Once reserved for a very select few, the initiate-level teachings of Wicca are revealed in this award-winning guide to the essence of an ancient belief system. Daring and honest, The Wiccan Mysteries is a must-have complement to your personal practice. Author Raven Grimassi takes you on a comprehensive tour of Wicca, describing in depth its pre-Christian historical and theological roots in Old Europe and continuing through to modern America. These multicultural origins form the basis for contemporary Wicca, and empower it as a dynamic system for spiritual development. Uncover the hidden meanings of sacred writings and explore the major tenets of the Craft, from reincarnation, the God and Goddess, magickal arts, and planes of existence, to symbols, rites, and ethics. Learn how to create an astral temple, consecrate ritual tools, and work with magickal familiars.