Ever heard of "Wicca: For the Rest of Us?" It's Catherine Noble Beyer's award- winning website, chock-full of very practical, no-nonsense information about what Wicca is, and more importantly, what Wicca is NOT. This site, in addition to providing answers to basic questions about Wicca, also addresses some of the most typically held misconceptions that Wiccans have about their own religion. Check it out here, it's well worth exploring: http://wicca.cnbeyer.com/
I think I first discovered this site when I read her essay, titled "Why We Despise Silver Ravenwolf." http://wicca.cnbeyer.com/ravenwolf.shtml Now, I know it's common (almost trendy, even) to scorn or dislike Silver Ravenwolf and what she writes. I too have heard more negative than positive about her over the years, so I decided to investigate for myself. My reasons were simple: I wanted to become a Pagan writer, and Silver is both well-known and successful, so I figured that she couldn't be all that bad, and that I might be able to learn some of the secrets to her success by dissecting her writing style. The book I picked up was the (back then) recently published "Solitary Witch: The Ultimate Book of Shadows for the New Generation." After the fourth or so inaccuracy I came across while reading (since when is Scorpio ruled by the element of fire?) I decided to return it to the store. However, had I not picked up Silver's book in the first place, would I have found this site?
Apparently, there is now a blog called "To Know, Will, and Dare" that kinda goes with the site, but nothing beats her original essays. There is a great explanation of the "Threefold Law" (something that has always bothered me the way it is typically explained) here: http://wicca.cnbeyer.com/three.shtml And for a short but humorous guide on choosing a Craft name (nothing as hilarious as "Lady Pixie Moondrip's Guide to Craft Names," but still good) read this: http://wicca.cnbeyer.com/names.shtml There are also some funny comments on the nature of an athame, as well as solid information about other working tools here: http://wicca.cnbeyer.com/tools.shtml And lastly, NO ONE else has a better explanation of WTF is going on with the spelling of "magick," which despite being immensely popular, is still stupid in my opinion. (This essay also has some good info on what magic is and how it works, too.): http://wicca.cnbeyer.com/magic.shtml
* And for those of you who have never read "Lady Pixie Moondrip's Guide to Craft Names," you're in for a treat: http://turoks.net/Cabana/CraftNames.php (...hmmm ...Speaking of Silver Ravenwolf, ha ha...)