June Spotlight: Scott Cunningham

June 21, 2021
Posted in Authors
June 21, 2021 DesertJen

This month’s spotlight is on one of Wicca’s precious gems, writer Scott Cunningham.

Wiccan Pioneer

When I discovered my calling to the goddess in 2004, Scott Cunningham’s Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, is what sealed the deal. I still use the techniques I learned from that one book to this day. It, more than anything else, let me recognize that the time had come to turn my back on ways I was NEVER comfortable with and embrace a path I know I was destined to be on since conception.

Cunningham was born on June 27, 1956. The physical realm lost him at too young of an age, 36, in 1993.  In that time, Cunningham wrote 21 books regarding Wicca and spirituality. Five of those books were published after his death.

Wiccan Roots

Cunningham first became interested in the craft through his grandmother’s work with folk magic while he was in high school.[1]  Later on, he studied under Raven Grimassi. He practiced as a first-degree initiate until 1982 when he started exploring solitary practice.  Reportedly, he left the more structured traditions because he felt constrained because of his open lifestyle.[2]

His group of friends during his formation as a Wiccan reads like a who who’s of witchcraft authors: Raven Grimassi, Donald Michael Kraig and Raymond Buckland.

Scott Cunningham Books

Also while researching this article, I found the following YouTube video showcasing Cunningham and herbal magic.

As I close, I want to encourage all of you just starting on this wonderful adventure of the craft to read at least one of Scott Cunningham’s books. He influenced many that came before you, and his books will influence those who come after you.  He was an advocate for living a life true to yourself and allowing others to do the same.  A message so sorely needed in a world like today.

Out of curiosity, which of Cunningham’s books are your favorite?

Sources:  [1, 2]      LGBTQ Religious Archives Network (LGBT-RAN)


The Great Basin Crone, DesertJen, has been a practicing pagan for 20 years. She does not identify with any belief system, although she feels a strong calling to explore, investigate, and practice using her Celtic roots. She also practices Kitchen and Green witchery through her love of cooking and gardening, using herbs, plants, and anything that comes from the earth in her craft. She has many hobbies, which include creating through polymer clay and her Cricut. She also has the pleasure of nurturing and caring for her grandbaby while the baby’s parents are at work. Animals are extremely important to DesertJen, as she has an elderly lab, an old husky, and a young black Manx that is missing her tail (who keeps the old Crone on her toes!). DesertJen shares her life with her mother in the Nevada high desert of the Great Basin, where they love to watch the moon rise.

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