find an author that focuses on them. If you have an interest in the Norse gods and goddesses, and the spirituality that emerges from those myths, let me know, I am an Asatru priestess (have been for 8 yrs) and I know those books well. And as for your concern that only those people that are decended from Nordic stock are able to practice the faith - have no fear - Wicca is a very accepting religion (as are many forms of paganism)and does not discriminate on that basis or any other.
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